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Author Longbox Junk!
Posted: December 22, 2016 3:49:56 am
As I continue my contribution to this great site by filling in information, reading and reviewing runs of comics I have that are generally not worth a damn thing as far as collector value goes (because who else is gonna do it?), I've decided to start a blog here with the reviews if anyone is interested. I'll give the short version rundown in this thread so that people can see what I'm currently working on. I haven't started blog entries yet. . .probably set that up tomorrow if you want to see what I thought of each and every issue.

Just finished up with Ghost Rider 2099 tonight. All 6 good issues and 19. . .not so good.

I really liked the IDEAS contained in this series, and a unique take on a fairly overplayed character. But although the concept was brilliant, the execution was fatally flawed by being a mainstream comic sold by a mainstream company. It was supposed to be about going against the status quo, but ended up being forced to maintain the status quo.

I loved it at first, then hated it and had to force myself to stick with it, but at least the ending wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Sort of like with my third wife.

LINKS:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1352/longbox-junk-ghost-rider-2099-part-1-issue-1-12

http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1353/longbox-junk-ghost-rider-2099-part-2-issue-13-25

Next up. . .the Eclipse Winter World mini series from 1987!


Last edited December 26, 2016 3:19:33 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: December 23, 2016 2:50:26 am
WINTER WORLD (3 issue mini)

All in all, this was a short, sweet, and quick reading mini. I thought it was pretty good for what it was. . .an introduction to a new world. Unfortunately, that world so well introduced in this series wasn't revisited for a LONG time. As a standalone tale though, it does a good job. There were weak parts, like the main character's trained ex machina pet badger, but otherwise I'd suggest this mini for a good read.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1354/longbox-junk-winter-world


Next up. . .

You don't have to travel back to 1987 for longbox junk: IDW and Wildstorm's X-Files/30 Days of Night crossover!

Last edited December 26, 2016 3:20:19 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: December 26, 2016 3:16:50 am
Just got done tonight with IDW and Wildstorm's 2010 6 issue X-Files/30 Days of Night crossover mini.

It was bad. The only good thing about it was the covers.

X-Files/30 Days of Night will now be the lower bar for which all other comics I review will be judged by until I find something worse. And believe me. . .I can't really see that happening. This series is truly the definition of Longbox Junk.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1355/longbox-junk-x-files-30-days-of-night

Coming next. . .2015 Marvel Star Wars Princess Leia!

Last edited December 26, 2016 3:21:02 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: December 26, 2016 5:28:42 am
Just got done with something a bit more recent. . .Marvel's Star Wars Princess Leia 2015 5 issue mini

All in all, I really liked this whole series. There were a couple of issues where it looked like things were slipping off course a little bit, but Mark Waid kept a steady hand on the wheel and gave us a very nice little piece of Star Wars focused less on space battles and the force and more on how do you keep a people together when they no longer have a home. Nicely done.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1356/longbox-junk-star-wars-princess-leia

Next up. . .DC's practically-forgotten attempt at building a pulp-influenced side universe, FIRST WAVE!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: December 26, 2016 4:27:27 pm
Laughing Got a chuckle reading your blog... Applause

FYI...you should put your synopsis on the issue you're reviewing.
I pasted your synopsis for issue #1 here - http://comicbookrealm.com/series/26468/244615/the-x-files-30-days-of-night-mini-issue-1/1
You can do this with all the books you review to earn more points.
"Disliking everything is not the same thing as having an opinion"
Posted: December 27, 2016 5:35:46 am
Just finished up with DC's First Wave 6 issue mini and the Doc Savage/Bat man special tie in.

Gritty characters like gun-toting Bat Man, The Spirit, and Doc Savage in a new pulp-influenced universe? Count me in! Unfortunately, this is another case of a great idea ruined by poor execution. The writer tried to force epic onto street level characters and failure followed. This series definitely had some good elements to work with, but it went off the rails in a big way toward the end. A damn shame and a lot of wasted potential. Still worth a read, though, if only to get angry about what COULD have been if Azzarello had only narrowed his focus and kept it on the street.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1357/longbox-junk-first-wave

Next up. . .GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY COMICS, YOU DAMN DIRTY APES!
Boom Studios Planet of The Apes!

Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: December 29, 2016 3:16:08 am
Just got done with Boom Studios 16 issue run of Planet Of The Apes

Overall, I'd say that if you are looking for a surprisingly good political/war story that dives deep into subjects like racial discrimination, class warfare, terrorism and insurgency, and the Holocaust, then definitely give Planet of The Apes a look. It has fantastic writing and art and is a hidden gem to be sure.

Just prepare to be disappointed in the ending. The final 4 issues go off the rails and the final issue leaves every single plot thread hanging unresolved. I was extremely disappointed to say the least, because the rest of the series is top quality comics.

