Dart: The Mini Series

In 1995, Erik Larsen of Image Comics (Savage Dragon, Freak Force) asked BMP to do a “Year One” story (ie. point of origin plotline) for one of his favourite characters Dart who appeared in several of his comic books. BMP took this project on with great delight. Our brief included a bar room brawl scene where Dart uses the only weapons at her disposal to survive a brutal attack. This becomes a defining moment in her accepting her superhero persona. The brief also included a challenge on her name and identity within a three issue mini-series format. Outside of that BMP was given free reign so we decided to introduce a team of the most unlikeliest of superheroes without a mission, Blood Chic, and their sworn enemies, Vogue Attack. The Dart miniseries was published by Image in February 1996. The first issue made it into Wizard‘s Top 100 list for the month. It is speculative and is not considered canon.

Dart.Issue1.1996Title: Dart #1
Story Title: N/A
Genre: Superhero
Publisher: 
Image Comics
Year of Publication: 
1996
Format: 
Comic book
Edition: 
First
ISBN: 
N/A
Price: 
USD$2.50
Length:
 
32 pages (with 22 pages of story)
Story / Script: 
Julie Ditrich and Bruce Love
Pencils: 
Jozef Szekeres
Cover and Alternate Cover:  
Jozef Szekeres
Colours: 
In Color 
Synopsis: 
Dart, a new vigilante on the streets of Detroit, rescues two young tourists  who are attacked in an alley by a violent gang. The entire encounter is secretly filmed and shown on the evening news. By morning she is deemed a superhero, but also becomes the victim of an unscrupulous toy manufacturer who appropriates her likeness and name without her permission.
Availability:  Out of print

 

Dart.Issue2.1996Title: Dart #2
Story Title:
 N/A
Genre: Superhero
Publisher: Image
Year of Publication: 1996
Format: Comic book
Edition: First
ISBN: N/A
Price: USD$2.50
Length:
 32 pages (with 22 pages of story)
Story / Script: Julie Ditrich and Bruce Love
Pencils: Jozef Szekeres
Cover: Jozef Szekeres
Colours: In Color
Synopsis: A shocked Dart discovers that the toy manufacturer has stolen her identity and made a toy in her image. When she confronts the head of company, Gregory Brockman, she is threatened with legal action if she chooses to take it further. Sensing she will cause trouble for him, Brockman sends out the villainous Vogue Attack team to take care of her. Outnumbered five to one in a warehouse, Dart must fight for her very survival.
Availability:  Out of print

 

Dart.Issue3.1996Title: Dart #3
Story Title: N/A
Genre: Superhero
Publisher: Image
Year of Publication: 1996
Format: Comic book
Edition: First
ISBN: N/A
Price: USD$2.50
Length:
 32 pages (with 22 pages of story)
Story / Script: Julie Ditrich and Bruce Love
Pencils: Jozef Szekeres
Cover: Jozef Szekeres
Colours: In Color
Synopsis: Blood Chic save Dart’s life and they quickly become her allies in the battle against the toy manufacturer. Traumatic memories that have been leaking into Dart’s consciousness, spur her on to retaliate and reclaim her name and identity. Will this unlikely group be able to outwit Brockman and Vogue Attack at the launch of the new toy lines at a giant shopping mall? Or will thousands of innocent shoppers be killed and trampled in the ensuing battle?
Availability:  Out of print

 

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