The Official Guide to the AC Universe
CHRONOLOGY / CROSSOVER GUIDE PART 3
ISSUES #21 - 30
This ten-issue run of Femforce (issues 21-30) cover three main
storylines: the battles with Rad and her complete alienation form the
Femforce, the introduction of Joan Wayne's daughter Jen Burke as the
new Ms. Victory, and the escalation of the Black Shroud's menace from
a sinister threat into open, deadly warfare. Included in this month's
intro is a chronology of events in AC history leading up to the
Shroud wars, as well as the usual comments on crossovers that occur
within this ten-issue span of Femforce.
CHRONOLOGY & CROSSOVERS
Several other titles are interwoven with the continuity of
Femforce 21-30. Each is listed here, with an explanation of its
placement within the chronology.
Femforce in the House of Horror 1 (before FF 21)
The Trick-or Treaters at the end of this story confirm that it takes
place on October 31. Colt's early morning reference to the previous
night's induction party dates FF 20 on the night of October 30. The
second story of FF 22, in which She-Cat finishes the story of her Old
West dream, takes place during the cleanup the group performs on
Halloween day. It is, therefore, a retro-continuity story that
chronologically takes place within the pages of Femforce in the
House of Horror.
AC Annual 1 (between FF 24 and GGAQ 1 (1)
A lull in activity between the battle with Rad and the invasion of
the Shapeshifters make this the logical place for She-Cat and Tara to
journey to South America to track down the wayward Stella.
Good Girl Art Quarterly 1 (between AC Ann 1 and FF
The Femforce's battle with the Shapeshifters spans the first four
issues of this title, but only in the first story is Colt depicted as
leader, putting this story before Femforce 25, at which point the
Shapeshifters case is put on hold while Jen Burke gets her feet wet
as the new Ms. Victory.
Good Girl Art Quarterly 2-4 (between FF 28 &
NV's Cauldron of Horror 2)
With Jen's role as the Femforce's new leader clearly established
(though not entirely welcome), the Shapeshifters investigation is
resumed, and the invading aliens are thwarted.
Synn, the Girl From LSD
Chronological placement of this book is not critical, since it is a
retro-continuity story dating back to the days of Colt's leadership
of the Femforce (Tara mentions at one point being stuck with Synn
because Colt, She-Cat and Nightveil are on another assignment). Since
Nightveil placed Synn in limbo before Colt's assumption of FF
leadership (in FF 9), and did not take her out permanently until
Colt's departure (FF 28), this must be a temporary sojourn in reality
for Synn, who soon after returns to limbo until Laura comes to bring
her back to the real world for good.
Nightveil's Cauldron of Horror 2 / Femforce: Night of
the Demon 1 (between GGAQ 4 and FF 29)
The relatively quiet period between the end of the Shapeshifters case
and the awakening of the Vault heroes make this a logical setting for
these stories. C of H comes before N of D based on the assumption
that Nightveil had originally planned to spend Halloween at her
Everglades sanctum, but then decided to join her friends in Orlando
later that evening.
UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE SHROUD - A HISTORY
The Black Shroud was one of the prime movers in AC history from
his first battle with Captain Paragon through the end of the Shroud
Wars. Because so much of his pervasive influence was behind the
scenes, the extent of his evil works may be underestimated. What
follows is a story-by-story recounting of most of the important
events relating to the Shroud's rise to power and his ultimate
Bill Black's Fun Comics 4
Captain Paragon's 30-year battle with the Shroud resumes
. The Shroud is apparently killed when blast from Stardust
separates his body from Dr.Latimer's.
Chen Lo explains to Roger Brant the origin of his temple
as the domain of the Faceless Ones cult, of whom we later
learn that Zara Khan ruled.
Kuromoko, whom we later learn is the Shroud's disciple,
makes an unsuccessful bid to buy Jungle Island from TC
Shade Special 1
The first sign of treachery in the spirits that comprise
the Shade and will later take possession of the Shade for
Captain Paragon 2-4
The Shroud's essence leaves his lifeless body and takes
possession of coroner Charlie Hawkins. He then contacts his
disciples, including Jong Sue & Yong Cha Chae.
Dragonfly 6, 7
Kuromoko learns much about Dragonfly by his assassination
attempt, and the evil spirits within Roger take control of
Introduction of Stella Stargaze, whom the Shroud
influences to disrupt Tara's life, distracting her enough to
plant his evil seed on her Island.
Sentinels of Justice 1-6
Armageddon Factor 1,2, Special
The Shroud orchestrates the entire Earth / Vardax war
including the destruction of the Earth for the sole purpose
of getting Paragon to voluntarily limit his omnipotence.
The Shroud Influences Nightveil to resurrect Dan Barton,
who in turn destroys Ms. Victory by transforming her into
The Shroud begins inflicting terrifying nightmares on
members of the Femforce to dispirit and demoralize them.
Weir announces that his Purple Claw has identified the
Shroud as the source of the growing evil, and Jungle Island
as the nexus.
She-Cat and Rad both experience Shroud induced
(The Devil Below)
The Shroud, now inhabiting Kuromoko's body, comes into
the open, as he explains his origin, his manipulations to
date, and his future plans to a quartet of heroes on Jungle
Island. He then sends them off to gather the forces of good
for the upcoming battle
The Shroud attacks the Weir Asylum soon after the Vault
heroes are awakened, and frees some dangerous villains who
had been incarcerated in its depths
Retro-continuity story depicting how Dragonfly became
tainted by the Shroud's evil and explaining how the Shroud
met and enslaved Klyness in order to trap Captain Paragon 30
The Shroud recruits his evil minions and relates to them
the events he has controlled, including the resurrection of
Dan Barton and the ongoing battle between Stella Stargaze
and the Femforce.
The final climactic battle between the forces of good and
evil, culminating in the Shroud's defeat and imprisonment
inside the Purple Claw.
The Official Guide to The AC Universe by Ken Kerouac
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