WMG: Paperinik New Adventures
The third series is set in a universe where the battlecruiser Centurian was late at the Battle of OrionThe Evronians of the original series are a powerful empire that has been virtually undefeated until Xadhoom started hunting them down, while the ones of the reboot are somewhat technologically inferior, fragmented due to a recent civil war and deadlocked in a war with the less numerous but technologically more advanced Guardians of the Galaxy. How it happened? Putting together pieces from both continuities it's possible to find the point of departure. The reboot series mentions there had been a moment where the Guardians had almost been annihilated, and only the merciless Guardian Drones managed to stop the Evronians. The original series mentions that the battlecruiser Centurian (once the best warship of the Imperial Fleet, but now only a well-armed but antiquated piece of space junk) arrived at the Battle of Orion at just the right moment, saving the day for Evron. Maybe Orion is the Evronian name for Clonius, where the Guardian Drones had been created, and an Evronian defeat there allowed the Guardians to unleash the warriors that halted the Evronian Empire, even succeeding in destroying the Imperial Palace and burning down millions of Evronian Spores at once, weakening the Empire enough to allow the Guardians to continue opposing it and causing a civil war at the death of a more recent Emperor.
Xadhoom has an Healing FactorShe's shown to have Matter/Energy manipulation powers and shapeshifting. Both of those should allow a Healing Factor to some degree. As for how she would regrow them... Replacements made of the flame-like substance that occasionally appears around her isn't completely implausible. Something supporting this is the fact that, in flight, her lower body occasionally turns into flame and back.
- Is it even possible to actually harm her?
- By making her lose control of her powers, yes. Though this would result in a nova.
- You may also absorb her entire output, but it takes time and Xadhoom won't stay still to let the Evrons try it again.
Everett Ducklair in PK2Everett didn't escape from Earth to avoid the impending invasion, he escaped to lead it.
The Evron "Sage Among Us"He isn't a one-shot character intended to give the Evrons a way to return, but is in fact Gorthan. In PKNA #20 he lost his energy tank, which was reused by a technician to power his robot Mekkano. Said robot proceeded to integrate various components into himself, going into a frenzy at the sight of Gorthan's crashed spaceship. When Gorthan recovered the tank, the robot integrated him, took off into space and was recovered by a Evron ship, with Gorthan still inside. It is possible that the Sage is a "reincarnation" of Gorthan?
This series's Organization and the Double Duck version are the same group.It explains why they're so determined to rid themselves of Donald: they know exactly what he is, or will be capable of.
Xadhoom isn't Dead.She's still alive, inside the sun, sustaining it. After all, it was never explicitly stated, that she had died. This also explains why the back-up withdrew into the disc: that version of Xadhoom knows the original's still alive.
- Additionally: She's also the living sun from 42.
Super Duck and Astrongman existed in both continuities, and Lyo was the latterAstrongman is shown in a few flashbacks, and is a Badass Normal Gadgeteer Genius with a great resemblance to Lyo, while Super Duck is a Flying Brick. It's possible that, after Super Duck's death's in combat due his Kryptonite Factor, Lyo avenged him and took over as the city superhero.
Xadhoom isn't an Alternate Company Equivalent of Superman...She's one of Alucard. Evidence: Both originally had four-letter names. (Xado/Vlad) Both set out to achieve a grand and noble goal, and lost everything because of it. (Xerba/New Jerusalem) Both are composed of a shapeless amorphous substance, and merely assume arguably humanoid forms. (Gaseous substance/Blood-shadow) Both were transformed, granted near-limitless power, and adopted seven-letter names. (Xadhoom/Alucard) Both are capable of shapeshifting at will. Both are generally acknowledged to be damn near invincible.
- I always thought she was a counterpart to Doctor Manhattan... I mean, both are genius scientists (Manhattan in particle physics, Xadhoom in astrophysics), both have been mutated by an experiment (accidentally for Manhattan, on purpose for Xadhoom), both have assumed names that strike terror in anyone who knows their origins (Project Manhattan for Doc and the Xerbian word for 'creditor' for Xadhoom), and Xadhoom has almost the same powers as Doctor Manhattan (and it's implied the only reason she doesn't have most of the rest is that she doesn't find them useful, while the omniscience is traded for so much more power it isn't funny).
