Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson claimed to have paid for a very expensive grad school with earnings from poker games. It earned him a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Aeronautical Engineering. This led to his work with NASA, followed by S.T.A.R. Labs, as project director of the Near-Earth Celestial Observation Team in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. At some point, Ferguson came into contact with a "conspiracy freak" from the Department of Extranormal Operations named William Dyer.

One night, Ferguson found a Martian Kuru Pendant in the remains of a fallen meteorite. After studying the artifact for a couple of days, Ferguson's lab was visited by a woman named Rio Ferdinand with official looking NASA credentials he knew to be false. Immediately following her departure, Ferguson's research partner and best friend Sully was murdered, leaving Ferguson on the run. He decided to contact "William Dyer," an alternate identity of the Martian Manhunter, who agreed to help hide Ferguson for his own safety.Within weeks, Ferguson was set to board a plane bound for London from La Guardia Airport in Queens, New York. He decided to miss the flight, which was bombed by his pursuers, and go into hiding.

Ferguson suspected Dyer and Ferdinand were working together, and hoped to figure out a way to retrieve the pendent. Alex also feared for the safety of Sara Moore, a fellow scientist with whom he had been secretly carrying on a relationship. So long as no one made the connection, Ferguson felt Moore would be safe. Alex kept discreet contact with his girlfriend, keeping her out of the loop, and preventing any slips of the tongue. Observing Moore in her apartment from a seedy hotel room, Ferguson made a video tape with instructions for Moore in the event of his death. Although the Martian Manhunter found Ferguson before his pursuers, J'Onn J'Onzz was unable to protect him from a napalm attack directed at them both. However, Alex's videotape went out in the mail, apparently drawing his lover into the conspiracy.

Quote:It's just the feeling I got when I touched it. It belongs to someone, and it sure as hell ain't her.

First Appearance: DCU: Brave New World #1 (August, 2006)


LissBirds said... did I never hear of this series before? (Or is it known by a different name?) I feel like I should remember this.

mathematicscore said...

It was a one shot; It led into Conehead-hunter.

Ryan said...

The "Conehead-hunter" miniseries started out with so much promise. I was really digging the first couple chapters and then... not.

Diabolu Frank said...

I didn't dig Coneheadhunter at the jump, but it wore me down with a shaggy dog, "you're so stupid, but you're trying so hard" charm. Also, I'm really wowed by this random panel detail. To blow up such a tiny headshot selected solely on its featuring a pre-fugitive Ferguson and have it look that good is a real credit to the artists and colorist.