American Dream #1-5

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American Dream #1-5

Post by michaelyuri » Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:13 pm

American Dream #1: Shattered Dream!
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Todd Nauck
Inker: Scott Koblish


Characters Appearing:
American Dream (& FB), Mr. Carter (FB only), Mrs. Carter (FB only), Peggy Carter (FB only), Lieutenant Grafton, Ion Man, Red Queen, Thunderstrike


Synopsis:
1-6: American Dream raids a warehouse full of illegal arms dealers. After she subdues them, the police come in and find what appears to be a nuclear bomb in a crate. As American Dream leaves the scene, a woman in the crowd outside tries to get her attention.

7-10: Dream arrives at the New York Institute for the Arts to meet Thunderstrike for lunch. When she sees Kevin with some college friends, she realizes that he expected her to come in her civilian identity. She explains the misunderstanding to him and then rides off, embarassed. Meanwhile, Dream is being followed by a robotic bug, which is beaming video back to the Red Queen and Ion Man, who are plotting to attack her.

11-12: American Dream returns to Avengers mansion.

13-14: Shannon leads a tour as an Avengers mansion tour guide. A woman on the tour, named Sophina, asks how to contact the Avengers for help. After the tour, she tells Shannon that her fiance, Marco, has vanished, and that she cannot go to the police because her fiance is an illegal alien.

15-22: American Dream heads off to meet with the police at the NYPD Bomb Disposal Unit. The bomb squad finds that the object found at the warehouse isn't actually a bomb, but instead some type of carrying case. Suddenly, the case opens up and a crystal monster climbs out and starts attacking people. American Dream shows up and starts fighting it. Red Queen and Ion Man are watching the battle on video. The monster knocks out American Dream, tears through a fence, and escapes.


Flashbacks:
(11:3-12:2) Young Shannon Carter's parents are killed in a car crash that leaves her in a wheelchair. Her Aunt Peggy takes her home from the hospital.

The same backstory was revealed in a flashback in Spider-Girl #32, but this retelling has some new scenes.


Continuity Notes:
Pages 1-12 occur in one day, and 13-22 happen the following day.

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American Dream #2: The Choice and the Challenge!
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Todd Nauck
Inker: Scott Koblish


Characters Appearing:
American Dream (& FB), Bluestreak, Peggy Carter (FB only), Energizer, Lieutenant Grafton, Maria Hill, Ion Man, J2, Jarvis, Red Queen, Sabreclaw, Thunderstrike, Warp


Synopsis:
1: An injured American Dream greets her arriving teammates at Avengers mansion.

*: Recap page

2-3: Dream brings the other Avengers up to speed. Maria Hill shows up and tells the Avengers to cease any activities related to the crystal creatures. Dream calls Lt. Grafton and learns that Hill gave the police the same instructions.

4-8: Over lunch, the Avengers debate whether they should obey Hill's orders. Dream decides that they should and then leaves. Thunderstrike follows after her to ask her out on a date.

9-10: Shannon meets with Sophina who provides a photo of her fiance. She begins interviewing people in the immigrant community, looking for clues. The Red Queen and Ion Man are searching for Dream, but don't recognize her in her civilian identity.

11-21: At night, American Dream searches around where the disappearing immigrants were last seen and stumbles across an operation loading immigrants onto a truck. Dream bursts in and is defeating the armed guards, but one of them presses a button and two crystal monsters burst through the wall and attack her. Dream knocks one of the creatures off a pier into the water. When it doesn't resurface, she dives in to rescue it. The armed men begin firing into the water. Meanwhile, the Red Queen who has been watching the entire fight on video plots to capture a crystal monster.


Flashbacks:
(5:2-6:4) Young Shannon Carter, inspired by stories of her aunt Sharon and Captain America, undergoes intensive physical therapy to learn to walk again.


Continuity Notes:
This issue takes place in a single day, the day after the previous issue.

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American Dream #3: To Follow that Dream!
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Todd Nauck
Inker: Scott Koblish


Characters Appearing:
American Dream (& FB), Bluestreak (& FB), Peggy Carter (FB only), Crimson Curse (FB only), Energizer, Freebooter (FB only), Lt. Grafton, Hawkeye (FB only), Maria Hill, Ion Man, J2, Jarvis, Red Queen, Sabreclaw, Silikong, Thunderstrike, Warp


Synopsis:
1-2: Dream swims down to rescue the crystal creature, while bullets rain down around her.

