So what we have here is a five issue standalone story that crosses over between the regular Marvel Star Wars and Doctor Aphra ongoing series, with an introductory one-shot. It can be read on its own, but a bit of background knowledge on both Star Wars and Doctor Aphra is needed to fully get into it. . .but really all you need to know are the following basic bits:
Luke Skywalker is searching for a way to learn more about the Jedi, now that he's had a taste of what can be accomplished with The Force. Doctor Aphra is a rogue archaologist who used to work for Darth Vader and has managed to get her hands on the archived (Read: Imprisoned) personality of an ancient Jedi that she can't access. They've met before and are sort of frenemies.
So there's the background. Let's do this!- read more
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I'm not a big fan of The Avengers for the same reason I'm not a big fan of The Justice League. I like individual characters on both teams, but it just seems like a failing proposition to keep coming up with stories that can present a challenge to a combined team of the mightiest heroes on Earth. It all just sort of reeks of fan service, and I prefer lower-key super heroics.
BUT. . .
I seem to be in the minority when it comes to comics starring laughably overpowered super-teams, and that's okay. . .I just pass 'em by and read what I like. But I occassionally make an exception. Case in point being the 4 issue Avengers: Millennium series at hand. My local comic shop had all four issues bundled for 5 lousy bucks with that SWEET cover for issue #1 on top. I may not buy Avengers on the regular, but 4 issues for 5 bucks with at least one cover to make my office wall comic art rotation was a deal I couldn't refuse.- read more
That's right. More one shots! What can I say? I love 'em.
Let's do this!
FANTASTIC FOUR- read more
Anyone who's been reading this blog for a while knows I have a love for the one shot. Those tasty little bites of comic book tapas where the creative team has a single issue to tell a whole story. You never know what you're going to get with a one shot. . .sometimes they hit it out of the park, other times it's a foul ball. Wait. . .how did I go from food comparisons to baseball?
ANYWAY. . .
One shots! Let's do this!- read more
After the Golden Age of horror comics (the 1950's) came to a screeching halt (thanks to the Comics Code Authority), pretty much any comic book horror material was to be found in titles slipping through a CCA loophole in the form of larger-sized black and white "magazines".
But in the 1970's, publishers began to push against the CCA and there was a major resurgence of horror comics in color. . .Swamp Thing, Werewolf by Night, Tomb of Dracula, and many others. Unfortunately, the horror resurgence was pretty short-lived and didn't really last far into the 1980's.
From what I understand, the short life of the 1970's horror resurgence was mostly due to the fact that the comics weren't particularly horrific. . .99% of them would more properly be described as "Supernatural Comics" rather than "Horror Comics", mainly because they still adhered to the CCA even though they were skirting around the edges of it.- read more
Here we are. . .the end of the trail for DC's post-apocalyptic Jonah Hex. The final 6 issues.
I have to admit, they were a little hard to get through. But giving people comic book reviews they never asked for is what I do. So let's get it done!
HEX- read more
After a pretty good start, can DC's post-apocalyptic fish out of water Jonah Hex series manage to stay on the rails for another 6 issues? Let's find out!
DC (1985 - 1987)- read more
Face front, true believers! It's another Retro Review edition of Longbox Junk as we take a trip back to 1967 for some Merry Marvel Mutant Madness, guest starring the one and only Wisecracking Wallcrawler, The Sensational Spider-Man!
Sit back and enjoy another comic review nobody ever asked for, brought to you by the Astounding Authorship (AND Humongous Humility) of yours truly!- read more
Their nuclear ravaged world NEEDED a hero. . .what it got was. . .HEX
THE SCENE: A meeting room at DC Comics. The year is 1985. Three members (who I won't name) of DC's Editorial and Executive staff sit around a table. Smoke drifts through the air.
MAN #1: (coughs) So, anyway. . .you guys seen Road Warrior?- read more
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