DC Comics (March, 1986)
“The Ray Of Doom”
WRITER: Michael Fleisher
PENCILER: Mike Chen
INKER: Joe Delbeato
COLORIST: Shelley Eiber
LETTERER: John Constanza
EDITOR: Andy Helfer
VENOM’s plan is revealed. While sending MASK on missions away from home, they’ve been working to steal the defense satellite, which they alter into a death ray that’s slowly cutting its way to nuclear missile bases as well as Las Vegas, where Mayhem is hoping to steal it blind while people flee in terror. Then Contraworld can drop their own nukes on the US and take over. The entire MASK team comes together to stop both the robbery and the death ray. The real Duane Kennedy is rescued and everything is back to normal. Although now nuclear war is still a possibility.
What they got right: It’s a good wrap-up for the miniseries-long subplot involving Mayhem’s ultimate scheme. And everybody who has been in the comic thus far gets to come back for the finale.
What they got wrong: For the final battle of the miniseries, it’s a bit underwhelming, done in about two pages.
Recommendation: A pretty good miniseries for the comic’s first outing. It’s worth taking a look at for fans but for modern audiences I don’t know if it holds up as well as the show does. I also have a few issues of the ongoing and we’ll get to that next week.