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  • Posted: January 16, 2020 5:52:36 am
  • It's time for some Reader Request Longbox Junk!
    Merry (very) Late Christmas, Tenzil. . .here's some Harbinger!

    HARBINGER (Valiant 1992) part 1: Issues 0 - 3

    THE LONG VERSION:
    https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1780/longbox-junk-reader-request-edition-harbinger-part-1

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    THE SHORT VERSION:

    I've never really given any Valiant superhero comics a fair chance until now. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised to find Harbinger to be a pretty good read.

    It flips the standard script of teen superhero team comics just enough to keep things interesting by having an underlying theme of sexual attraction and/or jealousy being behind everything the characters say or do. It's the sort of thing that can go off the cliff into superhero soap opera territory quickly, but for now it's still pretty steady.

    It's good, but not perfect. There's a major mistake in the beginning of the story by the story not really HAVING a beginning! The first issue starts in the middle and hits the ground running, and never looks back.

    The ACTUAL beginning is in a pretty rare #0 issue that readers had to send away for after getting coupons from issues 1- 6. And even then, the #0 issue directly contradicts things in the series itself (I had to cheat and read #0 online to understand what was happening).

    Worse, there's a steep decline in story and art quality starting with issue #3 that hopefully was just a rush job (as I suspect) to keep the comic on schedule and not a sign of things to come.

    Overall, despite some pretty big flaws, I like Harbinger so far.

    Up Next. . .

    MORE Harbinger!
    I wrap things up for this Reader Request Edition with issues #4 - #7

    Be there or be square!

    Last edited January 16, 2020 5:56:55 am
    Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
  • Posted: January 23, 2020 2:47:43 am
  • And now part 2 of Tenzil's Longbox Junk Reader Request!

    HARBINGER (Valiant 1992) Part 2: Issues 4 - 7

    THE LONG VERSION:

    https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1781/longbox-junk-reader-request-edition-harbinger-part-2

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    THE SHORT VERSION:


    Overall, I have to say that Harbinger is a pretty good series. It's not great. I've definitely read better. But it's not nearly as bad as I assumed it would be. It's not really Longbox Junk as I define it, due to the surprisingly high collector "value" of the first few issues, but I'd certainly recommend picking up the collected edition, if you should spot it for a good price.

    THAT SAID. . .

    This review only covers the first 8 issues of this series. I've read ahead a bit and can pretty confidently say that this is where Valiant should have ended the story. The next two issues are unreadable crossover %#@$ and going past that, the series never really recovers its footing. So fair warning. This is as good as Harbinger gets. It's all downhill from here.

    Up Next. . .

    So much Longbox Junk! I don't even know what's next!

    I'm thinking of maybe heading back into some Marvel or DC stuff.
    I've been in the off-brand section of my collection for a while now. . .

    In any case, be there or be square!

    Last edited January 23, 2020 2:51:33 am
    Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
  • Posted: February 11, 2020 3:31:59 am
  • Sorry for a bit of delay on this one. I actually had it written and ready to go last week, but I accidentally deleted the draft and had to re-write the whole thing!

    ANYWAY. . .

    BLACK CANARY (1993) Issues 1 - 6

    THE LONG VERSION:

    https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1783/longbox-junk-black-canary

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    THE SHORT VERSION:

    These first six issues of Black Canary are average at best. I can see what they were WANTING to do. . .turn a popular supporting character into a solo title. Unfortunately, the execution is pretty weak. It's not that Black Canary is bad. . .it's just that it seems that not much effort was put into it. This COULD have been a lot better.

    Up Next. . .

    The back half of Black Canary. Issues 6 - 12.

    Will things improve? I sure hope so. Let's find out!

    Be there or be square.
    Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
  • Posted: March 11, 2020 2:54:58 am
  • And now. . .Black Canary's gritty 90's makeover!

    BLACK CANARY (1993) PART 2
    ISSUES 7- 12


    THE LONG VERSION:
    https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1786/longbox-junk-black-canary-part-2

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    THE SHORT VERSION:

    Overall, I consider this Black Canary series as a prime example of how NOT to try and make a supporting character into a solo character. It features weak writing, barely-passable art, and brushes off new readers by assuming that anyone buying a Black Canary comic already knows everything about Black Canary.

