CHILDREN of the COMET
Membership: Tara, all others unnamed
Affiliations: Creations of the Caretakers from Arcturus, part of Project: New Genesis; Enemies of Daemond and Tara
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California
First Appearance: Adventures into Fear#21 (April, 1974)
History: (Adventures into Fear#21, , 26) - In the last century, the Caretakers of Arcturus were reaching the end of their life spans. They feared that mankind was entering a decline and would destroy itself in nuclear or other war. In order to prevent this, they undertook Project: New Genesis, which involved the creation of a race of super-men to join with mankind and carry on the work of the Caretakers after their deaths. This race would be referred to as the Children of the Comet, named after the starship, the Comet, which brought the Caretakers to Earth.
The prototype of the Children of the Comet was the woman-child known as Tara. Tara rebelled against the Caretakers, and drew others, such as Daemond (a renegade Caretaker who opposed the Caretakers and sought to lead mankind along the path of sorcery) and the Living Vampire into the conflict. The Caretakers feared that Daemond would destroy the Children of the Comet before they could be "born" from their embryo -tubes. In an effort to stop him, they entered into conflict with he and his agents directly. At that point, Tara revealed her true nature and tore the Children of the Comet from their tubes, taking control of them and forcing them to attack both Daemond and the Caretakers. At that point, Morbius attacked and slew Tara, whose death-throws destroyed Daemond's base, and everything in it, including the Children of the Comet.
COMMENTS: Created by Steve Gerber, Paul Gulacy, and Doug Moench.
The story seems to imply that the Children of the Comet were genetically engineered creations of the Caretakers. Some later sources have described the Children of the Comet as androids. Who knows? Regardless, you'd think at least one of them could have survived or repaired itself and taken on the former role of its creators.
This story-line suffered from changing writer syndrome, and its conclusion seemed to be a plan to get rid of all the characters because no one knew what to do with them.
Adventures into Fear#21, pg. 9 - main images
Adventures into Fear#21 (April, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Adventures into Fear#22 (June, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Rich Buckler (pencils), Luis Dominguez (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Adventures into Fear#26 (February, 1975) - Steve Gerber (#25) & Doug Moench (writers), Frank Robbins (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Last Updated: 10/26/12
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