- Hadn't thought of that... And also, Doctor Manhattan isn't less powerful than Xadhoom. She's just more inclined to actively use the power... Looks like omniscience was the real Blessed with Suck part, not his powers. And, it goes further than that: their final depicted acts involve them giving an unpopulated planet a chance at life, albeit in different ways, and the opposite of what you'll expect.
In the 2013 relaunch, there'll be a offhand reference to Xadhoom having been inducted into the Red Lantern Corps, or an Expy of themShe's perfect Red Lantern material, and given her lack of functional blood, it'll be relatively safe for her to remove it. Although, given her own powers, if so, we may well be looking at the equivalent of a Emotional Entity/Ring-Wielder hybrid, who's driven by pure hatred. To give an example, the last time that happened, was Kyle Rayner's first stint as Ion.
After the end of Pikappa, Donald will become the classic PaperinikIn the last issue of the rebooted series, the series itself never happened, with such changes to the timeline that the Guardians never existed and the Evronians became peaceful. However, the day was saved thanks to one last appearance of Donald as PK, who managed to record a message to himself before the original timeline ceased existing. While the Duckburg of the new timeline is safe from alien threats, it is not from local supervillains. Inspired by the mysterious alter ego he saw, Donald will be prompted to create a costumed identity for himself.
- Jossed before the series and that issue itself by the origins of the classic Paperinik and the message coming from the classic Paperinik turned PK (he did mention Xadhoom in the message, after all). He's still becoming a superhero, just not Paperinik.
All the series have taken place in a single universeThe universe of PK may be similar to The DCU: every few years, some event causes profound changes to the timeline, sometimes rewriting history completely. After all, time travel is routine in PK's 23rd century, and some stories explored the implications of causing changes in history; in one issue, Paperinik and the Raider stopped an experiment that would have initiated the total destruction of time - but maybe it would have just "rebooted" the universe. And Everett toyed with the timeline at the end of the original series, bringing Lyla back to our time, changing the ending of #43. Who knows how many times things like these may have already happened? So, some time after the end of PK2, someone or something changed the dawn of history and created the Pikappa timeline. After all, at the end of those series the timeline was profoundly changed. When Donald wakes up at the beginning of Might and Power, he's confused also because whatever entity has just restored the original timeline, albeit not perfectly: this would explain the changes that have led to the Bad Future, and some discrepancies that make things look like PKNA and PK2 happened during the mid-to-late 2000s rather than a decade earlier.
In the What If? version of PKNA #33, Lyla lied to Paperinik about the fate of Duckburg's inhabitantsThe Othership was simply lost, Lyla never activated it, and Duckburg's population (even if there's no mention of them, Donald's relatives were probably involved too) really died. The grief prompted PK to a Face-Heel Turn; over time the Raider, Anti-Villain as he is, felt sorry for him, so he contacted Lyla and they came up with a plan and a made-up story to make PK redeem himself and give him at least some consolation. Unfortunately, neither Lyla nor the Raider could predict that Kronin would shoot Lyla. Whatever the result, however, doesn't change the sad truth that Donald/PK is the last Duckburgian left.
What may happen to Everett between the end of PK2 and the distant future of PKNA #48He has decided to return to Corona and let his daughters decide for their destiny. Considering how his wife won't be the least happy to see him, he'll probably go into hiding, but will begin fighting for a change of his strict society which, by the time he took Juniper and Korinna away, was starting to take a really bad direction, with the risk of the matriarchal government becoming a dictatorship of emotionally stunted women. Either he will manage a pacific change, or a civil war will erupt in Corona; much will depend on what choices Juniper and Corinna will make. Either way, Corona will finally change into a more just society. At that point, a tired Everett will decide to return to Earth, at Dhasam-Bul; forgiven by the old prior, he'll eventually take his place, until the day he'll go help One in his quest to become a complete individual.
- Might and Power shows him on Corona, receiving a signal from Earth, which prompts him to reactivate One, but we still don't know what happened in the meantime, and if he lives there peacefully or in hiding.
In the PKNA universe, Odin Eidolon exists no matter what happens to the timeline
- In #12, thanks to a memory bank he kept in a special chamber in the Time 0 station (which is situated in a timeless void, making it safe from changes in the timeline), he found out that the original history had been changed and took action to ultimately put it back on track.
