Timeline (Beta)


This is an attempt to track the in-universe passage of time as it pertains to the New Warriors. So far I’ve done the first 20 issues of the original New Warriors series, the Kings of Pain crossover, the team’s first appearance in two issues of Thor, and their guest appearances in two Avengers issues, as collected in the New Warriors Omnibus Vol. 1. Obviously this is all pretty slippery and subjective (for example, placing vague references to “months” or “weeks”). It’s all open to debate, so let’s hear it in the comments! One note: I have yet to take into consideration Namorita’s adventures in Namor’s solo series happening concurrently, or other guest appearances during this same time period. That would probably change some things but let’s see how we are so far.

Because of the ever-shifting condensed passage of time in the Marvel Universe, traditional years won’t be used. Instead it will all be based off Year W – the year the New Warriors first debuted in the Marvel Universe. However, for the sake of specific calendar dates, I am using an actual year as a framework. To start, I’m going with 1989, since the New Warriors first appeared during that summer’s Acts of Vengeance event, and the first issues of the series rotate around that story. Dates in parentheses following specific stories are the original cover dates, which are generally about 2-3 months ahead of the comic’s original publication date. Bracketed info below entries is what informed my choices.

Before we get into that, though, there’s also the matter of historic events that tie into flashbacks or character backgrounds that do get specific years or time periods mentioned.

Pre-Year W

1600-1200 BCE: Moses challenged an unnamed Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt to free his Hebrew people. The Pharoah’s wizard failed to best Moses and was exiled from Egypt. He spent years living a nomadic existence until he discovered the Temple of Ka, which housed the Ka Stone. Exposure to the Ka Stone transformed him, leaving him overwhelmed and confused. A poor outcast nursed him while he regained conscious control of himself. The outcast fell in love with the wizard, but he did not return her affection. He eventually left her as an unrequited love, and later took on the mantle of the Sphinx, spending centuries trying to end the immortality the Ka Stone granted him. Exposure to the Ka Stone energies from the Sphinx also turned the outcast into a perpetual incarnate with full memories of her previous lives. Over the centuries, she plotted to reunite with the Sphinx and reveal her feelings for him. (New Warriors #11-12)

1918: Genetech CEO Harmon Furmintz was born. (New Warriors #4)

1933: Genetech CEO Harmon Furmintz graduated from Stanford University at the age of 15. (New Warriors #4)

1940: Genetech CEO Harmon Furmintz was entered as a candidate for what became the Super Soldier Project. (New Warriors #4)

1950s: Genetech CEO Harmon Furmintz worked with Howard Stark. (New Warriors #4)

1955-1975: Vietnam War

  • Chord served three tours. (New Warriors #8)
  • Father Janes served there as a soldier, and his actions inadvertently led to a Vietnamese boy becoming The Bengal. Janes was court-martialed, found guilty, and served 14 years in the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico, which existed from 1972 to 2011. In the real world, Quantico was for short term holding of 90 or less days, not exceeding 1 year. (New Warriors #8)
  • A young Cambodian girl was exposed to an experimental napalm; she would become Firewall. (New Warriors #8)

August 15-18, 1969: The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival

  • Jupiter’s parents attended. (New Warriors #3)
  • Maddie Naylor Baldwin attended. (New Warriors #9)

1973: Chord met Cable while on a mercenary mission in North Africa. (New Warriors Annual #1)

1982: Chord first signed checks involving the Taylor Foundation in questionable dealings. The company would later be involved with Roxxon Oil, Latveria, Justin Hammer, Arnim Zola, AIM, and other entities. (New Warriors #18)

April 20, 1985: The Taylor Foundation provided start-up costs for the Genetech Research facility. (New Warriors #18)

circa 1986: Father Janes was released from Quantico on parole, and started serving neighborhoods through churches. (New Warriors #8)

October 13, 1987, 2:45 P.M.: Dispersal of energy from original Proteus in Scotland. (New Warriors Annual #1)

Year W (1989)

Thu., December 1 (1988) – Sun., January 1
Flashback in New Warriors #2 “Mirror Moves” (August 1990): Dwayne Taylor began crime-fighting as Night Thrasher. He stumbled on to a drug sting operation by Midnight’s Fire and Silhouette, two siblings also trying to clean up the streets. The three decided to team up and began preparing for the next operation.

