Last Planet Standing
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|Last Planet Standing|
Cover of Last Planet Standing #1
|Publication date||July – September 2006|
|Number of issues||5|
|Main character(s)||Most MC2 heroes|
|Writer(s)||Tom DeFalco (plot and script)
Pat Olliffe (plot)
|Colorist(s)||Rob Ro (Avalon Studios)|
|Last Planet Standing||ISBN 0-7851-1998-1|
Last Planet Standing is a 5-issue comic book limited series, published by Marvel Comics in 2006. The series was written by Tom DeFalco and drawn by Pat Olliffe (who also co-plotted the series). It stars many characters from the MC2 Universe, and is a sequel to the 2005 miniseries Last Hero Standing.
The limited series begins with Reed and Sue Richards investigating some strange phenomena in another galaxy. Reed realizes that the entire Earth might be in danger within a week. However, an alien vessel causes a sun in the middle of the galaxy to overload and implode, creating a massive shockwave. Reed’s ship is destroyed before a warning message to Earth can be completed.
The occupant of the alien vessel is revealed to be Dominas the Wavemaster, a Herald of Galactus. Dominas flies toward the Shi'ar Imperial Throneworld where he battles Gladiator and the rest of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard.
On Earth, the rest of the Fantastic Five receive Reed’s transmission. They rush into a rescue operation, while Doom stays behind to warn the President and the other heroes. He informs A-Next about the current situation, but they are busy dealing with their lifelong adversaries, the Red Queen and her Revengers. Jarvis sends them the emergency call and Stinger calls her team back, realizing that protecting the Earth is more important than the Revengers.
At Barton’s Dojo, American Dream trains with Freebooter and Hawkeye. She is considering leaving the Avengers, which disappoints Hawkeye. At school, May Parker chats with her friends about future plans and later leaves to perform her daily role as Spider-Girl. She receives a call from Stinger, who is summoning all the reserve Avengers.
Dominas continues to wreak havoc on the Shi’ar Throneworld, and his master Galactus prepares to devour it completely. While Lilandra is ushered into safety, her Imperial Guard do their best to protect her world. Despite the Guards’ efforts, Galactus's elemental converter drains the planet dry. Galactus reveals to Dominas that he no longer merely desires to sate his hunger, but to gather energy with the intention of evolving to the next level. The newly birthed Captain America star is vital to his plan. Galactus decides to absorb Asgard next.
The Fantastic Five head to the galaxy where Reed and Sue’s ship was destroyed, but there is nothing there, not a single star. However, they receive a signal and head straight toward it. As they hoped, the signal is coming from Reed and Sue. Sue had created a force field to protect them both while their ship exploded around them. Once the F5 find their missing teammates, they contact the President about the situation and head back home to help deal with it. Reed Richards has a long-standing plan to stop Galactus if it should ever become necessary.
Meanwhile, Thor leads his mighty warriors into battle against Galactus. Galactus sends for his robotic troops to protect him. Spider-Girl arrives at Avengers Compound, and so does the Vision. Vision has already sent Nova and Earth Sentry into space to investigate matters. He orders the other A-Next members to wait. Things get worse when the Revengers show up again and A-Next want to take them down, but Vision refuses to allow this because of presidential orders.
The gods realize they are outmatched against Galactus. While Thor is taken prisoner by Galactus, the other Asgardians escape. Dominas also apprehends the Odinsword for its cosmic power. With the sword found, Galactus absorbs the entire world of Asgard.
Back on Earth, Vision has agreed to send in a few members of A-Next to battle the Revengers, namely Spider-Girl, Stinger, Mainframe and Thunderstrike. As Thunderstrike faces Sabreclaw, he suddenly loses his powers due to the demise of Asgard. As Thunderstrike's secret identity is revealed, Spider-Girl and the rest decide to let the Revengers escape to bring their teammate into safety.