- In #34, the Gryphon caused so many changes to history that he created a Bad Future where Ducklair Tower was even destroyed. This should have meant no more One and so no Odin Eidolon in the future. However, the Gryphon had taken One and the Organization used him to create... Odin Eidolon, who raised in their ranks and then underwent a Face-Heel Turn that prompted him to an action that, ultimately, resulted in the correction of the timeline.
- In the What If? story of #49-50, he was probably the mysteryous individual who ordered the Time Police to free PK; when Duckburg was destroyed by the Cold Sun experiment, he managed to distribute his data around systems outside the city in the nick of time, using the same trick Two employed to survive erasure. It took many years before he finally reassembled himself and regained self-conscience, but he would still become Odin and eventually help his friend.
- Finally, in Might and Power, he's become the leader of the last humans resisting the Evronian domination in an even worse future, and once again takes action to solve the problem retroactively (he may also know the former future thanks to the data he sent to his past self from the future of the previous timeline).
One and Two weren't intended as Everett's greatest creationsThey were intended as AI companions to Juniper and Korinna respectively. Even the duck himself realized how callous the plan of virtually kidnapping them was, and created One and Two to aid them in adjusting to Earth society.
Grrodon in the 23rd century isn't really the last EvronianHe's rather the last of the Evronians who wanted to restore the original Empire. After the fall of Evron in PKNA #37, chaos erupted among the surviving Evronians, probably splintering into factions. While some wanted to return to their former glory, others gathered around the mysterious "sage" whom we saw only a glimpse of in the series: Gorthan, now fused with Mekkano. After his experience on Earth, he reflected on what the status of Evronians would be after the dissolution of the Empire: a decayed race, rightfully hated by everyone in the universe because of their past conquests and exterminations. A change was needed, but obviously it couldn't be achieved quickly, so Gorthan decided that a self-imposed exile was needed. When we see Grrodon's sad end, it's just the end of the attempts to rebuild the old Evron; somewhere else in the universe, a new and better Evron is being built under the benevolent rule of Gorthan, waiting for the day they'll be ready to go back and be accepted...
Geena the journalist from PK2 was originally planned to have a bigger roleIn the scene where she's first seen, Paperinik misses the first Channel 00 news hosted by her by a few seconds, with the panel centering on her as she introduces herself to the public. All this made her look like she was going to be important in future issues; instead, she got only a few unimportant appearances. Given she's got the same name as the 5Y droid from PKNA #5 and #12, she may have had some link with her, but given how PK2 was cut short, the writers never managed to use her as intended.
Nebula Faraday is either dead or imprisoned in an Evronian jail or labShe was never seen again after PKNA #7, and at the end of that issue she was lost among the mountains of New Zealand. Since she was quite out there with her head, the possibility that she just died from hypothermia there cannot be ruled out. However, since she was so fanatical about the coming of aliens, she may have met an Evronians patrol some time later and let herself be captured by them. The Evronian scientists would have been very interested in an earthling that expressed feelings of joy towards them, so they sent her to one of their research center, to be subjected to experiments similar to the ones they wanted to do on Angus Fangus. The results, however, were not satisfactory, so Nebula is currently languishing somewhere in the universe, possibly forgotten after the fall of planet Evron. E Ither this, or there's a dormant army of Nebula/Evronian hybrids somewhere...
- And Jossed by Might and Power, 17 years after the character's sole appearance! Turns out Nebula was instrumental in Grrodon's rebuilding of an Evronian army.
At some point, Grrodon's true identity was discovered by the US ArmySome time after he was arrested as McCoy, his true nature of Evronian shapeshifter was discovered and he was transferred to some research center, where he was experimented on and interrogated (probably also in unorthodox ways). He never gave up and, months later, the same ability let him escape but the experience left him so broken that, for some time, he even renounced his mission and just tried to blend with earthlings. The friendly truck driver who gives a ride to Korinna in PK2 #12 looks a lot like McCoy, just with thicker hair and beard: it was probably Grrodon.
- Jossed by Might and Power: he broke out before they could find out, and he did it by blowing up his cell.
