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So what we have here is a relic of a time when Marvel brought back the original Captain America after a fairly lengthy absence (about 4 years) when Bucky Barnes (AKA Winter Soldier) took over as Cap.  They returned to the original numbering, but ALSO wanted a nice, shiny, collectable Captain America #1, so they ran the original numbered series and a new series starting at #1 at the same time. 

The original series (Volume 5) ended up turning into a short run of several self-contained Captain America team up stories which, while maintaining the original numbering, are listed in indica and on comic book info sites (such as this one) as separate titles.  So Captain America #633 is listed as the first issue of a "Captain America & Iron Man" three-issue mini.  It's kind of a strange thing.

ANYWAY. . .

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There's nothing wrong at all with a good ongoing series, but if anyone were to ask me what my favorite form of comic art is, I would immediately answer "The One Shot". Within the framework of a single issue, the creative team is challenged to give us everything we need to enjoy a story. They're pretty much forced to swing for the fences. Here are 5 random single issues from my collection read and reviewed for your consideration. Are they home runs or foul balls? Let's find out!

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Now that I think of it, I PROBABLY should have done this entry for Halloween.

BUT. . .

What we have here is a 3 issue black and white series adapting 10 of Edgar Allan Poe's shorter works, featuring the art of the legendary Richard Corben.  Edgar Allan Poe and Richard Corben. . .how can this NOT be good?  Let's find out!

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I've said it before in other Longbox Junk entries. . .I love all things Alien.  As a matter of fact, I'm gonna commit nerdic heresy right here and right now by taking a step out of line and confessing that Alien 3 is one of my favorite movies.  And THEN I'm gonna just go ahead and throw myself completely over the cliff by actually admitting that I (mostly) like Alien: Resurrection.  But that's the movies.  What about the comics?

In between and around the various movies in the Alien franchise, Dark Horse was busy creating an expanded comic universe.  Similar to their Star Wars expanded universe, the quality of the projects ranged from really good to really bad.  There wasn't much middle ground.  Either what you got was good or it was bad when it came to Dark Horse's Aliens comics (and their Star Wars comics as well).

So what side of the fence does the Longbox Junk at hand fall? READ ON!

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This series is strangely confusing to me.  I remember it at one point being hugely popular and extremely collectable.  A little research shows me that one of the stories was nominated for an Eisner award, the series has been collected into several fairly expensive hardcover editions, and the collected edition is ranked at #13 on IGN's list of the 25 greatest Batman Graphic Novels.  Thanks to this series, whenever a comic is given the "DEEEE-Lux" treament, it's usually done in black and white.  It seems to be pretty agreed upon as being an innovative work of art and a must have for any serious Batman fan.  Plus I still see "Black and White" versions of comic statues every time I visit my local comic shop.


That's a mighty damn fine pedigree for a mini right there.  So how come the individual issues are worth less than five bucks?  How come I FINALLY found the issue I had been missing all these years (#4) a couple of months ago in a comic shop dollar box?  WHY is this influental and pretty much universally-praised comic series Longbox Junk? 

So let's leave aside my confusion for the moment and take an objective look at the junk at hand. . .

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The A-Team was a force to be reckoned with back in the 80's.  Unfortunately, it seems that when an A-Team movie was finally made in 2010, the glory days were long past and the response seems to have been a fairly unanimous "Why?"

When I decided to review this 4 issue tie-in mini put out by IDW, I hadn't seen the movie.  So out of curiosity I decided to give it a go and found out that finding a copy was actually a harder task than I would have thought.  It's not on Netflix, it's not on any of the "on demand" channels I have, it's not at Wal-Mart, Target, or Best Buy.  I don't really buy things off the internet because I'm old and GET THE HELL OFF MY LAWN!  Long story short, I finally found a used copy in a Gamestop.

Yeah. . .you're going to get a movie review along with your comic review.  Roll with it.

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After an unusually busy summer tourist season, things finally settled down at my hotel a few weeks ago.  I decided to take advantage of the calm and took a well-deserved vacation. . .because as anyone who has ever worked in hotels knows, the best time to take a vacation is when everyone else is NOT on vacation.

ANYWAY. . .

Just got back and it's time for some more Longbox Junk!

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Summer, that is. 

Still not QUITE done with, but this is the first night in almost 3 months my hotel hasn't been completely sold out.  Looking at my paperwork tonight, I see a severely sharp decline in reservations starting in about a week when even late-starting schools are back in session.  I think everyone on staff here will be glad for the break (until they start whining about how bored they are in about a month or so).  I know I'LL be glad to get back to readin' and reviewin' some Longbox Junk!

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I Hate Summer!

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I don't really hate SUMMER.  Let me restate that. . .

I hate working at a hotel during the summer vacation travel rush. 

There's a strange air of desperation for about 100 days a year when my hotel is completely sold out every single day and the phone literally doesn't go for 5 minutes without ringing and someone on the other end practically begging for a vacant room. 

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After a pretty strong start, can this unwanted and almost forgotten series stay on the rails heading into the back half?  Let's find out!

AZRAEL (VOL. 2) Part 2 (DC)

ISSUE 10

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