(March 2000)

Marvel, 2000 Series
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Volume
1
Price
2.99 USD; 4.50 CAD
Pages
44
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics
Brand
Marvel Comics
Barcode
759606048397 01211
Editing
Ralph Macchio (editor); Bob Harras (editor in chief)

She Came from the Future to Save the Past... ...Only to See It Die! (Table of Contents)

First Line / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Byrne (signed)
Inks
Al Milgrom (signed)
Colors
Glynis Oliver
Letters
Jim Novak

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Cassandra Locke; The First Line [Positron; Reflex; Oxbow; Walkabout (a robot); the Eternal Brain [Prof. William Carmody] (inside Walkabout); Firefall; Mr. Justice; Black Fox; Gadfly; Knight Templar]; Yeti; Mako; Skrulls
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This Is Where It Ends! (Table of Contents: 1)

First Line / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Roger Stern (scripter, co-plotter); John Byrne (co-plotter)
Pencils
John Byrne
Inks
Al Milgrom
Colors
Glynis Oliver
Letters
Jim Novak

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Cassandra Locke; Uatu the Watcher; Doctor Strange [Dr. Stephen Strange]; The First Line [Positron (unnamed, apparent death); Flatiron (unnamed, death); Walkabout (a robot, destroyed); the Eternal Brain [Prof. William Carmody] (inside Walkabout, death); Reflex (unnamed, apparent death); Pixie (survived); Oxbow (apparent death); Mr. Justice (unnamed, death); Riot-Act (death); Knight Templar (death); Squire (death); Firefall (unnamed, apparent death); Katyusha (unnamed, apparent death); Gadfly (death); Black Fox (death); Nightingale (death); Effigy [Velmax] (death)]; Makkari (survived); Yeti (survived); Mako (death); Nocturne (villain, apparent death); six unnamed heroes and/or villains (apparent deaths); Skrulls (villains, all killed); Korya (a Skrull, unnamed, death); Reed Richards (on monitor, prior to becoming Mr. Fantastic); Susan Storm (on monitor, prior to becoming Invisible Girl); Henry Pym (on monitor, prior to becoming Ant-Man); Robert Bruce Banner (on monitor, prior to becoming the Hulk); General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (on monitor); Yankee Clipper (mentioned)
Synopsis
Cassandra Locke, a time-traveler from the late 22nd century, arrives in the 1980s to uncover the truth about the Skrull Empire's early visits to Earth during the 20th century. Uatu the Watcher tells her that virtually the whole of Earth's known superhuman population, hero and villain alike, have joined forces to oppose an advance squadron of Skrull battle cruisers. When Earth's defeat is imminent, Pixie triggers a resonance overload which explodes all of the battle cruisers' engines, killing human and Skrull alike. Cassandra hastily activates her time-belt, sending her further back in time.
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Keywords
Skrulls; time travel

Indexer Notes

This chapter takes place "years before" Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #1. The events of this issue occur in the mid to late 1980s. Although this story implies that the Fantastic Four debuted in the early 1990s, the introduction of the Fantastic Four will be pushed further and further into the future due to Marvel Comics' sliding timeline, however the events of this series will remain fixed in time.

First appearance of all members of the First Line featured herein, except for the Eternal Brain and Yeti. The Eternal Brain previously appeared in Red Raven Comics (Marvel, 1940 series) #1 (August 1940) and Avengers Forever (Marvel, 1998 series) #11 (November 1999). Yeti previously appeared in Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #99 (June 1970). First appearance of Mako, Nocturne, and Korya.

According to Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Teams 2005 (Marvel, 2005 series) #1, Makkari was present during the battle. He may be the speedster seen on page 16 panel 1.

Cassandra Locke, Pixie, Makkari, and Yeti are the only known survivors of the explosion at the end of this issue. Cassandra's next chronological appearance is in issue #10. Pixie's next chronological appearance is in issue #1, followed by X-Men: The Hidden Years (Marvel, 1999 series) #16. Makkari's next chronological appearance is in The Eternals (Marvel, 1976 series) #5. Yeti's next chronological appearance is in X-Men: The Hidden Years (Marvel, 1999 series) #16, followed closely by issue #7 of this series (retelling the events of Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #99).

The Knight Templar is only called by his full superhero name in the letters page of issue #8. All mentions of his name within the stories themselves refer to him simply as "Templar".

It is unclear if Mako is a member of the First Line in this issue or merely under the supervision of the Knight Templar.

The character on page 3 with the triangular goggles appears to be Katyusha, who is formally introduced in issue #7.

The female Skrull, Korya, began seducing Yeti beginning in issue #11. Due to her manipulations, Yeti became a Skrull sympathizer. Korya's name was revealed in Marvel Encyclopedia Volume 6: Fantastic Four (Marvel, 2004).

Doctor Strange's appearance here is explained in the letters pages of this issue and issue #5: He spent years in Asia, learning his craft at the side of the Ancient One, before returning to America to become a practicing mystic master. In fact, in his very first appearance (Strange Tales #110), it was revealed that the name of Doctor Strange was already "spoken in whispers". According to Roger Stern, it's quite possible that the Doctor Strange stories up through Strange Tales #122 actually took place before Fantastic Four #1.

Thunderbolt Ross is shown on the Watcher's monitor wearing two stars on each of his shoulders, making him a Major General in the U.S. Air Force at the time of this story.

Fast Lane, Part 3 of 4: On the Edge (Table of Contents: 2)

Spider-Man / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Glenn Herdling
Pencils
Gregg Schigiel
Inks
Richard Case
Colors
Paul Mounts
Letters
Chris Dickey
Editing
Michael Stewart; Steve Behling

Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Mysterio [Quentin Beck]; Sam Exmore; Toni Harris; Zane Whelan; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]

Indexer Notes

Bonus insert.

Welcome to a World You Never Knew Existed? (Table of Contents: 3)

Marvel: The Lost Generation / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roger Stern
Letters
typeset

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. She Came from the Future to Save the Past... ...Only to See It Die!
    First Line
  2. 1. This Is Where It Ends!
    First Line
  3. 2. Fast Lane, Part 3 of 4: On the Edge
    Spider-Man
  4. 3. Welcome to a World You Never Knew Existed?
    Marvel: The Lost Generation
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