LINKS:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1358/longbox-junk-planet-of-the-apes-part-1-issues-1-8

http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1359/longbox-junk-planet-of-the-apes-part-2-issues-9-16

Next up. . .SUPERHEROES! Marvel's Fantastic Four: First Family 6 issue mini.

Last edited December 29, 2016 3:18:17 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: December 30, 2016 3:22:37 am
Just got done with Marvel's Fantastic Four: First Family 6 issue mini.


A strong start and a weak ending, but I have to say that overall I liked most of this series. I wasn't a fan of the Fantastic Four coming in, and this didn't change my mind, but it had some really good story moments before they decided it HAD to end with a big battle. Great artwork as well. . .but for some reason, the artist never got a handle on Sue Storm. Other than that, it was a great looking series.

All in all, I'd definitely suggest this book to anyone that wants to know about the origin of the Fantastic Four.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1360/longbox-junk-fantastic-four-first-family

Coming next: More superhero action (sort of) as we see the former Batgirl take a shower in one of DC's "Battle For The Cowl" tie in mini's. . .Oracle: The Cure!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 2, 2017 3:01:51 am
Happy New Year, everyone!

Just finished up with DC's Oracle: The Cure 3 issue "Battle For The Cowl" tie in mini.

First. It isn't really a Battle For The Cowl tie in as much as it is a Final Crisis epilogue.

Second. It assumes the reader has knowledge of Final Crisis, as well as all characters on deck for the mini.
It is NOT new reader friendly. Not suggested for any sort of introduction to Oracle.

Third. Oracle is pretty heavily sexualized in this one. So if you need a safe space to hide from microagressions, don't even look at the covers. Just. . .don't. I don't want to hear your friggin' whining about visual assault.

Fourth. It's a mess. It has good points, but they are few and far between.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1362/longbox-junk-oracle-the-cure

Next up. . .journey back to 1994 and ask yourself why this woman's teeth are clenched in every panel!
DC's The Huntress 4 issue mini!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 3, 2017 2:00:57 am
Just got done with the DC 1994 Huntress 4 issue mini. . .

I really liked this version of The Huntress and wish that DC would have stuck with it. I think it would have made a great Vertigo title. Less Birds of Prey superhero style and more Punisher antihero style. A dark and brutal version of Huntress that would put her boot squarely up in the WTF mess that the New 52 made of the character. A nice little hidden gem I had forgotten about in my collection.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1363/longbox-junk-the-huntress

Next up. . .I took a look at DC's failed and forgotten attempt to start up a pulp side universe with First Wave, now it's Marvel's turn with Marvel Noir: Iron Man!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 3, 2017 3:34:52 am
Just got done with another short mini. . .Marvel Noir: Iron Man

I really liked this one a lot. To me, it succeeded on all the points that First Wave failed on.
Where First Wave tried to force familiar characters into contrived situations to get them all in one place, Marvel Noir focused on the characters first and let the story fit them. It was a really nice discovery lurking in a forgotten corner of my collection. I'd highly suggest this mini to anyone looking for a fun Elseworlds take on familiar Marvel characters.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1364/longbox-junk-marvel-noir-iron-man

Next up. . .I have no memory of buying or reading this 3 issue mini. I spotted it when I was putting Oracle: The Cure away and was like "What's this?". I have no idea what it's about, other than the cover tells me it's a war comic, it's British, and it's probably funny. Adventures in The Rifle Brigade: Operation Bollock!


Last edited January 3, 2017 3:36:08 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 4, 2017 2:11:43 am
Just got done with Vertigo's Adventures in the Rifle Brigade: Operation Bollock 3 issue mini.

Okay. . .this series is about a group of misfits and miscreants on a mission to recover Adolph Hitler's missing left testicle. It features a LOT of homosexual jokes, an elephant dying after humping an armored car into wreckage, a villainess named Gerta Gasch, and a nice picture of Hitler's lost ball eclipsing the earth from the light of the sun.

It's one of the silliest, most stupid things I've ever read and I loved every page of it. Not for kids or socially sensitive special snowflake types, but highly suggested for anyone else who wants a laugh.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1365/longbox-junk-adventures-in-the-rifle-brigade-operation-bollock

Up next. . .Marvel's 19 issue Winter Soldier run! I can't even remember if I liked it or not. I must have if I bought it for a year and a half. But then again. . .I can't remember a single thing about it except that it has Black Widow in it.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 6, 2017 4:32:57 am
Just got done with Marvel's 19 issue run of Winter Soldier.

All in all, I enjoyed this series until the end. The writing swerved a bit here and there and it fell victim to being a mainstream Marvel book and basically being expected to cross over and team up with other Marvel heroes, but the art was consistently fantastic and the stories were pretty gritty and grounded for the most part.

But it ended badly.

I'm going to go ahead and heartily suggest this series to anyone who is a fan of Black Widow or Winter Soldier, or wants to know more about them. But I'm also going to heartily suggest that the story ACTUALLY ends with issue #14. I have no idea what was going on with those final 5 issues, but it seems like a completely different book. Seriously. . .end it with #14.

