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I just recently reread the series, and put this together for the final Seven Soldiers #1.

It's not 100% complete (will update), but it helps.

Please post for corrections.

I'm sure this is all on Barbelith already, and I haven't read all of our existing Seven Soldiers thread yet, but I had fun putting this together with friends.

 

Again, recomended reading before Seven Soldiers #1.

 

Seven Soldiers of Victory

 

A Suggested Reading Order

- Shining Knight #1

- Morrison’s J.L.A Classified #1-3

- Bulleteer #1

- Zatanna #1-2

- Seven Soldiers #0

- Frankenstein #1

- Manhattan Guardian #1-2

- Klarion Witchboy #1-2

- Manhattan Guardian #3-4

- Shining Knight #2-3

- Klarion Witchboy #3

- Bulleteer #2

- Shining Knight #4

- Zatanna #3

- Bulleteer #3-4

- Klarion Witchboy #4

- Frankenstein #2-3

- Zatanna #4

- Frankenstein #4

-Seven Soldiers #1

 

Note: Personally, at this point in time (Pre the events of Seven Soldiers #1) Mister Miracle #1-4 can be read as an aside.

I’m sure I’ve missed something but it appears that only #4 contains some tie in to the rest of the Seven Soldiers mega series.

Have the New gods been trapped by the Sheeda?

 

 

 

A Brief History of Time.

 

At a Point Outside of Time.

-Zor, one of the eight Time Tailors, (mysterious beings charged with keeping the fabric of the universe in good repair) goes renegade.

Zor infects the time continuity with the Sheeda Strain, a plague that if not stopped will render the universe irreparable.

The remaining seven Time Tailors manipulate events in a bid to stop Zor and his Sheeda Strain.

(Zatanna #4)

 

 

One Billion Years from the Present

-Thus at the end of our time, Dark King Melmoth and Queen Tenebrae of the Sheeda rule the land of Summers End.

Otherwise known as Unwhen, The Otherworld, Land of the Vampire Sun, Land of the Seas of Fog.

 

Gloria Tenebrae, the Queen of Terror, is the Proto Wicked Stepmother of the Snow White Fable.

She is seen asking a mirror on the wall for information pertaining to the Seven Soldiers (Manhattan Guardian #4).

She declares herself the “Fairest of them all” (Shining Knight #1).

And the apple motif makes two appearances (Shining Knight #1 & Frankenstein #4)

 

At the First Fall of Camelot, King Melmoth the Last King, is usurped by Gloria Tenebrae the Queen of Terror.

Stranded in the far past and believed dead, Melmoth is, as he puts it is “forced to walk back home” in time (Frankenstein #2).

It has been suggested that Melmoth is King Mordredd the Dead.

Through the centuries Melmoth is able to plan his revenge, concocting plans and attempting to build armies.

 

In keeping with the Snow White fable Gloria, who intends to live forever, sends her Huntsman, Neh-Buh-Loh (See J.L.A Classified #1-3) to kill Melmoth’s Daughter the Princess (Snow White) in Eternity’s dark woods.

True to the tale Neh-Buh-Loh cannot kill her (Frankenstein #4) and instead of bringing back the deer’s heart of the tale, he offers “the brain of a talented telepathic savant from the 31st Century) to his Queen as proof of her demise.

Instead Neh-Buh-Loh, forces the princess to spin a cobweb dress on a spindle(thematically similar too the Time Tailors reality Sewing Machine) to wipe her memories and she is deposited somewhere safely in time.

 

 

10 000 Years Ago.

-From King Arthur’s Journey into Unwhen (Seven Solders #0 & Shining Knight #2)

“And three times the fullness of great Arthur’s ship we went into it.

Save seven none returned” (Shining Knight #2 & #4)

Arthur and his men undergo seven ordeals (on of which is known only as “Guilt”).

Only seven return, carrying imperishable treasures.

 

Doctor Gloria Friday (Shining Knight #3) claims that Arthur stole seven imperishable treasures form the people of the Otherworld (The Sheeda).

Furthermore she mentions that the seven objects were given to man by the Gods for his protection against evil.

1). Caliburn (Excalibur).

2). The Cauldron of Rebirth.

3). The Holy Grail? (Is this the “Cup of Blood” depicted in the eponymous film poster in Shining Knight #2?)

4) .A Green lantern?

5). Gwydion?(An early form of Merlin)

6). Bors’ hammer (Mjolnir)

7). An Atomic Anvil.

 

 

-Fall of Arthur’s Camelot (Swamp Thing #87, although the dates are wrong but it is of interest)

 

 

-The Harrowing at Avalon (Shining Knight #1)

The (seven) knights of the Broken (Shattered) Table war with the Castle Revolving in the air.

1).Lancelot of the Longarm

2).Gawain

3).Bors the Laughing Knight

4).Caradoc

5).Peredur

6).Galahad the Perfect knight

7).Tristan the Fair

 

Camelot suffers heavy losses “Seven Score (Flying)horse fallen...Seven score soldiers slain”.

Using Merlin’s seeing stones, Galahad has divined exactly what the Sheeda are.

