Friday, April 22, 2016
Crossover Cover: Kill Whitey
Larry Gibson, an employee of Globe Package Service, finds himself in trouble with the Russian mob, in particular one Zakhar “Whitey” Putin, a descendant of Rasputin with superhuman abilities. The Sons of the Constitution are mentioned. Whitey’s organization was at one time in competition with the Marano crime family; it’s mentioned Marano’s top guy, Tony Genova, disappeared some time before. Larry used to work with a guy named Sherm, who was killed in a botched bank robbery. Bathroom graffiti at the Odessa includes the name Kaine, as well as the phrase “Jesus saves, but Ob rulez.” The Kwan and Black Lodge are mentioned. Whitey’s group disposes of bodies in LeHorn’s Hollow. Whitey refers to himself as “Homo superior.” When police dredge Lake Pinchot for Whitey’s body, they instead find the body of a young girl murdered when her car broke down on an Interstate exit ramp. Globe Package Service is a branch of the Globe Corporation, which appears throughout Keene’s works. The Sons of the Constitution are a right-wing terrorist organization that has appeared most prominently in Keene’s novel Castaways. Tony Genova, an enforcer for the Marano crime family, appears across Keene’s multiverse, most notably in the Clickers series; the version here is the CU version, distinct from the Clickers-verse Tony. Sherm and the botched robbery are from Keene’s novel Terminal. Kaine is a name that turns up across Keene’s multiverse, in tales such as “Full of It,” “Two-Headed Alien Love Child,” and Clickers vs. Zombies. Ob is one of the Thirteen, and is the main villain of Keene’s The Rising series. The Kwan are an occult group from the works of horror author Geoff Cooper, and play a prominent role in Keene and Cooper’s novel Shades. LeHorn’s Hollow is a major setting in Keene’s works, such as “Red Wood,” Dark Hollow, and Ghost Walk. “Homo superior” is a term first used to describe superhumans in Olaf Stapledon’s novel Odd John, and later in other works such as Marvel Comics’ X-Men titles (as a scientific designation for mutants) and the television series Babylon 5; at least two Marvel Comics mutants, Piotr “Colossus” Rasputin and Illyana “Magik” Rasputina, are also descendants of Rasputin; although the X-Men’s stories do not fit into CU continuity, the CU obviously has a mutant descendant of the Mad Monk among its inhabitants as well. The murdered girl is implied to be a victim of The Exit, a serial killer from Keene’s stories “I Am an Exit” and “This is Not an Exit,” who murders people at highway exits.