LINKS:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1367/longbox-junk-winter-soldier-part-1-issues-1-9
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1368/longbox-junk-winter-soldier-part-2-issues-10-19


Coming next. . .

Hey, remember when one of Earth's greatest heroes was killed in front of the entire world? Then his old partner decided to maintain the legacy of his fallen mentor by taking up the uniform and name and carrying on his work? But what nobody knew was that the hero wasn't dead after all, but was trapped in time for. . .reasons. . .and was fighting his way back? Remember that?

Captain America? What? Him too? Naw. . .I'm talking about Batman!
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne 6 issue mini.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 9, 2017 3:43:28 am
Just got done with DC's 6 issue Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne mini.

Short Version: It's one of the top 5 worst modern Batman stories, in my humble opinion. . .and although I'm sure Grant Morrison is an awesome dinner guest, I'm not sure he's the right person to write Batman.

This mini is a convoluted mess filled to the brim with ridiculous coincidences, uneven characterization, and an over-reliance on previously-written stuff to the point that I needed reference material at hand just to know what was going on. . .especially in the 5th issue.

Why the hell do I need reference material to read a story about Batman trapped in time?

I have to hand it to Morrison. . .when he decides to write a bad story, he doesn't go halfway. He goes for the gold!

I wouldn't suggest this mini to anyone except hose who need the unwanted answer to the unasked question "What would happen if DC let an insane Englishman write one of the most popular comic book characters on earth?"

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1370/longbox-junk-batman-the-return-of-bruce-wayne

Coming Next. . .

Hey, remember when one of Earth's greatest heroes was killed in front of the entire world? Then his old partner decided to maintain the legacy of his fallen mentor by taking up the uniform and name and carrying on his work? But what nobody knew was that the hero wasn't dead after all, but was trapped in time for. . .reasons. . .and was fighting his way back? Remember that?

Batman? Please, God. . .don't make me read it again! I'm talking about Captain America this time.

Captain America: Reborn!


Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 10, 2017 3:41:12 am
Just got done with Marvel's 6 issue Captain America: Reborn mini. . .

All in all, not bad for a mini-series I believe never should have existed, and a hell of a lot better than DC's effort at the same game with a different name, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. It had a strong start and a weak finish, but it was better than Batman's weak start and extremely weak finish.

Why did this series win (for the most part) where DC's failed? I'd say it was because they pretty much made Captain America a supporting character until the end. They focused on the other characters trying to find him and let his time-hopping focus on showcasing great moments in his history and the choice he made to not make changes instead of trying to cram Captain America into stories where he didn't belong.

It was actually pretty good until the end and all the giant robot punching. I was pleasantly surprised, especially after forcing my way through the mess that was Return of Bruce Wayne. If you have to read just ONE "Dead Hero Lost in Time" series in your lifetime, I would definitely suggest Captain America.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1371/longbox-junk-captain-america-reborn

Coming next. . .
Remember when Image wanted SO bad to be Marvel? That's right. . .90's Image.
Let's take a look at Image's version of The Punisher. Deathblow! The whole damn series.

Last edited January 10, 2017 3:42:39 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 17, 2017 3:14:21 am
Just finished up with Image's Deathblow 30 issue run. . .

This series was a real struggle to get through. The first 15 issues went by quick. I really enjoyed them.
It was a great military/supernatural tale with a character that was the odd man out during Image's "I REALLY wanna be Marvel!" days.

Then the back half went so far off the rails that the rails were a distant memory. So far off the rails that I now have a new low bar to judge future comics by. It was so bad on the back half of the series that I had to force myself to read some of the issues.

It amazes me that one series can be so good, and yet so bad.

I'd still definitely suggest Deathblow. . .but only up to issue #14. After that. . .well. . .you've been warned.

LINKS:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1372/longbox-junk-deathblow-part-1-issues-0-12
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1373/longbox-junk-deathblow-part-2-issues-13-22
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1374/longbox-junk-deathblow-part-3-issues-23-29

Coming next. . .Dark Horse's 2009 Aliens 4 issue mini.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 18, 2017 2:22:19 am
Just finished Dark Horse's 2009 Alien 4 issue mini tonight. . .



Despite an over-reliance on the tried and true Alien franchise android ex machina coming through in every situation and an ending that leaves you hanging and wanting more (making this series seem more like a prologue to something else than a stand-alone tale) I really enjoyed this mini.

The art was outstanding in every way, on every page, and in every panel. The story kept me turning the page, even though the plot twists of the first couple issues took a back seat to action on the back half. I just wish this would have gone a couple more issues and given a more satisfying ending.

