|Nudge mysteriously appears at the spot where
Charlemagne had battled
Lord Bottom in the previous issue. She has a very wicked look on her
as she tries to persuade Charlemagne to not fight
War Dancer. Her
attempt to control the thoughts of Charlemagne fails. They part.
Nudge later shows up at her sister's house. Nudge explains
to her sister, but at no point does she ever explain how she knows
exactly where to be in the story at any given point.
Charlemagne wanders across Central Park and meets Great
who is wearing a baseball cap and a trench coat. He is sitting in some
stands watching a football game. One of the football players plows over
Charlemagne and the player is annoyed that Charlemagne was on the edge
of the field. They fight. Charlemagne seriously hurts the other guy.
warns Charlemagne that he should leave. Charlemagne leaves... buys a
A mob of homeless people ambush him. He leaves them to fight over his
Across the globe in Vietnam, a woman is hearing
voice calling her to go to America. Arrangements are made for her to go
The Good Guys show up to meet Charlemagne and they knew
where to appear. Charlemagne flirts with Flex from the Good Guys.
overcomes their thoughts. The Good Guys fight Charlemagne. Charlemagne
leaves because he knows something is wrong. The Good Guys snap out of
Charlemagne meets up with a homeless guy who leads him to
bowels of Grand Central Station where the homeless stay. Charlemagne
asleep against his will. His boots are gone when he awakes.
While there, Charlemagne temporarily saves a guy from being tossed
in a steam pit by some muscular guys. While attempting to rescue the
Charlemagne falls in himself. Charlemagne sees the other guy fall in
die from the scalding heat. He does a huge leap out of the steam pit
bursts through a manhole cover to the street above.
Lola, who looks to be either a transvestite or a prostitute,
catches up to Charlemagne and asks if he needs a friend. Charlemagne
"No". Charlemagne wanders around homeless until Le Xuan his past love
Vietnam finds him. She tells him she was given money to bring him back
The scene switches to Nudge sitting with an evil look on her face.
At this point it becomes apparent that she is controlling everyone from
The scene switches back to a romantic scene between Charlemagne and
Le Xuan. Le Xuan accidentally tells Charlemagne she is married.
figures out she is being controlled and gets out of the room.
While outside, Charlemagne sees a truck being driven off the
road by Shooter. Charlemagne saves innocent bystanders and stops the
Shooter blows up the truck and drives off. Charlemagne can tell he is
controlled and doesn't chase him.
Charlemagne then remembers that Nudge had approached him in the park
and he still hears her "noise" so loudly that he can follow it back to
the source. They have a confrontation, she ducks out.
This issue features some excellent continuity snapshots, but
at no point does it make sense that Nudge would be a villainess in the
story. Her relation to War Dancer is never explain and her personality
is not consistent with the personality she had in Warriors of
This is not a bad issue because it introduces so
many story elements,
but it really has no overall focus. It is more confusing than
is rewarding. The art is very distracting. The quality jumps around.
minute it features simplistic Ditko-esque truncated figures and poses,
the next minute it features facial expressions that look traced from
Byrne's work. On two specific pages it is apparent that only outlines
characters were penciled and/or inked. The colorist was left to make
outlines look like individual people. Defiant had a horrible pattern of
putting their weakest quality into their oversized and higher priced
This is a good example of a weak effort.