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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. . .I'm a sort of patriotic guy. I come from a long line of military men, and as a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps myself, I tend to be a bit of a flag waver and I ain't ashamed to admit it. And with times the way they are, maybe we need to wave the flag just a little.
Wait! Wait. . .don't go! I'm not gonna get political. I'm just introducing the Longbox Junk "theme" for July! It's Captain America, okay? I'm going to be looking at some Captain America comics through this month.
BUT. . .
It IS Captain America, so if you aren't the kind to tolerate a little "AMERICA, %$#& YEAH!" in your funny books, then maybe you might want to skip the next few posts. But come back in August!
Okay, everyone in that's staying in?
Let's start this off by stepping outside of the usual Longbox Junk bargain bin finds with a little something brand new and on the shelves right now.
DC gets a bit of flak for squeezing every possible drop out of their seminal "Watchmen" series by constantly trying to add to something that doesn't really need anything added to it. But never let it be said that Marvel isn't just as guilty of the exact same thing with their own critically acclaimed series, "Marvels".
What we have here is the first of a new series of one shots trying to capitalize on what little magic is left in Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross' masterwork of seeing superheroes through the eyes of the common man.
The series is called "Marvels Snapshots", and the first one out of the gate features Captain America (and The Falcon) in a continuation of Jack Kirby's 1970's "Madbomb" storyline. . .the first issue of which (Captain America #193 from 1976) got a a fine Longbox Junk Retro Review HERE .
SO. . .
We've got a one shot walking the tightrope of adding to a fan favorite series that doesn't really need anything added to it AND trying to continue a classic Bronze Age story from one of the giants of the comic world. It's got some work cut out for it. Let's take a look!
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Here we are. Month four of The Apocalypse.
Things are trying to get back to "normal", but we're not quite there yet. There's new comics back on the shelves, but not many I subscribe to. . .which is good news for my local comic shop because I spend about three times as much money during deep dives into their back issue bins than I did on my subscription pulls.
Here at Longbox Junk, I've been taking a look at some first issues I've been buying lately. . .trying to find a new series or new character I can get into, with varying degrees of success. But I noticed that my "First Issue Fun" has been pretty light on Marvel comics. Only one out of nine reviews.
SO. . .
Let's remedy that shortage with a bit of Mighty Marvel style First Issue Fun, shall we?
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The Good News is that there's new comics on the shelves! The Bad News is that it's barely a trickle (and only a few series I regularly subscribe to - Doctor Aphra, Batman and Detective). Well, I guess that means I'm still back issue diving for new-ish comics for a while yet. . .
SO. . .
As you know (or if you're a new reader, you will soon. . .and welcome!), I've been taking a look at single first issues of series I've pulled from the back issue boxes (not the bargain bins) of my local comic shop during this new comic drought. I call this series of Longbox Junk entries "First Issue Fun".
Reading back over the 3 First Issue Fun entries I've done so far, I notice that almost all of them involve established characters being presented to new readers with varying degrees of success. But what about some completely new characters? Characters without any baggage? Fresh and shiny, with that new character smell? Aren't there any NEW characters out there for me to try to get into?
A while back, I saw lots of ads for a bunch of new DC comics falling under the imprint of "The New Age of Heroes". They were promoted as being new characters and teams spinning out of the "Dark Knights Metal" crossover. But since I'm not a fan of bloated multi-title crossover "Events", I never paid any attention to them.
BUT. . .
Digging through the back issue bins at my local comic shop, I came across whole runs of almost every "New Age of Heroes" title (6 full runs out of 8 total titles) and decided to grab the first issue of every one of them the shop had and give them an honest chance because why not?
So, let's take a look at a few and see what's happening with this "New Age of Heroes" thing!
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Although things are slowly getting back to something resembling normal in the great state of Utah, my work schedule is still just flappin' in the wind. It seems that the government in their "wisdom" has decided to pay an unemployment bonus that lets people make more money by NOT working than they usually make on the job. I'm not gonna get political here, but it's created an interesting situation where my hotel has full-time jobs available, but nobody wants them.
ANYWAY. . .
Because my schedule is still pretty chaotic (and to make it worse, I've also been a bit sick. . .not "the virus"), I'm still sticking to some shorter reviews of single first issues I've picked up recently during my dives into my Local Comic Shop's back issue bins. I call this little effort to keep the Longbox Junk posts coming on a somewhat regular basis "First Issue Fun".
When I read the first issue of a series, I look for TWO things: Does it introduce characters in a new reader-friendly way? Does it tell a story that I want to read more of? Is that really too much to ask for? I think it's actually a pretty low bar, but for some reason, it seems that a lot of first issues somehow manage to fail at one or both of those two little things.
So let's take a look at a couple more first issues and see what happens, shall we?
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I've noticed something recently. Chalk it up to the strange times we're living in right now, but it seems like EVERY comic review site has suddenly transformed into a Longbox Junk franchise. There's reviews of back issues all over the place these days! How can a humble Longbox Junker like myself stand out when EVERYBODY has gone off the shelf and into the bins for material?