*: Recap page

3-6: While Dream is underwater, the armed guards put the other crystal creature in the back of a truck and take off, leaving two men to wait for Dream to resurface. Dream resurfaces, subdues the two men, and hauls the creature to the surface.

7-9: At Avengers Mansion, Katherine Power examines the crystal creature and determines that it is in a state of suspended animation. Thunderstrike questions Dream about her decision to go off alone.

10: Red Queen and Ion Man ambush the truck carrying the creature and demand to know who controls it. A crystal-skinned man steps out of the shadows and introduces himself as Silikong.

11-14: Maria Hill shows up at Avengers mansion to confiscate the creature. She threatens to charge Dream with Treason if she doesn't stay away from the crystal creatures. Dream calls Grafton and learns that she has been reassigned to desk duty.

15: The Avengers learn that Shannon has resigned to protect them from Hill's threats. They resolve to find her and change her mind.

16-21: Dream watches as Hill's team cleans up the crime scene. She notices the robotic bug and follows it. It leads her into a sewer tunnel. There, she is ambushed by a number of crystal creatures while Red Queen, Ion Man, and Silikong watch on video.


Flashbacks:
(8:5-9) Young Shannon Carter devotes all her free time to training herself as a gymnast. To step up her training, her aunt Peggy introduces her to Clint Barton. She meets another of Barton's students, Brandon Cross.

(13:7-14:5) Shannon trains Barton's Dojo along with Brandon Cross, Aerika Harkness, and Blue Kelso. Barton presents them with costumes and code names: Nomad, Freebooter, Crimson Curse, and Bluestreak. Shannon tells him that she would prefer something that evokes Captain America's imagery.


Continuity Notes:
This issue picks up at night immediately where the previous issue leaves off. It seems to happen over a relatively short timespan, and presumably ends the following day.

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American Dream #4: Even a Dream Can Die!
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Todd Nauck
Inker: Scott Koblish


Characters Appearing:
American Dream (& FB), Bluestreak (& FB), Crimson Curse (FB only), Freebooter (FB only), Grafton, Hawkeye (FB only), Maria Hill, Ion Man, Jarvis, Red Queen, Silikong (& FB), Spider-Girl, Stinger, Thunderstrike


Synopsis:
1-2: Two of the crystal creatures drag American Dream before Silikong, Red Queen, and Ion Man.

*: Recap page

3-5: American Dream is thrown into a cell. She sees the illegal immigrants in another cell. Silkong shows the Red Queen and Ion Man his facilities for producing crystal creatures.

6-7: At Avengers Mansion, Maria Hill demands to know where Dream is. After Hill leaves, Thunderstrike tells Grafton that Dream is missing and all of the Avengers are missing. Several heroes, including Spider-Girl, are shown searching.

8-14: Dream frees herself using tools hidden in her boot. She then frees the immigrants, including Marco. She sends them out and then heads back into the compound.

15-16: At a SHIELD facility, Maria Hill watches as scientists experiment on a captured crystal creature. The creature awakens and bursts free from its bonds.

17-21: Dream battles a bunch of henchmen, quickly defeating them. She is then beats Ion Man and the Red Queen. Silikong enters and then grows until he is towering over Dream.


Flashbacks:
(4:1-4:3) Silikong was a materials scientist. An explosion in his lab siliconized him, but also gave him super strength.

(8:3-10:2) Dream, Bluestreak, Crimson Curse, and Freebooter train at Clint Barton's dojo.

(19:2) Dream runs the gauntlet in Barton's dojo.


Continuity Notes:
The story appears to pick up immediately after the previous issue, and takes place over a very short period of time.

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American Dream #5: The Dream and the Nightmare!
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Todd Nauck
Inker: Scott Koblish


Characters:
American Dream, Bluestreak, Freebooter, Lt. Grafton, Maria Hill, Ion Man, J2, Red Queen, Sabreclaw, Silikong, Spider-Girl, Stinger, Thunderstrike, Warp


Synopsis:
1-3: American Dream battles Silikong while Red Queen and Ion Man look on.

