"Birds of Prey": Thanagarian agents Rokara Soh and Skalla Kol journey towards Earth. Rokara, an artist, imbibes a fatal poison known as Hellshade. Before he dies however, he intends on detonating a lifebomb - a weapon that contains the sum total of his life experiences inside of
- You're just assuming that a rat's life is somehow less important than a human life. Who's to say that's true? Think about it for a minute. What makes a human being any more important to the universe than a rat? I mean, think about it.
- -- Buddy Baker
Appearing in "Birds of Prey"
- Hawkman (Cameo)
- Thanagar (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Birds of Prey"
Thanagarian agents Rokara Soh and Skalla Kol journey towards Earth. Rokara, an artist, imbibes a fatal poison known as Hellshade. Before he dies however, he intends on detonating a lifebomb - a weapon that contains the sum total of his life experiences inside of it. Anyone caught within its blast radius will experience Rokara's entire history before dying.
The warship enters Earth's atmosphere and flies over the California shoreline. Buddy Baker and Roger Denning notice it's flight path and Buddy decides to investigate. He meets Skalla Kol and begins fighting with her. Skalla is a true warrior, and begins savagely beating on Animal Man with her mace. Buddy disengages her Nth Metal wings, and the sudden absence of gravity sends her flying high into the air.
Rokara meanwhile prepares to detonate his lifebomb. Animal Man tries to stop him, but his powers tap into the Thanagarian's psyche and he mentally experiences Rokara's entire life since birth. Buddy thinks that Rokara has already activated the bomb.
Suddenly, Animal Man's perceptions return to normal. The bomb is inactive, and standing in front of it is Hawkman who glibly remarks, "All you had to do was switch it off."
- This issue is reprinted in Animal Man: Book One.
- This issue is an Invasion! First Strike extra, and a tie-in to the larger story told in the Invasion! miniseries. These crossovers take place in between Invasion! #1 and Invasion! #2, largely dealing with the Alien Alliance's assault on Earth and the way heroes around the world were participating in the initial war effort.
- Fel Andar's appearance in this issue is the subject of a retcon. Originally, it was Hawkman (Katar Hol) who appeared in this issue, but events revealed in Hawkworld ongoing series retroactively replaced him with Fel Andar.
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- Animal Man series index at the Grand Comics Database
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- Animal Man article at Wikipedia
- Animal Man article at Toonopedia
- Animal Man article at Sequart
- Animal Man series index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Animal Man profile at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe