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Fire from Heaven (comics)

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Publisher  Wildstorm Comics
Genre  Superhero Crossover
Publication date  March – July 1996
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"Fire From Heaven" was a company-wide comics crossover event story arc published by American company WildStorm in 1996. The story ran across at least one issue of most WildStorm titles at the time and several independent one-shots. The story tied into many events happening in the WildStorm universe and, unlike many major crossovers of the time, Fire From Heaven had a lasting impact on many of the characters involved.

Contents

History

The crossover was one of the biggest ever in comics, but had its share of problems, for example: delayed issues caused the planned reading order to change almost monthly. So much that the end, planned to take place in Fire from Heaven #2, had to take place in Deathblow #28. Also, mandated participation in the crossover meant that many writers had to stop their own storylines to follow the storyline of the crossover. This had the side-effect that none of the issues involved were self-contained and readers had to buy the whole crossover to understand the story, even with short recaps in each issue.

Plot

The story dealt with the coming of Damocles (an alternate reality version of Dr. Tsung), an insane villain from another universe. On Earth, Damocles' opponent from his homeworld had been reborn as the superhero Sigma. Damocles was assisted in his quest by the Sword (an alternate reality version of Union), a group of alien bounty hunters, including One-Eyed Jack, Jade, Rake, Hardball and Tode, the fake Kaizen Gamorra and Miles Craven. Most of the story took place on the island-state Gamorra, with a finale on the Moon that involved most of Earth's superheroes.

Consequences

  • Deathblow sacrificed himself to defeat the main villain of the event, Damocles.
  • Miles Craven, head of International Operations, and a major villain in the Wildstorm Universe, died.
  • Kaizen Gamorra, another major villain, was unmasked as an imposter and killed. The real Kaizen Gamorra would be restored as ruler of Gamorra and would prove even more of a villain.
  • DV8 was sent on its first mission.
  • Gen¹³-member Caitlin Fairchild was reunited with her father.
  • Burnout found out his father was John Lynch.
  • Grifter rejoined the WildC.A.T.s. Spartan recovered memories of his life as Kherubim Lord and member of Team One.
  • Union came out of retirement, leading into a new series for the hero.
  • Stormwatch-member Flashpoint was revealed to be a traitor to the team and was killed.
  • The origin of the Gen Factor was revealed: Sigma. The Gen Factor was the source of superhuman powers for many characters in the Wildstorm Universe, including Team 7, Gen 12, Gen¹³ and DV8.
  • Cyberjack, the long-running member of Backlash's supporting cast, dies during the incident.
  • Backlash discovers that he had a son, Aries.
  • Reading order

    Prelude

    1. Sword Of Damocles #1
    2. Sigma #1
    3. Deathblow #26

    Chapters

    1. Fire From Heaven #1
    2. Backlash #19
    3. Gen¹³ #10
    4. Wetworks #16
    5. Stormwatch (vol. 1) #35
    6. Sigma #2
    7. WildC.A.T.s #29
    8. Deathblow #27
    9. Gen¹³ #11
    10. Backlash #20
    11. Wetworks #17
    12. Stormwatch #36
    13. WildC.A.T.s #30
    14. Sigma #3

    Finale

    1. Sword Of Damocles #2
    2. Fire From Heaven #2
    3. Deathblow #28

    References

    Fire from Heaven (comics) Wikipedia


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