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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
Posted: March 31, 2017 3:47:25 am
Just got done with a couple of Two-Shots. . .Predator vs. Magnus, Robot Fighter and Hellboy: Almost Colossus.

PREDATOR VS. MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER (Dark Horse/Valiant)

I'm not a big Magnus, Robot Fighter fan, but I DO love me some Predator. . .so this two-shot fell a little flat for me. There was nothing wrong with it overall, and it was interesting to see a FAR future Predator visit to Earth, but I had a hard time getting behind this story since I have no particular like for the hero or the world he lives in. If you are a fan of Magnus (Valiant's version) then you might really like this book, as it's basically a Magnus book with a Predator being his "Monster of the month".

HELLBOY: ALMOST COLOSSUS (Dark Horse)

I'm a huge fan of Mignola's art, and this early Hellboy stuff is some premium Mignola at his best. Unfortunately, this story just feels like filler to tie up loose ends and do a bit of setup between two bigger stories (Wake The Devil and Conqueror Worm). It's almost like Mignola (or maybe Dark Horse) felt like he HAD to put out something Hellboy while he was working on his next big story. Really, it could have fit into one issue. Still, there wasn't anything really WRONG with it, I just had a hard time thinking of a reason for it to exist when (by dropping the backup) it could have just been the first issue of the next story.

And the backup? Let's just say whatever Gary Gianni was smoking. . .I want some. Shocked

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1411/longbox-junk-two-shots-part-1-predator-vs-magnus-robot-fighter-and-hellboy-almost-colossus

Coming next. . .

More Two-Shots! The Thing From Another World and Trial of The Punisher.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 3, 2017 3:03:20 am
A couple more two-shots tonight. . .The Thing From Another World and Trial of The Punisher.

THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (Dark Horse)

If you are any sort of a fan of horror movies or horror comics, you owe it to yourself to find this great little two shot from Dark Horse's early days! This story really delivers where other horror comics barely show up. And the art is FANTASTIC! Even if you don't really like horror comics and want to know what a sequel to the horror classic "The Thing" would have looked like, take a look at these comics and find out.

THE PUNISHER: TRIAL OF THE PUNISHER (Marvel)

Despite wondering why they didn't have a lot more courtroom security on The Punisher. . .a man known for killing hundreds and constantly escaping the authorities. . .I really liked this unusual little Punisher story. The art was more than worth the admission price alone on this one. If you like The Punisher, you'll love this story. If you don't, then it's not going to do a thing to change your mind. In other words, very well done, but pretty much for fans only.

So there they are. . .a pair of GREAT little two-shots! I highly suggest both of them.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1414/longbox-junk-two-shots-part-2-the-thing-from-another-world-the-trial-of-the-punisher

Coming next. . .

The comic book adaptation of the movie sequel to a comic book adaptation movie.

Wait. Did I get that right? Confused

The Crow: City of Angels.


Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 4, 2017 3:23:00 am
Just finished up with Kitchen Sink's 3 issue The Crow: City of Angels movie tie in tonight. . .

As a fan of the movie, I liked this mini. If you aren't already a Crow fan, or are a sensitive type, this will probably not be your cup of tea. I liked that it was based on the original script, even though that meant the ending was definitely NOT a happy one. The art was unique, and not really my favorite style, but it fit the grim and unearthly tone of this particular story very nicely.

My main problem with this mini was that it felt extremely rushed and compressed from start to finish. It probably would have benefitted from a 4th issue to give a bit more impact and meaning to events that seem almost disconnected in the finished product.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1415/longbox-junk-the-crow-city-of-angels

Up next. . .

Even though I don't have the full run of the series, old school Brave and Bold are pretty much all one shots anyway, right? So let's head back to the 80's and take a look at some crazy team-ups!

Brave and Bold. . .Batman teaming up with Swamp Thing, Huntress, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Joker, Superboy, and I. . .Vampire!

Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 5, 2017 3:47:51 am
Just got done with the first handful of Brave and Bold tonight. . .issues 176, 184, 185, and 186.


This first batch of Brave and Bold was hit and miss. And when it misses, it misses big. It's almost hilarious how bad issues 185 and 186 are. Of course, you can't expect the bar to be TOO high on what was pretty much the 80's printed version of shovelware social media games. . .newsstand clickbait meant to gather money from kids who hadn't learned the difference between good and crap yet.

That's right. I said it.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1416/longbox-junk-the-brave-and-the-bold-part-1-issues-176-184-185-and-186

Coming next. . .

More Brave and Bold!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 6, 2017 3:08:51 am
Finished up a second handful of DC's Brave and Bold tonight. . .Issues 191, 192, 195 & 196.

This handful of Brave and Bold really only had ONE good issue in it.
I don't have the full run, but I have the definite feeling that 1 to 3 good/bad is the basic ratio.

Even from the limited number of issues I do have, it's pretty plain to see that this was a series that really didn't try too hard. . .sort of like that one guy at at work who just does what he has to do and nothing else. He knows he's never going to get a great review from management, but he doesn't care as long as he just gets paid.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1417/longbox-junk-the-brave-and-the-bold-part-2-issues-191-192-195-196

Up next. . .

Meet a man who has denied himself all pleasure except for the beautiful screams of the wicked.
R.E. Howard's grim puritan himself, Solomon Kane, in Dark Horse's "Red Shadows" mini.


Last edited April 6, 2017 3:10:10 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 10, 2017 2:57:24 am
Just back to work after my weekend and finished reading Dark Horse's 4 issue Solomon Kane: Red Shadows mini.

To me, Solomon Kane is one of the most unique characters out there. . .not nearly as well known as other R.E. Howard creations like Red Sonja, King Kull, or Conan. . .but still a great character. For those who are not familiar, Kane is basically a combination of The Punisher and Blade The Vampire Hunter, created long before either of those characters and set in the late 1500's/early 1600's. If you like dark stories about the supernatural and those who fight it, then definitely check out some Solomon Kane (Most of his earlier comic appearances are from Marvel).

As a big fan of Solomon Kane, I really liked this mini. The art was spectacular and the writing was fast-paced and exciting. The setting for the final two issues was a little strange, but it wasn't off-putting enough to keep me from enjoying the story. I found the first issue to be the best. . .as a stand-alone story set in a dark, haunted corner of England, it really fit the character of Solomon Kane the best. But really, the whole mini was some high quality comics. I highly suggest this nice little hidden gem of Longbox Junk!

