New Statesman

First Appearance: Crisis#1 (Fleetway, 17-30th September 1988)

Appearance checklist: Crisis#1-14, 28

Reprinted anywhere?: New Statesman#1-5 (Fleetway, 1989); Complete New Statesman (1989)


Burgess (England)

Dalton (Georgia)

Cleve (Ohio)

Meridian (Mississippi)

Vegas (Nevada)

Other cast: Phoenix

Notable guest characters: Lejeune

Setting: United States of America, circa 2048A.D.

Plot Summary: In the 1980s during the height of the Cold War the United States of America launched the Hephaestus Project, seeking to genetically engineer superhumans. Within a few years they were creating Optimen grown from fetuses and with in-built powers. In an increasingly unstable world England joined the United States as the 51st State, and the U.S.A. inevitably deployed the Optimen into foreign conflicts, then later handed the Optimen over to the States, who rebranded them as the New Statesmen. Within that group were Halcyon Squad, who had performed black ops overseas. When another Statesman, Phoenix, turned mass murderer, Halcyon Squad confronted him, and were almost all slain before he was finally taken down.


Comments: Created by John Smith and Jim Baikie.


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