All things considered, both good and bad, I would definitely suggest this mini for anyone who likes the Aliens franchise. If you don't like the whole Aliens thing, this mini won't change your mind one bit.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1375/longbox-junk-aliens

Next up. . .it's 9 stories in 6 issues! Marvel's 2009 Astounding Tales!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 19, 2017 6:05:22 am
Just finished up with Marvel's 2009 6 issue Astonishing Tales. . .

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. It introduced me to some new characters I'd never heard of, it had some great art, some laughs, and some great moments. Sure, it wasn't perfect. . .the Iron Man 2020 story belonged on the kiddie rack with the T.V. cartoon Avenger and Spider-Man comics, and some of the one-off stories were extremely forgettable. . .but all things considered, I'd still definitely suggest it. One thing though. It would probably be a better read in collected form with the separate stories put together instead of spread through 6 issues. Give this one a look if you've never read it.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1376/longbox-junk-astonishing-tales

Up next. . .
Travel back in time with me to a long-forgotten age where the internet was in its infancy, there were no smart phones, and an unknown artist by the name of Alexander Ross was just starting out in comics. . .

NOW Comics Terminator: The Burning Earth!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 20, 2017 3:49:34 am
Just got done with NOW Comic's 5 issue Terminator: The Burning Earth mini. . .

First, this isn't Alex Ross art. This is Alexander Ross art. It's like two completely different things.
Overall, the series is decent, but not great. It starts off very strong and ends badly.

SPOILER: The human's entire hope of victory basically rests on two things: Turning off Skynet's power and shooting a computer monitor. Ah. . .those far off days of 1990 when people didn't understand the concept of "Backup Power Generators" and that just because you ruin a computer screen, that doesn't mean you ruin the computer itself.

Still, I'd suggest it. . .if only to see how far Alex Ross has come since then (It's a LONG way).

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1378/longbox-junk-terminator-the-burning-earth

Up next. . .Droppin' the F-Bombs! Vertigo's Weird War Tales!

Last edited March 24, 2017 3:47:21 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 23, 2017 3:48:50 am
Just finished up with Vertigo's 5 issue Weird War Tales tonight. . .

I liked the (somewhat) recent update of one of my favorite old comic series. Unfortunately, as with all things Vertigo, it's 1 part great to 2 parts crap, so it was a bit of a mixed bag. Not saying it was bad. . .I'd still suggest reading it. . .but the good taken with the bad makes for an average overall series. Reading this and Marvel's Astonishing Tales makes me think that it would be nice for the "Big Two" to revisit the idea of a new anthology series.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1379/longbox-junk-weird-war-tales-vertigo

Coming next. I picked these up last month during a bargain basement shopping spree at a comic shop that was closing up. I have no idea what they're about except the covers are nice, they feature "Red Robin", they take place when everyone thought Batman was dead (But he was really hanging around with pirates and such, trapped in time), and they aren't worth a damn, as far as money value goes.

In other words. . .Longbox Junk! DC's World's Finest" 4 issue mini.


Last edited January 23, 2017 3:49:37 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 24, 2017 2:55:52 am
Just finished DC's World's Finest (Vol. 4) 4 issue mini tonight. . . .

Overall, it's pretty weak. Forced team ups relying on dusty comic tropes, extremely average art (Except for the last issue), B-list villains, a weak overarching plot, reliance on reader knowledge of 2009 DC continuity, and a giant kryptonite-powered Superman/Batman robot.

But if you've ever wanted to see Damian Wayne Robin body shaming Stephanie Brown Batgirl, then there IS that. . .
I can't really suggest this one to anyone besides those interested in Pre-New 52 characters and continuity.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1380/longbox-junk-worlds-finest-vol-4

Up next. . .
Lobo's back! Everyone is excited (I think)!
I'm going back to the beginning with DC's original 4 issue Lobo mini.

Last edited January 24, 2017 2:56:32 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 25, 2017 3:33:07 am
Just got done with DC's 4 issue Lobo mini tonight. . .

The humor and violence seemed a bit forced and tired. Reading it 27 years later, it's hard for me to remember a time when this was considered outrageous or controversial. That doesn't make it bad, there's some great moments and a few chuckles to be found, but I guess to get the full Lobo effect, you kinda had to be there the first time around.

The Bisley art was great, but there were some real problems with the inks and colors in the first two issues. Sloppy and heavy handed on the cheap old paper didn't do the art any favors. Thankfully they corrected things on the last two issues.

All things considered, I'd suggest this mini, even though what was once over the top now just seems mildly humorous.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1381/longbox-junk-lobo-vol-1

Up next. . .

Back from the 90's forward to 2016 and then back to the 70's!
Dynamite's 5 issue The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: January 26, 2017 3:25:55 am
Just finished up with Dynamite's 5 issue The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man mini. . .

