The Official Guide to the AC Universe
CHRONOLOGY / CROSSOVER GUIDE PART 5
ISSUES #41 - 50
The issue run of Femforce (38-50) is dominated by two major plot
lines. One is the ongoing battle with Alizarin Crimson beginning with
her impersonation of Nightveil and culminating in her unholy alliance
with the Great God Capricorn. The second is the private hell Joan
Wayne suffers as she is kidnapped and stripped of her powers by Lady
Luger, who then assumes Joan Wayne's identity and wreaks havoc on
Orlando. Along the way, several other notable events occur. The
two-part battle in Femforce 38 & 39 between Lady Luger and the
Blue Bulleteer (joined by She-Cat in part two) is put here in the
context of the Femforce's early history. She-Cat goes through another
bonding... this time with Stardust. Janis Lawson, in the aftermath of
the Shroud Wars, endures torment at sea and in the clutches of
criminal refugees before finally reuniting with Tara. The jungle
girl, after being slipped a dose of the Garganta formula, becomes an
8-ft powerhouse (seen in the Good Girl Art Quarterly crossover).
Garganta is restored to her human form by the alien Gammazons and
becomes an empathic healer. We share some short private adventures
with some of the Vault heroes and meet the enigmatic Captain Video
and his all-seeing surveillance system. Fem-Paragon thunders into our
dimension seeking to transform society into her image. Octavia Howard
dies tragically, the victim of her own quest for eternal youth.
The past is resolved and the future stage set in Femforce 50, as
the fully recovered Ms. Victory is reinstated as Femforce leader and
her daughter Jennifer is coldly sacked by General Gordon. The
adventures of the last six issues end quietly and tragically as young
Jason Burke dies, the final victim of all that has gone before. As we
are soon to learn, however, his untimely death was no
CHRONOLOGY & CROSSOVERS
Ten other stories cross over with Femforce in this ten-issue run.
For the most part, these stories have been chronologically arranged
based on specific incidents that occurred in previous issues or
within the likeliest time gaps between major storylines.
"Growing Pains" (GGAQ 5, between FF 40 and FF 41)
Tara gains her growth powers, which She-Cat mentions in FF 41.
Ms. Victory Golden Anniversary Special (1st story, between FF
41 and 42)
This battle between Jen and Rad takes place before Jen becomes
embroiled with the Gammazons and Rad is captured by Lady Luger.
Nightveil's Cauldron of Horror 3 (framing story, between FF 42
At the end of FF 42, Nightveil leads the others to the graveyard for
spooky stories, which are told in this follow up issue.
"Gay Deceivers" (GGAQ 6, between FF 44 and AC Ann 2)
Synn's return to her dance club roots takes place between the
Gammazon battle and the Countdown to Victory storyline.
"The Vacuum Blows In" (AC Ann 2. between GGAQ 6 and JG
Dragonfly is seen in the pool with the group, so this takes place
before her departure in GGAQ 7.
Jungle Girls 3 (1st story, between AC Ann 2 and GGAQ 7)
This is a retro-continuity Tara story, taking place before the Shroud
War, so its placement is not critical.
AC Ann 3 (between FF 45 and GGAQ 8)
Jen continues her friendship with Pat Carson and has not yet become
engulfed in the Lady Luger threat.
"Big Screen Betty" (GGAQ 8, between AC Ann 3 and JG 4)
Solo Buckaroo Betty tale, set before the climax of the Countdown to
"My Heart Belongs to Kong" (JG 4, between GGAQ 8 and FF
Tara takes time for some enjoyable R&R promoting a movie before
battling Rad in FF 46.
"For the Sake of What Should Have Been" (FFUC 1. between FF 46
and 47, but taking place chronologically between FF 38 and
Out of sequence story. Darkfire's presence places the story after the
Shroud wars, and She-Cat's need to reestablish her bond does not seem
to have grown as critical yet. In addition, Synn would not likely be
considered so useless after her brilliant capture of Fem-Paragon in
The New Ms. Victory's Secret Identity: Who
Knew What When?
How secret was Jen Burke's alter-ego as the new Ms. Victory? It
may well be the thinnest secret identity since a certain
mild-mannered reporter donned a pair of glasses, but it worked - up
until her revelation to her husband and exposure to the hero
community in FF 48-50.
Certain references in the pages of Femforce make it appear
as if the team members knew who she was, but clearly they did not, as
depicted by the regret they express over the hostility shown toward
her. Let's run down what the team knew - and what they didn't know-
about Jen prior to the official unveiling of her disguise.
In FF 6, Joan tells Tara that her daughter's name is Jennifer, a
fact that old friends like She-Cat and Laura might also be expected
to know. We've already met Jennifer in the cameo in Captain
Paragon #1's Ms. Victory back-up, where she tries to drop off
Jason at her mother's house so she can go to her tennis lesson.
When Jen assumes the Ms. Victory role in FF 25, she is told to
make the public believe that she is the original Ms. Victory, a move
that guarantees hostile treatment from the rest of the group, who
assume she is a heartless Fed cozying up to the brass to make her way
to the top. In her first major battle with the team, against the
Shape shifters, in GGAQ 2-4, the other members call her Ms. Victory,
or simply Victory, indicating that they may not know her real name
In FF 30 and 32, against Garganta, the Femforce see their new
teammate without her mask, but possibly having never met Jen in
person before she became a heroine, they naturally can't identify
her. Later, in FF 38, Stardust makes mention of the resemblance
between Jen and Joan, but She-Cat attributes it to a side-effect of
the V-47 vitamin. FF 30 also contains one panel that raises ambiguity
over what the team knows of Jen. As She-Cat, Synn, and Stardust
witness Dr. Heisler's experiment, Synn wonders aloud why Jennifer is
not with them, and She-Cat mockingly calls her "Princess Vicky." Both
of these remarks would make more sense if the team knew her identity,
but we learn later that is not the case. Synn, not knowing Jen well,
may have assumed that she would like to be part of the same
experiment that long ago created a being like her mother. She-Cat may
have an image of Jen as a spoiled suburbanite, so her "Princess
Vicky" remark may be a reference to what she assumes is the pampered
lifestyle of the daughter of Ms. Victory.
The Official Guide to The AC Universe by Ken Kerouac
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