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1419/longbox-junk-solomon-kane-red-shadows

Coming next. . .

It's not about random "Space Marines". It's about the United States Marine Corps in space!

Space: Above and Beyond!

Last edited April 10, 2017 2:59:48 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 11, 2017 2:41:03 am
Just got done with the 2 issue Space: Above and Beyond - The Gauntlet, by Topps tonight.
Thought it was 4 issues, but got it mixed up with some other comics. . .

Space: Above and Beyond was a short-lived (one season) Fox T.V. show in the 90's that focused on a squadron of U.S. Marine Corps space fighter pilots during a war with insect-like alien invaders known as "Chigs". It was pretty gritty and realistic and still holds up fairly well if you can ignore the 90's-Tastic CGI effects. As a former Marine myself, I was a big fan and hated to see it go after only one season. . .especially since they ended it on a cliffhanger!

As for the comics?

Overall, this two-shot doesn't capture the feel of the T.V. show at all. The art is average to borderline bad. The story is by the numbers and fairly dull. I was pretty disappointed by the whole thing. Just binge the single season of Space: Above and Beyond instead. This is hardly worth the time it takes to read it. It's true Longbox Junk.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1420/longbox-junk-space-above-and-beyond-the-gauntlet

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Up next. . .

Since this was sort of an accidental two-shot, how about a few more on purpose?
Bite-size chunks of Hellboy, Friday the 13th, and Zorro!

Last edited April 22, 2017 10:24:19 pm
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 17, 2017 4:27:04 am
Just got done with some more two-shots tonight: Hellboy, Zorro, and Friday the 13th. . .

HELLBOY: THE ISLAND (Dark Horse)

I'm a huge fan of Mignola's art, but I had a bit of a hard time getting through this one because of its reliance on established continuity from stories I hadn't read. If you aren't familiar with Hellboy, then I'd definitely suggest you don't start trying to get familiar with this two shot because it dumps you right into ongoing events. It's for established fans only. But hey. . .great Mignola art! So there's that.

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ZORRO VERSUS DRACULA (Topps)

I'm a BIG Zorro fan. Between that and the throwback nature to the monster comics of the 70's that I ALSO love, I really liked this two shot. It was a little too wordy in places and Dracula was defeated with a handy plot device in a laughable way, but this was all pretty good fun. If you're a Zorro fan or love those old monster comics, you're definitely going to want to check this out.

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FRIDAY THE 13th: BAD LAND (Wildstorm)

I like the idea that Camp Crystal Lake has a bloody curse on it from the past that carries on to the present day, but the execution in telling the tale wasn't that great. This story is definitely for Friday the 13th fans only. I really can't think of anyone else who would be even slightly interested.

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LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1421/longbox-junk-two-shots-hellboy-zorro-and-friday-the-13th

Coming next. . .

It's the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we all loved as kids. . .but with guns, blood, and Simon Bisley!

Image's 4 issue "Bodycount" mini.

Last edited April 22, 2017 10:29:04 pm
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 21, 2017 2:45:03 am
Just finished up with Image's 4 issue "Bodycount" mini tonight. . .

I can think of no other reason for this unusual story to exist other than as Kevin Eastman raising a 4 issue middle finger to the critics who wanted the Ninja Turtles to be more violent.

Given that theory, it succeeds brilliantly. There's been nothing this bloody and violent that I know of connected to the turtles since. Furthermore, his choice of artist for this ultra-violent story in Simon Bisley was inspired and perfect.

Overall, once I realized what the true purpose of this mini was (probably. . .once again, just my own theory), I enjoyed it. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone easily offended, but if you're not one of those people who need safe spaces over a lost election, take a look at this strange little artifact from the 90's. Fans of Simon Bisley will want to check this out regardless.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1422/longbox-junk-bodycount

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Up next. . .

Someone asked where the blog post was on the SEVENTY ISSUES of Jonah Hex I reviewed was at, and I realized I didn't make one. So let's fix that with a heapin' helpin' of the crustiest bounty hunter to ever ride the range. . .the one and only Jonah Hex!

Last edited April 24, 2017 12:56:25 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 22, 2017 5:58:58 pm
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Maybe that was harsh. It's not worthless. It would be helpful if you posted pictures because I am more likely to recognize a comic by the cover. Very Happy

Words are so complicated. i like pictures. Whistle
Posted: April 22, 2017 7:55:55 pm
Well. . .since I talk about the covers in some of the reviews, why not? Good idea!

At least a couple covers anyway. Might get a bit much on some of the full runs.
I don't think the mods would appreciate me posting 20+ covers in one forum post. . .


Last edited April 22, 2017 10:12:08 pm
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 22, 2017 11:41:31 pm
Thanks! I just saw that you were posting on a series and I was thinking... I might own an issue from that series. If so the art stood out and I could have commented. I thought the #1 of Space Above & Beyond had a blue cover. Hmm!

Posted: April 23, 2017 8:42:29 am
You're thinking of the 3 issue adaptation Topps did of the pilot episode.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 23, 2017 6:31:10 pm
Okay. I didn't remember the second series.
Posted: April 24, 2017 2:34:13 am
Actually, I read, updated, and reviewed these back in December but forgot to make a blog post on them. . .

JONAH HEX (Vol.2) DC

All Seventy issues worth. . .that's a LOT of Jonah Hex to read in one shot, folks.


If there's one conclusion I've come to at the end of the series it's that although it's great that they maintained the same writing team through 70 issues, I feel that this title would have been better off with rotating creative teams doing one shots and short story arcs, which worked well on Batman's Legends of The Dark Knight, and would have been a perfect fit here.

The regular writers were pretty good, but they rarely managed to reach a level beyond "pretty good". The rotating artists were great, but it seems that 50% of the issues relied on Jordi Bernet. He definitely evolved as an artist through the series' run, but more artists would have been even better.

Last. . .I feel this book would have been not just good, but great, if it had been under the Vertigo imprint, where the artists and writers would have been able to delve even more deeply into the darkness that dwells in mankind.

All in all, I enjoyed this series, but I feel sad that, on taking it all in at once, and with the hindsight that ten years down the road affords, I see that it COULD have been so much better.

