Cover Freak Force Vol.1 #09

Freak Force #9

September 1994
24 Pages

Credits

Erik Larsen: Creator & Script
Keith Giffen: Plot & Storyteller
Victor Bridges: Pencils
Mike Miller: Inks
Chris Eliopoulos: Letters
Gloria Vasquez: Colors
I.H.O.C.: Color Separations
Kell-O-Graphics: Film Output
Karl Kesel: Cover Inks
Josh Eichorn: Blight
Dave Johnson: Pin-Up (SuperPatriot)

Heroes

Freak Force
Dart
Barbaric
Horridus
Mighty Man II
Rapture
Ricochet
SuperPatriot
Vanguard

Guest Heroes

Top Cow
Cyber Force
Stryker
Cyblade
Heatwave
Impact
Ripclaw
Velocity

Supporting Characters

Major Jake Farrell
Wally

Villains

The Matrix Swarm (Death Issue)

Summary

Cyber Force demand that the matrix unit be handed over to them but Mighty Man is hesitant to part with the alien unit. It suddenly animates the plant-life in the surrounding area and transforms it into killer tentacles that attack the gathered heroes. As they defend themselves against this threat, the unit begins to summon reinforcements to protect it.

The rest of Freak Force is still struggling with the Matrix Swarm and the male members opt to rejoin their female teammates. They witness Wally’s spacecraft completely covered with the robot ants and they reluctantly abandon this reunion. Vanguard suggests that they travel to the matrix unit to destroy it which should save their friends. Barbaric gives a glancing look back at the vessel and worries that Ricochet is trouble.

Aboard the spacecraft, Wally leads his companions through to a chamber before sealing the Matrix Swarm outside. He warns that the ants will adapt soon and breach the metal doors but they instead come through the ventilation units instead. Horridus horrifies her teammates by jumping into the middle of the swarm but she surprisingly is not killed and instead kills many of the creatures. Dart gets an idea and they lead the invaders into the air lock and remove all pressure from the section to give the ants a dose of the bends. The Matrix Swarm then break off their attack to return to their power source, prompting the heroes to pursue.

Vanguard and the remaining members of Freak Force reach the unit but Barbaric is thrown away by the alien vines. The heroes hold their own against the Matrix Swarm but when Mighty Man takes hold of the unit again, it transforms the ants into miniaturized versions of him. Vanguard suggests that the fly the unit into space although the superhero is unsure that he can survive in the vacuum of space. The other heroes present simply watch on helplessly as their allies try to save the day.

Once the pair has reached the outskirts of space, Vanguard instructs Mighty Man to hurl the unit into the vacuum. The Matrix Swarm race to retrieve their power source but an idea occurs to Mighty Man regarding exploiting their anal need to copy things. He transforms back into Ann Stevens which prompts the swarm to follow suit. This leaves the Matrix Swarm vulnerable to the environment of space and they are all killed.

With the danger over, Cyber Force depart and leave Vanguard and Wally to take the unit away to store securely. Jake Farrell is pleased with how events played out as he now knows that Freak Force can be manipulated into aiding the government given proper motivation. Freak Force are given a helicopter ride back towards the United States but Ricochet points out that they still need to locate her boyfriend. Barbaric stumbles across the Brazilian landscape until he is arrested by the police for entering into the country illegally…