(He doesn’t tell us!)

Tristan dies, diminishing the Knights to only six.

His squire/schoolboy Justin (Who is infact a girl and is secretly in love her master Galahad) suits him, as he prepares to join Lancelot on the ramparts of Camelot.

However after a passioned plea, Galahad nights his squire, restablishing the numerical seven dynamic.

Freshly knighted, Justin, atop Vanguard her flying horse, breaches the Castle revolving.

Lancelot falls before Neh-Buh-Loh.

Justin and Vanguard are lost within the catacombs of Oethanoeth somewhere in the Castle Revolving.

Here they encounter and dispatch a zombified King Arthur.

With the aid of their Green Lantern, Justin and Vanguard find the Cauldron of Rebirth (The Inexhaustible Cauldron, The Undry) and encounter Glaoria Tenebrae.

Gloria has Caliburn (Excalibur) but she is unable to draw the blade form its sheath.

Justin rushes forward and draws the blade using it to severly injure Gloria and Vanguard’s Green Lantern proves useful against her too.

Unaware of the ramifications, Justin throws the Cauldron into the surrounding Time Liquid of Castle Revolving.

To escape Justin and Vanguard leap into the waters too.

Justin, Vanguard, the Cauldron of Rebirth and Caliburn(Excalibur) are now lost in time.

 

 

-Camelot falls.

Sheeda Yeth-hounds dig up the honoured ancestors of Avalon turning them into undead slaves(Grundy men) to work in the great mills that power the city of despair in the land of Summer’s end.(Shining Knight #2-Although this is mentioned by being “Guilt” who may be lying)

 

 

-30 Years after the Harrowing at Avalon (Shining Knight #3)

Eight miles below the surface level in he smithies of the Dwarrow, the last three knights of the Broken Table, Galahad, Bors and Peredur meet.

They carry with them three imperishable treasures (unamed) of the ancient world.

1). Not Caliburn (Excalibur), the Cauldron of Rebirth nor a Green Lantern.

2). Bors’ Hamer?

3). An Atomic anvil?

Here they forge some terrible weapon by splitting matter itself.

With a strike of his hammer upon the anvil, Bors unleashes an atomic explosion.

This signals the end of the rule of King Mordredd the Dead (Melmoth?) and drives off the remaining Sheeda.

 

 

Recorded History (6000B.C)

 

-Summer of 1590AD.

The puritan colonists of the Roanoke Colony, West Virginia (Klarion Witchboy#3 & #4) encounter Melmoth.

He has “Spider-sex” with them, with the intent of breeding soldiers with which to battle his wife.

When the first of the half-human children are born, the God fearing folk revert to an older and darker religion.

They literally go underground, disappearing without a trace.

The only clue, the scrawled word “Croaton”.

Succesfully hidden, the world and even Melmoth is unaware of their further existence.

 

 

-1816AD.

The young Swiss Doctor Victor Frankenstein approaches Melmoth seeking the secret of life. (Frankenstein #2 & #3)

A sample of Melmoth’s blood (in exchange for some scientific secrets) is integral to Proffesor Frankenstein’s plans to create Frankenstein.

Later after killing the professor in the arctic, Frankenstein swims to America.

Frankenstein battles Melmoth (unaware that it was Melmoth who gave him life) throughout the years

(Frankenstein #1).

 

 

-Four years into his career as the Vigilante, Greg Saunders the Cowboy Crimebuster is savaged by pack of werewolves.

He manages to keep his curse in check.

 

 

-1870 AD

Frankenstein battles Melmoth. Seemingly to the death (Frankenstein #1).

 

 

-1875 AD, February 12th Miracle Mesa.

Greg Saunders the Vigilante, Cowboy Crimebuster and Johnny Frankenstein (Our Frankenstein?) battle a Sheeda Spider-Mare (Seven Soldiers #0).

 

Later, Greg has an encounter with Ramon Solomano the Iron Hand, the Napoleon of Crime when he and the Golden whip bust Ramon’s One Hand gang.

Mistakenly believing that Greg Saunders was a racist, Ramon swears revenge upon Greg.

 

 

-The later part of the 19th Century.

Cyrus gold is murdered and left in Slaughter Swamp. After decades the corpse took upon a life of it’s own.(Seven Soldiers #0)

Not knowing his own name, the monster is dubbed Solomon Grundy.

 

 

-In Slaughter Swamp, Melmoth finds the lost Cauldron of Rebirth, he replaces his blood with the waters from the cauldron (Frankenstein #2).

It is probably traces of the waters from the Cauldron of rebirth that reanimated Cyrus Gold, turning him into Solomon Grundy.

 

 

-The Justice League of America in a time adventure deposit Greg Saunders into their present, his future.

 

 

-1940’s.

The Newsboy Army of Nowhere Street is formed.

1).Baby Brain.

2).Kid Scarface.

3).Ali-Ka-Zoom the Merlin of the Ghetto.

4). Li’l Hollywood.

5). Cap.

6).Chop Suzi.

7).Millions the dog.

And their friend El Mar.