And so I ponder the question as I browse the shiny new Longbox Junk franchises I normally read my current comic reviews at. And as I ponder, I realize the answer is right up at the top of this very page!
Those other guys are doing reviews of Batman, Nightwing, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern Avengers, Thor, X-Force, Wolverine, Deadpool, Spider-Verse, and so on and so forth. That's cool. Keepin' the lights on, at least.
BUT. . .
Who's doing reviews of New 52 Blackhawks? Who's gonna review Marvel's New Universe Justice? Who's digging deep enough to suffer through Acclaim's Gawd-Awful sequel to Waterworld. . .Children of Leviathan? Does anyone even know there IS a Gawd-Awful comic sequel to Waterworld? Who's writing reviews that NOBODY ever asked for? WHO?
You know who. And I'm taking this opportunity to thank you for reading. I really do appreciate you fine folks who take a bit of your precious time to come here and (hopefully) enjoy what I do. It means a lot to me.
ANYWAY. . .I'm not complaining about the other guys doing what they have to do. Just something that I've been thinking about lately. And seriously, thanks for reading!
Enough of that.
Due to my strange new work schedule (I don't even want to try and describe it), I have lots of time to READ comics, but finding time to write about them has become a bit challenging. So I'm going to break away from what I normally do. . .mostly limited series. . .and focus on some single issues for a little while. And so with that, we (FINALLY) come to the comics at hand. . .a pair of #1 issues I recently pulled from the back issue bins. One from Marvel, one from DC. Let's do it!
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Once again, apologies for the time between my posts being pretty random these days. As the head of a skeleton crew at my job, I'm doing the work of 3 people and my schedule is just sort of swingin' in the wind. But at least I still have a job, so I'll keep the complaints to a minimum. I've been READING a lot of comics, I just don't have as much time as I'd like to write about them.
ANYWAY. . .
I'll tell you true. . .things ain't great out there. Every time I turn on the news, I feel like taking a Xanax and climbing UNDER the bed. My gut gets sour just looking at the headlines of a newspaper these days. Forget toilet paper. . .I need to stock up on TUMS!
I don't have the stomach to add to all the negativity in the air, so I've temporarily decided to make Longbox Junk a place to come and relax a bit as I take a journey through the lighter side of the comic book world. I'll get back to grinding through some rotten comics eventually. . .but not just yet.
THAT SAID. . .
I've come to discover that my comic collection tends to lean quite a bit to the darker and dramatic side of things. . .which is sort of a problem when deciding to spotlight some fun comics for Longbox Junk readers.
Luckily, my comic-lovin' daughter has come to the rescue! Since she's out of school for the time being, and generally likes her comics to be on the fun side of things, we've been having a great time digging through her collection together and finding some stuff to bring a smile to both of our faces, and I hope it will do the same for you.
Case in point. . .the comics at hand.
A five issue mini-series put out by Marvel in 2005 showcasing five stand-alone (but loosely connected) tales featuring the High-Flyin' Human Torch and your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man in light-hearted adventures paying homage to various eras of Marvel Comics from the Silver Age to the Modern Age.
DISCLAIMER. . .
These issues assume a familiarity with Marvel Continuity I don't really have, and don't specifically say when the stories are set or what creative teams they are paying tribute to. . .which will be part of the fun for readers that are established fans of these characters. I'm NOT a big fan of these characters, so if the bit of research I did do is wrong, feel free to shame/correct me in comments for my own good.
Okay? Ready? Let's do it!
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Before we begin. . .
Sorry my posting schedule has become a bit spotty lately. As the chief bonehead managing a skeleton crew running a hotel, I'm working various shifts 6 days a week for the time being. It's a bit chaotic but at least I still have a job, which is more than a lot of people can say these days, so I ain't complaining.
ANYWAY. . .
The past couple months haven't exactly been a party, to say the least. There's no news but bad news. Heck, it's gotten to the point that I don't even want to read the paper or watch the news any more. I've got about 60 rolls of toilet paper in my house, and I don't even know why.
Keeping that in mind, I've decided to try and keep things on the lighter side here at Longbox Junk. There's not much that I can do about everything going on in the world, but hopefully MY small corner of the internet can be a place to visit and get your mind off of things for at least a few minutes. I think we can all sort of use a place like that now and then these days.
SO. . .
How about we take a look at a Pulp-Tastic IDW/DC intercompany crossover adventure featuring a team up between two of my favorite characters of all time. . .The Spirit and The Rocketeer?
It's The Spirit and The Rocketeer! Two of the most fun comic characters ever created.
How can this NOT be good?
LET'S DO IT!
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So here we are at the back half of DC's short-lived 1993 attempt at a Black Canary solo title.
I was a bit disappointed with the first six issues. It's not that they're BAD, it's just that they could have been a lot better with a bit more effort by a stronger creative team. As it stands coming into the second six issues, things are pretty average and not very memorable. It's a decent read, but I just want a LITTLE more.- read more
Sorry about the delay on this one. I actually had it done last week, but I accidentally deleted the draft and had to completely re-write it!
ANYWAY. . .
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