Overall I liked this series, despite clunky art and some eye-rolling story beats. But then again, I am a child of the 70's and The Bionic Man is a uniquely 70's superhero. I'll suggest giving this one a read, but I have the feeling that anybody who wasn't around in the 70's will see anything of interest. In today's world, Steve Austin is just another high tech hero in a crowd of high tech heroes. And to tell the truth, this mini isn't really impressive enough to make The Bionic Man stand out in any way to anyone not already familiar with him.

There are some really good story ideas in here that were sort of wasted on lots of robot punching.
A damn shame. The Six Million Dollar Man deserves better.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1382/longbox-junk-the-six-million-dollar-man-fall-of-man

Up next. . .

A reluctant substitute Batman. A Robin who hates everybody. A flying Batmobile.
DC's 26 issue 2009 Batman and Robin run.

Last edited January 26, 2017 3:27:30 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: February 1, 2017 3:27:31 am
Just got done with the 26 issues of Batman and Robin (vol. 1) tonight. . .

Overall, I found this to be a series that never really found its groove. 5 writers and 15 artists over the fairly short course of 26 issues tell that particular tale well enough. But it's not just that. What started out fairly strong quickly went off the rails as Grant Morrison turned this book into a vehicle for other projects. After he left, the following creative teams had to try and steer it onto another course, and they did pretty well at it. . .unfortunately, it was too little too late. With the New 52 quickly approaching, they ended it all on a filler issue.

A damn shame. This series COULD have been great.

I'd definitely suggest reading this series, even though parts of it were hard for me personally to get through. There was some great art and I really liked the Dick Grayson/Damian Wayne Batman and Robin team. It's just a shame that Morrison couldn't keep enough of a grip to understand that he was writing about crime-fighting vigilantes and not about the arcane mysteries in his mind.

LINKS:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1383/longbox-junk-batman-and-robin-vol-1-part-1-issues-1-10

http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1384/longbox-junk-batman-and-robin-vol-1-part-2-issues-11-19

http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1385/longbox-junk-batman-and-robin-vol-1-part-3-issues-20-26

Up next. . .

How about I switch things up a bit before I do another full series run? One shots!
Hellboy, X, Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Red Sonja, Predator, Sgt. Rock, Star Wars and Punisher, oh my!

Last edited February 2, 2017 1:04:46 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: February 3, 2017 1:51:01 am
Just finished up with some one shots tonight. Hellboy, Red Sonja, Predator, Punisher, and X. . .

All in all, I'd have to say that the Predator one was my favorite of the batch. It was outstanding in every way and I'd highly suggest it. Lowest on the rung was probably X. I like the idea of a Punisher/Batman combo without all the goofy supervillains, but it really wasn't that great. That said, all of them were pretty good, with no real duds in the bunch.


LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1387/longbox-junk-one-shots-part-1-hellboy-red-sonja-predator-punisher-and-x


Up next. . .

More one shots! Sgt Rock, Wolverine, Star Wars, Wonder Woman, and Grimm Fairy Tales.


Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: February 6, 2017 4:17:21 am
Just got done with another batch of one shots tonight. . .Our Army At War (Sgt. Rock), Wolverine, Grimm Fairy Tales, Star Wars, and Wonder Woman.

A bit more of a mixed bunch than the first batch. All in all, I'd say my favorite was Our Army at War, with it's flashback/flashforward storytelling, fantastic art, and gut punch ending. My least favorite was Grimm Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid with it's weak story and juvenile art (female bodies and boobs are perfect. . .hands and faces are afterthoughts). Wolverine and Star Wars were both pretty good and worth a look. Wonder Woman was kind of "Meh".

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1389/longbox-junk-one-shots-part-2-our-army-at-war-wolverine-wonder-woman-star-wars-and-grimm-fairy-tales

Up next. . .

Dreamwave answers a question you didn't even know you had:
How would World War II have ended up if giant sentient robots had joined the fight?
Find out in the Dreamwave Transformers/ G.I. Joe 6 issue mini!

Last edited February 6, 2017 4:18:06 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: February 8, 2017 3:27:28 am
Just finished up with Dreamwave's Transformers / G.I. Joe 6 issue crossover mini. . .

Don't let your preconceptions of these properties or memories of the cartoons they are based on fool you.
Dreamwave truly did something out of the box with these overused characters.

Overall, I found this to be a unique and unexpected take on these two well-known properties, with good writing and fantastic art throughout. There were a few clunky moments in the story, it got a bit crowded with characters toward the end, and sometimes the art was TOO dark, but I have yet to find a perfect comic book, so those small flaws in no way take away from highly suggesting this series to anyone who enjoys military comics, whether or not they are fans of Transformers or G.I. Joe. This is just a great series and truly a hidden gem among Longbox Junk.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1390/longbox-junk-transformers-gi-joe

Up next. . .

It's a mini-series that's really 4 one-shots. Mass Effect: Homeworlds.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: February 9, 2017 3:29:57 am
Just finished up with Dark Horse's 4 issue Mass Effect: Homeworlds tonight. . .

