by Rocketraccoon, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Simon Furman, Art by Geoff Senior
Published: August 1989
Death’s head is a badass and despite the fact that he doesn’t manage to land a single punch in this issue his sheer badassery makes him seem awesome while doing it. In this issue Deaths head is ditched in the past by that double dealing master trickster Dr Who. Who left Deaths Head on top of the Fantastic Fours headquarters in modern times (read 1989) rather than deaths head natural terrain of the 2800’s. The FF’s defense systems immediately open fire of course. What follows is fairly short & straightforward issue wherein deaths head has to team up with the FF in order to defeat the buildings defense systems gone haywire. Eventually Deaths head save Franklin and Reed uses the FF’s time machine to send Deaths Head back to the future. Unfortunately deaths head manages to mess that up by saying to Reed that he kills people for a living and Reed sends Deaths Head to 2020 by accident. Deaths Head just couldn’t resist that parting shot and it cost him big.
Not a lot happening is this issue as its only 23 pages long. We see some interesting character development when Deaths Head saves Franklin. It is implied that he saved Franklin due to some fleeting moment of sympathy with him but we also know that Deaths Head was planning to save him anyway because he had the suspicion that letting the FF’s son die when he needed access to their time machine might be a bad idea. So while his emotions exist and he barely lets them change his course of action, he still does the most pragmatic thing. This is part of what makes Deaths Head such a refreshing change from other protagonists, he’s a bounty hunter, or freelance peacekeeping agent as he would say, who kills people for money and he generally works for villains against other villains. A hero would charge in without a thought and save the kid, while many villains would abandon Franklin equally thoughtlessly and without thinking of the consequences. Deaths Head strikes a balance and he’s always got a plan backed up with a big gun. He won’t kill children for nickels but neither does he make it his business to save them for free. This comic is while worth reading, yes?