[Midnight’s Fire: “They change drop points every month. We received the address for their next location. Now we have a month to plan.” (New Warriors #2)]
[Night Thrasher: “We spent three weeks planning, then we trashed that gang’s operation.” (New Warriors #2]

Sun., January 1 – Wed., March 1
Flashback in New Warriors #2 “Mirror Moves” (August 1990): Night Thrasher, Midnight’s Fire and Silhouette worked together for a few months until a mission went wrong.

[Night Thrasher: “We’d been working together for a few months, the three of us, and we were setting up another gang.” (New Warriors #2)]
[Night Thrasher: “That was months ago. I kept going. Alone.” (New Warriors #2)]

Tue., May 9 – Wed., May 10
New Warriors #1 “From the Ground Up!” (July 1990): Night Thrasher formed the New Warriors who battled Terrax.

[July 23: Batman was released in theaters, preceded and followed by tons of merchandise, such as the Batman muscle shirt seen in this issue (New Warriors #1)]
[Marvel Boy: “Does this have more capacity than a Cray?”. The Cray-2 was a super-computer released by Cray Research starting in 1985. It had 2 gigabytes of RAM. It was considered the world’s fastest computer until 1990.]
[Chord: “Not quite. But it’s got more gigabytes than a MacIntosh!” Apple Computers released the MacIntosh SE/30 on January 19, 1989. It could hold up to 128 megabytes of data. That was a huge amount for personal computers at the time, but is significantly less than 1 gigabyte. (New Warriors #1)]
[Student: “Hey, Don, I think I saw that on an episode of Alien Nation.” The FOX TV series aired for one season from February 18, 1989 until May 7, 1990. (New Warriors #1)]
[Nova: “Actually we just met last night.” (New Warriors #1)]
[Quasar joined and She-Hulk re-joined the Avengers in Avengers #305, cover-dated July 1989]

Wed., June 7
Flashback in New Warriors #7 “The Inhuman Condition” (December 1990): Ditmil Pirvat and his family were struck by experimental energies from a malfunctioning satellite.

[Star Thief: “Months ago, I was named Ditmil Pirvat – a native of India.” (New Warriors #7)]

Wed., August 9
The Mighty Thor #411 “The Gentleman’s Name is Juggernaut!” (December 1989) and The Mighty Thor #412 “Introducing…The New Warriors!” (Mid-December 1989): The New Warriors helped Thor battle the Juggernaut.

[April 15: Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy” hits #1 on US Billboard chart (Thor #411)]
[Firestar: “I’ve been dreading this call for weeks!” (Thor #411)]
[“A special session of Congress has been called to discuss the alleged war on super heroes” (aka Acts of Vengeance); US Congress in the real world has an annual recess every August (Thor #412)]

Sun., August 13
New Warriors Annual #1 “Origin of the New Warriors: Namorita” (1991): Namorita recounted her past to a college friend.

Tue., August 22 – Wed., August 23
New Warriors #2 “Mirror Moves” (August 1990): Midnight’s Fire resurfaced to exact revenge from Night Thrasher for his sister’s injuries.

[Walter Rosen: “I witnessed their heroics firsthand a few months ago.” (New Warriors #2)]

Mon., August 28, Mon., September 11 – Fri., September 15
New Warriors #3 “I Am, Therefore I Think” (September 1990): Genetech hired the Mad Thinker to obtain information on the New Warriors.

[Mad Thinker: “Two weeks later, my plan begins in the main dormitory for the students of Empire State University…” (New Warriors #3)]
[Mad Thinker: “…Friday at 10 P.M….” (New Warriors #3)]
[Mad Thinker: “Tuesday afternoon.” (New Warriors #3)]
[Mad Thinker: “Wednesday morning.” (New Warriors #3)]
[Mad Thinker” “Wednesday evening.” (New Warriors #3)]
[Nova: “Haven’t heard from him in three weeks.” (New Warriors #3)]
[Mad Thinker: “Thursday morning.” (New Warriors #3)]

Sat., October 7
New Warriors #4 “Genetech Potential” (October 1990): The New Warriors broke into Genetech.