 

 

-Fresh from his Boxing victory over Ted Grant (J.S.A’s Wild Cat), Mo Colley, possessed by a Sheeda Spine rider, goes on a rampage.

He is gunned down in front of Li’l Hollywood (Manhattan Guardian #4).

 

Following leads the Newboys of Nowhere Street travel to Slaughter Swamp but without Millions the dog.

Now only numbering six, they encounter the renegade Time Tailor Zor and Queen Tenebrae (Possibly at the point that Zor introduced the Sheeda Strain).

Gloria is speaking to the mirror on the wall(Snow White again), it reveals to her that the “spear that was never thrown ” will destroy her.

Zor aware of their presence, destroys the team by sewing them corrupted futures.

When he’s done Zor nicks Ali-Ka-Zoom’s top hat, for which he has plans for later.

 

 

-Later, because of their altered futures, Cap is turned into a child molester and murderer.

Ali-Ka-Zoom, Li’l Hollywood and Kid Scarface kill Cap by imprisoning him in Ali’s Magical cabinet.

Millions the Dog and Chop Suzi die at the age of 14.

Li’l Hollywood becomes an alcholic but still tours the Superhero Convention Circuits, whilst Baby Brain becomes a reclusive freak (secretly becoming Ed Stargard the owner of the Manhattan Guardian).

El Mar becomes Larry, who is the father of Carla, Jake Jordan’s (The new Manhattan Guardian) wife.

Ali-Ka-Zoom becomes a homeless schizophrenic and is later believed dead.

Kid Scarface becomes the guilt-ridden undead murderer the undying Don Vincenzo.

 

 

-May 10 1953.

John Constantine is born (Come on I had to fit that in someplace).

 

 

-1955AD.

Frankenstein battles Melmoth, seemingly to the death (Frankenstein #1).

 

 

-1960’s

The time travelled Greg Saunders forms the original Seven Soldiers of Victory (Bullteer #2).

1). Himself, theVigilante.

2). Stuff the Chinatown Kid (Victor Leong, The Vigilante’s sidekick).

3). The Original Shining Knight (Sir Justin).

4). Star Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton)

5). Spider, Lucas and Tom Ludlow’s father.

6). Crimson Avenger (Lee Travis)

7). Stripesy (Pat Dugan)

 

 

-At some point, using a special horn, Iron Hand summons Nebula Man (Bulleteer #2).

The Nebula Man was searching for a treasure, for a lost citadel in the Himalayas. For some forgotten tribe of winged horses from before the flood and for Seven Soldiers to kill.

The Iron Hand gladly directed the Nebula Man at Greg’s Seven Soldiers of Victory.

The seven fought Nebula Man in the Himalayas (preying upon the flying horses no doubt).

He is defeated when the Crimson Avenger’s sidekick Wing, sacrifices himself to deliver the final blow.

The others were lost in time for 30 years.

 

 

-Between 1975-1985 -1870.

Frankenstein battles Melmoth again, seemingly to the death (Frankenstein #1).

 

 

-At some point Melmoth joins forces with Benitio Silencio’s fathers’s east coast criminal organization.

 

 

-1980's

John Constantine leads a team of seven at Baron Winter’s house in a séance to aid Swamp Thing, The Spectre, Dead Man, The Phantom Stranger, and the Demon with their ultimate battle against an evil in Hell(Swamp Thing #50).

1). John Constantine

2). Zatanna Zatarra

3). Giovanni Zatarra

4). Mento, Steve Dayton

5). Baron Winter

6). Sargon the Sorceror

7). Doctor Occult

By the evenings end Giovanni Zatarra (instead of Zatanna) and Sargon the sorcerer have spontanously combusted and Mento is left catatonic.

Nevertheless, John Constantine is successful and his C.V is updated.

 

 

-2 Years Ago.

The Phantom Stranger promises to pick up a loaf of bread from the corner Deli for San Franciscan Magic store owner Cassandra Craft.

He never returns.

 

 

-After encountering the supervillian Black Death in Metropolis, the Justice League of America follow him into the miniature cubic pocket universe of Qwewq (J.L.A Classified #1-3).

This J.L.A comprises of;

1). Superman

2). Batman

3). Wonder Woman

4). The Flash

5). Green Lantern, John Stewart

6). Aquaman

7). The Martian Manhunter.

 

Astutely however, Batman decides to remain behind.

Inside the pocket universe of Qwewq the remaining six members of the J.L.A find themselves in an attoscopically replicated Earth that is somehow devoid of any super powered beings.

Thus the J.L.A decide to covertly apprehend the supervillian Black Death without drawing any attention to themselves or to him.

 

With the J.L.A gone from this universe, Gorilla Grodd lures a Super team, the International Ultramarines into a trap in Africa.

Teaming up with the returned Nebula Man, and using Sheeda Spine riders, Gorilla Grodd is able to possess the Ultramarines with the intent of using them as superweapons.

Only the Squire is able to escape and alerts Batman.

 

Batman tantalisingly opens his Sci-fi closet(!) retrieving a Boom-Tube opening Glove(!).

With his Flying Saucer(!), he rescues Squire in Africa and then boom tubes to the distant remote J.L.A outpost on the planet Pluto(!).