LINKS:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1423/longbox-junk-jonah-hex-part-1-issues-1-25

https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1424/longbox-junk-jonah-hex-part-2-issues-26-50

https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1425/longbox-junk-jonah-hex-part-3-issues-51-70

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Up next. . .

Guess what? When I was looking at things after it was pointed out that I had forgotten to make a blog post on Jonah Hex, I noticed I had ALSO forgotten to do a blog post on the 20 issues of Dynamite's Zorro I did AND the follow up 12 issues of Dynamite's Zorro Rides Again.

So. . .32 issues of EL ZORRO!


Last edited April 24, 2017 2:41:53 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 25, 2017 2:13:41 am
Just finished up with another forgotten blog post from December. . .

ZORRO (Dynamite)

Zorro is on the short list as one of my all-time favorite characters.

Movies, T.V. shows, comics, novels. I love all things Zorro. . .so my standards are a little high as far as this character is concerned. . .and I'm happy to say that I was extremely pleased with the first 8 issues of this run and the re-told origin of Zorro. As far as I'm concerned, this is now the definitive origin of Zorro. . .the "Batman: Year One" of the character, as it were.

Overall, as far as this entire series is concerned, my general impression is that Wagner and Francavilla are an extremely impressive team. The issues without the original creative team felt weak.

My second impression is that Dynamite was the right company to trust with the legacy of this great character. I also have the older Topps Zorro and it devolved quickly into costumed superheroics, "Bad Girl" cheesecake, and over the top Batman-Style villains. The Dynamite version is grounded in a more realistic world and is the better for it.

My third impression is that even though this run was impressive in many ways, there was some disappointing waste in making Diego part of a secret society that had existed for centuries devoted to seeking justice. . .and then it was never mentioned again. I feel that was a waste of a perfectly good addition to the Zorro mythos. Maybe if the series had run more than 20 issues they would have touched on that aspect a bit more.

All in all, I enjoyed this series and if anybody needs an introduction to the character of Zorro, I would highly suggest starting right here, especially with the first 8 issues.

LINKS:

https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1426/longbox-junk-zorro-part-1-issues-1-10

https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1427/longbox-junk-zorro-part-2-issues-11-20

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Next up. . .

Now that we've seen how good Zorro can be, how about seeing how bad it can get?

Dynamite's 12 issue Zorro Rides Again!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 26, 2017 1:53:29 am
And the last of the 3 series I forgot to blog post about back in December, Dynamite's 12 issue Zorro Rides Again.


This short-lived series started strong, and the first half was very nicely done. It resolved the cliffhanger that the previous Zorro series had ended on and then went on to define what it is that makes Zorro a true hero. Highly enjoyable and suggested reading for Zorro fans or those who want to know more about the character.

But then. . .

Things took a sharp turn toward the cliff starting with Issue #7 and the introduction of Zorro's first supervillain "El Galgo". And it only got worse from there. As soon as I saw the words "Lady Zorro" on issue 9, I knew this series wasn't going to end well, and it didn't. As a matter of fact, it ended SO unwell that Zorro hasn't had a regular series since then.

Thanks, Obama.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1428/longbox-junk-zorro-rides-again

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Up next. . .

What happens when you mix Chtulu and Marvel superheroes? You get Invaders Now!

Last edited April 26, 2017 2:00:30 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: April 27, 2017 3:43:50 am
Just finished reading Marvel and (for some reason I can't figure out) Dynamite's 5 issue Invaders Now! mini. . .

This mini was enjoyable in a "Read it and forget it" sort of way. I liked that it was set in a sort of strange time for Captain America, where Steve Rogers was Super Soldier and Bucky Barnes was Captain America. I think (from the few bits of info that I've found) that this was one of Steve Rogers' first post-return from "death" appearances in the Captain America uniform.

But that aside, this was a very quick read with a decent story (even if it mostly served as an excuse to get the Invaders back together). The art swerved back and forth unpredictably between very good, almost great, to pretty bad. . .but generally was pretty good.

I'd suggest this series to anyone just looking for a quick, fun superhero read. It's good. . .not great. . .but good.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1429/longbox-junk-invaders-now

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Up next. . .

It's another one of those strange mini's that's actually a collection of one shots.
Dynamite's 4 issue Lone Ranger and Tonto.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 1, 2017 2:14:56 am
Just finished up with Dynamite's 4 issue Lone Ranger and Tonto mini tonight. . .

This "Mini-Series" is actually 4 unconnected one-shots with a wildly erratic shipping schedule and with a rotating creative team. They show a much darker side of the Old West than one would normally expect in a Lone Ranger comic. The first issue in particular feels like The Ranger and Tonto somehow wandered into "Weird Western Tales".

ANYWAY. . .

Overall (except for the 4th issue), I could find nothing to set these stories apart and justify charging $4.99 for each issue. Each of these one-shots would have done just as well being single issues in the (then) ongoing regular Lone Ranger series.

That said. . .

I liked the IDEA of these stories showing the darker side of the Lone Ranger's world. They weren't BAD at all, it was just that the execution of them. . .especially with some of the awful, distracting art. . .wasn't great. I think the regular series would have benefitted from a bit of this darker direction from time to time.

https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1430/longbox-junk-the-lone-ranger-and-tonto

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I want this cover as a poster.

Up next. . .

Since it seems like DC is determined to force the events of Flashpoint back onto the comics map, why not refresh our memories a bit? DC's 5 issue Flashpoint mini.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 3, 2017 3:34:16 am
Just finished up with DC's 5 issue Flashpoint mini tonight. . .

Overall, I found this to be a pretty good story with rock solid art. It felt a bit rushed and some scenes seemed a little pointless, but there were a lot of small crossovers that came out along with this that I have the feeling would really benefit this story and the world that was created for it by reading them alongside the core series.

To tell the truth, even though I found these 5 issues to be no more than average to pretty good, I wanted to know more about the world of Flashpoint. It seems a bit of a shame to have created an entire alternate DC world only to abandon it after a few months. But it seems like DC is bringing Flashpoint back onto the radar, considering the reveal on the last page of Flash #21, so there's that. . .

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1431/longbox-junk-flashpoint

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Up next. . .

HEY! Anybody remember when America put a xenophobic, unstable narcissist with crazy red hair in the highest office? What? No, son. . .COMIC BOOKS! I'm talking Norman Osborne and "Dark Reign". In particular, I'm talking about the time he went crazy after The Punisher tried to snipe him.

