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Firestar #3 (1986, May)

July 12, 2015

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will continue after Secret Wars, and all is right with the world. For today, however, by DeFalco and Wilshire, “This Lady Kills!”

This Lady Kills!

That woman’s cancer concerns become pretty valid when Firestar herself actually gets cancer from her own power.

Firestar is going through a training session, with Emma criticizing her performance. She takes out a laser cannon, then a couple robots. Then Xavier shoots her down with a machine gun. Emma says she can’t hesitate when her life’s in danger, and she has to strike quickly. Firestar says she could never use her powers to hurt someone. Emma says she may have to learn to use her powers to protect herself or someone she cares about. Randall comes in to tell Angel to take a shower and head to dance class.

After Angel and Emma both leave, Randall thinks about Angel, and worries for her. In the locker room, another Hellfire Guard implies Randall is banging Angel, which he denies. He says he treats her like a little sister. The other guard mentions having a fun assignment coming up, which means someone’s going to get hurt.

Emma chats to Shaw about the events of Uncanny X-Men #193. While she admits it was bad, she does say it wasn’t that bad, and she is rather pleased at Firestar remaining loyal to her. They continue to believe, for some reason, that her power would be effective for assassination. After they sign off, Selene appears behind Shaw. Shaw’s not happy with her boldness, but has a plan for eliminating her.

In dance class, Empath and Roulette mess with Angel. She quickly realizes that Empath is making the teacher anger, and it makes her angry, herself. Angry enough to accidentally set off the sprinkler system. In the office, Emma chastises her for losing control, then tells her she’s arranged for Angel to visit her father. Randall wonders at Frost’s angle.

That night, she has a nightmare about being attacked by the X-Men. A few days later, Angel arrives at Newark Airport and greets her father, who’s very uncomfortable. He’s much nicer to Randall. Angel’s excited to see her cat again, but her father snatches the cat away, then stops and tries to apologize. But now Angel’s pissed off. She runs to her room and slams the door. Randall thinks maybe he should take Angel back to Massachusetts in the morning, and her father agrees.

At the airport, there’s a call for Randall, taking him away from Angel and her father. When she gets to the phone, the person’s already hung up. He’s greeted by the Hellfire Guard from earlier, telling Randall he’s staying put for a few minutes. Some guy bumps into Angel and drops a boombox, which then starts burning. The guy blames Angel for it, and accuses her of being a mutant. That quickly starts a near-riot. Angel heats up and chases everyone off, except the punk who first accused her. He pulls a gun, but she manages to melt the bullets before they hit her. Fun fact: Lead has a really frigging high melting point. 327.5 degrees Celsius. Over 600 degrees Fahrenheit. To melt a bullet as fast as she does, of course, would require even more heat. There’s a pretty good chance she’d ignite the oxygen in the air. One of the funny little things about comic book physics.

Anyway, the guy then turns his gun on her father, and she’s forced to use her power against him. Later on, Emma and Shaw talk about what happened. It was all planned, naturally. The agent she fried isn’t dead, just in critical condition, but what matters is she used her power on him. Emma says it’ll only be a few months until she’s ready for an assignment – the assassination of the Black Queen.

Decent issue. Randall gets a larger role, and he’s pretty bland. His only real personality trait is that he’s concerned about Angel. The most effective scene in the issue is Angel’s reunion with her father. He’s still scared of her, and for her. Her reaction is done well. She sounds like a teenager, except in this case, she has good reason for her emotional freak-out. The airport scene is also pretty good, with Angel still determined not to hurt anyone, until she has no choice.

The art isn’t great. There’s some weird faces here and there. Some of it’s nice, some of it’s not, most of it’s just rather forgettable.

This issue does feel like a little bit of a middle issue, just moving things along to the finale. Luckily, the finale is the best part of the series. And I mean that in a good way, not as a sarcastic joke.

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