Sunday, 6 April 2014

M.A.S.K. Mini Comics - Issue One "Flaming Beginnings"

Coming free with M.A.S.K. Toys, "Flaming Beginnings" was issue one of the M.A.S.K. Mini Comics series.  Issue one gives us the background on the back story of the M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M. teams.

The front cover of this small comic is full of action as we see a battle between Switchblade and Rhino.  Bruce Sato is driving Rhino and Matt Trakker is out using his Ultraflash Mask!

A small aeroplane flies towards Boulder Hill Gas Station, Nevada - followed closely by Miles Mayhem in Switchblade.  Mayhem presses a button within Switchblade to set his diabolical plan in motion.

Once pressed, the button causes the small aeroplane to go on fire.  The pilot attempts to parachute out of the falling plan but lands badly as his chute doesn't open in time.  He lands just outside of Boulder Hill with his plane crashing in the background.

Matt Trakker and Bruce Sato run out of Boulder Hill - fearing that he may be dead after his fall from the plane.  Matt finds him with his eyes open and they rush him into Boulder Hill for some much needed first aid.

Up above in Switchblade, Miles Mayhem is eavesdropping on their conversation.

As they attend to the stricken young pilot - Bruce asks Matt if he knows him!  Matt replies that he reminds him of his younger brother, Andy, and then starts to retell the tale the beginnings of M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M.

Back in the day - Miles Mayhem and Matt Trakker had set up a team together to fight crime and evil.  But Mayhem was dismayed at not receiving any publicity for all of the good that they were doing as a team.

Andy had drawn up blueprints for Masks and vehicles - to be discussed at a meeting the following day.  The next day, Matt turns up late for the meeting to find his brother injured and trapped in the fire.  He manages to get his brother free but with his dying words he tells Matt that Miles has betrayed them all and is responsible for the fire - and stealing half of his plans!

Whilst Matt is conveying his story, Bruce notices that the pilot hasn't blinked since he was brought in!  Then he realises that he is actually a robot!

Cut back to Miles Mayhem in Switchblade as he his still eavesdropping on our M.A.S.K. team as he presses another button on Switchblades control panel.  Back in Boulder Hill and the robot starts ticking.....   He's a time-bomb!

As all of their flying vehicles are out on missions - Matt and Bruce use Rhino to get the ticking time-bomb as far from Boulder Hill as possible.  Miles converts Switchblade into Jet Mode to attack our heroes - as M.A.S.K. use one of Andy's inventions to help save the day!

Rhino and Switchblade engage each other and Matt gets out to use Ultraflash to blind Mayhem as Bruce uses Lifter to return the ticking robot back to its unsuspecting owner.  Blowing up just shy of Switchblade - it is enough to Mayhem turn tail and run!

For a free comic with a toy, this is very good.  It gives a great background to how our teams are formed and explains why both sides have such similar weaponry.  It has a good story and is well drawn.

I'm not too sure why Miles Mayhem felt the need to have a time-bomb built into the robot - if he had just used the button to remote detonate the bomb he would've succeeded!  Guess that's why the good guys always win!

If you have never read the comic, you can view it online over and M.A.S.K. Eire's Facebook Page or at Albert Penello's Page or over at!

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