Dominas attacks the Watcher, destroying the moon in the process. He telepathically announces the imminent destruction of Earth to the populace, causing widespread panic.
Many of the Great Powers of the Universe gather at the far edge of reality to discuss Galactus's latest actions. They unite their power to send a Galactus-destroying bolt towards Earth, knowing that it could well destroy the entire Milky Way. Reed Richards makes a desperate decision to use his single-shot transdimensional cannon, his one hope of stopping Galactus, against the bolt and its originators.
Galactus arrives on Earth, causing tremendous planetwide destruction and chaos. While the heroes do their best to keep everyone safe, Dominas reveals that Galactus plans to destroy the entire universe so a new “Big Bang” can take place and an entire new universe can be formed. The Captain America star is to be the focus, all the gathered living energies to be directed at it in a recreation, on a far greater scale, of the sun-implosion at the beginning of the miniseries. As Reed Richards realizes, that was merely a test run.
The Silver Surfer learns about his former master’s plans, and he arrives on Earth to deal with it. He and Dominas face each other. The Surfer triumphs, absorbing Dominas’s Power Cosmic, becoming even more powerful than before. He then focuses on Galactus. The Fantastic Five, A-Next, X-People and Revengers all team-up to stop Galactus. The Surfer's Power Cosmic and Scarlet Witch's reality-altering power combined enable Reed's machine to destroy Galactus's barrier, and Stinger, American Dream and Spider-Girl together manage to reverse the effect of Galactus's device, causing him immense pain through an overload of energies. Death appears before Galactus in a vision, she laments that though none had done more for her, even he was always destined to die.
As the Surfer eventually faces the dying, energy-saturated Galactus, they somehow merge into a new unnamed entity who declares that a new form of energy, the "Power Essential", has been born of the union. Instantly repairing the damage Galactus caused on Earth, the entity vows to be a builder of worlds and a guardian of life, bringing life and joy to dead planets. He can thus be seen as the "anti-Galactus". He is a silver giant, clad in a silver armor similar to Galactus's, who travels by cosmic surfboard.
As the heroes watch the entity leave, new allies are made, while some may only last for a while, and others will be further explored in the future. They look upon the sky, and see the Captain America star once again.
Main characters in the miniseries
|American Dream||Angry Eagle||Argo the Almighty|
|Balder the Brave||Bluestreak||Buzz (Jack Jameson)|
|Grandmaster||G. W. Bridge||Hogun|
|Lilandra||Living Tribunal||Lord Chaos|
|Master Order||Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards)||Ms. Fantastic (Lyja Storm)|
|Nova||Oracle||Psilord (Franklin Richards)|
|Red Queen||Sabreclaw||Scarlet Witch|
|Shaper of Worlds||Silver Surfer||Spider-Girl|
|Thing||Thor||Thunderstrike (Kevin Masterson)|
|Volstagg||Uatu the Watcher||Wild Thing|
The limited series has been collected in a trade paperback:
- Last Planet Standing (120 pages, October 2006, ISBN 0-7851-1998-1)
Significance and reception
When this mini-series was first introduced to the fans, it was revealed by Marvel that the series would be the final adventures of the MC2 universe. Likewise, in the ongoing Spider-Girl series, a storyline took place in which she was supposed to die. When the fans "revolted" against this decision, it was quickly made clear that the final pages of the miniseries still were not completed and that if this series would be received well among the public, the MC2 universe would be spared. With many unresolved plot lines, and Last Planet Standing being well-received, it was decided to let the MC2 universe continue. While the original Spider-Girl series would be cancelled by issue #100, a few months later it was relaunched as Amazing Spider-Girl #1.
- Weiland, Jonah (April 13, 2006). "Marvel's "Last Planet Standing/Spider-Girl" Conference Call Transcript". Comic Book Resources.
- 'Last Planet Standing' at the Grand Comics Database
- Last Planet Standing at the Comic Book DB
- Marvel Comics' description of series, by issue: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5