Here, Batman leaves the Squire to make contact with the lost J.L.A in the cube shaped pocket universe of Qwewq, now stored here, whilst he concocts his plan.

Batman and his robotic J.L.A replacements attack Gorilla Grodd.

The Robots fail and Batman falls to Nebula Man, who has now evolved into Neh-Bul-Loh.

Finally, Squire makes contact with the lost members of the J.L.A, who have now apprehended Black Death.

Black Death reveals that he was merely a decoy aiding Gorilla Grodd and the Nebula Man (Now Neh-Bul-Loh) with their plans.

Neh-Bul-Loh betrays Grodd, as his primary plans for the Sheeda Invasion become apparent.

 

The returning J.L.A members reunite with Batman and the seven engage Neh-Bul-Loh and his hijacked Superhero army.

 

During his battle against Superman, Neh-Bul-Loh reveals that he is infact the adult stage of the Pocket Universe of Qwewq that the J.L.A had just been in, and that Black Death’s meddlings had been enough to mature him from Nebulah Man (the Intermediate/Toddler stage of the Qwewq universal lifecycle) to Neh-Bul-Loh (Frankenstein# 4).

 

Having tested and been defeated by the seven, Neh-Bul-Loh escapes into time to plot a more covert stratagey for the Sheeda invasion and Harrowing of our time.

In an attempt at redemption, the Ultramarines are injected into the cubic pocket universe of Qwewq on Pluto, in a bid to cleanse Black Death’s poisoning of it.

 

 

-One Month Ago.

Cassandra Craft, aswell as a magic store owner is an expert at working fakes.

She creates an imitation Ruby of Life and a few Dyna-mite rings, selling them on E-Bay.

 

 

-Harris D.Ledbetter spends his life savings buys two working fakes off E-Bay which allows him to become Dyno-Mite-Dan (Bulleteer #2 & Zatanna #2).

 

 

-Week One

Thomas Ludlow Dalt, the Spider kills his Father (The original spider of Greg saunders the Seven Soldiers of Victory) and Brother (Bulleteer #2 ).

After accepting an assasin's contract, he encounters the seven Time Tailors in Slaughter Swamp.

They transform him.

 

 

-In an accident that kills her husband, Alix Harrower is transformed into the Bulleteer (The Bulleteer #1)

 

 

-On the 4th day of the Arachne, the secret 13th month on the Sorceror’s Calender, Zatanna gets drunk, and summons her perfect man.

However, Elemental shapeshifter Gwydion answers (One of the seven treasures?)(Zatanna #1).

 

 

-On the 7th day of the Arachne, the secret 13th month on the Sorceror’s Calender, Zatanna leads the team the Invincibles in a séance at Baron Winters house.

All involved have had troublesome dreams about the Sheeda (Zatanna #1).

1). Zatanna

2). Professional Sceptic doctor Thirteen

3). Timothy Ravenwind

4). Ibis

5). Taia

Echoing the events of Swamp thing #50 all save Baron Winter and Zatanna are spontaneously combusted by Gwydion.

 

 

-Runaway Misty Kilgore (actually Melmoth’s mind wiped daughter, the Princess,) uses her magic die to find Zatanna.

Zatanna has joined a Superhero therapy group led by her therapist Etta Candy.

The group also features Jacqueline Pemberton, Lady Gimmix (descendant of the original Seven Soldiers of Victory member the Star Spangled Kid, Sylvester Pemberton) and Lucien Crawley, the Mind Grabber Man.

 

 

-Zor pretending to be Giovanni Zatarra, visits Cassandra Craft’s magic store in san Francisco asking for Zatanna.

He leaves his Hat (or rather Ali Kazooms that is).

 

 

-When his uncurable Lycanthropy resurges, Greg Saunders the Vigilante Cowboy, decides to go out with a bang (The Bulleter #2).

When evidence suggests that the very same Spider-Mare of 1875 is still alive, he sees his golden opportunity to go down in glory.

He reforms the Seven Soldiers anew by placing an advertisement in the wannabe Superhero trade magazine “Powerhouse”.

 

 

-Aware of Greg Saunder’s Powerhouse advert, Iron Hand plots his revenge upon Greg from within his prison cell.

He gets his nephew to infiltrate the team as Boy Blue, giving him the Horn that when blown will summon Neh-Buh-Loh (Bulleteer #2)

 

Greg’s new team comprises of;

1). Himself.

2). Whip IV, Shelley Gaynor.

3). Spider, now called I, Spyder (Seven days after his transformation at the hands of the Seven Time Tailors)

4). Lady Gimmix, Jacqueline Pemberton

5). Boy Blue, (Iron Hand’s nephew)

6). Dyno-Mite-Dan, Harris D.Ledbetter.

7). The Bulleteer-However she pulls out at the very last minute (Seven Soldiers #0 & Bulleteer #4).

 

-Only numbering six, Greg’s team successfully stop the Spider-mare, but realise far too late that it has all been a trap.

Lead by Neb-Buh-Loh, the Sheeda annihilate Greg’s crew, announcing the start of our presents Harrowing.