Marvel's 21 issue run of The Punisher. . .the Dark Reign: The List - Punisher one shot. . .5 issues of Franken-Castle. . .and Dark Wolverine issues 88-89. The whole damn "Let's put The Punisher back in regular continuity." mess from 2009!

That's right. I said friggin' FRANKEN-CASTLE!

Last edited May 11, 2017 6:51:59 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 10, 2017 3:53:20 am
Just finished up with issues 1-10 of Marvel's 2009 Punisher run, plus the Dark Reign: The List - Punisher one shot tie in tonight. . .

The first half of this set of issues was actually pretty good. Unfortunately, starting with issue #6, it went downhill fast. I really liked how they started off by playing on the sad truth that The Punisher is pretty much utterly outmatched by the superhumans of the regular Marvel Universe. . .and in a meta way, it looks like the creative team was telling the reader, "You THINK you want The Punisher in regular continutity, but guess what? It don't work, son."

And then they went and demonstrated WHY it doesn't work. Even the weakest superhuman is a huge challenge for Punisher. . .who, at the end of the day, is basically just a highly-trained badass with a lot of guns and a relentless mindset for killing bad guys. At the end of it all, they added insult to injury (or maybe the other way around?) by literally butchering him at the hands of a wannabe Wolverine as if to say "See? THIS is what happens when you mix Punisher with superheroes. You happy?"

BUT. . .

They weren't done with their demonstration just yet. We're only halfway through this run, folks.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1433/longbox-junk-the-punisher-2009-2010-part-1-issues-1-10-dark-reign-the-list-punisher

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Up next. . .

When you see a list of top 10 strangest (modern) Marvel comic stories, there's a pretty good chance this next batch of issues has made the cut. Get ready to ride this baby straight off the rails, folks!

FRANKEN-CASTLE

Last edited May 11, 2017 6:56:21 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 16, 2017 4:43:58 am
Just finished up with the back half of Marvel's 2009 Punisher/Franken-Castle run tonight. . .


Despite all the bad press, I'd have to say that I enjoyed the first half of it. . .when it was a bizarre backdoor Legion of Monsters reunion book (Don't take this the wrong way, but I love me some Man-Thing). The art was fantastic and it was just goofy throwback Bronze Age monster fun. It certainly wasn't a Punisher book, but it was pretty good. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there and was mercifully killed quickly and with the Punisher returned to his street-level status quo.

All in all, I think this entire series was a perfect demonstration of just why The Punisher doesn't fit well in the mainstream Marvel Universe. Ultimately, Frank Castle is just an arguably insane guy with guns and an unrelenting desire to kill bad guys. In this series he was shown to be hopelessly outmatched by even the lamest superhuman being, even when in the form of an undead monstrosity powered by a Bloodstone.

What we have here, my friends, is 24 issues of a lesson taught to us by one Mr. Remender and company. . .and that lesson being to stop asking for the Punisher to be in the mainstream Marvel continuity. . . because you might just get what you ask for.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1435/longbox-junk-punisher-2009-part-2-issues-11-16-franken-castle-issues-17-21-dark-wolverine-issues-88-89

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Up next. . .

Speaking of giving the people what they want, whether they want it or not.

Travel back with me to the grim-n-gritty 90's when people wanted Spider-Man without all that silly "With great power comes great responsibilities" nonsense. Venom: Lethal Protector!

Last edited May 16, 2017 5:46:21 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 18, 2017 4:48:07 am
Just got done with Marvel's 6 issue Venom: Lethal Protector mini tonight. . .

Lethal Protector is like a time capsule of 90's art and storytelling. . .and not one of the good time capsules with all sorts of awesome things from the past. No, this is like one of those time capsules where people scratch their head and wonder just what the hell they were thinking back when they made it.

I'm not saying it's all bad. I'm just saying it's definitely a relic of its time. If someone tried to pass this story off today, the internet would mercilessly let them know that 1993 called and they want their comics back.

But like I said. . .taken for what it is, it's not BAD, it's just not very good. It's okay at best, and even has some pretty good moments here and there. It just feels like something that was rushed out to capitalize on Venom's sudden popularity.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1436/longbox-junk-venom-lethal-protector

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Up next. . .

I don't have the full run of this series, just random issues, but like the Brave and The Bold that I reviewed a while back, each one is pretty much a one-shot story anyway. I'm talking Marvel's What If. . .?

Daredevil, Phoenix, Wolverine, Punisher, Iron Man, Captain America, and Civil War. . .OH MY!

Last edited May 18, 2017 4:53:41 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 18, 2017 7:53:06 pm
I have the Gold version. Even being limited, it's limited to 10,000 which is a higher print run than many modern comics.

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Posted: May 19, 2017 1:30:51 am
I have to admit that even though I wasn't impressed with the story or art in general, the first 2 issues have some damn nice covers.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 23, 2017 4:38:16 am
Just finished reading the small handful of Marvel What If. . .? issues I have tonight. . .

(Vol 2)
#2: What if Daredevil killed The Kingpin?
#32: What if Phoenix had lived?
#43: What if Wolverine had married Mariko?
#51: What if Punisher became Captain America?
#64: What if Iron Man went public?
Captain America: Fallen Son (one shot)
Civil War (one shot)
Wolverine (one shot)

Overall, I found the issues I have of What If. . .? to generally be enjoyable, if a bit on the average side. Some of them depended too much on knowledge of (then current) continuity (Phoenix and the two Civil War one shots), and one of them was more of an Elseworlds than a What If. . .? (Wolverine one shot), but there weren't any really bad ones. . .and there were a couple that were really good (Daredevil and Iron Man).

All in all, after a bit of a closer look at What If. . .? I think I'm going to keep my eye out in the back issue bins for some more.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1438/longbox-junk-what-if-

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Up next. . .
It's everyone's favorite immortal bloodthirsty monster, but when he was still a mortal bloodthirsty monster. Topps' 3 issue Dracula: Vlad The Impaler mini.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 24, 2017 4:14:28 am
Just got done with Topps' 3 issue Dracula: Vlad the Impaler mini-series. . .

Overall, I enjoyed this little mini. Comic veteran Roy Thomas did a fine job at giving a pretty good sketch of the life of the historic figure of Vlad Dracul, while also getting monster-ific at the end of things with the transformation into fictional vampire Count Dracula. The line art by old school comic veteran, Esteban Maroto, was solid through the series and outstanding at times, with a great bronze age throwback style.

