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Quote1 This is what we're going to do... we're going to find more people like you and Faith -- I mean Zephyr. We're going to stick together and be a team. Maybe someday, an army. We're going to live better than this... even if we have to borrow some things. I'll keep track of who we owe, starting with the Moonlight Motel. We'll pay them back someday. But in the meantime, we're going to do whatever it takes to stop Harada... and anyone else who plays God. This is a war. We're going to need all our strength. Let's get to sleep. Quote2
--Kris Hathaway


Children of the Eighth DayEdit

AppearancesEdit

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Supporting Characters:

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Dave (helicopter pilot)

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Vehicles:

  • Kris Hathaway's Car (explodes)
  • Torque's car (First appearance)

CreditsEdit

SynopsisEdit

June 2, 1991: Peter Stanchek and his girlfriend Kris Hathaway are on the run from the Harbinger Foundation. Peter believes a helicopter is following them, so he makes Kris' car fly up and forces the chopper to land. The pilots insist they are being paid by a man in the FBI to catch drug dealers. Suddenly Peter and Kris are attacked by three Harbingers, Eel, Lump, and Weasel. Peter throws Weasel into the woods with telekinesis, then uses telepathy to disable Lump. Lump gets up and Peter throws Kris' car at him, destroying it. Eel threatens to kill Kris, but Kris punches her in the gut. Peter grabs Kris and they fly away until they find a motel. They remark that flying is much more draining and exhausting than it seems, like riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Despite having no money since Kris lost her purse in the car explosion, Peter uses telepathy to convince the clerk to let them have a room. Kris remarks that she does not like it when Peter uses his "Jedi mind trick." They pass out exhausted.

June 3, 1991: During breakfast the next morning, Peter and Kris discuss an ad for the Harbinger Foundation in the local paper. Kris says she feels bad for the kids sent to hurt Peter, since Harbinger manipulates them by convincing them they're the good guys. Peter realizes that since people write application letters to the Harbinger Foundation, they could theoretically help people by intercepting these letters. They break into the local post office and steal every letter in the Harbinger Foundation's box.

June 4, 1991: Peter and Kris visit the home of Faith Herbert, one of the likely candidates. Faith is found to be an overweight sci-fi nerd, and she gets angry when she assumes Peter and Kris are there to embarrass her. Peter explains how the Harbinger Foundation is evil, and then looks into Faith's mind to determine if she is telling the truth. He finds there is nothing special about her and they leave. Moments later, Faith surprises Peter and Kris by flying into the street. Apparently Peter's psychic probing unlocked her latent powers. Faith insists on following them, and she quickly packs a giant trunk including her own superhero costume. She tells Peter and Kris that her new superhero name is Zephyr. They return to the Moonlight Motel, but they're forced to leave when they spot police looking for them.

June 5, 1991: The three teenagers attempt to sleep in a van parked in a junk yard. Zephyr asks if she can huddle with the others for warmth, but Kris refuses to share her boyfriend's bed with another girl. The two argue angrily until Peter uses his powers to calm both of them down. He quickly stops and apologizes, saying he just wanted them not to fight, but Kris is furious at him. Kris reminds Peter that he promised to never do that to her again, she views it as evil, and she will kill him in his sleep if he does it another time. They discuss their plans. Kris says they are going to keep finding people like Peter and Faith, build a team or maybe an army, and eventually take down Harbinger's leader Toyo Harada.

June 6, 1991: Peter attacks a Harbinger Foundation office in Atlanta, Georgia. He recruits a young woman named Charlene DuPre who was there to apply, marked "Class A" by Harbinger. Harada's assistant Todd Bevins confronts Peter and tells him that he's going down a dangerous path. Bevins insists that the Harbinger Foundation wants to help him, and they are only Peter's enemy if he makes them one. Peter tells Bevins he makes him sick and throws him aside.

Peter returns with Charlene to the abandoned mill where they're hiding. Charlene tells them to call her Flamingo since everyone does. She explains that Peter activated something in her head, and now she has fire powers. Flamingo quickly burns off her clothes in a demonstration, and Zephyr goes to find her a new costume. Flamingo insists that she only wears pink. Zephyr also decides to begin calling Peter "Sting" after the pain caused by his telepathic probing. Kris is vocally annoyed that so far Peter's only recruits have been women, referring to them as "the rest of the harem."

