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Jiggawatt returns with a scheme to take over a new body: Jon's! With his mastery of electricity combined with the Teen of Titanium's inherent abilities, that walking short-circuit could be an unstoppable juggernaut. Meanwhile, a birthday celebration for a teammate leaves the Warrior's alien pal Flunger feeling alone, depressed, and taking stock of his life on Earth.
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Episode #: 705

Issue #: 77

Release Date: Oct 18, 2011
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Cover

The cover is a photograph of Ground Zero only days after the Sep 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in NYC.

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Title: "I Swing the Body Electric!"

Story (out of 28 pages): 17 p.

Writer: J.M. Sweet and Mencken H. Watts

Penciller: Jan W. Osteen

Letterer: Jose A. Wheat

Colorist: Nate Meshon

Summary:

The issue opens with Jon and Angela leaping from rooftop to rooftop, sharing a rapid conversation between jumps about an "important payload" which they must get to the "dropoff" before "things go down". They arrive at the rendezvous point, share a quick kiss, then dramatically drop through a skylight into a large, dimly-lit room.

The "payload", it turns out, is a birthday gift, the "dropoff" was Minister Cheesy's, not some abandoned warehouse or nondescript villain lair, and the two were merely trying not to be late for Ben's birthday party, not actually in any danger. After exchanging a bit of good-natured ribbing about their needlessly overblown entrance, the new couple settle down to enjoy some pizza and soda with the gang and wish the birthday boy good luck.

However, not all the guests are joyous. Flunger's recent experiences with being a human (Mar 2011) have made him aware how much he misses his wife and family and instilled in him a keen desire to return home. He decides the time has come to contact the elders and request a transfer back to New Flung.

Meanwhile, across town, a mishap with a construction crane damages a section of wall at the Apex Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The sole escapee is Malice Nathaniel Jiggs, a.a.a. Jgigawatt. However, Jiggawatt is a walking time bomb, as the atomic battery that comprises his "heart" is alarmingly close to meltdown. If Jiggawatt is not stabilized within hours, the power cell will exploded and destroy half the city. However, there is not time to construct a new vessel for him to inhabit, and with his robot body now obsolete and increasingly more defective, Jiggawatt desires an actual flesh-shell to inhabit, which will allow him to both survive and blend in with normal society. Only one body, however, has the ability to withstand his tremendous power without being instantly incinerated by his massive voltage: Jon's.

Flunger, not wishing yet to tell the gang about his plans to depart Earth, confides in the younger Warriors for the help he needs. It seems he has secreted away a component of his old spaceship which will allow him to contact the homeworld, promising himself not to use it until his mission of peace and freedom on Earth is complete. However, feeling he has done all he can to promote the cause, Flunger admits to Ben and Billy that he is ready to return home to see his wife and soon-to-be-born child. He is certain his fellow Flungarians are also anxious to see the new home planet and find out if any of their friends and family survived and were relocated to the new settlement. He wishes the boys good luck and goodbye, in anticipation that his message will be received successfully and his people will come for him.

Jiggawatt launches a punishing attack which leaves the Warriors surprised and bruised in both body and spirit. The high-voltage lowlife's mastery of electricity seems unstoppable, and they barely escape with their lives. It appears he might succeed in possessing the Teen of Titanium after all, becoming the invincible juggernaut he dreams of being.

Notes

The title refers to the long autobiographical poem by Walt Whitman, "I Sing the Body Electric!"

The opening scene is an homage to the Kim Possible ep. "Pain King vs. Cleopatra", where Ron and Kim leap from rooftop to rooftop in a similar manner. Also, Minister Cheesy's and its talking, singing animatronic robots that go on a rampage are a nod to the ep "Coach Possible". The robot band, too, is the same sort of fare offered by Showbiz Pizza Place/Chuck E. Cheese and other popular kid-oriented game restaurants.

The standup comic appearing on page 12 is based on Stephen Wright, known for his acerbic wit and morose, monotone speaking voice.

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Title: "Role Models, Inc."

Story (out of 28 pages): 9 p.

Writer: Jahnesta T. Owen

Penciller: Scott J. Hanna

Letterer: Noah Jewett

Colorist: Nate Meshon

Summary:

Tmmy is envious of Jon for his strength and popularity, Josh for his mechanical skills, and Ben for his speed and power. Depressed, he wishes he could be bigger and stronger and do all the things that the older boys do. Deciding that all he has to do is do what they do and he can be like them, Tim dresses like Jon, compete with hat and towel cape, and tries to move in a whirlwind like Ben.

Tony Moneran notices Timmy spinning down the street and asks him what he's doing. When Tim explains he wants to be just like the bigger kids, Monty insists that he shouldn't try to be like those "geeks" and instead should emulate someone "cool"--like him. Uncertainly, Tim allows Monty to take him under his sweaty, dirty-smelling wing and teach him the art of being cool. However, when said lessons come to involve such pasttimes as trespassing, vandalism, and stealing, Tim wonders if Monty is really the sort of role model he ought to look up to.

Notes

The title refers to an Aaron Spelling-produced 1994 TV series that aired on Fox, about the doings of an upscale Los Angeles modeling agency. It was a less-successful spinoff of another teen-targeted hit, Melrose Place.

page 18. "Greaser" refers to a lower-class teen subculture, noted for a love of black leather, oiled pompadour haircuts, fast cars and motorcycles, which were popular in much of the rural South in the fifties and sixties. They were popularized in such films as Rebel Without A Cause, Grease, and by Henry Winkler's character The Fonz in Happy Days.

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