If that all there was to it, this would be a GREAT mini-series. Unfortunately, the color art was heavy handed and inappropriately bright for the dark story at hand. Finely-drawn panels are splashed liberally with bright purples, yellows, oranges, and reds to the point that it really detracts from the quality of the series. The last issue toned things down to a more tolerable level, and it's plain to see that if the same restraint had been shown on the first two issues, this would have been a MUCH better product.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1439/longbox-junk-dracula-vlad-the-impaler

Just look at this otherwise great cover to see what I mean about the coloring. . .

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Up Next. . .

ONE SHOTS! I love the one shots!

Aliens, Ruse, Batman, Captain America, The Goon, Hellboy, Punisher, Red Sonja, Boba Fett, Dracula, X-Files,
and. . .Saddam Hussein?

Last edited May 29, 2017 1:09:25 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 24, 2017 6:49:08 pm
This comic also has a red foil "no price" variant which I own.

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Posted: May 24, 2017 10:20:37 pm
Yeah, there's a coupon for an entry into the drawing for one in the first issue. I think it was limited to 500 and you could only get one randomly by entering, like a lottery.. Imagine the frenzy if Marvel or DC did a lottery drawing for a hot variant cover these days. . .
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: May 29, 2017 4:11:00 am
Back to work after my days off and just finished with a few random one-shots. . .

This handful of one-shots were definitely a mixed bag. . .from the excellent Ruse tie-in to the laughably crap-tastic Send Hussein To Hell! and everything in between. Generally, I liked them all except the aforementioned Desert Storm one shot, and even that wasn't ALL bad.

The thing I DIDN'T like is that only half of these one-shots were really stand-alone stories (Aliens, Ruse, and Captain America). When I read a one-shot, I'm looking for something that stands on its own.

ANYWAY. . .

ALIENS: MONDO HEAT (Dark Horse)

Not bad. Humor in the dark world of Aliens.
It's not as funny as it wants to be, but still not bad at all.
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ARCHARD'S AGENTS: THE CASE OF THE PUZZLED PUGILIST (Crossgen)

I really liked this one. No superheroes, but still very nice.
What it mostly did was make me miss Crossgen. They were putting out some really good stuff in their time.

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BATMAN: THE 10-CENT ADVENTURE (DC)

Basically another re-telling of Batman's origin, but Rucka does a good job with it.
Not the best Batman I've ever read, but not bad at all.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: ROAD TO WAR

I've talked a bit elsewhere about my belief that Marvel's woes are partly based on a BIG disconnect between their comic book characters and their counterparts in the Marvel movies. This comic is a testament to the fact that they CAN move them closer together and tell a decent story. And I LOVE this cover!

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DESERT STORM: SEND HUSSEIN TO HELL! (Innovation)

AMERICA, HELL YEAH! Good, jingoistic fun for 8 pages. . .and then 56 pages of utter crap.

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THE GOON 25-CENT SPECIAL (Dark Horse)

"I don't care what that hoochie-coochie girl says. I don't even own an inflatable chicken."
One of the best lines I've read in a long time. . .
Not a great introduction to the character of The Goon, but not bad at all.

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LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1441/longbox-junk-one-shots-part-1-aliens-ruse-batman-captain-america-desert-storm-the-goon

Coming next. . .

More one-shots! Hellboy, Punisher, Red Sonja, Boba Fett, Dracula and The X-Files!



Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: June 1, 2017 2:26:23 am
Just got done with another half-dozen one-shots tonight. . .

Overall, this handful of one shots were less of a mixed bag than the previous batch. I generally enjoyed them all, and even though there were a few rough spots here and there, I could easily suggest reading any of these.

I'm having a hard time deciding which one I liked best, but if I HAD to choose, I'd say Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil. Corben. Mignola. How can you NOT like it? If I had to pick the worst of the bunch, I'd say X-Files: Afterflight. A good underlying story unnecessarily padded for length and with somewhat shaky artwork. Even then, it's not BAD, just a bit disappointing.


HELLBOY: DOUBLE FEATURE OF EVIL (Dark Horse)

An outstanding short collaboration between two masters of horror comics.
I just wish the second story was a bit longer.

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MARVEL MANGAVERSE: PUNISHER (Marvel)

A female Punisher in Tokyo who "Punishes" with tickle torture and ass-paddling.
And her arch foe is named "Skang Kee Ho". This comic is packed full of WTF.

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RED SONJA: SONJA GOES EAST (Dynamite)

Fantastic anime-style art in a nice, hefty package. One of the best of this bunch.

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STAR WARS: BOBA FETT - OVERKILL (Dark Horse)

A scaled down, humorous story that demonstrates that not EVERY tale set in the Star Wars universe has to be epic or dark and dramatic to be good.

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TOMB OF DRACULA PRESENTS: THRONE OF BLOOD (Marvel)

A very nice little vampire story with an unusual setting. . .Ancient Japan.

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THE X-FILES: AFTERFLIGHT (Topps)

A decent story about an unusual subject (UFO sightings in the 1800's) bogged down with unnecessary subplots to pad it out to "graphic novel" length. It's not bad, it's just not as good as it could have been.

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LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1443/longbox-junk-one-shots-part-2-hellboy-punisher-red-sonja-boba-fett-dracula-and-x-files

Coming next. . .

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Longbox Junk.

DC's Star Trek/Star Trek The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative 8 issue crossover mini.


Last edited June 1, 2017 2:31:00 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: June 2, 2017 3:32:11 am
Just got done with the first half of DC's Star Trek: The Modala Imperative tonight. . .

This mini-series was sort of a schizoprenic reading experience. On the one hand, the writer has a remarkable knack for capturing the voices of the original series T.V. cast on paper. The tone, the dialogue, the pacing is all spot on. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I could almost HEAR the actors speaking as I read.

On the other hand. The art was barely passable during static scenes of conversation and was almost completely incapable of carrying action scenes. Except for some nice covers, the art really dragged down what COULD have been a great mini and kept it firmly in "pretty good" territory.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1444/longbox-junk-star-trek-the-modala-imperative

Lookin' mighty good, Lt. Uhura! Shocked

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Up next. . .

The story continues 100 years later with 4 more issues from Star Trek: The Next Generation!







