Freak Force #3
NOTE: This story takes place before and during SAVAGE DRAGON #7
Erik Larsen: Creator & Script
Keith Giffen: Plot & Storyteller
Victor Bridges: Pencils
Mike Miller: Inks
Chris Eliopoulos: Letters
Gloria Vasquez: Colors
Olyoptics: Color Separations
Kell-O-Graphics: Film Output
Karl Kesel: Cover Inks
Josh Eichorn: Disgruntled Postal Worker
– Mighty Man II
Sam Haze (Voice Only)
Chelsea Nirvana (First Appearance)
The Evil Clones (First Appearance)
– The Barbaric Twins (First Appearance)
– Mighty Man (First Appearance)
– Ricochet (First Appearance) (Death Issue)
The Throwaways (First Appearance)
– Nuke Rage (First Appearance)
– H.U.B.E.R.T. (First Appearance)
– Rock Woman (First Appearance)
– WildHair (First Appearance)
Mighty Man bursts through a window into a restaurant, locked in combat with a super-freak called Nuke Rage. The villain claims to be fighting to make people aware that civilization began in Africa and that white society is oppressing his people. Mighty Man points out that he does not care what color his skin is but Nuke Rage is a criminal and thus needs to be taken out. He flies his opponent outside where Barbaric and Ricochet have worked together to defeat WildHair.
The bouncing Ricochet seeks to help out Rapture but she had been doing fine against Rock Woman on her own. The villainess closes in on Ricochet but is shocked unconscious by Rapture which leaves just SuperPatriot who is up against a floating super-freak named H.U.B.E.R.T. He scares the villain into surrendering with gunfire which leaves Freak Force victorious. They had been battling a super-team called the Throwaways and wonder just who had cast them aside.
The Chicago Police Department round up the Throwaways and keep the general public back which includes a woman named Chelsea Nirvana. She had seemingly been taking photographs of the heroes before having her purse stolen by a mugger. He flees the scene but a bomb hidden in the bag is then detonated which kills the criminal. Chelsea then heads to a secret hideout that had belonged to her father and uploads the images that she had taken of Freak Force.
This machine is actually a genetic matrix that can create clones of whoever had had their images recorded. Barbaric was in too many pictures which prevents Rapture from being copied and SuperPatriot’s clone is missing his limbs and part of his face making him useless too. Chelsea is forced to double up on Barbaric clones but their immaturity soon infuriates her. She has her Mighty Man duplicate deal with the duo but he ends up throwing them into the machinery which destroys it.
Mighty Man overhears SuperPatriot berating his performance against the Throwaways to Dart and asks to speak to his teammate in privacy. Mighty Man attempts to explain that although the powered entity is the same that SuperPatriot worked alongside in the Liberty League, the host body is different. He gets too confused trying to explain their details and ends up flying away, worrying SuperPatriot that he is suffering from some kind of mental breakdown.
The heroes that had delivered the Throwaways to Dragon then depart and come across a war zone that has been blocked off by the police. The Evil Clones have begun tearing up the city and the Mighty Man duplicate accidentally opens up a gas main that explodes, killing the Ricochet double. He then flies off to confront the police officers present. Ricochet and Rapture question the wisdom of trying to intervene but Dart is confident that they the three of them can deal with any situation. The evil Mighty Man flies down and knocks them all off of their feet before lifting Ricochet up and pulls her arms apart. He then jokes about them making a wish, threatening to tear off the limbs…