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If you (like me) are fond of digging through bargain boxes at your local comic shop, trying to find those nuggets of comic gold among the Longbox Junk, then you have more than likely spotted at least one issue of this four part mini.
As far as I know, those shiny hologram-enhanced covers are as much a fixture of dollar bins as anything Image ever put out during their "Gotta be like Marvel!" 90's Heyday. They must have printed a billion issues of this series because I come across them all the time.
So let's take a closer look at this common Longbox Junk find. . .- read more
Welcome one and all to another "Retro Review" edition of Longbox Junk!
This week, we travel back to 1964 to take a look at DC's long-running team up title, The Brave & The Bold. I've previously dipped into B&B here on Longbox Junk, but more toward the end of its run during the 80's. I found the issues I reviewed (with a couple of exceptions) to be pretty weak and not seeming to have much effort put into them. It was obvious that the title was about done for.
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When I discovered these issues bundled at my local comic shop for 5 bucks, I had no idea who the Human Bomb was. I just knew Longbox Junk when I saw it and forked over Mr. Lincoln. After a bit of research, I discovered a character with a long and illustrious history as a DC C-Lister. . .mostly on a team of heroes known as "Uncle Sam and The Freedom Fighters".
I've seen a few issues of the series here and there, but to be completely honest, DC sort of sucks at patriotic comic heroes. Except for the Big Blue Boy Scout, who else do they really have? No. . .when I want a dose of AMERICA, HELL YEAH! I go straight to the original Star Spangled Avenger, Captain F*CKING America.
But I paid 5 good American dollars for these four comics. . .what was I going to do, just let them sit there in a longbox unread? Let's do this!- read more
A dollar box is like a junkyard. . .hence the title "Longbox Junk". You do some digging and sometimes you find just the thing you need. Sometimes you discover something you never knew you wanted. But most of the time you just find junk.
Let's do this!
BLACK AND WHITE- read more
I have to admit that I'm not very familiar at all with Star Spangled War Stories. What I DO know about it is from later issues featuring The Unknown Soldier, which is a great character. . .but really, as far as war comics go, I've always been more of a Sgt. Rock and Weird War Tales kind of guy.
I'm a pretty big fan of Predator. I love the movies. . .yes, that includes the Alien vs. Predator movies everyone hated. Not my favorites, but not nearly as bad as some people seem to think. The first movie is, of course, an action movie classic that has been one of my favorites ever since I saw it in the theater as a young man, grinning as Arnold told that alien bastard that he was "One UGLY motherf***er".
BUT. . .
That's the movies. What about the comics?- read more
Let's get this out of the way. . .I'm a HUGE fan of the Mass Effect video games.
I'm even going to go ahead and put my nerd cred on the line and say that despite my initial misgivings, I liked the much-hated and presumed series-destroyer Mass Effect: Andromeda to the point that I played it until there was literally nothing left to do! And I didn't like Andromeda nearly as much as I liked the original trilogy of games.
In other words, when it comes to the Mass Effect video games, I'm a fan.- read more
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
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