SHORT VERSION: Just play the games.

All in all, I have to say I was pretty disappointed with it. With the exception of the third issue, these stories were all pretty much chase scenes with a sprinkling of story on top. This COULD really have been much better. I'd still suggest it to fans of Mass Effect for those bits of story, and I highly suggest the third issue, but if you aren't already a fan of Mass Effect, don't even bother. As a whole, this "mini-series" is utterly average.

A damn shame, because I DO love me some Mass Effect.

LINK:
http://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1391/longbox-junk-mass-effect-homeworlds

Up next. . .
Who WAS that masked man?
Dynamite's 26 issue 2006 run of The Lone Ranger.

Last edited February 9, 2017 3:30:51 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: February 17, 2017 3:46:03 am
Just got done with Dynamite's 26 issue run of The Lone Ranger (vol 3) tonight. . .

SHORT VERSION: The story is good. The art is bad.

There were SO many epic moments (or what SHOULD have been epic moments) that were completely ruined by the borderline awful art on this title, and that was a damn shame because I could tell that the writer had respect for this great American character. While the story was pretty strong from start to finish, the artwork only rarely elevated itself above average, and usually hovered down in the "pretty bad" range.

It just makes me a little sad to think about how great this run could have been if only it had been illustrated by someone else. All in all, I see this whole series as a sadly missed opportunity.

I'll still suggest it to read because the story IS pretty good, but the artwork really starts to become distracting within just a few issues and doesn't improve as it goes on.

LINKS:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1392/longbox-junk-the-lone-ranger-vol-3-part-1-issues-0-12

https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1394/longbox-junk-the-lone-ranger-vol-3-part-2-issues-13-25

Coming next. . .

Sexy. . .Nuns. Two words that one wouldn't normally associate with each other. Except in Japan.

Antarctic Press Warrior Nun Areala!

Last edited February 17, 2017 3:47:18 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: February 20, 2017 3:23:16 am
Just finished up with Antarctic Press' 3 issue Warrior Nun Areals (vol. 1) mini tonight. . .

I really have no idea where or when I picked these up, but on investigating them a bit, I was very surpised to learn that they are NOT English reprints of Japanese comics, as the manga-style art would suggest. Instead, they are from a company based in Texas. Go figure.

All in all, I enjoyed this series. The richly-colored manga-style art was great, even though it often seemed to be pretty much an excuse to draw sexy women. The story was a bit light, and was mostly fighting, but it served as a good introduction to the world of religious superheroes that was being created. Overall, with the good taken with bad, I'd suggest this mini to anybody interested in a different take on superheroes as long as they don't mind a LOT of manga-style boobs on the page. . .

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1395/longbox-junk-warrior-nun-areala-vol-1

Up next. . .

Captain America: Theater of War.
6 one shots I'm told form a loose series about the legacy and heroism of my favorite super-soldier.
I haven't read these yet, but I can GUARANTEE that MY Cap won't be saying "Hail Hydra" in them.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: February 22, 2017 3:32:40 am
Just got done with Marvel's Captain America: Theater of War tonight. . .

SHORT VERSION: A collection of one shots with the subtle message of "AMERICA. . .&%$# YEAH!"

Overall, I'd say I enjoyed this "series" of one shots. Some I liked a bit more than others. My favorite was probably Operation Zero Point for it just being a damn good Captain America WWII story with fantastic artwork. My least favorite would be To Soldier On. It's just sort of awkward and forced to try and have Captain America in a story about Iraq. The most interesting one was America First, as a densely-written look back at the extreme nationalism and politics of the 1950's Cold War era.

But they ALL had their good points. There wasn't a truly BAD one in the bunch. I'll go ahead and suggest them all. Some of them might not be agreeable to others, depending on your personal level of tolerance for unashamed America flag waving, but all in all a pretty good collection of stories.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1396/longbox-junk-captain-america-theater-of-war

Up next. . .
He's insanely jealous about his hot girlfriend. He has no powers.
He's just a guy with a stolen jetpack and a lack of common sense.
He's one of my favorite heroes. . .The Rocketeer!

IDW's 4 issue Rocketeer Adventures 2.

Last edited February 22, 2017 3:36:44 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: February 23, 2017 3:46:24 am
Just got done reading IDW's 4 issue Rocketeer Adventures 2 mini tonight. . .

Overall, I found this to be a great mini, and would highly suggest it. It has a few rough spots here and there, but good taken with bad, I feel that there was a lot of respect shown for the character and a pretty wide-ranging variety of stories and art with a nice, high-quality presentation by IDW.

The only real BAD point of this series is that the reader is pretty much assumed to already be a fan of The Rocketeer and to know all about the character coming in. This is probably not the best doorway to becoming a fan of The Rocketeer if you're coming in cold with little or no knowledge of the character. It's a good tribute to a great character, but a lousy introduction.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1397/longbox-junk-rocketeer-adventures-2

Up next. . .

