“Flash” Vol.4 issue 4, “Teen Titans” Vol.4 issue 16 and “Sword of Sorcery” issues 0-3

Flash written by Brian Buccellato; Teen Titans written by Scott Lobdell; Sword of Sorcery written by Tony Bedard

Wildstorm Concepts: Kaizen Gamorra as Regulus.jpg

All-star WesternThese issues feature early appearances of Basilisk throughout the DC universe and set up Regulus’ bigger plan. To catch up: Regulus is secretly Kaizen Gamorra, who was fused with Dean Higgins in Team 7’s final mission. After experiencing what superhumans can do when Team 7 employed Majestic to stop him, Regulus decided he was going to stop all of the superhumans, and that’s the new direction he set for Basilisk, his organization. Regulus predicts there’s a war coming between normal people and “supers”, and he doesn’t plan on letting supers win.

The first arc in “Flash” is centred on Manuel Lago, a childhood friend of our hero Flash. He disappeared from the Flash’s life when his father was killed by terrorists, so Manuel joined the CIA in hopes of finding the killers. He put himself through top-secret projects who gave him regenerative powers, and this helped him become the very best agent. Eventually he uncovered the names of his father’s killers: The Basilisk organization. Manuel went rogue and started killing them off one by one, but eventually they proved too much for just one man. He was captured and tortured. When Basilisk discovered that he could regenerate, they took advantage of this, torturing him by cutting off his body parts, and then cutting them off again when they grew back. It went on like that for quite some time until suddenly, the severed parts began to grow into full, separate bodies; doubles of Manuel with their own personalities. Together, they helped Manuel escape. The rest of this story involves Flash dealing with his friend, but the only part concerning Wildstorm Fans is this Basilisk bit. Chronologically, this is actually the first mention of Basilisk, before we knew its backstory.

Meanwhile, in “Teen Titans”: After being brought back to life, Kurt Lance from the Team 7 was assigned to watch over the Teen Titans by Amanda Waller. He had to track them down and bring them into custody before they hurt themselves or someone else. However, Basilisk also has an interest in the kids. Kurt gets ambushed and high-ranking Basilisk operative Grey Lora knocks him out. Regulus will retrieve Kurt in the pages of “Suicide Squad”.

“Sword of Sorcery” is relevant due to its back-up stories, featuring Beowulf. They take place in possible future in which the war between men and supermen predicted by Basilisk ended up happening, and normal people struck with nukes that ended up destroying the world. Basilisk’s efforts to empower ordinary men created a super-soldier program that spawned the hero Beowulf, who now lives in this post-apocalyptic earth. Essentially, this character is the living proof that Regulus’ fears are very real.

Next: Suicide Squad Vol.4 issues 4, 8, 10 to 13, and 16 to 19, written by Adam Glass.

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