 

The Time Tailors Initiate Plan B, manipulating the creation of another Seven Soldiers. (An action that ripples in all directions throughout time)(Seven Soldiers #0).

We can see Justin’s shirt, The Guardian’s Helmut and Frankenstein’s pistol.

 

 

-Frankenstein is re-awoken by the presence of Sheeda in a small American town.

 

 

-Week Two

-Day One

-Having just escaped from the Castle Revolving, Justin and Vanguard arrive 10 000 years later in our present.

Ultimately confused Justin is separated from Vanguard and after a few run ins, avoids the local authorities.

On the streets he encounters Guilt (The Mood 7 Mind destroyer) (From Arthur’s “Tales of Unwhen”) who tries to talk the Shining Knight into suicide.

However Justin is inpired by the bald homeless man beside him, who impossibly knows his name (A Time Tailor then?) and overcomes Guilt.

Post the battle, Justin’s garments have been mystically altered.

 

 

-Misty Kilgore, Cassandra Craft and Zatanna , are able to trap the elemental shapeshifter Gwydion in Ali Kazoom’s magical cabinet by using Zor’s hat.

Zor’s hat becomes part of Zatanna’s new costume.

Later Gwydion is transferred into a glass botlle and the Phantom stranger returns with Cassandra’s bread.

 

 

-Disgraced ex Cop Jake Jordan is hired by Ed Stargard the owner of The Manhattan Guardian newspaper (But secretly the on-screen avatar of an aged Baby Brain) to be the papers Superhero mascot.

Unbeknownst to Jake his very employment was contrived by his father in-law Larry (El Mar) and Ed Stargard (Baby Brain) who were childhood friends.

 

 

-At the Villa Rocco in Hollywood, Vincenzo Baldi the Undying Don (the grown up Kid Scarface), is in hiding from Benitio Silencio, the Don’s east coast gangster rival.

Somehow, the Don’s henchman Crazyface and Strato have aquired Justin’s flying horse and the Don is shown the magnificent Vanguard.

It appears that the Don is a collector of mythological objects, and that the lost Cauldron of Rebirth is also in his possession.

Internet rumours (Bulleteer# 3) have that Vincenzo baldi found it in Slaughter Swamp.

 

Just then, Sheeda forces (led by Neh-Buh-Loh) attack the Don’s mansion intent on reaquiring their lost Cauldron.

Somehow alive and working for Gloriana Tenebrae, I, Spyder appears.

Knowing that the Don will use the Cauldron to heal himself (as he has done so for years it seems), I, Spyder, from his helicopter a mile away, tags the Don with an arrow carrying a bio-tracker virus.

Thus the Sheeda can pinpoint the Cauldrons exact location.

 

 

-Disattisfied with his isolated life in, Klarion the Witchboy escapes the known borders Limbo town (Once the Roanoke Colony)

 

 

-In the Manhattan Guardian’s first adventure amidst a battle between two Rival Subway pirate gangs Larry (The adult El Mar), his Father in-law is killed in the process.

 

 

-Shilo Normon, Mister Miracle performs his most audacious stunt yet.

Bound he is dropped into a simulated black hole.

 

 

-As a sign of good faith, Justin the Shining Knight turns himself into the police.

They contact F.B.I Agent Helen “Sky-High” Helligan, a meta-human specialist, who in turn contacts the last minute replacement Doctor Gloria Friday, herself an expert on antiques.

Both fly by chopper to the precinct to meet Justin.

Agent Helligan jokes to Doctor Friday of how she once deliberately mixed fish oil into her brother’s favourite strawberry milkshake.

 

During the Police interview with Justin, Doctor Gloria Friday is revealed to be Gloria Tenebrae, and at that point, her Sheeda forces storm the precinct.

The Sheeda forces aquire Caliburn (Excalibur, the first of the seven treasures), Gloria subdues Justin and poisonously bites Agent Helligan.

Gloria escapes aboard I, Spyder’s chopper.

 

 

-Melmoth finds Klarion wandering the streets.

Melmoth has built an orphanage for lost children.

Led by the obnoxious Billy Breezer, the orphanage has it’s own under sixteen Superhero called the Deviants (Who appear to be the anti Newsboy Army of Nowhere Street).

Melmoth allows Klarion to join, The Deviants now number seven.

With Klarion’s help, they steal the British Sapper Driller of WW2 from the Manhattan Museum of Superhumanity for Melmoth.

 

 

- Billy Breezer is on the eve of his sixteenth birthday, where he will, like his mentor Golden boy, be promoted to the mysterious Team Red.

Upon the moment of his birthday, Billy Breezer meets Golden boy and is whisked away through the Erdel gate to join Team Red.

It is revealed that Team Red is however Melmoth’s slave labour program excavating gold on Mars.

 

 

-Healed by the Cauldron of Rebirth, Don Vincenzo and his bodyguards Crazyface and Strato charge Neb-Buh-Loh and the Sheeda siege forces.

Recalling Mo Colley, Don Vincenzo dies in his redemptive charge (Shining Knight #4).

