Welcome back for more old school stuff detailing the origin of “Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord”! This is Alvaro/Lance here, and last we left, we spoke about the “Armageddon Death Trilogy”. After that I put on hold the last part of the trilogy, I dabbled around in doing small stories with the other characters like “Dangerzone” and “Exorcist”. I decided to work on a full on “Exorcist” story, but felt compelled to not flesh it out. I was intrigued by the ending I had written out for the “Armageddon Death Trilogy”, as I wrote in the last blog, Fred and Jane wound up living together, adopting an infant demi-god that tried to rule the world in it’s adult form, before being regressed into an infant state when he was defeated. The idea was so ridiculous; it just had to be a story that HAD to be told! Also, “The Ray” from DC comics, the mini-series that in 1992 made me want to make comics, returned as an ongoing series in 1994 with Christopher Priest (formerly James Owlsley…long story) this time writing and with newcomer Howard Porter on board as artist. And thus, came “Warlord #0”.
Warlord #0- “Price of Justice”, September 1994
In the heat of the battle, Akuma reveals to Fred that his costumes and powers were a result of an experiment gone wrong and that he never should have had these powers to begin with, claiming he was trying to murder Fred to get his hands on the symbiote that Fred has, but accidentally killed Cheryl in the process. After mocking her, Fred is on the verge of killing him when Jon stops him. Akuma escapes, and the issue ends with Fred in his apartment with Jane and the baby, as Fred proposes matrimony to Jane, and she accepts. D’awwwww! All’s well that ends well, right?.......right…?
Warlord #1- The Fishnet Part 1, “Lake of Fire”, December 1995
I in all honesty loved that show, it even had Joe Perry of Aerosmith rockin’ the theme song on his legendary guitar! Well, yeah, that final season sucked like all hell, but at least I enjoyed it while I could! And it reminded me of why at that point I started REALLY hating the actual comic book version of Spider-Man with all the clones and what not. I even remember the first episode I saw of it, it was the origin of Hydro-Man. And I started brainstorming, “hey…I already did a somewhat origin issue of Warlord last year. Why not make an actual series, have it be my own little version of ‘The Ray’ combined with what I missed about the ‘Spider-Man’ comics. I tore out and threw away the Orion story from the notebook, and thus began “The Fishnet”, the first ever story arc in Warlord!
In the first ground-breaking issue, Fred is living the life with Jane and the adopted baby demi-god. When suddenly a fire-torch bearing villain known as “Fletcher” started putting things on fire randomly and hijacked a jewelry store. Fred rushes into action and defeats him, but finds out that a crime boss only known as “Fatfish” had put out a bounty on Fred’s head! The issue ends with Fred telling Jane about this and Fatfish hiring a villain known as Graveyard, who had appeared in other stories I had done during the year between issue #0 and #1, to kill Warlord!
Warlord #2- The Fishnet Part 2, “Graveyard Shift”, January 1996
Warlord #3- The Fishnet Part 3, “The Curse”, February 1996
Warlord #4- The Fishnet Part 4, “The Bully”, March 1996
Warlord #5- The Fishnet Finale, “Showdown”, April 1996
Warlord #6- “Mirror, Mirror”, June 1996
Meanwhile, Fred is trying to calm down the employee that returned with super powers trying to kill the eeeevil CEO of the make-up company. After all his bad deeds are revealed, the eeeeevil CEO is arrested and taken away. The issue ends with Fred making his triumphant return to the apartment, only to find out Jane is gone…apparently forever!!!
And that concludes the adventures of Fred and co’s first solo adventures. I did these throughout 10th and 11th grade. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for story arc number two….”Breakdowns”, and what marks the turn of Warlord into a more dramatic comic! Stay tuned, and stay safe!
~Alvaro “Lance Danger” Cortes Ortiz Jr