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RADIAN

Title - Heaven's Net
Issue - 15
Writer - John Francis Moore

Art - Pat Broderick

 

Summary:

Somewhere, Fortune's brother Kaz stares into space and senses that soon his mission will be complete. From the doorway, his captor observes him and knows that contact will be imminent. In Latveria, Wire is rushing Andrei to Antikva Village when suddenly they come upon the floating city of Valhalla. Landing on the city, they are greeted by Doom. In Hong Kong, Fortune, Lei Fong, and Morkovkin are once more found by demon assassins. They quickly elude them and board a taxi which will take them to a shuttle launch. Fortune presses Lei for a full explanation of what has happened to her brother. Lei then recounts that Kaz was found preserved inside an alien spacecraft buried for centuries in the Himalayas. When Kaz was awakened, he spoke an alien language. In Latveria, Doom discovers that Earth has been abandoned by the interstellar empires. His scanner finds only one signal directed at Earth, in Nepal. Traveling there, Doom quickly traces the location of the signal to a craft buried beneath the snow. Inside he is attacked a being in golden radiating armor. On one of Hong Kong's islands, Fortune and company manage to break into a shuttle which is ready to launch. Fortune is surprised to find Poet inside, and together they board the shuttle and lift off. Morkovkin attacks Lei and takes control of the shuttle. When they dock on the orbiting Chin Shan space platform, they are met by Feng Huang, who reminds her sister, Lei, that her influence extends everywhere.

 

Notes:

  • Doom mentions the Ovoid race, see Fantastic Four #10.

  • First appearance of Radian.

  • Lots of continuity references. Doom mentions the Shi'ar stargate of X-Men fame, Galactus, Skrulls, and Xandarans.

  • Doom is perplexed as to why the interstellar empires have abandoned Earth, see 2099:Manifest Destiny

  • First appearance of Feng Huang

  • John Francis Moore took a vacation so the next issue was a fill-in by Ernie Colon.

 

17

Title - Radian and Reunion
Issue - 17
Writer - John Francis Moore [plot] Peter David [script]
Art - Pat Broderick

 

Summary:
Inside the alien craft, Doom responds to the alien's attack with one of his own, but it is not effective. The alien holds him captive and attempts to communicate by showing him an image of the Chin Shan space platform. Aboard the platform, Feng Huang renders Lei unconscious and has Morkovkin thrown out into space. Feng Huang allows Fortune to see Kaz. Fortune is horrified that he seems mindless. Feng explains that is exactly how he was found and that she only wants to use him to make contact with the aliens who reprogrammed his mind. At that moment, the alien appears with Doom in tow. The alien removes his helmet and reveals that he is called Radian, of the Y'lestja. He begins to communicate with Kaz. Not seeing an opportunity to gain anything from this, Feng decides to kill Radian in order to learn more from an autopsy. Doom intervenes and deflects her shot which inadvertently strikes Kaz instead. Radian then announces that the Y'lestja have arrived.

 

Notes:

  • Issue scripted by Peter David

 

18

Title - Communion
Issue - 18
Writer - John Francis Moore

Art - Pat Broderick

 

Summary:
Despite being grazed by Feng's blast, the Y'lestja begin their ceremony of communion with the humans on the bridge of the space platform. The Y'lestja, a collective consciousness enter the minds of those on the bridge and shares with the experiences and sensations of all the places they have visited in their cosmic journeys. The communion offers each of them a glimpse into magnificence of the universe in order to provide understanding. Radian explains that they have come now because the human race is approaching a crossroads. Once the ceremony is over, the Y'lestja reveal that they are pleased with Radian service and grant him his freedom. After the collective departs, Feng kills Radian. She also activates the station self-destruct and leaves Doom and the others to die. Doom overrides the locks in the system and allows them to reach the escape pods, but he commands the others to go ahead without out saying he will follow in the remaining pod. Once they are gone, Doom returns to the bridge and finds Feng. She planned for everyone to leave so that she could keep Radian's armor. Feng attempts to kill Doom but fails. With no more time to stop the self destruct and stop Doom from taking the armor, the station explodes.

 

Notes:

  • Radian mentions that through the communion, Feng Huang has been changed somehow by the Y'lestja. Her "mark" is never revealed, but Doom 2099 #43 confirms that all of them were in fact changed in someway. Fortune much later realizes that her ability to tell the future was enhanced. Kaz becomes a champion of light and don's Radian's armor. Doom and Poet's gifts are never revealed.

  • Feng Huang's fate is revealed in a back-up story in Doom 2099 #25.

  • Despite his apparent 'death,' Radian was meant to survive. A story showing what follows the events of this issue was completed, but never published. You can read that unpublished story here.

 

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