 

 

-Ramon Solomano the Iron Hand, has a dream in which the dead Greg Saunders returns, having now changed into some ghostly avenger.

In the dream Greg Saunders shoots Ramon in the soul.

 

 

-Day Two

- Investigating the robbery at the Manhatten Museum of Superhumanity, Agent Helligan (In poor health after having been bitten by Gloria Tenebrae the night before) “borrows” Iron Hands expensive prosthetic hand on display.

Also investigating the deaths of Greg Saunders team( Now one week ago), she inlists the Bulleteers help.

Together they interview the incarcerated Iron hand, Ramon Solomano.

Ramon, once his expensive prosthetic hand is threatened, explains everything.

Furthermore, he recounts his dream and then dies bloodily infront of Agent Helligan and the Bulleteer.

Agent Helligan’s health deterioates rapidly.

Over the phone, Agent Helligan apologises to her brother about the childhood milkshake (Shining Knight #3) and the Bulleteer is able to get to the church on time, to prevent her sister from marrying a werewolf.

Agent Helen “Sky-high” Helligan then dies in the Bulleteer’s arms.

 

 

-Melmoth and a squadron of Benito Silencio’s heavily armed soldiers use the stolen Sapper driller to enter Limbo town with plans to enslave the population, turning them into soldiers in his war against his wife.

Begrudgingly, Klarion returns to Limbo town to stop them.

Klarion is able to stop Melmoth.

Melmoth escapes although severly injured. injuring him severely, but not killing him.

Limbo Town is resealed, Klarion is off again.

 

 

-Frankenstein travels through the Erdel gate to Mars.

Damaged, but still very much alive Melmoth guides Benito Silencio and his gangster council through his excavation operation (worked by the hordes of sixteen year old slave orphans-Team Red) on Mars.

Melmoth’s primary objective is to stop his wife, preventing the Harrowing only appears to be secondary.

We meet Billy Breezer again as he strikes gold, opening an ancient Martian burial tomb of Kings.

The tombs are full of gold, to be used to finance the war against his wife.

Frankenstein confronts Melmoth, who reveals to Frankenstein his secret origin.

Frankenstein like Swamp Thing, is a version of the Grundy-men of Slaughter Swamp and Limbo town.

Like the Grundy-men Melmoth is now able to control Frankenstein with his sigil.

Billy Breezer knocks the sigil out of Melmoth’s hands, liberating Frankenstein.

Frankenstein kills Benito Silencio and completely dismembers Melmoth, who although not dead, is completely out of the picture.

Unfortunatly, so are Melmoth’s massive plans for defeating his wife Gloria Tenebrae.

Frankenstein and Bill Breezer return to Earth.

 

 

-Led by Ali Kazoom’s Ghost, Zatanna and the princess arrive at Don Vincenzo’s mansion littered with the ruins of his battle against the Sheeda.

Vincenzo Baldi the Undying Don is found dead.

Ali-Ka-Zoom leads his old friends ghost away.

Inside the mansion, Neh-Buh-Loh retrieves the Cauldron of Rebirth from the Don’s chambers (Zatanna #3), coming face to face with Zatanna and Misty Kilgore.

Misty remembers being the Princess.

Zatana and the Princess escape from Neh-Buh-Loh on Vanguard, Justin’s flying horse.

 

 

-On the Superhero circuit, the Bulleteer is hired as a bodyguard for the mermaid actress Suli Stellamaris (She stars alongside Mel Pitt in the film “The Cup of Blood” seen in Shining Knight #2).

At the convention, we also see Zatanna’s therapist Etta Candy, multiple Blue Boys, Lucien Crawley the Mind Grabber Man and the adult Li’l Hollywood of the Newsboys Army of Nowhere Street.

Li’l: Hollywood is informed of her old team mate, Don Vincenzo’s death.

I, Spyder attempts to assasinate the Bulleteer, but is killed by the returned ghost of Greg Saunders the Vigilante.

 

 

-At the Mahattan Guardian base, “Guardian Heights”, Ed Starsgard reveals himself to be the now aged Baby Brain to Jake Jordan, debriefing him on the Newsboy Army of Nowhere Street, Mo Calley and the Sheeda.

Just then Sheeda forces attack the complex.

Jake carries Ed (Baby Brain) on his back, Lena, Ed’s assistant, becomes Guardian Girl. Finally, Jake summons the new much larger Newsboy army to fight the Sheeda on the streets.

 

 

-During, the major storm outside, the machine that simulated the black hole of Mister Miracle’s stunt, turns on by itself returning him.

Shilo Normon has spent a week inside the black hole.

 

 

-Recruited a by the organization S.H.A.D.E, and after the success of his first mission (alongside Lady Frankenstein), Frankenstein is sent to hunt down a time monster in Tibet.

At the top of the Himalaya’s, the Time Monster is revealed to be Neh-Buh-Loh, who is feasting on Flying horses.

Alone, Frankenstein faces Neh-Buh-Loh the Huntsman where he was beaten as Nebula Man by Greg Saunder’s Seven Soldiers of Victory all those years ago.

Via his newly fitted and implanted internet capabilities, Frankenstein downloads all of S.H.A.D.E’s information on Neh-Buh-Loh before battling him.

