Story by Marc Guggenheim and Art by Dave Wilkins
This is an
usual one. I’m not a big fan of the
story which involves the investigation of the murder of a man nobody can
identify but witnesses saw the Watcher, Mr Fantastic turns up, and someone
tries to kill, Stacy Dolan, the cop investigating and she is rescued by
Vanguard, a covert group consisting of Blade, Micromax, Yelena Belova, Dominic
Fortune and Retcon. Dom appears at the
end of part 4 and the team is introduced in part 5. I’m guessing the Sable and
Fortune agency didn’t work out.
man was codenamed Colonel America and was an attempt to create a telepathic
supersoldier after Captain America. Turns out the Colonel is so powerful he has
controlled his aging and the whole thing was done to prevent the fact that
there was a clandestine team of super powered individuals.
That idea might
fly in a story set in the real world but in the Marvel Universe, where the
Avengers and the Fantastic Four are running around, this simply doesn't
work. It’s like saying that the US has a
covert team of special forces soldiers, I’d be more shocked if they didn’t.
And given the eight
pages given to the story in each issue, not much happens. And aside from Dom
rescuing the detective in parts 4 and 5 (shown from different perspectives) he
doesn’t do much.
There is a nice
bit were people keep calling Blade Wesley, but I can’t recommend this story.
It just feels like nobody knew what to do with Dom 3 and he was on a list of characters Guggenheim could use.