Threshold (DC Comics)

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Threshold
Cover of Threshold #1 (March 2013). Art by Howard Porter and Hi-Fi.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date March – October 2013
Number of issues 8
Creative team
Writer(s) Keith Giffen
Artist(s) Tom Raney, Scott Kolins, Phil Winslade
Letterer(s) Dezi Sienty, David Sharpe
Colorist(s) Andrew Dalhouse, John Kalisz, Chris Sotomayor, Hi-Fi
Editor(s) Kate Stewart, Joey Cavalieri, Matt Idelson, Kyle Andrukiewicz.

Threshold was an ongoing comic book series published by DC Comics, as part of The New 52. Threshold is written by Keith Giffen and illustrated by Tom Raney. The series explores the space-orientated side and cosmic mythos of DC Universe.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Threshold was announced on October 12, 2012,[2] as part of a "Fourth Wave" of comics for The New 52.[3] The series spun out of Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #1 (March 2013), and Blue Beetle #16 (March 2013), picking up on plot threads that were developed.[2] Giffen planned to re-introduce "dozens" of space-related characters into The New 52, among them: Omega Men, Space Ranger, Lady Styx, Space Cabbie and Star Hawkins.[2][4]

A Larfleeze back-up, drawn by Scott Kolins, ran from issues #1 to #5. Larfleeze would spin-off into a self-titled series after the conclusion of the back-up.[5]

A Star Hawkins back-up feature began with issue #6, drawn by Timothy Green II and Joseph Silver.[6]

Threshold was cancelled with issue #8.[7]

Plot[edit]

In the conclusion of Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #1 (March 2013), Jediah Caul, previously a deep cover member of the Green Lantern Corps working for the Guardians of the Universe, is captured and forced into The Hunted, with his discharged power ring embedded into his chest. His Green Lantern power battery is collected by the host of The Hunted, Bleeding Adonis.

The Hunted is a bounty hunting glimmernet game show taking place on Tolerance, a planet in Lady Styx's sector of space, the Tenebrian Dominion. Those who are labeled as being a threat Tenebrian Dominion have a Bounty put on their head, and are inducted into the game.

The series begins with Caul evading capture from hunters and hunt clubs. He is aided by Ember who, with Star Hawkins, was supposed to bring him in to join their resistance forces. Ember is also part of The Hunted.[8] Another Hunted competitor, Stealth runs into another competitor, Rikane "Ric" Starr, a former member of the Space Rangers. Starr is revealed to be working with Colonel T'omas T'morra, head of the resistance, to create blind spots for Hunted competitions.[9] The "Crimson Thrust" hunt club attempts to ambush Stealth and Starr, however they evade capture while taking out some of members.

Blue Beetle, last seen being captured by Lady Styx' henchmen,[10] is also dropped into the competition, however, without his scarab armed. Caul later meets up with T'morra and Ember at a bar, where they inform Caul of Beetle's presence, because his residual Green Lantern energy might have an affect on Beetle's Reach armor. Captain K'rot with his team, Sleen and Pig-Iron, are trying to claim Beetle's Scarab. The Scarab activates to protect its unconscious host. During their altercation with Beetle, they run into Caul, which causes the Scarab to go berserk.[11] Once Caul gets far away enough from Beetle, Jaime Reyes regains control and flies away. Star Hawkins and Ilda, a robot uploaded with the personality and memories of his deceased wife, arrive to cloak Caul and tell him the location of his Green Lantern power battery.[8]

Back at T'morra's bar, Starr and Ember are attempting to convince Stealth to join their crew. T'morra thinks that they could use reverse-propaganda, to turn the tables on the game, because Stealth is one of the longest living contestants in The Hunted.[8] Ember tails Stealth, wanting to be friends and learn from her.

Blue Beetle is tracked by another Hunted contestant, a New God named Lonar, who has plans for Beetle.[8]

Hawkins informs Caul of his power battery's location—a pocket dimension inside Bleeding Adonis' palace.[12] K'rot is hired by an unknown party, to steal Caul's battery and relocate it.[8] During their individual attempts to gain access to Adonis, they become aware of each other's presence. K'rot decides to help Caul find his power battery. Ilda sacrifices her current body to keep Caul from getting caught.[12]

Meanwhile, Adonis's secretary informs him of Lady Styx' negotiations with a collector, Brainiac, and that Adonis must relocate himself and his possessions. Before Adonis is able to make his exit, K'rot and Caul attempt to ambush Adonis, and gain access to his pocket dimension. However, Brainiac bottles Sh'diki Borough, leaving them trapped inside.[12] Caul convinces Adonis to give him the power battery. After Caul charges his ring, Brainiac's drones attack him. Brainiac is revealed to be K'rot's mysterious benefactor.[13]

Stealth and Ember are outside of the city when it gets bottled. However, Ember gets shot in the head while they're on the move.[13]

Caul manages to break the membrane around the bottled city, enlarging himself. He gets into a brief altercation with Brainiac, but Brainiac allows Caul to leave the ship unharmed, not wanting to damage his collection of bottled cities. Caul decides to abandon the others trapped in the city.[13] However, Caul has a change of heart, revealing that he had uploaded Ilda's memory chip into Brainiac's ship. Ilda is able to take control of the ship and then Brainiac. Brainiac quickly took back control of his body, ejecting both Caul and the bottled city out of his ship. Ilda is later uploaded to a newly ordered body by Hawkins.[14]

In T'morra's bar, it is revealed that Stealth ran off after Ember's apparent death. However, Ember regrows from a tree while having a conversation with T'morra. Hawkins interrupts their chat to discuss Lonar, and his teaming up with Blue Beetle. Their conversation is disrupted by news alerts of Caul, now utilizing his power ring, re-entering Tolerance airspace. After seeing a crowd cheering for Caul's return, Stealth begins to realize that T'morra's reverse-propaganda tactic might work.[14]