 

Meanwhile S.H.A.D.E are busily deciphering a mysterious message that appears to be from the future, a such it makes more sense the closer they get in time to it’s origin.

 

During the bloody battle with Frankenstein, Neh-Buh-Loh appears to be dying.

The Ultramarines injected into Neh-Buh-Loh whilst still in his larval stage as Qwewq the infant Universe,(J.L.A Classified) have not been able to neutralize Black Death’s poison.

Instead, they sped up the life cycle of the universe, bringing about Neh-Buh-Loh’s premature death.

Frankenstein delivers the deathblow.

 

 

-In Slaughter Swamp, Zatanna confronts Zor believing him to be her father.

Using Gwydion, Zatanna finally defeats the Renegade Time Tailor and is rewarded by the Remaning Seven Time Tailors by meeting her father.

 

 

-S.H.A.D.E teleport Frankenstein to Miracle Mesa, Arizona where he sneaks aboard the docked Sheeda Flagship the Castle Revolving (They are the loading the retrieved Cauldron of Rebirth).

He is transported One Billion years into the future!

 

 

-Justin the Shining Knight awakes (probably inside of the Castle Revolving).

Galahad has survived and been corrupted by the Sheeda, Gloria forces them to fight each other for her amusement.

In battle Justin is revealed to be a women.

Before the battles end, Gloria Tenebrae is informed that her husband Dark Melmoth is infact alive, and hastily retreats to her chambers to replan.

Left alone, Justin kills Galahad and escapes seeking out Gloria Tenebrae.

 

 

- The Ghostly Greg Saunders’s visits the Bulleteer, revealing her to be “the Spear that was never thrown”.

It is the Bulleteer that will kill Gloria Tenebre, except that she is not interested in joining the Seven soldiers at all.

 

 

-Frankenstein destroys six other juggernaught vessels of the Sheeda fleet, severly sabotaging their planned invasion.

He then confronts Gloriana Tenebrae aboard her Flagship, the Castle Revolving.

Frankenstein uses his internet capabilities to send a message back to S.H.A.D.E , which is of course the very one that they were trying to decode in the first place.

Furthermore he hijacks Castle Revolving (along with Gloriana Tenebrae and hopefully Justin) dragging it back to the present sans the Sheeda invasion armies.

 

 

Lucky Sevens

Ali Kazoom’s Ghost mentions in Zatanna #3 that there are far too many coincidences in the story.

He mentions a “Mystery string tying it all together”.

The Seven remaining Time Tailors efforts to stop the renegade Zor and his Sheeda Strain, have created the numerical “seven dynamic” throughout all time.

They are thus the fathers of all things seven related, be they days of the week, sins, virtues, seven champions of Christendom, seven spirits at the throne of God, seven sleepers, seven wise masters etc (Seven Soldiers #0).

 

-The Seven Soldiers are the seven dwarves of the Snow White tale.

 

-The Grundymen are an important component of the Seven Soldiers megaseries.

The Nursery Rhyme of Solomon Grundy uses all seven days of the week.

Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday,

Christened on a stark and stormy Tuesday,

Married on a gray and grisly Wednesday,

Took ill on a mild and mellow Thursday,

Grew worse on a bright and breezy Friday,

Died on a gay and glorious Saturday,

Buried on a baking, blistering Sunday.

That was the end of Solomon Grundy

 

-The Prologue:True Thomas in Seven Soldiers #0 occurs one week before Part Three: Midnight at Miracle Mesa of Seven Soldiers #0 (Agent Helligan, Bulleteer #2).

 

-Greg saunders and I, Spyder appear roughly one week after their deaths in Seven Soldiers #0.

 

-Mister Miracle spends one week in the black hole.

 

-Seven Soldiers #1 occurs one week after the main events of Seven Soldiers #0 (Agent Helligan, Bulleteer #2 & Mister Miracle #4)

 

 

Green Lanterns?

Tantalisingly, Green Lanterns or rather lanterns that happen to be green, make an appearance. (But only twice in & # 4)

They seem effective against the Sheeda Queen (Shining Knight #1).

In Zatanna #2, Gwydion, who was Merlin, mentions that he took the shape of a lantern for a few years.

Perhaps he was the lantern Vanguard the Flying horse uses in Shining Knight # 1

After retrieving the Cauldron of rebirth from Don Vincenzo, some Sheeda soldiers are seen carrying three Green Lanterns away with them (Shining Knight #4).

 

 

I, Robots?

In both Seven Soldiers #0 and Shining Knight #4, the Sheeda Spider-mare’s are revealed to be robots.

“Guilt” (Shining knight #2) declares himself to be a Sheeda Mood 7 Mind Destroyer, which is really as robotic sounding as it gets.

Gloria’s Tenebrae’s “children of our fathers” line in Frankenstein #4 could very well mean that they are robots created by man.

 

Thematically the robots are consistant with Manhattan Guardian #3 and the robotic J.L.A replacements of J.L.A Classified #1-3.

 

The Sheeda come in various sizes and Shapes.

They are however able to breed.

