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  • It's implied, but not outright stated in Bunker's episode of the Letters Page, that the Mega-gunner and Arsonator characters (and by implication, other members of Sgt. Steel's team) were originally mercenaries that Bunker had fought in his solo, overtly military comic series before making the transition to superheroics when he joined the Freedom Five.

To Other Works

  • The Sergeant Steel and his group are similar to Sergeant Fury and the howling commandos

Questions Answered on The Letters Page

  • Notes from Letters Page 22 - F.I.L.T.E.R.:
    • F.I.L.T.E.R. seems to have started as a benign "Men in Black" organization, but during the prison riots the officers fire on heroes there to help and Sgt. Steel will work with villains, at this point is F.I.L.T.E.R. evil? How about Steel himself? If there's a prison riot, and you're part of the fighting but aren't officers yourselves, the guards aren't likely to take kindly to you no matter what the situation is. Sergeant Steel is working against a hero, and therefore might qualify as a "villain" by certain definitions, but he's also working under orders. Can an organization, as opposed to the people in it, be "evil"? They're not strictly speaking a "hero team", they're locking up villains but that's more for their benefit than for some societal good, but they are keeping bad guys locked up
    • F.I.L.T.E.R. Spy (from Time Cataclysm) looks like the Espionagent (from Sergeant Steel's deck) - are they the same person? Does this mean that F.I.L.T.E.R. was caught up in the Cataclysm or were they just exploiting it (or even behind it)? OblivAeon caused the Time Cataclysm. The Spy and Espionagent aren't the same individual as they're the "same" person from different realities (one of the rare exceptions mentioned in the previous answer) and they get sent on disparate missions to keep things from getting too confusing. The Time Cataclysm touches all environments, including the Block.
    • Is Sgt. Steel from the main timeline or K.N.Y.F.E.'s home timeline? How about the rest of the team? Is F.I.L.T.E.R. generally from a mix of realities or was K.N.Y.F.E. an exception? Sgt. Steel is from a timeline other than both K.N.Y.F.E. and the main reality. The squad are from a mix of realities, too, but it's not like they're all explicitly from unique timelines (the Arsonator and Mega-Gunner are from the main timeline and had fought Bunker all the way back in his debut comic - see the cover art on the 3rd page of the pdf). F.I.L.T.E.R. personnel started as being from the main timeline, but has expanded into a mix since they found the Block.
    • In Sgt. Steel's deck we get to know his team and that they're specific characters - how does one get onto the team? Do they need to replace people periodically (supposing a high turnover rate due to getting the tough jobs), how often? Would we see the recruitment happen in F.I.L.T.E.R. comics? Are members characters that readers would already be familiar with? This team was formerly K.N.Y.F.E.'s team - Jack Steel, Bomb Specialist, Arsonator, Espionagent, Field Inventor, Infiltrationist, and a few others (not the same as the rest of the team as shown in the deck as Steel added Sharpshooter, Mega-Gunner, and Battle Medic to the team once he assumed command). Arsonator knew Mega-Gunner and got him recruited, but generally you get consideration for a slot for past accomplishments (especially wet-work jobs).
    • Since Steel is a "Vengeance-Style" team villain deck, does he work with other villains considering that he's mostly out to get K.N.Y.F.E. specifically and they seem to capture her on their own? They eventually got her without help, but that doesn't mean that they didn't try to get help prior to that. On Earth they worked with Miss Information, offering to help against the Freedom Five in exchange. They hired Greazer to help once they're chasing her out in space (which did not go well for Greazer). [I'll also point out that it's mentioned that they work with Biomancer and Citizens Hammer and Anvil when they're going after Visionary back in the Expatriette episode

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