TITLE: Warstrike vol. 1, issue #1
YEAR: May 1994
COMPANY: Ultraverse/Malibu Comics
Written by Dan Danko
Penciler: Hoan Nguyen
Inker: Bob Downs
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Colorist: Tim Devar
Interior Color: Violent Hues
Editor: Roland Mann
I wrote about my love for Ultraverse back in the day. But there are a few comics that if you asked me what they are about, I wouldn’t remember. Not sure if it’s because they weren’t good or the characters did entertain me or probably it was in my backlog and never read it.
“Warstrike” is one of those Ultraverse comics that I don’t remember a thing.
Perhaps it was the banal over-muscular character with the ponytail that was big in the ’90s but nevertheless, I feel its a character that got lost in the shuffle, so I decided, I’ll read it and see how it is, considering I purchased the comic books.
The first issue is a continuation from Ultraverse Premiere issues #1-3 (which sucks for those who never picked those titles up) and Warstrike thinking that the fight against Strand and his gang was done. But now he is in the fight of his life against Nero, a cybernetic, hulking cyborg wannabe who talks like angry Hulk and is blown up and caught in fire thanks to Warstrike.
As Warstrike goes home, he wonders who hired him and what is his connection with Strand?
Warstrike then remembers what happened a week ago as he went to visit a Senator Kline (who happens to be running for President) who sends him on a job, to find his missing daughter. Kidnapped in return for political favors.
And during his investigation, it led him to the name of Colonel Snowden.
Meanwhile, as Warstrike goes back home and puts on is suit, he is greeted by his angry assistant Shelby.
We learn that Warstrike is Brandon Tark, a wealthy individual, womanizer and also professionals making high-tech gear for him (oh, sounds very familiar).
Meanwhile, at the world headquarters of Xanadu Amalgamated, he proposes to take down all Ultras and how superpowered individuals are deviants and the man named Kyle is insistent of taking down the Ultra known as Warstrike. And so they hire a mercenary named Blind Path to take Warstrike down.
As Warstrike gets a new weapon which Giz created (and uses his weapon to blast part of the laboratory, pissing Giz off – which doesn’t sound right when I type it that way), he leaves his home knowing he’s pissed off Shelby, Giz and also his girlfriend Jill, for not being there for her.
And while riding on his vehicle, someone shoots a rocket propelled grenade towards him and he is blasted off his bike. Who is responsible?
Overall, “Warstrike” was entertaining but it will no doubt draw too many comparisons to Marvel’s Cable and Iron Man. The character and his design is no doubt reminiscent of the ’90s style of powerful, gun-toting characters of its time.
But aside from similarities, I guess if you love action, this first issue has a lot of it. But will have to read more issues to see if this series was any good or a forgettable Ultraverse title…