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Damage Control #2: Review

Jul 1991
Dwayne McDuffie, Ernie Colon

Story Name:

Edifice Wrecks

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Damage Control #2 Review by (May 18, 2020)

Review: A lot of bickering and Star Trek talk characterize this issue which is quite funny even without a lot of action. Hulk does absolutely nothing in keeping with his image and is revealed to be a Star Trek fan. And we meet Edifice Rex, whose cosmic cleaning powers pose a threat to Damage Control and soon to all of reality. Ernie Colon is back on the art but his style seems just a bit edgier, perhaps influenced by Kyle Baker on issue 1; the content isn’t any darker than the usual Dwayne McDuffie light comedy. Stay tuned, but first a movie premiere.

Comments: Title is a pun on the ancient Greek play (and Sub-Mariner catch phrase) “Oedipus Rex.”






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Damage Control #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

John, Robin, and Lenny of Damage Control have been summoned to Yankee Stadium to clean up after a disaster—but there isn’t one. Hulk is trying to watch the ballgame while everyone expects him to be the source of any trouble. Then the New Warriors (Firestar, Night Thrasher, Namorita, Nova, Marvel Boy) arrive, summoned by Speedball (an intern at DC as Robbie Baldwin) and warn DC not to try anything, echoed by Police Lt. Steve Sure who also suspects Damage Control is behind the recent spate of disasters in the city. As the Warriors face off with the DC team, Hulk is waiting for the game to resume but when John calls for a peaceful resolution and Hulk recognizes it as a STAR TREK quote, it leads to a discussion of the show among the various fans in DC and the New Warriors. A.J. Lociciero gets bored with all the talk and provokes a fight between DC and the New Warriors, which fight lasts three seconds and ends with a Warriors victory (but no real injuries). And then the glowing green ball from outer space (seen last issue) arrives and takes the form of Edifice Rex, a glowing green cosmic hero whose origin was seen in DAMAGE CONTROL Vol. 1 issue #1. And, dedicating his powers to cleanliness and repair, he wants a job with Damage Control. Robin realizes that with his magical abilities, he will put DC out of business and the New Warriors perceive him as a threat to human freedom and attack, only to be placed in mylar bags by Rex. John comes up with a plan: he tells Edifice Rex that they have been hired to clean up the Asteroid Belt and puts Rex in charge of the project, sending him back into space for an indefinite time. The Warriors arrange with Hulk to get together and watch STAR TREK next weekend and everyone goes home….

Back at work, Robbie is fired over his poor attendance and A.J. Lociciero reveals that the Damage Control movie has already been made and he will be flying everyone out to Hollywood for the premiere, which announcement does not go down well….


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Ernie Colon
Ernie Colon
Brad Vancata
Ernie Colon (Cover Penciler)
Ernie Colon (Cover Inker)
Ernie Colon (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Firestar, Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr), Namorita, New Warriors, Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor), Nova (Richard Rider), Speedball.

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