    This is one of the worst introductions to a character for new readers I've seen in a long time, and it's no wonder that it floundered and failed after just twelve issues. Even if you happen to be a Black Canary fan already there's not much here to grab onto beyond a few moments that barely manage to elevate to the level of "Pretty Good".

    I can't really recommend this series to anyone besides Black Canary completionists or those who might be interested in the strange little backstory to Canary's gritty 90's transformation that was promptly forgotten about. For anyone else, I'd say leave it in the bargain bin.

    Up Next. . .

    I'm not really sure. Hopefully it will be better than this was.

    ANYWAY. . .

    No matter what I decide to do next, be there or be square!


    Last edited March 11, 2020 2:55:35 am
    Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
  • Posted: April 5, 2020 3:33:27 am
  • It's the high-flyin' Hollywood hero! It's Central City's two-fisted mystery man!
    It's The Rocketeer and The Spirit! How can this NOT be good? Dancing

    THE ROCKETEER/ THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION
    IDW/DC (2013)


    THE LONG VERSION:
    https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1787/longbox-junk-the-rocketeer-the-spirit-pulp-friction

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    THE SHORT VERSION:

    It has a pretty good story bringing together two great pulp heroes for the first and probably only time. It showcases some great art. Most of all. . .it's FUN! Mark Waid successfully brings the nonsense of the Golden Age into the Modern Age and it's just a plain old good time!

    If you are a fan of pulp adventures or are just looking for some fun comics, then I heartily recommend this series. I bought this one off the rack when it was coming out, but I've seen the issues in back issue bins and it's been collected in both hard and soft cover. It's also available on Comixology for you high-tech folks out there.

    Up Next. . .

    I'm not really sure.

    I've been digging through my daughter's comics for some Marvel-Style fun.
    Right now, I'm reading a pretty good Spider-Man/ Human Torch five-issue mini that might be just what Longbox Junk needs to stay on the light side of comics next time out. Until then. . .

    Be there or be square!
    Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
  • Posted: April 6, 2020 1:01:28 pm
  • I really liked Rocketeer/ Spirit myself. J Bone did another couple of Rocketeer series and he also inked Darwyn Cooke on the Batman/ Spirit crossover.

    Is this five issue series one that's by Dan Slott and collected as I'm With Stupid? If so, the last issue contains one of the best Spider-Man scenes ever.
  • Posted: April 9, 2020 11:36:49 pm
  • That's the one! As I've been trying to look on the lighter side of comics, I've accidentally discovered that Dan Slott is right in that groove. He also did a pretty good short series with The Thing that I really enjoyed. . .

    And thanks for reminding me about that Batman/Spirit one shot! It's a great little story and I think it might just take a turn in Longbox Junk sometime soon (-ish. My schedule is a bit chaotic at the moment).

    Last edited April 9, 2020 11:41:10 pm
    Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
  • Posted: April 26, 2020 2:23:32 am
  • How about some Longbox Junk for the fine folks of Comic Book Realm?

    If you like Hostess Fruit Pies and hate clones, then I have just the series for you!

    SPIDER-MAN/ HUMAN TORCH
    Marvel (2005)


    THE LONG VERSION:
    https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1788/longbox-junk-spider-man-human-torch

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    THE SHORT VERSION:

    I've been Longbox Junkin' for a while now and it doesn't happen very often that I can get through a mini-series without at least ONE clunker in it. Well. . .Spider-Man/Human Torch is that rare occasion when every issue is good!

    This series is simply a pleasure to read. It features well-written stories told with humor and heart. These light-hearted adventures were EXACTLY what I needed to read right now to bring a bit of a smile to my face, and I heartily recommend Spider-Man/ Human Torch to anyone who just wants to read some really fun comics during these troubling times. . .whether you're a fan of these characters or not!