In both continuities, Duckburg's old superhero community was torn apart by some tragedyIn PK2 and especially Pikappa, Lyo's memories and flashbacks show that, a few decades earlier, Duckburg lived sort of a Golden Age of superheroism (Pikappa shows there was even a Justice League equivalent in the city). However, at some point the stakes became higher; some hero or villain was killed by the opponent, maybe even just involuntarily, and that caused an escalation that plunged Duckburg in a sudden dark age. (Vulnus Vendor probably had a role in all of it - his first appearance showed how dangerous he could be even from prison - but it was never proved, so Lyo is very bitter about it.) Most heroes and villains couldn't cope with it and they left the city, or just quit their careers; the rest was driven away by the administration and angry citizens. Soon after, Scrooge McDuck settled permanently in Duckburg, making way for the city's recovery. Today, older Duckburgians do not talk gladly of those days and the younger do not know of them at all. The first appearances of Paperinik were greeted with tension: since he originally was an avenger, the citizens feared a return to the darker days, but over time he has stayed has the only constantly active superhero in Duckburg, so no fear for history repeating itself... for now.
- Partially Jossed, at least for Paperinik New Adventures and PK2, by Duckburg actually having a small superhero community. Aside for Paperinik the Devilish Avenger and considering only those appeared in Italian stories, we have Paperinika (superhero alter ego of Daisy Duck with ultrafeminist inclinations) and the Red Bat (the superhero alter ego of Fethry, and a parody of Adam West's Batman. He's been created by Disney's Brazilian branch, but has appeared also in Italian stories), and the occasional criminal posing as a superhero has been greeted positively, at least before being exposed (in one case, the exposition involved Paperinik giving to charity part of what the fake superhero and his accomplices had stolen, so it can't involve good memories). On the other hand, Duckburg's superhero community is quite divided (Paperinik and Paperinika positively despise each other, and Paperinika holds the Red Bat in quite justified contempt) and Paperinik's fame quite overshadows that of his colleagues, so he may have quelled their fears.
Xadhoom's powers were amped up way beyond their normal states for the majority of the seriesThe cause? Her absorption of the energies of the Xerbian sun. If they were released, she would be much weaker, but much more stable and less susceptible to her powers killing her.
In the second episode of PK Universe, Paperinik will lose the first confrontation with the Evronians, and only Xadhoom's intervention will save himA criticism directed by some fans at the concept of the new What If? mini-series is that Paperinik should get his ass kicked with the traditional equipment; in PKNA #0 he was helpless even against two Coolflames, and only the incredibly advanced technology of Everett Ducklair, a genius capable of making Gyro Gearloose look like an amateur, was able to contrast the alien menace effectively. By the end of the episode, however, Paperinik hasn't fought the Evronians yet, but only the two Coolflames, encountering the same difficulties as the PKNA counterpart. Even with Gyro and Scrooge's backing, he's not ready. Xadhoom, with the knowledge she already has about the Evronians, may be the key to defeat them even without her direct help.
- Confirmed and Jossed at the same time:
- For the confirmed part: in spite of not knowing how to use his new car, Paperinik gives them an hell of a beating before they manage to knock him out... But before completely losing consciousness Paperinik hears their voices crying out in terror, and he sees Xadhoom's silhouette just before fainting. When he wakes up, Gyro and Scrooge tells him the surviving Evronians have ran away in terror.
- For the Jossed part: the battle shows that, with Scrooge's financial backing, Gyro can make Everett look like an amateur, and the revised 313-X is actually superior to the Pkar (the performance is about the same, but the 313-X runs on gasoline and the Pkar uses spaceship fuel specifically because Everett couldn't get that level of performance with anything less). The Evronians only manage to scrape a win because Paperinik didn't had the time to learn how to use his new car (he couldn't even read the instruction manual before the Evronians showed up), and Xadhoom compliments Paperinik on the performance before leaving.
The actual Evronians are Imperial Council membersGoing by what little we've been shown of Evron's ancient history, the ancient Evronians looked similar to the modern ones except they had emotions (and even arts and poets) and are implied to have been able to supplement the emotion diet with normal food, and the members of the Imperial Council are in fact capable of feeling emotions. The two-headed variety and those who are now the standard Evronians were in fact different breeds of Super Soldiers... Until a genocidal war left few survivors of the original species and an egotistical two-heads in charge.