 

Are the Grundymen, Frankenstein the Water-monsters of Shining knight #1 & #3 and Frankenstein #3, the kind of Robots that robots would create?

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Grant Morison makes my skull hurt. Or does he make my pee-pee hard? I'm not sure....

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Note: Personally, at this point in time (Pre the events of Seven Soldiers #1) Mister Miracle #1-4 can be read as an aside.

I’m sure I’ve missed something but it appears that only #4 contains some tie in to the rest of the Seven Soldiers mega series.

Have the New gods been trapped by the Sheeda?

As you'll see, Darkseid promised the Sheeda North America (and possibly the world).

His goal is the capture of Mister Miracle and the anti-life equation.

Aurakles and the New Gods mostly factor into the history of the DCU and the origins of the Sheeda and their harrowing of Earth.

The Mister Miracle miniseries was essentially worthless.

 

Other quick notes to your notes:

---The apple motif makes its 3rd appearance

---The 7 treasures are named (sword, cauldron, hammer, flying horse, fatherbox, something called "Merlin" that's made of living language, and I forget what the 7th is since it wasn't listed....)

There are other corrections/answers that you'll see when you read the final issue....

One of the biggest reveals, what Galahad doesn't tell us is that

The Sheeda are us at the end of time; they are our ultimate state of evolution, and therefore harrow their own past (our present) to survive!

Good work though, Test.

A lot of this is laid out in SSoV #1; it more or less reads like a timeline (which is why I found it so uninteresting as an issue).

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Wow! Just finished Seven Soliders #1 and I'm not sure what to think yet.

It's different and creative, that's for sure.

 

I liked the Spoiler that Trace posted. That was a really interesting aspect and totally unexpected by me.

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The Sheeda are us at the end of time; they are our ultimate state of evolution, and therefore harrow their own past (our present) to survive!

Good work though, Test.

A lot of this is laid out in SSoV #1; it more or less reads like a timeline (which is why I found it so uninteresting as an issue).

Cheers, i'll update the whole thing soon.

I thought that your spolier was a given (Frankenstein #4).

Having the robotic spider-mares appears to be deliberate Red Herring now.

The ambiguity or double meaning of "We are the children of our fathers" is nicley handled.

 

That said I'm more disturbed by the twist that...

That Millions the dog is still alive and that those Internet rumours were practically true!

 

I assume that the Time Tailor wearing a D.C comics tie pin validates the reading of Seven Soldiers as a comic about the comic industry.

Which seems disappointingly flat.

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I assume that the Time Tailor wearing a D.C comics tie pin validates the reading of Seven Soldiers as a comic about the comic industry.

Which seems disappointingly flat.

 

It would be if that was the only possible interpretation of the series. But since it's clearly only one of any number of possible readings (and one which was already apparent long before this issue came out), it's not much of a problem for me.

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An overall great timeline and synopsis -- kudos! Just a couple notes for clarification....

 

Any mentions to "Frankenstein battles Melmoth. Seemingly to the death (Frankenstein #1)." after 1870 AD are not actual battles in those times. The series of panels on that page are meant to show the growth of Uglyhead's town in contrast with the crash of the train in 1870, not a literal continuing battle through the decades. What's even more confusing is that one of the panels is mislabeled -- "1955" should be on the bottom left panel, not the top right with the train falling. I'm surprised they didn't fix this in the TP compilation.

 

And in keeping with the main topic of this forum, "John Constantine leads a team of seven at Baron Winter’s house in a séance to aid Swamp Thing, The Spectre, Dead Man, The Phantom Stranger, and the Demon with their ultimate battle against an evil in Hell(Swamp Thing #50)" should be set in the 1990's, not 1980's as you attribute it. Even though the story was published in the mid 80's as part of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, this is in keeping with the condensing of time that happens in DC continuity. Otherwise CoIE would've taken place over 20 years ago, when it's basic canon that Superman only debuted 12-15 "years ago" (depending on who you ask) and CoIE obviously happened after that. I know JC generally operates outside of canon, but this is a biggee that he should maintain.

 

Speaking of JC, that entry ends with "John Constantine is successful and his C.V is updated." Forgive a newbie question, but what is "his C.V"?

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And in keeping with the main topic of this forum, "John Constantine leads a team of seven at Baron Winter’s house in a séance to aid Swamp Thing, The Spectre, Dead Man, The Phantom Stranger, and the Demon with their ultimate battle against an evil in Hell(Swamp Thing #50)" should be set in the 1990's, not 1980's as you attribute it. Even though the story was published in the mid 80's as part of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, this is in keeping with the condensing of time that happens in DC continuity. Otherwise CoIE would've taken place over 20 years ago, when it's basic canon that Superman only debuted 12-15 "years ago" (depending on who you ask) and CoIE obviously happened after that. I know JC generally operates outside of canon, but this is a biggee that he should maintain.

 

But that doesn't work within John's timeline, and I'm sure you can guess which one matters more here.

 

Speaking of JC, that entry ends with "John Constantine is successful and his C.V is updated." Forgive a newbie question, but what is "his C.V"?

 

"Curriculum vitae". A resume.

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