    Is this a PERFECT series? No. Nothing is perfect. The art gets a bit sketchy from time to time, it's really written more for established fans than new readers, and some of the humor doesn't quite hit the target. But for all the fun to be found in these pages, those are extremely small complaints.

    All in all, I highly recommend this series for some silly, heartfelt fun. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who needs a bit of that these days.

    Up Next. . .

    With my current work schedule it's taking WAY too long for me to write up full comic series, so I think I'm going to throw down some single-issue reviews for a while. Still on the lighter side for now, of course. Not sure exactly what.

    I've been grabbing a lot of #1 issues from my comic shop's back issue boxes lately as I try to spend the same amount of back issues weekly as I normally would on new comics (not the bargain bin, although I still dig through there as well). Maybe I'll feature a few of those. . .

    In any case, be there or be square!

    Last edited April 26, 2020 2:25:06 am
    Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
  • Posted: May 9, 2020 1:35:06 am
  • It's time for some Longbox Junk!

    Join me as I ponder all the unofficial Longbox Junk franchises I'm finding where I used to go to read current comic reviews AND THEN let's take a look at a couple of random #1 issues I've recently pulled from the back issue bins!

    FIRST ISSUE FUN! (part 1)

    THE LONG VERSION:
    https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1790/longbox-junk-first-issue-fun-part-1

    THE SHORT VERSION (S):

    YOUNG ALLIES #1 (Marvel - 2010)
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    A pretty good comic that's about half introduction and half super-hero fighting. It ain't deep, but it IS fun. I give Marvel a round of applause for the effort they take to bring in new readers with lots of supplemental information on the characters in the back of the book. Fans of teen super-teams will definitely get more mileage out of this one, but it's worth a read if you're looking for something light and fun.

    THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1 (DC - 2011)
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    This one is quite a bit darker than Young Allies, so mature readers will get more out of it. I liked the story quite a bit, but it doesn't make a single bit of effort to reach out to new readers with any background for those not familiar with Hawkman. . .which is kind of odd since "New 52" was SUPPOSED to be a jumping on point for all of DC's titles at the time. Looking beyond that, the story is pretty good and the artwork is outstanding! Give this one a shot if you're looking for a pretty dark superhero story. Just know it doesn't hold your hand on character introductions.

    Overall, I'd recommend both for a decent bargain bin read. Young Allies will probably appeal more to fans of teen superhero teams, and Savage Hawkman will probably appeal more to established Hawkman fans, so keep that in mind, but neither one of these issues have enough problems that I'd say to pass them up entirely. They're both pretty good. Give them a shot if you spot them in the bin.

    Up Next. . .

    More "First Issue Fun" as I spotlight a couple more #1 issues I've recently grabbed from the back issue boxes.

    Be there or be square!
    Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
  • Posted: May 17, 2020 1:47:19 am
  • Here's some more Longbox Junk First Issue Fun for the fine folks of Comic Book Realm!
    I know you didn't ask for it, but here it is anyway! Very Happy

    THE LONG VERSION:
    https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1791/longbox-junk-first-issue-fun-part-2

    THE SHORT VERSION (S):

    JUDGE DREDD #1 (DC - 1994)
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    If you're looking for some dark sci-fi police action with a little humor thrown in, then Judge Dredd #1 is a good place to start. Just be warned that if you are already a Judge Dredd fan from other sources, the DC version is going to seem extremely basic, and probably will be a little disappointing.

    SUPERGIRL #1 (DC - 2011)
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    Like Judge Dredd, if you're already a Supergirl fan, the complete reboot aimed specifically at new readers might not make you happy. But if you're looking for a comic that introduces a new character by making you learn about her through story instead of exposition, then Supergirl #1 is surprisingly good.

    All in all, not a bad couple of first issues! Not bad at all. Both of them hit the marks I expect a first issue to hit. . .introducing characters in a new reader-friendly way and telling a story that makes me want to read more. Neither one of these comics are GREAT, but both are good. I couldn't find much wrong with either one of them.

    Up Next. . .

    MORE First Issue Fun.

    Be there or be square!



    Last edited May 17, 2020 1:47:55 am
    Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
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