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"I have a lot of issues. . ."

I write comic book reviews that NOBODY has ever asked for!

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IT'S REVIEWIN' TIME!

ISSUE 1

Let me get this out right up front. I'm not a huge fan of superheroes. That's not to say I don't like superheroes at all. . .it's just that I prefer the more "street level" or realistic (as realistic as comics can be anyway) heroes. About the only "Traditional" superheroes I follow on a regular basis are Batman and Captain America. . .both relatively low power when it comes to comics. I like heroes like Daredevil, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Green Hornet, The Spirit, and so on and so forth. The point is that except for this mini and a giant-size Marvel from the 70's (The Fabulous Fantastic Four), and a random issue here and there, I don't read or collect Fantastic Four, and I don't even really like them. I really can't even recall how I ended up with this mini in the first place, or recall ever reading it before. 

That said. . .

I REALLY enjoyed this first issue! I was very surprised to find myself enjoying it so much. For starters, the art is fantastic. . .the cover in particular, with Johnny Storm giving Reed Richards the bunny ears in a group photo. Other standout art moments are of Reed Richards and Ben Grimm shortly after their definitely NOT approved test flight and cosmic irradiation when they were still under government quarantine. Very nicely done. Really gave an image of just how unusual these people appeared to others. And the writing was stellar as well. . .I could feel Ben Grimm's heartbreak when his girlfriend rejected him and ran away. For a comic to make me feel something like that is truly unusual. Very well done on this first issue!

But can the creative team keep it up? It's only 6 issues. How can something go off the rails in 6 lousy issues? My fingers are crossed. . .

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Shaved Oriental Pirate Gorillas. . .oh my!

ISSUE 9

Okay. . .I get it now. I guess I should have before, but new arc doesn't really mean new story in this age of TPB collections of series. . .it just means a cliffhanger to encourage buying the next TPB for those not reading the series issue by issue. So my lower rating of last issue for not resolving the end of a story isn't entirely justified, as things pick up right where they left off in this issue.

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THEY BLEW IT UP! THEY BLEW THE ENDING UP!

But the rest was great. . .

ISSUE 1

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Longbox Junk: First Wave

1098 views • Dec 27, '16 • (0) Comments

Welcome to the 1950's. . .where they have cell phones, laptops, and dirigibles!  Welcome to DC's failed and forgotten attempt to start a new pulp-influenced universe.  Welcome to FIRST WAVE!

BAT MAN/DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL

So what we have here is the one shot introduction to what was supposed to have been a new DC pulp-influenced universe. From what I understand, DC had the license for some of the pulp characters for a short while (with the glaring exclusion of The Shadow. . .who was already a DC character in the past. A shame) and were trying to figure out what to do with them.

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Longbox Junk: Star Wars Princess Leia

915 views • Dec 26, '16 • (0) Comments

Can it really be called Longbox Junk if there's a $250 variant cover?  

I only have $4 covers, so in my case. . .yes.  

ISSUE 1

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Longbox Junk: X-Files/30 Days of Night

1037 views • Dec 26, '16 • (0) Comments

Short version.  This one was bad.

ISSUE 1

I love the X-Files. I have the whole Topps run, as well as the entire T.V. series (good and bad) on DVD. I love 30 Days of Night. I have the original series signed by Steve Niles, as well as the movie (which I consider one of the few successful non-superhero comic movies). It would SEEM that the two properties would be a sweet fit for each other.

But. . .

This first issue makes me wonder if X-Files and 30 Days of Night sounds better as an idea than as an actual thing.

FBI Agents Scully and Mulder find themselves in Alaska investigating 16 beheaded bodies drained of blood and hung 40 feet in the air on a pole. Also on the case, believing it to be a serial killer he's been tracking is an old rival of Mulder's, Agent Daniel "Frenchy" French.

Niles is usually a good writer, but the dialogue seems stilted and unnatural. The art isn't doing the story any favors either. The covers are OUTSTANDING for the entire series (Especially the Sam Kieth variant for the first issue), but the interior art is pretty bad. Scully looks nothing like her T.V. counterpart and Mulder bears only the slightest resemblance. It's a fairly big fail if you're going to do a licensed property and can't get the likenesses at least halfway there.

In my opinion, this first issue is a dud. Good concept. Bad writing. Bad art. 
5 more issues to go. God, I hope it gets better. . .

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Longbox Junk: WINTER WORLD

1011 views • Dec 23, '16 • (0) Comments

Travel back in time with me, Ladies and Gentlemen.  Marvel at the smoooooooth texture of this new thing called "Baxter Paper".  Where are we?  We're in a time without Facebook, without smartphones, we're in the year 1987.  

WINTER WORLD

Issue 1

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Second verse. . .a little bit worse!

GHOST RIDER 2099

Issue 13

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Let's get this party started. . .

GHOST RIDER 2099

Issue 1

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Longbox Junk!

909 views • Dec 23, '16 • (0) Comments

Everyone that collects comics has it.  Series, minis, random issues that you've picked up over the years that aren't really worth anything as far as monetary value goes, but there they are taking up space in your collection.  Longbox junk comes to us in many ways, but it's just not in the nature of the collector to toss comic books in the trash because they aren't worth anything.  And so they sit there. . .bagged and boarded in a lonely cardboard longbox prison. . .forgotten.

Until now.  Ladies and Gentlemen of Comic Book Realm, I present myself to you as the champion of Longbox Junk!  I have taken upon myself the (sometimes not so great) task of digging deep into my comic collection to fill in missing information, read, and review all manner of Longbox Junk as my contribution to this great site.  They were perfectly willing to provide me with a valuable service for free, and I intend to do my best to return that favor.

Feel my joy as I discover forgotten gems!

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