Warriors of Plasm
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Besides the original first issue (#1) of the comic (1993), there was also a zero issue (#0) of Warriors of Plasm which was released as an insert in Previews magazine, and as a trading card set that could be put together in a binder to be read as a comic. There was also a Warriors of Plasm graphic novel titled Home for the Holidays, published in between issues #5 and #6.
Jim Shooter changed the name to Warriors of Plasm to avoid any further legal issues with Marvel. Defiant Comics, however, still wound up defending themselves in a court battle with Marvel over the name.
Defiant Comics won in court, but ended up spending over $300,000 in legal fees to defend itself. The loss of capital would help lead to Defiant's eventual collapse.
Warriors of Plasm was published for a total of 13 issues from August 1993 to August 1994. Most of the books were written by Jim Shooter and illustrated by David Lapham. Shooter had discovered Lapham during his tenure as editor-in-chief of Valiant Comics.
The final issue of Warriors of Plasm was one of only two books published by Defiant to carry the Schism storyline. Originally, Jim Shooter had planned to do a "crossover" including all of Defiant's titles and characters, but because of the failure of the company only Warriors of Plasm #13 and Dogs of War #5 ever saw publication.
Far from earth is a planet which is also a living organism: the Org of Plasm. The Org must constantly be fed. This is accomplished by conquering new planets. Lorca, the Supreme Acquisitor, leads this mission. Lorca soon sets his sights on Earth.
However, he devises an attempt to overthrow the rulers of Plasm. To do so he genetically modifies five humans. When his rebellion is thwarted, he sends them home. These humans gain superpowers and then set themselves in preparation to attempt to defend the Earth from the oncoming alien invasion from Plasm. The humans do not function well together, suffering leadership conflicts and the desire to regain their normal lives.
On Plasm, the main characters are:
- Lorca - Lorca is the Supreme Acquisitor on the Org of Plasm. He seeks out other planets for the living Org of Plasm to consume.
- Sueraceen - Sueraceen is the High Gore-Lord of Plasm, its chief military officer.
- Ulnareah - Ulnareah is the Grand Inquisitor of Plasm. He serves under Lorca but has his ambitions set much higher.
The five genetically altered superheroes are all residents of New Jersey. They are:
- Glory - a.k.a. "Mrs. J"; Louise Johnson, a married grandmother of two.
- Preach - Reverend Martin Gilbert, the bishop of a New Jersey church.
- Shooter - Elvis Mazerov, an ex-military officer.
- Mouse - Rick Tietz, a large, shy auto-mechanic.
- Nudge - Cookie Wazenegger, a quiet, polite girl who works at a cosmetics counter.