Last edited June 2, 2017 3:36:27 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: June 6, 2017 3:26:13 am
Just got done with the second part of DC's Star Trek: The Modala Imperative tonight. . .but I wish I hadn't.

As a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the only conclusion I can come to for this steaming pile of crap is that I would have been better off not reading it at all. It spits in the face of those who love Star Trek. It's poorly-written, fails to capture the voice or personalities of the characters, and the art is bad to the point of distraction.

Where the first half of The Modala Imperative (featuring the original Enterprise crew) at least made an ATTEMPT to be good, and halfway succeeded with decent writing, this half just seems like a lazy, sloppy, cash grab meant to hook fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation while it was still a hot show on T.V. (the mini is from 1991).

Like most comic collectors, I cringe when thinking of just throwing away a comic book. This series is the FIRST time I've ever felt like tossing a perfectly good comic in the trash can. It's that bad. Unless you are an obsessive Star Trek completionist, stay away.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1446/longbox-junk-star-trek-the-next-generation-the-modala-imperative

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Up Next. . .

I feel the need to rinse the bad taste out of my mouth with some nice, minty Star Wars.

Dark Horse's 6 issue Star Wars: Dark Empire II mini.

Last edited June 7, 2017 12:58:53 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: June 12, 2017 3:48:49 am
Back from a nice weekend off. . .and I had to ruin things by reading Dark Horse's Star Wars: Dark Empire II.


This mini-series started shaky, but okay. . .then went into an extreme nosedive with the introduction of Force trees, steam-powered spaceships, a Deus Ex Machina gang of smugglers who always managed to be in the right place at the right time to save the heroes, a cloned Emperor who looked like Count Dracula being able to put the Dark Side of the Force into just about anyone or anything, ANOTHER giant planet-killing space weapon, and last but not least. . .Princess Leia being drawn like a chubby dude wearing a trucker cap.

As a practically life-long Star Wars fan, I find this mini to be a slap to the face followed by a sucker punch to the nuts. I find it hard to believe that this thing even exists. I WANT to deny that it exists. . .but there it is, sitting there mocking everything that I love about Star Wars.

I said in my last review (of Star Trek The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative) that those issues were the first time I ever felt like throwing perfectly good comic books in the garbage can. . .

I want to set THESE comic books on fire and watch them burn to ashes.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1447/longbox-junk-star-wars-dark-empire-ii

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Up next. . .

Marvel Executive #1: Boy, those Avenger movies are doing GREAT! Everybody sure loves Captain America. What can we do to expand his exposure in other markets? Ideas?

Marvel Executive #2: We can reboot his comic book with a new #1 issue. Everybody loves new #1 issues, right?

Marvel Executive #1: I like the way you're thinking, #2! Anyone else?

Marvel Executive #3: How about in the new #1 comic we have a completely different character than the one in the movies? That way we can use the name recognition to sell to the movie fans AND give the comic fans something new.

Marvel Executive #1: YES! comic fans love it when we do new things with the old characters!

Marvel Executive #2: And in 6 months, we can do ANOTHER reboot with ANOTHER #1 issue!

Marvel Executive #1: I LOVE IT! what can possibly go wrong?

(Executives #2 and #3 high five and make a "K-CHING" sound)

Marvel's extremely short 6 issue run on All New Captain America. . .


Last edited June 12, 2017 6:17:18 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: June 20, 2017 3:12:33 am
Just got done with Marvel's "blink and you missed it" 6 issue first swing at Sam Wilson Captain America. . .All New Captain America.



Reading this short run, I can fully understand why a lot of people were sour on the idea of Sam Wilson as Captain America. It is little more than an unimaginative 6 issue punch-fest with a hot mess of a plot made worse by the idea of having Steve Roger's Dimension Z adoptee son as an extremely weak and unlikable sidekick character.

The post-Secret Wars Captain America: Sam Wilson is superior in many ways. They made a lot of changes. . .but after reading this initial mess Marvel offered up, how many people didn't even give it a chance? A damn shame.

On close inspection, one can pretty much see that this whole series was basically filler with the express purpose to do SOMETHING with Nomad and to retcon the new Captain America's "Snap" Wilson background out of existence.

All things considered, I wouldn't suggest this. . .series? Can 6 issues even be CALLED a series? I wouldn't suggest this series to anyone but the most die-hard Sam Wilson Captain America or Falcon fans. Stuart Immonen's outstanding art was pretty much the only saving grace.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1449/longbox-junk-all-new-captain-america

But DAMN do I love this cover. . .

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Last edited June 20, 2017 3:17:05 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: June 26, 2017 3:09:15 am
Just finished up with Dark Horse's 4 issue Aliens: Berserker mini tonight. . .

All in all, this was not bad. I liked it quite a bit. It's a quick-moving, decent piece of hard science fiction military action. If you aren't a fan of that genre of writing, then this won't be for you at all. The characters are barely-sketched military cliches, the story is basically an excuse for shooting things, and the dialogue is full of manly military bro-talk. . .but all that said, it hits the marks for a pretty good hard sci-fi story.

The only real problem here is the art. Vehicles, machinery, weapons, aliens, and gore are all done VERY nicely. Human faces and proportions are pretty poorly rendered. This wouldn't be so much of a problem in this kind of story, but it's compounded by lousy, heavy-handed coloring. It's all too bright and splashed with primary colors in an extremely distracting way. Don't let the very nicely-painted covers fool you.

Overall, what we have here is a decent sci-fi military story hampered by barely tolerable art.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1450/longbox-junk-aliens-berserker

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Last edited June 26, 2017 3:19:57 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: June 30, 2017 4:03:50 am
Just finished up with DC's 3 issue Battle For The Cowl "Azrael: Death's Dark Knight" tie in tonight. . .

So what we have here is ANOTHER Battle For The Cowl mini that is actually less of a Battle For The Cowl tie-in and more of an epilogue for another story written by Grant Morrison during his days of tainting Batman with his peculiar brand of insanity. . .in this case, it's Batman R.I.P. that you'll have to wiki up on to fully understand the references in this story.

That aside. . .

The story at hand has to be one of the most uninteresting character introductions I've ever read. It's not BAD, and the art fits the story nicely, but it's all presented in such a bland way that it seems like a minor miracle to me that after this mini DC decided to go ahead with an ongoing Azrael series with this new version of the character. Was there REALLY that much reader interest? Or were they just like, "Here's your new Azrael. . .whether you want him or not."