Elsewhere, Lonar tells Blue Beetle that he is able to remove the Reach' Scarab, in return for his help.[14]

With Caul's rising popularity as a hero, Adonis plans to exploit him in merchandising for more profit. After deciding to pitch the bottled city into the sun, he has a change of heart and continues on to Tolerance. Upon entering the Tolerance's space sector, he is contacted by Adonis who patches him into a call with Lady Styx. He is allowed safe passage and returns the city back to its location, however, he is unable to enlarge the city back to proper size. He later is teleported elsewhere by Styx.[15]

Stealth finally decides to join T'morra and his reverse-propaganda campaign with Caul; surprised that Ember is still alive after seeing her die, she learns that Ember is actually a plant. Meanwhile, Lonar and Beetle approach the bottled city using cloaking technology. Lonar disables Beetle's cloaking disc, using him as a distraction, while he enters the city and kills Adonis. Lonar picks up Adonis' pocket dimension, and disappears.[15] Later Hawkins, Stealth, and Ember are ambushed by the Crimson Thrust and Lady Styx' soldiers. The barmaid is revealed to have been an actress, along with Crimson Thrust all being actors.[16]

Caul reappears in an office setting, where he is informed that The Hunted has been cancelled. In the same office, Beetle is sent back to Earth by a producer of the show. T'morra is revealed to have been the showrunner of The Hunted; he had been inserted into the show to advance the plots and keep all of the participants active. After a brawl between the two, T'morra offers Caul a lead role on a new show, Team Cauldron with the rest of his friends and Hunted competitors. Caul agrees to the role, having his power ring re-embedded into his chest. He is granted a meeting with Styx, to finalize his new role. However, as soon as Caul materializes at her base, he is killed by multiple gunshots, as planned by T'morra. In a glimmernet commercial, it is shown that T'morra replaces Caul in the proposed new show, with a name change to T'morra Never Comes.[16]

Larfleeze (backup)[edit]

Larfleeze kidnaps and enlists Pulsar Stargrave as a scribe for a biography about himself, wanting a book similar to Guardians of the Universe's Book of Oa. Larfleeze begins dictating his history to Stargrave, before his ring receives a news alert about an Orange Lantern; Larfleeze goes to investigate. Upon returning, after realizing someone had played a joke on him, he finds he had been robbed of all of his belongings, including his Orange Lantern Power Battery.[9] After questioning Stargrave, who had been knocked unconscious, about what had transpired, Larfleeze seeks out the Star Rovers. While attempting to negotiate with them, they are attacked by Orange Lantern constructs, which Larfleeze has no apparent control over. The constructs disperse after Larfleeze is hit in the head. After a discussion with Stargrave, the Star Rovers agree to help Larleeze find his belongings, free of charge.[11] The Star Rovers take Larfleeze and Stargrave to a space diner, where they had set up a meeting with Branx Rancor, a treasure hunter. After a brawl about the pricing of Rancor's services, they are attacked by L.E.G.I.O.N.. Larfleeze's constructs act without his control again.[8] The situation calms down and an agreement is reached by all parties involved, however, it is revealed that Sayd is the true mastermind, previously thought dead.[12] Sayd had tampered with Larfleeze's power ring and placed post-hypnotic suggestions into Larfleeze's subconscious, as revenge for enslaving her, causing Larfleeze to destroy all of his belongings without any memory.[13]

Star Hawkins (backup)[edit]

Hawkins intends to sell pictures of a political figure in engaging in an extramarital affair. T'morra intervenes, destroying the pictures and hires him to find out who "The Legend", the first and longest surviving The Hunted competitor, is and to bring them in.[14] While investigating, he and Ilda are detained by the Crimson Thrust and told that The Legend wants to meet them. After being escorted to the Legend, it is revealed that The Legend is in fact Lady Styx, the ruler of the Tenebrian Dominion.[15] Ilda initiates a purge protocol, acting as a bomb and distraction for Hawkins to escape. Grabbing a gun from a member of the Crimson Thrust, he escapes. Upon leaving Styx's base, Caul unexpectedly materializes in front of him; out of reflex, Hawkins shoots Caul multiple times.[16]

Characters[edit]

Threshold features a variety of characters, some are revamped versions of previously existing characters, while others are created just for the series.

In the Larfleeze backup,

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mullin, Pamela (October 13, 2012). "Announcing Threshold from writer Keith Giffen and artist Tom Raney". DC Comics. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Rogers, Vaneta (October 12, 2012). "DC Teams Giffen & Raney for New Cosmic New 52 Ongoing". Newsarama. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Beedle, Tim (November 16, 2012). "DC Week-In-Review: November 16th". DC Comics. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Guerrero, Tony. "Interview: Keith Giffen Talks THRESHOLD, Blue Beetle, Larfleeze and More". ComicVine. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Rogers, Vaneta. "Giffen & Co-Writer(?) Share New Larfleeze Ongoing Secrets". Newsarama. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "DC Comics' FULL June 2013 Solicitations". Newsarama. March 11, 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "DC Comics' Full August 2013 Solicitations". Newsarama. May 13, 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Threshold #3 (May 2013)
  9. ^ a b Threshold #1 (March 2013)
  10. ^ Blue Beetle #16 (March 2016)
  11. ^ a b Threshold #2 (April 2013)
  12. ^ a b c d Threshold #4 (June 2013)
  13. ^ a b c d Threshold #5 (July 2013)
  14. ^ a b c d Threshold #6 (August 2013)
  15. ^ a b c Threshold #7 (September 2013)
  16. ^ a b c Threshold #8 (November 2013)