Marvel Comics (February, 1995)
“Fiends In High Places”
WRITER: Martin Pasko
PENCILER: Amanda Conner
INKER: Alberto Saichann
COLORIST: Greg Wright
LETTERER: John Costanza
EDITOR: Hildy Mesnik
[Based on the Disney-produced animated series] An armored gargoyle, later revealed to be Demona, is attacking a local construction site, kidnapping victims. Reports of an attacking gargoyle bring Elisa and Matt (who at this time in the series had spotted a gargoyle and was trying to find out for sure if they existed and if they were a threat), which is a shock to Demona, who thought she was dead. While she has been kidnapping people as part of Xanatos’ “Medusa Project”, the real goal is to capture a Gargoyle, which ends up being Goliath as he tries to protect Elisa. The villains’ plan fails and Goliath is able to rescue the kidnapped humans, but the Medusa Project isn’t done yet.
What they got right: They do fit in an introduction to the series for those who saw the comic before the show, explaining the overall plot and introducing the main characters.
What they got wrong: While not a bad story necessarily I remember that this run never really felt like the TV show, but that could just be me. It’s been too long since I’ve seen the series, mind you. I’m sure the show writers had their own plan for Demona (who is revealed way too early in this story if you ask me) learning Elisa was still alive, and if she knows isn’t she going to hunt her again? And Brooklyn must really be mad at the game because that pupil-less eye thing (which also glowed in the show but there are limits in comic coloring…which the Devil’s Due Voltron didn’t have a problem with but that could just be a special talent or tool at the time) he has going on only happens when they’re enraged or got their fighting mojo going.
Recommendation: I don’t know what fan reaction to the Marvel run was, but I gave it the full run (11 issues) and never connected to it like I did the show. It isn’t bad so I wouldn’t turn people away but it’s not as good as the TV series.