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Valiant Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – J

Today, we look at my favorite character from an unsung Valiant title.

Enjoy!

Jane Ngo (Calamity)

Jane is part of the superpowered group, The Troublemakers.

The Troublemakers is made up of Christine and Zach Helvin, Parker Matthews and Jane Ngo, who have the following powers:

Christine is always a LITTLE better than anyone around her
Zach is basically Speedball
Parker is invisible to technology
and Jane is a lot like the Scarlet Witch, in that she projects a chaos field around, making lots of crazy stuff happen around her.

Writer Fabian Nicieza tried to make the book both humorous AND topical, by addressing various “real” problems, such as teen sex…

The sex issue was actually kinda bizarre, as Christine’s powers make her better than anyone around her, right? So when with a boy, her hormones are driven higher than his, causing her to want to have sex REALLY badly. Now that I think about it, that was a bit of an iffy plot idea by Nicieza.

The book was fun and Kenny Martinez’ art was pretty good. Then Nicieza had one of the team get murdered by a random drive-by shooting.

After that, the book got a little weird (the dead character might return!), and by then, Valiant was in trouble, and the series ended with #18.

Still, it was definitely fun while it lasted!!

12 Comments

FunkyGreenJerusalem

April 30, 2008 at 11:44 pm

I think you just outraged all who had enjoyed the nostalgia of the previous posts Brian!

I can’t believe you actually counted this era of Valiant! (I don’t mind at all, just caught me off guard)

Was this a lot later than the other “age” of Valiant? I’m surprised at how many issues of each of these titles came out. I thought Valiant lasted like a year, total. Maybe I need to reconsider Valiant.

I think you just outraged all who had enjoyed the nostalgia of the previous posts Brian!

Nuh uh!- I bet there’s tons of people waiting for Quantum and Woody to show up, and that was from that era!

Was this a lot later than the other “age” of Valiant? I’m surprised at how many issues of each of these titles came out. I thought Valiant lasted like a year, total. Maybe I need to reconsider Valiant.

The Valiant ages generally go

Original ones – 1992-94
Acclaim takes over – 94-96
Acclaim starts over with new characters – 96-99

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 1, 2008 at 3:25 am

Nuh uh!- I bet there’s tons of people waiting for Quantum and Woody to show up, and that was from that era!

You damn betcha!!! ;-)

Troublemakers was one of my all time favorite books. There were elements from other characters, but used in ways never seen before. I got pretty excited when they introduced Peter Stancheck into the series, and had a Harbinger One Shot, but then the company fizzled. :-(

Sounds like Nicieza was trying to reacpture the New Warriors glow. Can’t blame him — that book was so much fun.

I’m not a big Nicieza fan but I’ve long felt that he did some of his better work (or at least work I actually enjoyed) when he was running Acclaim/Valiant, specifically on another “J ” related character, Joshua Fireseed (aka Turok).

Though admittedly none of the other creators outside of Priest seemed to have the same enthusiasm for the line, sadly enough.

So long as V is for Visitor…

C’monnnnn…

I gasped when I read Troublemakers (an Acclaim title, or, in some people’s opinion, though not mine, not a true Valiant title) shown here.

This was one of the best Acclaim titles and I agree that Fabian probably did his best work while at Acclaim. Though I never read New Warriors, from what I understood it was a pretty good title, similar in many ways to the best of the Teen Titans stories. This was really a very good, underrated title as most of the Acclaim / Valiant titles were.

Thanks for posting Brian !

You had me at Nicieza.

The horror… the horror…

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