[Narration: “Sayville, Long Island. 10:20 P.M.” (New Warriors #4)]
[Namorita: “But we talked about it for weeks…!” (New Warriors #4)]

Sun., October 15 – Tue., October 17, and Fri., October 20 – Sat., October 21
New Warriors #5 “The Man Who Stole Tomorrow” (November 1990) and New Warriors #6 “The Inhuman Condition” (December 1990): The New Warriors investigated conflicting causes surrounding a space launch.

[“Let’s hope we don’t have the same problems as India did a few months ago…”; Liberal use of “few months ago” – India had a failed launch on July 13, 1988: Rohini payload fell into the Bay of Bengal when the vehicle became unstable and broke up soon after release of the booster rockets. (New Warriors #5)]
[Narration: “The next day” (New Warriors #5)]
[Marvel Boy: “See you tomorrow.” (New Warriors #5)]
[Narration: “…Namorita Prentiss is in the middle of a busy Tuesday schedule.” (New Warriors #5)]
[Ms. Truesdale: “Chapters three and four by Thursday – and some of you still haven’t come for midterm reviews!”; winter midterms are generally in mid-October. (New Warriors #5)]
[Speedball: “I’ll see you in three weeks.” (New Warriors #5)]
[Approximate travel time from New York City to Babyun Islands, The Philippines (fictional version of Babuyan Islands?: 18-20 hours]
[Speedball: “…there’s also been a three-year project waiting list since the Challenger disaster…”; Challenger disaster: January 28, 1986 (New Warriors #5)]
[Approximate travel time from New York City to Cairo, Egypt: 12-14 hours (New Warriors #6)]
[Karnak: “It will arrive in a day’s time” (New Warriors #6)]
[Narration: “Sixteen hours pass” (New Warriors #6)]

Tue., November 7 – Wed., November 8
New Warriors #7 “Hard Choices Part One: The Heart of the Hunter” (January 1991), New Warriors #8 “Hard Choices Part Two: Devils at the Doorstep” (February 1991) [NYC sequences] and New Warriors #9 “Hard Choices Part Three: Following the Line Along the Middle” (March 1991) [NYC sequences]: Night Thrasher helped Silhouette and Father Janes deal with the Bengal and the Punisher.

Thu., November 9
New Warriors #7 “Hard Choices Part One: The Heart of the Hunter” (January 1991) [Brazil sequences], New Warriors #8 “Hard Choices Part Two: Devils at the Doorstep” (February 1991) [Brazil sequences], New Warriors #9 “Hard Choices Part Three: Following the Line Along the Middle” (March 1991) [Brazil sequences], and New Warriors #10 “Rumble” (April 1991): The rest of the New Warriors traveled to Brazil to rescue Speedball’s mother from an eco-terrorist group. The entire team came home to an attack from the White Queen and her Hellions.

