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Longbox Junk - Insurrection v3.6

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One of my local comic shops is abandoning back issues in order to turn their back room into more gaming space.  A sign of the times for comic shops, I guess.  The result of this is that they have greatly increased the number of dollar boxes for me to hunt through. . .from 4 to 20! A nice little bonanza for a Longbox Junk lover such as myself.  

This mini is one of my many new acquisitions I've come across.  Never heard of it and never read it until now.  Bought them for the sweet sci-fi military covers.  Let's do this!

INSURRECTION v3.6

BOOM! Studios (2011)
SCRIPTS: Blake Masters & Michael Alan Nelson
PENCILS: Michael Penick
COVERS: Rael Lyra

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Longbox Junk - America Part 2

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I've gotta be honest right here at the top. . .this comic series ALMOST broke me.  It's the first time that I REALLY felt like abandoning a Longbox Junk series review only halfway done.  It's THAT bad.

I declared back in December of 2016 that the awful X-Files/ 30 Days of Night crossover mini was the low bar for Longbox Junk until further notice.  It's taken a while, but I managed to find something even worse. . . Marvel's America is now the low bar that other crappy comics will be compared to.

THAT SAID. . .

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Welcome to another Retro Review edition of Longbox Junk. . .where I take a closer look at an older and more "valuable" comic in my collection instead of my usual "Still worth cover price after 15 years" fare.

On my last "retro review" edition, (Captain America #193) I found Jack Kirby's writing. . .lacking.  So I asked around the internet a bit, looking for those a little more in the know about older comics in order to be pointed toward something a little less disappointing. 

In the end there were a lot of choices given to me (and thank you to anyone I might have spoken to who is reading this) but there seemed to be one title that kept popping up. . .Kamandi.  

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Thanks for all the messages, BUT. . .

133 views • 20 days ago • (0) Comments

So I've gotten a good handful of interesting messages since I posted the first part of my America review a few days ago. . .

First, thanks for reading! Applause

BUT. . .

I think I might need to clarify a few things.

Some of you think I might be just a LITTLE racist and anti-gay based on my America review and a Terminator review I did a while back (Enemy of My Enemy).

I'm NOT against "diverse" characters at all. One of my favorite Marvel titles was Captain America: Sam Wilson. I actually wish that Marvel would have had the guts to KEEP Sam Wilson as Captain America. Over at DC, the lesbian version of Batwoman introduced in 52 and still a major character in the DCU is one of my favorite characters. Back at Marvel, I really like Doctor Aphra. . .which stars a bisexual Asian (?) woman.

Just three examples. . .but the difference being that there's more to those characters than being Identity checkboxes. Their race/sexual orientation is PART of the character. . .not THE character.  Diversity isn't the problem.  Pandering is the problem.

ALSO. . .

My stepson is gay and happily married. I walked him down the aisle wearing a hot pink bowtie and danced with his husband at the reception. I'm a straight white guy that generally votes Republican, but that doesn't mean I have to be an @sshat when it comes to people's right to pursue their own happiness, even if it happens to be much different than mine.

ON THE "RACIST" FRONT. . .

My first wife was Puerto Rican. I have a daughter with her (the same daughter that had the America comics for me to review in the first place). Enough with the racist crap.

IN CONCLUSION. . .

Part of the reason why America even lasted as long as it did was that it got glowing reviews from "professional" comic reviewers who didn't want to call it out as a pile of pure stinky crap because they KNEW they would get called racist and/or homophobic.

I'm neither racist or homophobic and I'll say it again. . .America is crap. NOT because of the race, gender, or identity of the main character, but because it's written by an inexperienced writer that was hired ONLY because of her race, gender and identity. Not talking

Settle down, people. It's just comic books. 

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Longbox Junk - America Part 1

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Let's get this out of the way right off the top. . .I am NOT the target audience for this comic series.

I am a 50 year old married straight male surrounded by the kind of opulent lower middle class white privilege that only being the night manager of a mid-range priced hotel can provide.

This comic series is LASER-FOCUSED at what I'm pretty sure is an extremely tiny slice of the overall mainstream comic readership: Young (college age), LGBTQ Female Hispanics.

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It's that time of year again. . .

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Apologies to the readers of this blog for the entries getting a bit sparse during the summer months.   I manage a hotel in Utah that sits right at the best spot to call it a night between the West Coast and Yellowstone. . .so from June to September it's a bit of a madhouse until school is back in.

Having a full house every night is great for business, but not so great for readin' and reviewin' comic books.  Even as the night manager on the graveyard shift, there's a steady stream of people and an unrelenting amount of phone calls in the strange hours of the morning that even after all these years (15 years in the hotel biz) I find it hard to believe.

Even as I write this short entry, I've taken 4 phone calls and had 3 guests at my desk needing this or that over the past 30 minutes.  It's 1:30 a.m.

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Retro Reviews - Captain America #193

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One Shots!

I have a great love for the condensed storytelling of the one shot. They are without a doubt my favorite kind of comic book. Creators are tasked with the challenge of telling a complete story in ONE issue.  Some rise to the occasion. . .some don't. So you never know what you're gonna get.

For this batch of one shots, I decided to go with a bit of a theme: Movie adaptations.

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Longbox Junk - The Falcon

191 views • 9 weeks ago • (0) Comments

I really like The Falcon as a character.  I'm gonna step outside the lines here and admit that I REALLY liked Sam Wilson as Captain America and was pretty disappointed that Marvel didn't have the guts to hold the line on keeping Steve Rogers an old man passing the shield on to a worthy successor. 

THAT SAID. . .

The Falcon has always had a bit of a problem carrying a series.  It's like Marvel feels like they HAVE to somehow keep him in the lane of literally being a Social Justice Warrior, and to me that's okay. . .in small doses.  Eventually it breaks down because you can't have a character that only appeals to a certain way of thinking over the long term.  I'm not being racist or any other kind of -ist. . .just telling the truth.  

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Retro Reviews - Weird War Tales #1

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Welcome to another special "Retro Review" edition of Longbox Junk, where I take a look at issues in my collection that might be a little more "collectible" than my usual fare.  Comics that have probably never been reviewed and nobody has ever asked to be reviewed.

Why? Because that's what I DO, son!

This time out, we take a trip back to 1971 and open up the first issue of one of my all-time favorite comic series, DC's Weird War Tales. 

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