I don't really understand.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1451/longbox-junk-azrael-deaths-dark-knight


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Up next. . .

Let's take a look at the confusing question of how an uninteresting introduction led to an 18 issue ongoing series. DC's 2009 Azrael. . .the Azrael nobody asked for, but we got anyway!

Last edited June 30, 2017 4:07:18 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: June 30, 2017 7:05:59 pm
Think
Doom Pulls the Strings!

Posted: July 3, 2017 2:06:36 am
AmZoMBiE said:
Think


The good news is that the ongoing is better than the mini.
The bad news is that the mini set a pretty low bar for "better".
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: July 6, 2017 3:40:53 am
Just finished up with the first 9 issues of the Azrael series nobody wanted, nobody cared about, and nobody remembers.

Despite a few weak issues, I'd have to say that I enjoyed the first half of Azrael a lot more than I thought I would. Here's the thing. . .the Michael Lane version of Azrael is an EXTREMELY forgettable character, but the stories built AROUND the character are good. All credit due to Fabian Nicieza for turning lemons into lemonade.

Also credit due to the art team of Bachs, Smith, and Stanisci for giving the book a dark, gritty, grounded look that really sets it apart. As I mentioned above, I really liked that this Azrael is NOT a hulking, impressive figure, but is a short (he's drawn about 6 or 7 inches shorter than Batman), muscular bulldog of a character.

Overall, I found the first half of this series to be a gritty, thought-provoking take on a religious-themed hero. There were a few WTF moments to be had. For example. . .one has to wonder why Batman allows someone to go around Gotham killing people because God and The Order of Purity say they deserve it. In any regular Bat book Azrael would be the villain. . .but Batman and company just sort of let Azrael do his thang for some reason that's never really explained.

But good taken with bad, this series (so far) isn't nearly as bad as it SHOULD be. It's actually pretty good.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1452/longbox-junk-azrael-vol-2-part-1-issues-1-9

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Up next. . .

The back half of the Azrael series nobody wanted! Issues 10 - 18.

Can this thing stay on the rails until the end?
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: July 17, 2017 3:42:34 am
Finally got done with the back half of the pretty much forgotten pre New 52 Azrael series. . .

Overall, this series surprised me. Lousy ending aside, it was a grim exploration of religion, faith, and fanaticism in a world of superheroes. The art was good throughout, and even though Michael Lane as a character wasn't that interesting in and of himself, the stories and world built AROUND him were good.

I really think that Azrael failed because it wasn't in the proper place. Like the Jonah Hex series I reviewed a while back, I sincerely believe that this version of Azrael would have done better as a Vertigo title, where it could have fully embraced the dark themes it was exploring.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1453/longbox-junk-azrael-vol-2-part-2-issues-10-18

Check out the sample cover below. It even LOOKS like a Vertigo book. . .

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Up next. . .

Anybody remember that A-Team movie that came out a while back? Anybody?

Can a four issue prequel series to that utterly forgettable movie POSSIBLY be any good?

IDW's 4 issue The A-Team: War Stories mini.


Last edited July 17, 2017 3:47:57 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: July 26, 2017 12:43:09 am
Sorry for the lack of Longbox Junk this month.. . .only TWO posts! But good ones. Seriously, check out the 2009 Azrael run, it's better than you might think. It's tourist season, and been super-busy at work (I'm the night manager of a hotel) so not much time for reading/reviewing comics at night until school goes back in.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: September 29, 2017 3:23:41 am
Summer's over and I just got back from my own well-deserved vacation. . .time for some Longbox Junk!

Look for new reviews that NOBODY ever asked for starting next week. Dancing

Be there or be square!
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: September 29, 2017 8:00:09 am
I really appreciate what you've been doing! Sometimes we miss out on some fun things, concentrating only on the "Hot" character or issue of the moment, and sometimes comics of the past are better than we realize, and sometimes they just weren't our cup of tea. Keep writing!
See my blog, Cool Comics in My Collection, at http://www.edgosney.com/
Posted: September 29, 2017 4:55:54 pm
Applause
Doom Pulls the Strings!

Posted: October 6, 2017 3:43:37 am
Okay, back to some Longbox Junk. . .and glad to be back!
Here's a 4 issue tie in to the A-Team movie nobody wanted.

THE A-TEAM: WAR STORIES

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LINK:

https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1467/longbox-junk-the-a-team-war-stories

If there was a Rotten Tomatoes for comic books, I'd say this mini would be sitting squarely at the same 47% that the movie it's a prequel of is at. At the risk of offending Gulf War veterans. . .and I happen to be one. I served with the Marine Corps during the Gulf War in 1991. . .but the Gulf War was just too short and too one-sided for many good stories to come out of it. The original A-Team were Vietnam veterans, and although the T.V. show didn't explore much of that background, just knowing that gives the originals a much better backstory, and it really shows in these comics (and the movie).

Weak setting aside, the stories told in this mini weren't BAD, they just weren't very GOOD. They were right in the middle and all pretty forgetable in the end. The art, on the other hand, was a real problem. The painted covers were all good, but the interiors were all borderline crap. Not a single artist on any of these issues was able to capture the likeness of the characters in a decent way, which is a pretty low bar to hurdle in a licensed property and probably about the LEAST I would expect.

Overall, I wouldn't suggest this mini to anybody but super fans of the rebooted A-Team (if any even exist). The stories are weak and forgetable, the art is crap, and it's just sort of. . .wrong. These comics belong right in the bargain bin where I found them for a buck apiece.

Up Next. . .

When naked pictures of women are in black and white, it's not porn, it's art. . .right?

Does the same go for Batman?

DC's 1996 4 issue Batman: Black and White. Be there or be square!



Last edited October 6, 2017 8:34:20 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: October 6, 2017 7:49:16 am
Atom, I've been enjoying your blog very much since joining the forums. A large part of my collecting focus is on Aliens/Predator/Terminator and to some extent "bad girl" comics, books that are typically overlooked or just seen as inferior (to some), but you give every book a fair shot and an objective review. Thanks for sharing the longbox junk!