Anybody remember that little thing DC did a few years back that, you know. . .CHANGED THEIR WHOLE PUBLISHING LINE? That little thing called "Flashpoint"? Remember how they put out a bunch of little mini's about characters that we never really got to hear much about again?

DC's Flashpoint: Project Superman 3 issue mini.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 6, 2017 2:30:27 am
Just finished up with DC's 3 issue Flashpoint: Project Superman mini tonight. . .

Overall, for an event tie-in (and pretty much a throwaway one at that), I really liked Project Superman a lot. . .especially the first two issues. The third issue was really more of a tie-in than the other two. In particular, I liked the first issue the best, and feel that it could have stood alone as a one-shot story of science gone wrong in the name of patriotism. I liked that the villain of this mini was a good man driven mad through no fault of his own. . .through the hubris of the government trying to create something they had no business trying to create, and then trying to hide it once things went wrong. If you look past the crossover ties, there's a really good, really dark story here.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1399/longbox-junk-flashpoint-project-superman

Up next. . .

Anybody remember when the Joker had a bushy hobo beard and was openly gay? That time Deadshot took a bullet to the face from a rando villain? And then Alfred and Bruce Wayne had a short discussion about the Bat-Penis? Welcome to the wonderful world of Kevin Smith. . .

Batman: Cacophony!

Last edited March 9, 2017 1:10:48 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 6, 2017 8:59:14 pm
nice posts. one man's junk is another man's treasure sometimes. unfortunately, i'd bet 1/2 my collection is considered "junk" to most!
Posted: March 9, 2017 2:35:40 am
SwampThing said:
nice posts. one man's junk is another man's treasure sometimes. unfortunately, i'd bet 1/2 my collection is considered "junk" to most!


Same here. . .but I'd put mine at about 75%. My "value" books take up about 1 box.
It seems the stuff I like to read isn't exactly the same stuff other people want to pay good money for. . .
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 9, 2017 2:39:45 am
Just finished up reading the Batman: Cacophony 3 issue mini tonight. . .

Overall, I found it to be okay. Not great, not bad. . .just okay.

The main villain was weak, the art was extremely hit and miss, and there were some strange WTF character moments. On the other hand, the dialogue was pretty sharp, it had some good insights into the Batman/Joker conflict, and the Adam Kubert cover on the first issue was almost worth the price of admission alone.

Good taken with bad, I'd suggest this. . .but be warned if you're the sensitive snowflake type: There's no "Mature Reader" warning on this, but there probably should be. There's a few pretty crude Kevin Smith moments in there.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1400/longbox-junk-batman-cacophony

Coming Next. . .One shots! I love one shots!

More randomly-pulled single issue stories from my collection:
Red Sonja, Azrael, G.I. Combat, Scarecrow, Lone Gunmen, Bruce Wayne, and Conan.

Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 10, 2017 12:56:08 am
Got a message asking me how I pick my longbox junk and if they can make requests.

Go ahead and request! If I have it, I'll do it.

As for picking. I probably have the nerdiest method possible:
I have 40 boxes of comics. I roll a 4 sided die to find which group of 10, then I roll a 10 sider to pick a box.
Then I dig through that box and find my junk. Yeah. . .the dice are leftovers from my long ago D&D days.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 10, 2017 3:56:46 am
Just finished reading a (mostly) fine batch of Longbox Junk one shots tonight. . .

AZRAEL PLUS (DC):
Team up with The Question.
Bad story, average art. I found no reason for this to even exist.

G.I. COMBAT FEATURING THE HAUNTED TANK (DC)
2010 one shot.
Good story, good art. A lot of nostalgia and respect for the original material.

RED SONJA: VACANT SHELL (Dynamite)
Sonja royally screws a town full of innocents and ends up not being the hero this time.
Fantastic art, sort of average story.

LONE GUNMEN (Dark Horse)
A tie-in to a T.V. show nobody remembers that was a tie-in to another show nobody can forget.
Pretty good, but for nerds only.

BRUCE WAYNE: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (Amalgam)
They packed a lot of WTF? into a pretty short space.
Great art. Don't try to make sense of the story.

SCARECROW (DC)
One of the "New Year's Evil" villain one shots.
Great art, great story. A nice hidden gem.

CONAN: THE WEIGHT OF THE CROWN (Dark Horse)
Young Conan was NOT a good king. Pretty close to being the perfect Conan story.
Fantastic art and highly suggested. The best of this bunch.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1401/longbox-junk-one-shots-azrael-plus-gi-combat-red-sonja-the-lone-gunmen-bruce-wayne-scarecrow-conan

Coming next. . .

Feel my pain as ANOTHER one of my favorite characters starts strong and then flies off the rails.
42 issues of Dynamite's Green Hornet. God help me through the back half. . .