The Evronian raid on a town near Duckburg in PKNA #13 was a cover for the kidnapping of Norman Bates RusselRussel was a crazy farmer, who in PKNA #6 tried to sell an Evronian Spore to Angus (and got intercepted by One and Pk) and was revealed having a field filled with them (one that escaped Xadhoom), and in PKNA #8, once the Spores hatched, raised the warriors for Two. In PKNA #13 the Evronians raid his town, but, even before they show up, we see his farm has been damaged by something, and only his dog is still around. Given they knew where he lived (and an Evronian warship actually landed in Two's base near his farm in PKNA #8), they probably launched a covert party to kidnap him and, believing he could be a government agent or an ally of Paperinik, the raid to cover what they were doing. That's why they left without a fight when the US Army showed up to stop the raid: they had already secured the guy they really wanted, and if Russel was really a government agent or an ally of Paperinik it was actually a safer option for them to leave now, especially with the Army keeping Paperinik out of the way.
How Xadhoom may return in stories after Might and PowerUnless they really want her to stay dead and keep only her PK Universe version, Xadhoom's return is quite possibile: after all, the return of a serious Evronian threat means that their "debt" with her is not estinguished yet. A "proper" resurrection wouldn't be even necessary, since the device with a copy of her personality and memories must still be in PK's possession, so she may be of help in another form (giving her knowledge of energy manipulation, for example). Alternately, by enlisting the help of the Raider once again, she may be brought from an earlier point of the timeline, but it'd be a solution that brings a Tear Jerker: beside the problem of explaining her why she is nowehere to be found in the present (save the excuse that she's currently far, far away in another point of the universe), PK couldn't tell her anything about her destiny, and be forced to let her go when the new war against the Evronians is over.
Grrodon didn't die in PKNA #5 and enginereed his own rise to powerWe know well that Evronians can survive even catastrophic events thanks to a regression to spores. What if Grrodon, due to a change of heart at the last moment or an instinctual reaction, regressed just before the explosive decompression destroyed the small flying car he had stolen? The spore fell back on Earth and may have taken a long time to grow back, but Grrodon was then "reborn", more determined than ever. He infiltrated the Time Police, traveled back to the 20th century, and infiltrated the US Army, to finally make his past self (in the McCoy persona) meet Fairfax in prison. At this point, he just disappeared due to the changes he had caused to history; maybe he didn't even think of becoming the future leader of Evronians, he had just fulfilled his mission by giving his younger self a bigger chance to succeed.
Mary Ann Flagstarr will return in 2015Her last appearance was on PKNA in 2000. Afterwards, in PK2, we learned that she departed for a fifteen years long mission. So, seeing her again after 15 years of real time (not as much would have been passed in the series, Comic-Book Time and all) would be fun.
One of the new weapons in "Might and Power" has too little energy to be usableWe have seen a ray that can devolve Evronians into spores in action. Yet, the new ally doesn't allow PK to use it, with the motivation that the hero could mistakenly hit himself with it. Yet, it's absurd that a weapon that could literally win any battle against Evronians isn't used... unless it requires a very specific energy source, based on elements that are very rare if not absent on Earth (Everett may have scavenged them from his ship), or extremely difficult to synthetize, so it can be used only sparingly and as a last resort. The ally decided to use it only to avoid any possibile damage to the Omega Chamber, and gives that motivation to not demoralize PK and rather keep him angry and alert.
- It's later revealed the Army received a prototype "devogun" and the schematics to mass-produce it, easily beating the Evronian forces with the new weapons, but it still doesn't explain why PK couldn't use one.
The new ally in Might and Power is in truth a reprogrammed OneWhen first introduced, he says that while he and PK have never met before, he knows about the hero thanks to the data Odin Eidolon put into the keycard for the Omega Chamber. So it would be quite possibile that the Odin from the Bad Future, sincerely thinking that if he and PK were more ruthless in the past, Earth would be safe in his time, sent instructions if not entirely new behaviour code to his past self, who had still to be reactived in our time, so that he could better confront the Evronians. The (apparently) new IA is unsympathetic and impersonal but sometimes he has slips when expressing frustration. Either something of the old One is still in him, or he's voluntarily putting a Jerkass Fašade.
- Jossed by the ending of Might and Power. It's revealed that Everett brought One's data with himself when he left Earth, and he's seen reactivating him on Corona.