Posted: October 6, 2017 8:31:06 am
I'm a big Alien/Predator fan myself and have a TON of Alien and Predator (and a bit of NOW Terminator, love the cover on that first issue!) Longbox Junk. As far as "bad girl" junk goes. . .You might see some Lady Rawhide in here soon, or for more recent "Bad Girl" stuff there's some Jennifer Blood just begging for a review. It's good AND bad at the same time!

Longbox Junk. . .because sometimes comics are worth more than money. Dancing

Last edited October 6, 2017 8:32:15 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: October 6, 2017 12:24:40 pm
I'll be keeping an eye for the Lady Rawhide review, I'm picturing a violent cowgirl, but I'll wait for the reveal. I'm still working on completing the NOW Terminator series, been hard to find (locally) and I'm trying to avoid just getting the whole set on ebay. You are 100% correct on the personal worth/value of a book being independent of cost. At this point the most I've ever spent on a single book is like $10, and it's not even my favorite one!

Posted: October 19, 2017 2:27:52 am
Just finished with DC's Batman: Black and White 4 issue mini tonight.
TWENTY stories in FOUR issues! Check it out. . .

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1469/longbox-junk-batman-black-white

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Generally speaking, I found this mini to be worth the many praises that have been given to it over the years. Not everything was to my taste, but then again, that's sort of the point of anthologies. . .a little bit of everything for everyone. I'm still confused as to exactly WHY Batman: Black and White is Longbox Junk. . .but despite the lack of monetary value, there's a lot to like in here.

By restraining the creative teams to such a small space (each story is only 8 pages), they were forced to strip each entry down to the core. This makes the good entries shine like sparkly little bat-diamonds and the poor entries likewise exposed for the obvious turds they are. Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad.

Up next. . .

Let's examine a strange little moment in Dark Horse's Alien franchise. . .
Aliens: Stronghold 4 issue mini.


Last edited October 19, 2017 2:30:11 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: October 21, 2017 5:20:47 pm
I'll have to keep my eye out for that Batman: Black and White!
See my blog, Cool Comics in My Collection, at http://www.edgosney.com/
Posted: October 25, 2017 4:48:57 am
Just finished up with Dark Horse's 4 issue Aliens: Stronghold mini tonight. . .

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1473/longbox-junk-aliens-stronghold

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If I had to describe these four issues in two words, they would be "Hot Mess".

The story was all over the place, starting off as an extremely derivative variation on the "Brilliant scientist goes mad from isolation and surrounds himself with completely obedient creations" theme, but liberally sprinkled with attempts at humor that fell flat. . .and then halfway through, the story took a sudden swerve into "KILL EVERYTHING THAT MOVES!" Action movie territory.

The art didn't help. It was just as uneven as the story. It started out in the first issue being good, then in the second it got worse, then in the third issue it became pretty bad, and finally ended up being pretty good in the last issue. Art swerving in quality like that is to be expected in longer series where creative teams get swapped in and out, but it's hard to understand in FOUR ISSUES.

Overall, this was NOT one of Dark Horse's better Aliens products. I can't really suggest it to anyone except diehard Alien fans such as myself who want to read and watch anything and everything with the Alien name attached to it. As far as anyone else goes. . .you can do better than this. Skip it.

Up Next. . .

Richard Corben. Edgar Allan Poe. How can this NOT be good?
Marvel MAX's Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allen Poe 3 issue mini.
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: November 8, 2017 3:53:21 am
Just finished up with Marvel MAX's 3 issue Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe mini tonight.
I'm thinking this would have made a nice Halloween entry, but hindsight, right? Whatchu gonna do? d'oh!

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1475/longbox-junk-haunt-of-horror-edgar-allan-poe

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If you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Corben, Horror Comics, or any combination of those three things, do yourself a favor and find this mini-series. I'm not going to say it's ALL great, but there's a lot more to like than dislike in these three issues.

While some of Corben's interpretations of the source material are a bit off the mark, there's no denying that when he nails it, he nails it HARD. This is brutal, dark, and unrelentingly depressing horror and a fine little piece of Longbox Junk well worthy of your attention.

Up Next. . .

ONE SHOTS, BABY!

Aliens! Assasin! Batman! Predator! Conan!

One shots are like the Pu-Pu Platter of comic books. . .sweet little chunks of goodness. I love 'em!


Last edited November 17, 2017 3:30:09 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: November 17, 2017 3:19:21 am
Just got done readin' and reviewin' a handful of random one shots tonight. . .
Here's the short and sweet version. Click the link for more.

LINK:
https://comicbookrealm.com/atom/blog/1481/longbox-junk-one-shots-aliens-the-assasin-batman-conan-predator

ALIENS: PIG

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Overall, I really liked the story, but hated the art. I'd definitely suggest this one for the Alien completionists out there.

THE ASSASSIN

A great cover on this one!
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Overall, this is a book with great art and a nice presentation brought down by amateurish writing.

BATMAN: SEDUCTION OF THE GUN

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WARNING: IF YOU ARE A BIG SUPPORTER OF GUN RIGHTS, THIS COMIC WILL MAKE YOUR HEAD EXPLODE.

Overall, this isn't a bad story, depending on your tolerance for anti-gun messages. It's too long and the 90's street lingo (one thug actually says "Word to your mother") is extremely dated, but it's well drawn and it's nice to see a Batman story where he doesn't win.

AGE OF CONAN: HYBORIAN ADVENTURES

This cover is definitely frame-worthy!
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Overall, for a giveaway video game tie-in comic, this one shot delivers the goods. It has two decent stories and a fantastic cover. What else could you possibly want for free?

And last, but not least. . .

PREDATOR: JUNGLE TALES

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Overall, I highly suggest this one shot to Predator fans that might have missed either of these stories in their original publication in Dark Horse Comics.


All in all, I say not a bad little handful of one shots! I'd say the best of the bunch was probably Predator: Jungle Tales. None of them were really BAD, but if I had to pick one for the bottom of the list, it would probably be The Assassin for its weak story and amateurish writing. But to tell the truth, it wasn't THAT bad.

Up next. . .

Hey, remember LAST time Marvel brought back the original Captain America in his original costume and went back to original numbering because fans didn't like the swerve they took the character on and they felt a course correction back to a more traditional Captain America was called for? Here's one of the small handful of mini's Marvel put out to say "No, Really! It's the REAL Cap now! We promise!"

Oh how comic history repeats. . .

Captain America & Hawkeye 3 issue mini.



Last edited November 17, 2017 3:28:45 am
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex






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