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.
Issue #4 also sounds nice. I picked up both issues 3 and 4 last Saturday, so I look forward to reading them. I’ve been dealing with the stomach virus since Thursday. It’s slowed down finally, but now I’m dehydrated and weak from all the fluids I lost these few days. That means I don’t have the energy back yet. And now I’m even further behind with reading the articles on here (along with many newspapers I still have to read). Don’t know when I’ll get caught up! I still want to watch the rest of the art videos you did. Hoping that starting on Monday evening, I can start to tackle things on your site bit by bit. The only good thing about this weekend is that I did get to watch the 1977 Star Wars movie on TNT at 8 PM on Friday with no bathroom breaks needed (that was a miracle indeed!). The last time I saw that movie was with you and Tim in 1997 at the movie theater for its 2nd release. Before that, the last time I had seen it was in 1977 when I was 3 years old. It was the first movie I ever saw and one of my earliest childhood memories. So Friday night was only the 3rd time in my life that I’ve seen Star Wars: New Hope.
Hopefully, you, I, and Tim will get to see the upcoming Star Wars: Rouge One movie in either 2016 or early 2017. The advertisements have peaked my interest.
Sorry to hear you’ve had that much trouble. Too many people I know this year either sick, in the hospital, or both, including me. Man I hate this year.