The papers Peter stole from the Harbinger office in Atlanta lead them to a mechanic named John Torkelson, nicknamed "Torque." Torque is only listed as a "Class D" subject, and Peter thinks he's not worth investigating. Despite this, Flamingo convinces Torque to follow them, and they agree since he has a car. The five teens have a cookout together in the abandoned mill with food supplied by Torque. Flamingo aggressively flirts with Torque, but Torque ignores her to flirt with Kris instead. Flamingo attacks Kris, insisting that Kris is jealous of Flamingo's interactions with Peter. Peter tears the two fighting women apart with his powers. He then accuses Torque of being a spy for Harbinger, and probes his mind to find out. This enrages Torque, who angrily picks up his car to throw at Peter and discovers his powers have been unlocked. Peter apologizes to Torque and says he didn't realize the kind of rough childhood that Torque had.

Suddenly a Harbinger helicopter arrives and the entire group is attacked. There is one Harbinger operative with super-strength present who battles Torque, and a team of soldiers battle the others. Flamingo takes out the Harbinger. Zephyr flies into the helicopter and discovers a man meditating, who she attacks. Kris is knocked unconscious. Sting deals with the soldiers shooting at his friends, then pulls Zephyr out of the helicopter and makes it explode. In the aftermath, they hear Bevins try to reach them over one of the soldier's radios. Bevins explains that there is no going back, and they are now officially at war with Harbinger. Sting says he doesn't know what to do, while holding the injured Kris. Torque replies that they go find the people responsible and rip their throats out.

NotesEdit

QuotesEdit

Quote1 Harbinger is a big, powerful organization. They killed my best friend in the world. They're trying to kill me. If you fall for their crap, they'll trick you and use you... that is, if you really can do, you know... special things. Quote2
--Peter Stanchek


Quote1 I knew that ad was a set-up--! Oh, god, I wish I'd never written that letter! Why did you come here? To make me beg you not to show it to everyone in school? But you would anyway! Why can't you just leave me alone?! Get out! Quote2
--Faith Herbert


Quote1 Pete? Eel asked me something... I didn't give it a thought, then. But now... are you forcing me to be your lover? Do you really understand that what you just did is... evil? Pete, if you ever do it again, you'd better keep control. Or I'll kill you in your sleep. Quote2
--Kris Hathaway


Quote1 This is what we're going to do... we're going to find more people like you and Faith -- I mean Zephyr. We're going to stick together and be a team. Maybe someday, an army. We're going to live better than this... even if we have to borrow some things. I'll keep track of who we owe, starting with the Moonlight Motel. We'll pay them back someday. But in the meantime, we're going to do whatever it takes to stop Harada... and anyone else who plays God. This is a war. We're going to need all our strength. Let's get to sleep. Quote2
--Kris Hathaway


Quote1 People like you are very rare and special, and you face unusual pressures. It must seem like everyone's against you sometimes. But, Pete, look what you're doing--! Breaking and entering? Theft? Manslaughter? Let us help you, before it's too late. We understand--! We're not the enemy... unless you make it so. Quote2
--Todd Bevins


Quote1 My name is usually marked with four stars and an exclamation point in those little bitty black books. Quote2
--Flamingo


Quote1 I always lose fights. Every gal whose beau I ever stole, by giving him what he wanted, beat my eyes black. Ever since first grade. But, now I ain't just a clumsy, helpless fool, am I? Now... I can burn you... Quote2
--Flamingo


Quote1 Peter, this is Mister Bevins. I know you can hear this... I'm afraid that tonight you "crossed the rubicon," as they say. You've done too much damage... killed and hurt too many people. It's war now, Peter. Surely you can see we have the power to destroy you. You barely escaped tonight. You won't next time. If you care about your friends, you won't drag them down with you. Think about it. Good night. Quote2
--Todd Bevins


Quote1 Take care of Kris... then you and me go rip their throats out. Quote2
--Torque


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ReferencesEdit

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  1. Solar, Man of the Atom #3
  2. Harbinger #2

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