[Silhouette: “The metal of my braces sucks in the November chill like a hungry child.” (New Warriors #7)]
[Silhouette: “I’ve been so alone for so many months that I’ve forgotten what companionship is like.” (New Warriors #7)]
[Father Janes: “I haven’t seen you for a few months.” (New Warriors #7)]
[Speedball: “…you told me you’d be home by six…” (New Warrior #7)]
[Speedball: “…we haven’t heard from mom in three weeks…” (New Warriors #7)]
[Marvel Boy: “Meeting’s in a few hours.” (New Warriors #7)]
[Marvel Boy: “Maybe I should get a job during the winter break?” (New Warriors #7)]
[Speedball: “She went down to Brazil almost two months ago…she was supposed to be home three weeks ago.” (New Warriors #7)]
[Speedball: “It took us a few hours for Chord to get the right documents from the Taylor Foundation. Another six to fly down to Belem, Brazil. Geez…a couple of months ago, it was the Philippines.” (New Warriors #7)]
[Chord: “Exactly how old are you?” Speedball: “Fifteen!” (New Warriors #7)]
[Speedball: “…we’ll start fresh in the morning.” (New Warriors #7)]
[Skybreaker: “And tomorrow, those children will die!” (New Warriors #7)]
[Silhouette: “The sun is setting outside. I must have slept for hours.” (New Warriors #7)]
[Silhouete: “By ten that night, we are on the church, waiting.” (New Warriors #7)]
[Punisher: “Her brother’s Chinatown gang had been involved in some illegal armament activity a few months ago.” (New Warriors #8)]
[Speedball: “We’ve been cutting through the Amazon Jungle for three hours now.” (New Warriors #8)]
[Punisher: “Computer–rewind file tape to 10:33.00…” (New Warriors #8)]
[Speedball: “We were dragged for an hour, deeper into the jungle.” (New Warriors #8)]
[Punisher: “That’s how she got away last night.” (New Warriors #9)]
[Silhouette: “I have not seen him since he was jailed months ago.” (New Warriors #9)]
[Night Thrasher: “I was only four when my parents were killed.” (New Warriors #9)]
[White Queen: “…tamper with the Hellfire Club in recent months.” (New Warriors #9)]
[Travel time out of Amazon Jungle to Belem, Brazil to NYC: approximately 7-10 hours]

Sun., November 12 – Mon., November 13
New Mutants Annual #7 (1991): Genetech called the New Warriors to help protect them.

[Narration: “Vermont. 10:38 P.M.” (New Mutants Annual #7)]
[Narration: “Twenty minutes later…” (New Mutants Annual #7)]
[Narration: “Sayville, Long Island…9:15 A.M.” (New Mutants Annual #7)]
[Walter Rosen: “Last night, at approximately 10:30 P.M.,…our on-site team was there in less than two hours.” (New Mutants Annual #7)]
[Narration: “Manhattan, New York, 9:45 A.M.” (New Mutants Annual #7)]
[Narration: “Vail, Colorado. 11:21 A.M.” (New Mutants Annual #7)]
[Narration: “Niagara Falls. 2:43 P.M.” (New Mutants Annual #7)]
[Narration: “Vail, Colorado. 3:13 P.M.” (New Mutants Annual #7)]
[Narration: “9:55 P.M.” (New Mutants Annual #7)]

Mon., November 13 – Tues., November 14
New Warriors Annual #1 (1991): The New Warriors teamed up with the New Mutants.

[Narration: “Twenty minutes later in Brooklin, New York.” (New Warriors Annual #1)]

Wed., November 15
Uncanny X-Men Annual #15 (1991) and X-Factor Annual #6 (1991): Proteus was resurrected.

[Travel time from New York to Scotland: 7-8 hours]
[Madrox: “They’ve been trying to contact us for hours.” (Uncanny X-Men Annual #15)]
[AIM: “…we lost contact with our operative over six hours ago.” (X-Factor Annual #6)]
[Cable: “We’ve been waiting for hours.” (X-Factor Annual #6)]

Thu., November 23
New Warriors Annual #1 “Origins of the New Warriors: Night Thrasher” (1991): Night Thrasher visited his parent’s gravesite.

Fri., November 24
New Warriors Annual #1 “Origins of the New Warriors: Marvel Boy” (1991): Marvel Boy updated his journal.

[Marvel Boy: “I was normal until I turned thirteen… I met Major Vance Astro of the Guardians of the Galaxy.” (New Warriors Annual #1)]
[Marvel Boy: “After months of his abuse, I left home.” (New Warriors Annual #1)]

Sat., November 25
New Warriors Annual #1 “Origins of the New Warriors: Speedball” (1991) and New Warriors Annual #1 “Origins of the New Warriors: Firestar” (1991): Speedball fed Niels the Cat. The White Queen reviewed her file on Firestar.

Sun., November 26
New Warriors Annual #1 “To Bounce or Not to Bounce” (1991): Speedball took an experimental chemical from Genetech to analyze his powers.

