Marvel (May, 1993)“Shattered Fate” part 2: “The Future Is Prologue” WRITER: Danny Fingeroth PENCILER: Tod Smith INKER: Chris Ivy COLORIST: Troy Sayers LETTERER: Bill Oakley EDITOR: Nel Yomtov The Cabal story has last names in the credits only and today I’m not in the mood for looking up info on a three-page backstory. If they don’t have the interest in telling you who created the comic, why put credits at all?
This is going to be a short synopsis because while enough stuff happens to fill out the comic there isn’t a lot to describe. The New Warriors are given a day to decide whether or not to take Zarrko’s offer, be given a chance to change something in their lives in exchange for doing a favor he claims will save time and space. Chris has what he thinks may be a last meal with family and friends, while Cheryl decides it’s time they break up. A chance encounter (and misunderstanding) with Spider-Man convinces Darkhawk to accept Zarrko’s offer…for now at least, breaking the tie between the New Warriors assembled, and Zarrko arrives to take them on their way.
In the Cabal story the police arrive to stop the Cabal and they run off. Pretty much it.
What they got right: Cheryl’s been such a non-entity that it’s about time she left the comic. There are some good character moments as each of our heroes tries to decide whether or not to take Zarrko’s offer, knowing he’s a bad guy for a reason. Darkhawk has to misunderstand what Spider-Man was telling him about changing the past in order to move the story but he doesn’t come off as a idiot considering how the conversation went down.
What they got wrong: Once again the Cabal story is three pages better served to the main story but at least this time the main story didn’t need those pages to be better.
Recommendation: I’m still enjoying this arc, but we’ll take a break next week due to Iron Man being next in the longbox.