- Read the label, baby. I'm a working man again.
Appearing in "Part One: Pirates of Manhattan"
- Manhattan Guardian (Jake Jordan) (First appearance)
- Carla Marcus (First appearance)
- Soapy (First appearance)
- Larry Marcus (First appearance)
- Mister Miracle (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Part One: Pirates of Manhattan"
While waiting at a station, Soapy, a member of All-Beard's gang, is attacked by No-Beard and his pirates, who are in search of a map of the secret New York Subway system. However, the last map is actually tattooed on the back of Soapy, which No-Beard proceeds to rip off.
Jake Jordan is an unemployed and disgraced former police officer, who left the force after killing a young boy he misidentified as the murderer of his partner. On the suggestion of his fiancee's father Larry, Jake applies for a mysterious job at the Manhattan Guardian tabloid newspaper.
Once he enters, he is attacked by terrorists disguised as receptionists, and is forced to fight through the building while simultaneously being guided by its owner, Ed Stargard. Stargard explains that he is everywhere in the building, but his "brain" is on the 23rd floor.
Suddenly, Jake's elevator is hacked and he is faced with fighting Stargard's brainwashed bodyguard; who happens to be a "golem". Jake defeats the monster by smearing the runes on its head, and defeats the terrorists only to be congratulated by Ed, who reveals that the terrorist attack was a staged interview.
Impressed with his conduct, Ed offers Jake the job: To be the newspaper's very own Superhero/Reporter, The Manhattan Guardian. This surprises Carla, his fiancee, who supports his newfound happiness.
The next day, All-Beard's gang holds Larry and Carla hostage at a subway station, prompting Jake to go after them as the Guardian. Guardian clashes with All-Beard's gang, but not before they kill Larry and kidnap Carla. Jake hangs on to the gangs' subway car as they speed through the tunnel.
- This book was first published on March 23, 2005.
- This is part 3 of the Mega series "Seven Soldiers of Victory". Continued in Zatanna #1.
- During his meeting with Jake, Ed notes that he had bought the rights to the Guardian name from Project Cadmus, who had sponsored the original.
- Ed Stargard mentions that the "building is his body" and his "brain" is on the 23rd floor. His secret is revealed in Manhattan Guardian #4.
- A radio report mentions that Shilo Norman (Mister Miracle), will be attempting to escape from an artificial Black Hole. This scene is played out in Mister Miracle #1.
- Jake mentions that with accepting the Guardian job, he gets a horse. he eventually rides this horse in Seven Soldiers of Victory #1.
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