Prime #4 (September 1993)
Writer: Len Strazewski and Gerard Jones
Artist: Norm Breyfogle
Letters: Tim Eldred
Color Designer: Keith Conroy
Editor: Chris Ulm
Cover Art: Norm Breyfogle
Variants: There are two covers for this book. The first is with Prime standing over Prototype, and the other is with Prototype standing over Prime. There is also a bagged copy of the Prime standing over Prototype cover with a trading card. Seen here: http://cheepultraverse.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/prime-4-in-the-polybag/
My summary/review (Just as a note of warning, there are all kinds of spoilers in this review):
Prime has crashed Prototypes commercial shoot, and Prototype isn’t happy about it. They fight as per standard hero meeting fare..
As they fight, Kevin thinks of how Prime os able to stand up to guys who talk like Prototype does (like a street punk), while Kevin has to just walk away.
We also see an entity that resembles the one in The Strangers floating around. It checks in on Bomeyard (from Mantra) and then uses Boneyards portal to enter the realm of the Ultras. It ends up at the animation studio attached to the company that was shooting the Prototype commercial.
Prime starts deteriorating, and Kevin barely makes it home. His dad finds him and tells him to tell his mom anything, but to not let her get him tested for drugs. Kevin goes to school the next day after getting into a fight with his best friend and tries to talk with Kelly.
During their talk, a commotion is heard and the two run off to see what it is. Actually Kelly runs off thinking it is Prime, and Kevin goes to stop her. They run into Maxi Man (the entity from earlier that has brought to life a kids cartoon. The cartoon itself is a rip off of He Man and the Masters of the Universe called Maxi Man and the Heroes of the Universe, which in turn explains Primes look as Kevin was a fan of the show when he was younger.
We end with Maxi Man about to teach them the meaning of fear.
We have another solid issue of Prime. The plot moves forward a bit, and Norm’s art is great as always.