Last edited March 16, 2017 3:45:31 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 16, 2017 3:43:39 am
Just got done with the first 6 issues (out of 42) of Dynamite's Green Hornet. . .

I love all things Green Hornet, and can't say enough good things about the first part of this series. We'll talk about the back half later. . .but it's not gonna be a good talk. But the first part, based on an unused Kevin Smith movie script, is pure brilliance and highly-suggested, whether you're a Green Hornet fan or have never heard of the character at all.


LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1404/longbox-junk-green-hornet-part-1-issues-1-6

Coming next. . .

More Green Hornet!



Last edited March 16, 2017 3:45:11 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 17, 2017 4:00:30 am
Just got done with issues 7-12 of Dynamite's Green Hornet. . .

Except for a few missteps toward the end, the first 10 issues of Dynamite's Green Hornet are pretty much the Green Hornet movie I would MUCH rather see than Seth Rogan's half-baked attempt. . .which, to be fair, had its good moments, but really didn't respect the legacy of the character. And even with a creative team change at issue 11, the series remains strong for now.

Regardless of what happens in issues to come, I would highly suggest the first 10 issues of Green Hornet as some damn fine comic books. It's a crying shame that Kevin Smith's Green Hornet movie never got made.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1405/longbox-junk-green-hornet-part-2-issues-7-12

Coming next. . .

More Green Hornet! 30 more issues to go!

Last edited March 17, 2017 4:01:32 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 21, 2017 3:07:09 am
Just finished up with issues 13-19 of Dynamite's Green Hornet. . .

This batch of issues were extremely hit and miss for me. The first post-Kevin Smith movie script arc really left a sour taste with its bungled ending. The third arc was pretty good, but extremely derivative of Star Wars (and any other "Student turns on his Master" story). But the thing is that despite the rough patches, Green Hornet is still a decent book. It keeps WANTING to swerve, but is still on the rails for now. This surprises me. The other Dynamite "Legacy Heroes" series I've reviewed (Zorro, Lone Ranger) were off the rails and over the cliff long before 19 issues went by. . .

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1406/longbox-junk-green-hornet-part-3-issues-13-19

Coming next. . .

We ain't even halfway done with Green Hornet yet. 23 more issues to go!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 24, 2017 3:36:45 am
More Green Hornet. . .Issues 20-24.

With this batch of issues and the departure of the last member of the original creative team, Green Hornet goes from pretty good to pretty bad quickly. I'm starting to not want to read the next issue. The story is becoming derivative of earlier issues. I see hints of a series departure from modern pulp into teen sidekicks and supervillains. "Fight of the month" filler issues are starting to pop up. The art is extremely uneven.

The pain has officially begun. Sadly, I know it just gets worse.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1408/longbox-junk-green-hornet-part-4-issues-20-24

Next up. . .MORE Green Hornet!

Last edited March 24, 2017 3:39:54 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 28, 2017 2:49:33 am
Just finished up with some more of Dynamite's Green Hornet. . .Issues 25-31.

SHORT VERSION: Please, God. . .WHY? Crying or Very sad

This batch of Green Hornet was pretty much just plain bad. Dynamite probably should have stopped when they were somewhat ahead. The 'Arms Race" arc is some of the worst comics I have ever read. . .with blatant Robin ripoff sidekick, sketchy, unfinished art, and oversexualized female characters. . .including underage girls. This series has become an awkward shadow of what it started out as. Where it was once a great tribute and modern update to a classic character, now it's just embarrassing.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1409/longbox-junk-green-hornet-part-5-issues-25-31

Coming next. . .

More Green Hornet, God help me.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: March 29, 2017 4:36:45 am
Just finished up with the final batch of Dynamite's Green Hornet issues. Found out I don't have the full run like I thought. I'm missing #32, 36, and 37. But not to worry, I'm sure they were just as bad as the rest. . .

After starting off SO strong on this series, reading the last handful of issues just made me sad. It was obvious where Dynamite stopped caring (Issue #28 ), and that's a damn shame because Kevin Smith left them a great foundation. At the end they wasted it all on embarrassing, derivative plots, some of the worst art I've ever seen in a regular comic series from a major publisher and completely out of place superhero/supervillain nonsense.

The worst part about this all is that the whole IDEA was ruined. Except for appearing in the "Masks 2" mini (also by Dynamite), we never got to see these characters again. The back half of this series left me with such a bitter, disappointed feeling of waste that I find it hard to suggest it to anybody. Do yourself a favor. . .if you decide to check out this version of Green Hornet, PLEASE stop reading at issue #27. Issues 28-42 have no real reason to exist.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1410/longbox-junk-green-hornet-part-6-issues-33-42

Coming next. . .

What's bigger than a one-shot, but not quite a full mini-series? Two-Shots!
Two issue stories: Punisher, Hellboy, The Thing, Predator and Magnus The Robot Fighter.

Last edited March 29, 2017 11:03:53 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex






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