[Chord: “It’ll take an hour… It’s noon now, so be back at one.” (New Warriors Annual #1)]

Mon., November 27
New Warriors #11 “Forever Yesterday Part One: Days of Present Past” (May 1991), New Warriors #12 “Forever Yesterday Part Two: A Betrayal of Hope” (June 1991) and New Warriors #13 “Forever Yesterday Part Three: A World for the Winning” (July 1991): Reality and history was temporarily altered by a new Sphinx.

Tue., December 12 – Wed., December 13
New Warriors #14 “The Breeze of an Underwater Wind” (August 1991): Namorita was brutalized.

[Narration: “Staten Island, New York. 10:35 P.M.” (New Warriors #14)]
[Namorita: “Since the rest of the Warriors’ve been kind of weirded out the last few weeks…” (New Warriors #14)]
[Speedball: “I’ve had these cockamamie powers for less than a year!” (New Warriors #14)]
[Narration: “…in Midtown Manhattan, hours later…” (New Warriors #14)]
[Narration: Hours later, three hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina…” (New Warriors #14)]
[Sub-Mariner: “She has been gone for almost twenty-four hours!” (New Warriors #14)]

Fri., December 15
New Warriors #15 “The Sushi People” (September 1991), New Warriors #16 “Ground War” (October 1991), New Warriors #17 “Sore Winners” (November 1991) and New Warriors Annual #1 “Origins of the New Warriors: Kid Nova” (1991): The New Warriors attempted to contain a re-powered Terrax. Nova returned home and talked with his brother.

[Narration: “Early evening over Manhattan…” (New Warriors #15)]
[New Jack City: released in US movie theaters on March 8, 1991]
[Speedball: “Study! Study! Study!” Namorita: “Of course, I should be studying…”. Winter break for schools in the US typically lasts 2-6 weeks from mid-late December, generally preceded by last-minute cramming for tests and quizzes.]
[Narration: “Terrax has been on a rampage for the last several hours.” (New Warriors #17)]
[Night Thrasher: “This is what months of hard work comes down to?” (New Warriors #17)]
[Nova: “After a year in space, I finally got to go home…” (New Warriors Annual #1)]

Tue., December 19 – Wed., December 20
Avengers #341 “Rage of Angels” (November 1991) and Avengers #342 “By Reason of Insanity?” (December 1991): The New Warriors and the Avengers discovered the Hate Monger.

[Lynn Isley: “This was the scene two days ago…” (Avengers #341)]
[Narration: “Two hours later…” (Avengers #341)]
[Edna Staples: “My grandson – the man you know as Rage – is only fourteen years old!” (Avengers #341)]

Year W+1 (1990)

Fri., March 9
New Warriors #18 “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Taylor Foundation But Were Afraid to Ask”: Night Thrasher uncovered secrets about the Taylor Foundation.

[Marvel Boy: “Why’d you want me to come all the way out here before our meeting tonight?” (New Warriors #18)]
[Nova: “Hey, Thrash cancelled yesterday an’ Chord just rescheduled two hours ago.” (New Warriors #18)]
[Namorita: “I thought we weren’t going to meet until the factory was ready.” (New Warriors #18)]
[Chord: “And he hasn’t been home in days.” (New Warriors #18)]

Sat. March 10
New Warriors #19 “Sympathy for the Devil”: The New Warriors attacked Gideon for answers on his connection to the Taylor Foundation.

[Approximate travel time from New York City to Vail, Colorado: 6-7 hours]

Mon., March 12
New Warriors #20 “The Breaking Point”: The New Warriors investigated Taylor Foundation connections with yakuza clans in Japan, while back home Vance was physically abused by his father again.

[Night Thrasher: “The information Gideon gave us two days ago showed there are ties between certain Japanese yakuza gangs and Taylor Foundation activity.” (New Warriors #20)]
[Marvel Boy: “Wish Nita and I didn’t have midterms so we could’ve gone to Japan with the others.” In US colleges and universities, Spring midterms are typically in March. (New Warriors #20)]


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