The Official Guide to the AC Universe
CHRONOLOGY / CROSSOVER GUIDE PART 4
ISSUES #31 - 40
WAR! From the military assault on Garganta to the epic Shroud War,
from stories set against the backdrop of WW II to the desperate
battle for She-Cat's soul, warfare pervades issues 31-40 of Femforce.
"Under the Shadow of the Shroud," the trilogy in FF 34-36 that
concludes a Storyline eight years in the telling, is a major
milestone in the history of the AC Universe. Readers may notice that
the synopses in this installment of the index get a bit lengthy, but
hey - there's a lot happening here, and we don't want to leave
As we end this ten-issue run, Garganta is still living peacefully
beneath the sea, the Shroud has been decisively defeated, She-Cat has
warded off Sehkmet once more by bonding with Stardust, and the Vault
heroes are making a new life for themselves in the 90's. Troubles lie
ahead, however. The Black Commando is still on the loose, and Lady
Luger is about to write finis to Joan Wayne's life as
CHRONOLOGY & CROSSOVERS
There are no other titles crossing over with Femforce in this
10-issue run, but some of the stories within Femforce 31 -40 need to
be placed in their proper time setting.
"The Return of Garganta" (FF 32)
This story, like the original Garganta story in FF 30, must take
place between Good Girl Art Quarterly 4, when the FF wrap up their
battle with the Shapeshifters, and FF 29, which sees the opening of
the Vault and the beginning of the Shroud Wars in earnest. Events
from FF 29 take place too quickly for the Garganta storyline to fit
within them. Further evidence is Dragonfly's presence in the Garganta
storyline, which would be inconsistent with her departure for the
Weir Asylum with Nightveil at the end of FF 30 (1). The exception in
FF 32 is the chapter in which the Shroud gathers his evil forces.
Iron Jaw's presence among the horde of villains indicates that this
particular chapter must take place after Iron Jaw is freed from the
Weir Asylum in FF 31 (1).
"Alliances" (FF 31)
As stated in the beginning of this story, this is a retro-continuity
tale taking place prior to Nightveil, Paragon, Tara, and Dr. Weir
confronting the Shroud on Jungle Island in FF 26.
For the same reasons discussed for the Garganta stories above, each
of the four chapters in this issue takes place prior to FF 29. The
only Vault heroes seen here are those that were released prior to the
general release of all the heroes. Weir's conversation with the Green
Lama about the Purple Claw's detection of the Shroud leads to the
investigation by the quartet of heroes in FF 26 and 27. Colt's
consultation with Dr. Renner follows her dismissal from the Femforce
and most likely precedes her hooking up with Rad in FF 29.
Blue Bulleteer / She-Cat Team-Up and its
place in Femforce History.
Because Femforce stories from the World War II period are
relatively few and far between, the continuity of the Femforce's
early history isn't always as readily apparent as the stories set in
the modern era. The two-part battle in Femforce 38 and 39 between
Lady Luger and the Blue Bulleteer (who is joined by She-Cat in the
concluding episode) is put here in the context of the Femforce's
early history as depicted in other titles.
Untold Origin of Ms. Victory
A crazed Black Commando attacks Joan Wayne and Octavia
Howard. He is presumably placed in stasis by the government
soon after, and Joan begins her Miss Victory career. The
Blue Bulleteer and She-Cat are already crimefighting when
Miss Victory commences her career.
Untold Origin of the Femforce
Miss Victory, She-Cat, The Blue Bulleteer, and Rio Rita
meet for the first time to battle Fungi. Although formation
of a team is proposed, the official establishment of the
team does not take place in this story or immediately
Femforce 38 & 39
The Blue Bulleteer and She-Cat team up to battle Lady
Luger and the Black Commando impersonator.
The Femforce is officially established.
The key to making the continuity work is to be aware of the gap
between the Femforce's first adventure together and the official
formation of the team. Having the Lady Luger battle fall within this
gap explains how She-Cat and the Blue Bulleteer already know each
other. It also makes sense of Laura's lament that she has no one to
work with regularly. Having worked once with a team, she realizes the
obvious benefit of teamwork and hopes to make it happen again in the
future. This time gap between the battle with Fungi and the
government establishment of the team may have taken several months
while the decisions were being reached, and FF 38 and 39 take place
within that period of uncertainty. In the meantime, the heroines
pursued their solo interests.
The Official Guide to The AC Universe by Ken Kerouac
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