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Rocket Red Brigade

The Rocket Red Brigade is a DC Comics superhero team. They first appeared in Green Lantern Corps #208 (January 1987), and were created by Steve Englehart and Joe Staton.

Rocket Red Brigade
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Rocket Red Brigade, artist Ivan Reis
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceGreen Lantern Corps #208, (January 1987)
Created bySteve Englehart writer
Joe Staton artist
In-story information
Base(s)Russian Federation
Member(s)Assorted Rocket Reds
Rocket Red #1
Rocket Red #4
Rocket Red #7

HistoryEdit

Originally created for the Soviet Union by Green Lantern Kilowog, the Rocket Red Brigade — normal human beings enhanced using "forced evolution" and armoured battle-suits — proudly defended the USSR.

Their abilities included super strength, invulnerability, flight (through rocket packs/boots), the ability to project powerful energy blasts and "mecha-empathy" — the ability to sense and control computers and machines (though to what extent is not clear).

Rocket Red #1Edit

Decorated Russian soldier Josef Denisovich was a close friend of the alien Green Lantern Kilowog. He was also the first member of the Rocket Red Brigade. Josef was turned against Kilowog by the Soviet government, and died fighting Kilowog.

Rocket Red #4Edit

Rocket Red #7Edit

The man known as Vladimir Mikoyan turned out to be a Manhunter. Vladmir was the first Rocket Red admitted into Justice League International. During the Millennium event, he was exposed as a Manhunter android and destroyed by Booster Gold (with the assistance of the Justice League and a force of other, human, Rocket Reds).

After the Manhunter was discovered, Dimitri Pushkin was admitted into the Justice League.

PozharEdit

While serving as a member of the Red Shadows, Mikhail Denisovitch Arkadin, the Russian hero also known as Pozhar, wore a modified suit of Rocket Red armor.

Russian MafiaEdit

After the Soviet Union collapsed, the other Rocket Reds fell on hard times. Several were brainwashed to serve as agents of the super-criminal Sonar.[1] Many of the suits ended up on the black market. As seen in the pages of Chase #3 (April 1998),[2] some of the more unscrupulous Rocket Reds began working for the Russian Organizatsiya Mafiya in order to feed their families.

Under Vandal Savage's controlEdit

Later four of the suits came into the possession of Vandal Savage. He imprisoned four of the Titans, Jesse Quick, Arsenal, Tempest, and temporary member Supergirl, in them and used them as missiles. He managed to destroy the South American city of Montevideo, Uruguay though Tempest managed to save himself. The other Titans were saved as well before their respective suits could detonate.

Rockets fly againEdit

Surviving members of the Rocket Red Brigade took their armor back from the Russian Army to fight the world prison break during the events of Villains United. They also appeared protecting Russia's border in 52, wearing new, more advanced suits of armor. They were seen again in One Year Later protecting Russia while hindering Green Lantern Hal Jordan's attempt to apprehend an interstellar criminal in Green Lantern #10. After the ensuing situation was resolved, the current Rocket Red #1 is even promoted as a possible Justice League member in the future, should the League plan to expand. Ice was hidden in a suit of Rocket Red armor during her regeneration.

In Checkmate v.2 # 22, it is revealed that Checkmate has since recruited the current Rocket Red # 1, Captain Maks Chazov, as its White Queen's Knight, with the apparent consent of Chazov's Russian government superiors.

In Blackest Night #3, the Rocket Reds were briefly seen in battle with Dimitri Pushkin, whose body had been reanimated as a Black Lantern.

In Justice League of America #45, the League meets the German Rakete-Auslese, or "Rocket Elite", who Batman notes are the German equivalent of the Rocket Reds, and use some of the same technology in their flying battlesuits.

During Mon-El's tour of the earth, he visits Moscow and helps the Rocket Reds during a battle with Georgian terrorists. Afterwards, a female Rocket Red pilot named Ivana takes Mon on a tour of St. Basil's Cathedral and gives him the first kiss he's ever received from a human.[3]

The Rocket Red Brigade appears in Justice League: Generation Lost #4. One of their former number who had served under the USSR, Gavril Ivanovich, joins the members of the former Justice League International in tracking down Maxwell Lord.[4] In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Gavril is admitted into the new, United Nations-sanctioned Justice League as the official representative of Russia.[5]

In other mediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

  • Rocket Red is seen briefly in various Justice League Unlimited cartoons, notably in the episodes "The Return" and "Panic in the Sky". Though his personal name is not given, his armor is the same as Dmitri's (Rocket Red No. 4) second suit. In "The Return", Rocket Red is one of the many heroes mobilized to defend Earth against the threat of Amazo. He is assigned to the second line of defense in the upper atmosphere, along with Supergirl, Fire and Red Tornado. The team is attacked by Amazo during his subsequent search for Lex Luthor. After a head-on collision with Amazo, Supergirl becomes the first casualty of the battle and falls, unconscious, into the ocean. Rocket Red then attempts to stop Amazo by firing a barrage of missiles from his suit. When this has little effect, Rocket Red opens fire with his shoulder-mounted Gatling gun and tries to retreat. However, Amazo pursues him and rips the gun from his armor. Later that episode, Rocket Red reappears briefly to carry the unconscious Fire out of the losing battle, moments before the last member of the team, Red Tornado, is destroyed by Amazo. He is also seen helping in the rescue efforts of the league after their weapon system is overtaken by Lex Luthor and fired at Cadmus Headquarters.
  • The Dmitri Pushkin version of Rocket Red appeared in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth".
  • The Rocket Red Brigade appears in the Young Justice: Outsiders episode "Leverage." This version is led by Commander Olga Illyich (voiced by Stephanie Lemelin) who operates as "Rocket Red #1" and also has Dmitri Pushkin (voiced by Steve Blum) as one of their newest members (operating as Rocket Red #4). The Rocket Red Brigade was created the Russian government to serve as their equivalent to the Justice League. The Rocket Red Brigade were deployed to fight off Task Force X (Captain Boomerang, Monsieur Mallah, and Black Manta), who were sent to one of their research facilities to eliminate them. The villains were driven off by Tigress, Beast Boy, Geo-Force, Halo, and Terra, but the Brigade encountered them and helped defeat the villains.

ToysEdit

  • Rocket Red was released as a single packed action figure in Mattel's Justice League Unlimited DC Superheroes toy line.
  • Rocket Red has also become part of Mattel's DC Universe Classics-based Signature Series, as a distinctly larger figure available through Mattel's online outlet at MattyCollector.Com

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Justice League Europe #52 (December 1992)
  2. ^ http://www.dcuguide.com/Chase/Chs_003.php
  3. ^ Superman #689
  4. ^ Justice League: Generation Lost #5
  5. ^ Justice League International #1

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