SpaceKnights #3 Annotations
by Lee K. Seitz
Version 1.0 - 12 Oct 2000
Copyright 2000 Lee K. Seitz
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*** Spoilers ho! ***
All character listings are from left to right, top to bottom unless otherwise indicated. Characters listed as [unknown] will be filled in as soon as the needed issue is released. Identities of characters listed as [?] are uncertain. (Help is welcome.) For brevity, all members of the new generation of Spaceknights are *not* designated with their appropriate Roman numeral.
A Guide to Spaceknights' Real Names:
Page 1: The Spaceknights undergoing "treatment" are Pulsar, Starshine, and Vanium (his first appearance).
Page 2, panel 4: Tristan's right, these Wraiths are like none ever seen before.
Page 2, panel 4: "The ebon dimension" is a previously unused name for Limbo, the timeless realm to which the Dire Wraiths were banished.
Page 2, panel 5: Tristan's visions are no longer causing him physical pain as many of them did in the previous issue. (See also page 5, panel 4.)
Page 5, panel 1: Tristan's mother, Brandy, occupied the original Starshine's armor after Starshine's death, *not* Scanner's. (Bad editor; no cookie!) I have not yet done any research, but do not immediately recall her having much in the way of psychic abilities during that time. Saying she surrendered her knighthood to become mistress of the realm isn't exactly right. She was forcibly removed from it by Rom's old foe, Hybrid. She was not pleased about it at first.
Page 5, panel 4: This is a Deathwing. Deathwings were powerful creatures of dark energy spawned in the black sun of the Dire Wraith's Dark Nebula home. In ROM, Deathwings appeared only as black, pterodactyl-shaped forms with red eye. The green effects are completely new.
Page 6, panel 1: We cannot tell if the Trion destroyers are actually manned by duped Trions or if they were commandeered by the Dire Wraiths.
Page 6, panel 3: For those coming in late, the two flying Spaceknights are Javelin and Scanner. On the ground we have Starshine, Firefall, Hammerhand, Pulsar, and Terminator. Liberator and Sentry look on in their human forms.
Page 6, panel 3: We finally get to see the javelin weapon for which the Spaceknight Javelin is named.
Page 7, panel 4: The Spaceknights killed in this and all subsequent panels are previously unseen. (In two ways. First, we haven't seen them previously. Second, they seem to appear out of nowhere just so they can be killed.)
Page 8, panel 1: Again, this generation of Spaceknights has the power to summon their entire armor from sub-space.
Page 8, panel 5: It appears Sentry possesses the power to summon several archaic-type weapons. This is the first time we've seen him use a bow and (energy?) arrows.
Page 13, panel 2: And here Sentry is summoning yet another new weapon, a battle axe.
Page 14, panel 2: It appears Terminator does indeed share the power of force eyebeams with his predecessor.
Page 18, panel 2: The Deathwings were all believed destroyed with the Dark Nebula's black sun when Rom disrupted the Worldmerge spell in ROM #65.
Page 20, panel 1: This is the first time Vanium's name has been mentioned. There are no known predecessors with his name or powers.
Page 21, panel 1: Rom did indeed kill the queen Deathwing during the Dire Wraiths original assault on Galador 200 years ago. It was first mentioned way back in "The Legend of the Spaceknights" in ROM #1.
Page 21, panel 1: By the way, what happened to Terminator? He seems to have disappeared for the rest of the issue.
Page 21, panel 2: The original Firefall, Karas, used what was called the Living Flame of Galador (not plasmafire). He was captured and tortured as the Dire Wraiths tried to figure out how his armor worked, but it did not last for 200 years. After an unspecified amount of time, Karas used his powers to send himself to Limbo, where Rom later encountered him in ROM #19. Apparently, sometime during the rebuilding of Galador, Karas was somehow retrieved from Limbo and now somehow shares his existence with Tarn. Note that what Karas sent to Limbo was only a portion of his humanity, if even that. (It may have only been his conciousness he managed to send.) The rest was cryogenically stored on Galador and destroyed along with the rest of the Spaceknights' in ROM #75. Sending only his conciousness might explain why he would now share his existence with Tarn rather than being restored as the other Spaceknights were. (See annotations for #2, page 5, panel 1.)
Page 22, panel 1: Don't ask me where the portal is. I don't see one either. Off-panel, I guess.
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