""Cutting Edge!"": A spaceship carrying a race of alien Parasites crash lands outside of Metropolis, and the six of them argue about how they should interact with the Earth, where they intend on feeding on the 'juices' of Earthlings. They attack and eat a Biker Gang, and
Appearing in "Cutting Edge!"
- Bloodlines Parasites
- Firecracker (Single appearance)
- Grub (Single appearance)
- Mitts (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Cutting Edge!"
A spaceship carrying a race of alien Parasites crash lands outside of Metropolis, and the six of them argue about how they should interact with the Earth, where they intend on feeding on the 'juices' of Earthlings. They attack and eat a Biker Gang, and then one of the six, Gemir, heads off to Metropolis to seek prey while the others disperse.
While Gemir is feeding on the derelict of Metropolis, she comes upon Tom O'Brien, a friend of John Henry Irons and an active member of the community fighting against gang influence on children, and feeds on his spinal fluids like the others. When Tom wakes up, with amnesia, he finds himself in a pile of dead bodies, and covered in razor-sharp blades all over himself, sprouting out of his skin; having gained special powers when the feeding Alien activated his dormant metagene.
At first, Tom believes himself responsible for the pile of dead bodies, but is quickly brought to his senses by Steel (his friend John Henry in disguise), who encourages him to call his mother before the two go off to fight Gemir. Although Steel had failed in a previous fight against the alien, their combined might is enough to drive her away from the city in pain, and save Tom's younger brother Petey, though at first Tom doesn't remember him. For the creases all over his knife-embedded body, Petey decides to dub Tom "Edge" as his new superhero name.
- Each of the Bloodlines annuals for 1993 introduces a new super-hero character. This issue intrduces the character "Edge". Edge appears next in Eclipso Annual #1.
- The Bloodlines Parasites appeared last in Lobo Annual #1, where Lobo damages their ship with a large bomb, leading to their crash-landing on Earth in this issue.
- Superman does not appear in this issue. At the time of publication, Superman was still considered dead as a result of his crippling fight with Doomsday in Superman (Volume 2) #75, during the events of "The Death of Superman". This issue takes place during the "Reign of the Supermen!" era.
- Steel appeared last in Superman: The Man of Steel #22. He appears next in Superman: The Man of Steel #23.
- Rosie appeared last in Superman: The Man of Steel #22.
- This issue is reprinted in the Superman: Reign of the Supermen trade paperback.
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Links and References
- Superman: The Man of Steel comic series at Wikipedia
- Superman: The Man of Steel series index at the Grand Comics Database
- Superman: The Man of Steel series index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Steel article at Wikipedia
- Steel article at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Steel chronology index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Superman: The Man of Steel Annual at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
|Bloodlines Crossover |
The events from this issue are related to Bloodlines, during which an alien race of Parasites invaded Earth and inadvertently activated the metagene in a number of individuals, creating many "New Blood" superheroes in their attempts to feed on human spinal fluid. This template will categorize articles that include it into the Bloodlines Crossovers category.