Trauma will return and temporarily ally with PK on an Enemy Mine basisIn Might and Power we learn that his first and last appearance in PKNA #10 was the last even for the Evronians, as he went missing after his defeat, probably knowing that the alternative would have been death. He may have spent the following years in hiding, recovering and vowing revenge against Paperinik, but he'd also not have any loyalty to Evron anymore, and may be even satisfied knowing that the Empire has fallen in the meantime. When finally returning to Earth, he'd discover they are also using inferior "clones" of him. This would be the last straw for Trauma, who will think better to first help PK and then solve any matters with him (although the hero would understandably be uneasy about this).
The new suit is based on One and Everett's analysis of Xadhoom's datapackBack in PKNA #45, Morgan Fairfax managed to create a powerful device from just part of that data - although he missed some crucial data, which would have avoided the machinery to explode (and maybe there was no failsafe anyway, as Zoster would find just one issue later) with a XHADOOM - the same onomatopeia used when PK supercharges his suit in Might and Power. After PK brought the device back on Earth, One may have spent a lot of time analyzing it, and gained access to the previously hidden information because Xadhoom's memories recognized him as someone trusted. After he deactivated One, Everett kept studying that data, which he ultimately used to create some tech he stored in the Omega Chamber and left behind should need for them arise.
The one responsible for the Bad Future in Might and Power is Tyrrel DuckardDue to the microcontraption phenomenon, unless someone already started to put events in motion behind the scenes during PKNA (see the "Grrodon helping himself" theory above), it's unlikely that someone came from the future with the express purpose of changing the past, but that he was already in our present - and Tyrrel was. He probably knows about the events of PKNA #5 and Grrodon, and may have actively looked for traces of Evronian presence in our time. Due to being an elite Time Police droid, he knows well about time travel and has excellent technological knowledge, as the device he wanted to build in PK2 showed. On that matter, such device would have destroyed an entire timeline just to bring him and Lyla back home: he cares only about her and himself, so it's unlikely he'd care if he caused Earth to become a new Evron. He may have been responsibile of the prison break that saw Grrodon and Fairfax escape, and supplied some knowledge of future technology to give the latter a "boost". As he doesn't age, waiting even centuries wouldn't be an issue for him, as long as the microcrontraption finally ceases and time travel is possibile again, which in the Bad Future happens when Earth is turned into a Worldship and moved out of the Solar System. The future will be completely compromised at that point, but he will probably be content to time-travel again, get Lyla, and bring her to some nice place in the past (regardless of she liking it or not).
The public reveal of the Evronians' existence will boost Wisecube's political careerHis last on-panel appearance was in PKNA #29, but some time later he got a mention, and we were told he was entering politics. It's easy to think that he came in contact with army and government officials that shared his views about the necessity of revealing the Evronian menace to the public. The destruction of Evron and the subsequent peace treaty, however, made this effort moot, so Wisecube's career probably languished and he was put in a corner as a conspirationist. Then Might and Power came, and unless army and government manage a huge cover-up, the Evronian attack on Ducklair Tower, which also led to the evacuation and subsequent destruction of the tower, has made their existence public. Provided he has some solid proof at hand, Wisecube will now be able to proudly show how he wanted the public to know years before but was forbidden to do so, becoming very popular in the process. This, however, will put him at odds with one of the people who stopped him in the past - PK, causing an odd inversion of the old situation: an hostile Wisecube vs a friendly Westcock.
The same event will rejuvenate the career of AngusNot only in terms of motivation, but also in popularity. Before fleeing his office in Ducklair Tower, he was trying to film or photograph the Evronian attack with his smartphone, but the entrance of some Super Soldiers made him change his mind. He may have, however, managed to involuntarily take some cool shot of such entry, and given how near it was taken, whoever doesn't know the context may think he did it while braving any danger (something he may easily boast in public). His unique photo of the attack from inside the Tower would be sure to be a great success.
Universe PK will feature an appearance of the Guardians of KandrakarAfter all, he made quite a mess with the alternate dimensions...
- Funnily enough, I made exactly the same WMG of a W.I.T.C.H.-slash-PK crossover on the other WMG page, some time ago.
- It's what inspired me. I was kinda sad when it was Jossed by the end of the comic...
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