*: Recap page

4-5: Dream's battle continues. Marco shows up to try to help Dream.

6-7: The Avengers, Grafton, and Spider-Girl are entering the underground tunnel into Silikong's headquarters. They come across a bunch of crystal creatures trying to recapture the fleeing immigrants.

8-12: Dream defeats Ion Man and Red Queen again only to find that Silikong has taken Marco hostage.

13: The Avengers fight the crystal creatures. Meanwhile at the National Security Force facility, Maria Hill's agents are battling the escaped creature.

14-20: Dream challenges Silikong to one-on-one combat. During the fight they burst into a command center and Dream destroys a computer bank. Suddenly all of the crystal creatures freeze. Dream defeats Silikong, but his henchman have her surrounded. The Avengers enter and quickly disarm and arrest everyone.

21-22: Back at Avengers compound, Dream and Thunderstrike talk.


Continuity notes:
The first twenty pages pick up immediately from the end of the previous issue. The last two pages occur one week later.

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Chronology entries:
*AD = American Dream

American Dream/Shannon Carter
*AD 1-FB (11:3)
*SG 32-FB (11:2)
*AD 1-FB (11:5-12:2)
*AD 2-FB (5:2-5:5)
*SG 32-FB (11:4)
*AD 2-FB (6:1-6:4)
*SG 32-FB (11:5)
*AD 3-FB (8:5-9, 13:7-14:5)
*AD 4-FB (8:3-10:2, 19:2)
AN 1-FB
AN 1
. . .
FFIVE2 4
ASG 15
*AD 1
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 4
*AD 5

*Bluestreak/Blue Kelso <- name revealed
*AD 3-FB (13:7-14:5)
*AD 4-FB (8:3-10:2)
AN 3
AN 4
. . .
FFIVE2 4
ASG 15
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 4
*AD 5

*Carter, Mr.
*AD 1-FB (11:3)

*Carter, Mrs.
*AD 1-FB (11:3)

Carter, Peggy
*AD 1-FB (12:1-12:2)
>>SG 32-FB (11:2) <- delete, not a real appearance
*AD 2-FB (5:2-6:4)
*AD 3-FB (8:5-9)

Crimson Curse/Aerika Harkness
*AD 3-FB (13:7-14:5)
*AD 4-FB (8:3-10:2)
AN 3
AN 4
. . .

Energizer/Katherine "Katie" Power
. . .
AVN 4-BTS
AVN 5
*AD 2
*AD 3

Freebooter/Brandon Cross
*AD 3-FB (8:5-9, 13:7-14:5)
*AD 4-FB (8:3-10:2)
AN 3
AN 4
. . .
AVN 5-BTS
ASG 15
*AD 5

*Grafton, Lieutenant
*AD 1
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 4
*AD 5

Hawkeye/Clint Barton
AN 7-FB (7:2-8:3, 12:4-13, 17:2)
*AD 3-FB (8:5-9, 13:7-14:5)
*AD 4-FB (8:3-10:2, 19:2)
AN 10
AN 12
. . .

Hill, Maria
. . .
ASG 11
ASG 12
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 4
*AD 5

Ion Man
. . .
LPS 4
LPS 5
*AD 1
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 4
*AD 5

J2/Zane Yama/Zane Marko
. . .
FFIVE2 5-FB (6:3)
ASG 15
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 5

Jarvis, Edwin
. . .
AVN 4
AVN 5
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 4

Red Queen/Hope Pym
. . .
LPS 5
AVN 4
*AD 1
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 4
*AD 5

Sabreclaw/Hudson Logan
. . .
FFIVE2 4
ASG 15
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 5

*Silikong
*AD 4-FB (4:1-4:3)
*AD 3
*AD 4
*AD 5

Spider-Girl/May "Mayday" Parker
. . .
ASG 18
ASG 19
*AD 4
*AD 5

Stinger/Cassie Lang
. . .
FFIVE2 4
ASG 15
*AD 4
*AD 5

Thunderstrike/Kevin Masterson
. . .
FFIVE2 4
ASG 15
*AD 1
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 4
*AD 5

Warp
. . .
FFIVE2 5-FB (6:3)
ASG 15
*AD 2
*AD 3
*AD 5

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-Mike

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