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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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Thanks for all the messages, BUT. . .

464 views • 355 days ago • (0) Comments

So I've gotten a good handful of interesting messages since I posted the first part of my America review a few days ago. . .

First, thanks for reading! Applause

BUT. . .

I think I might need to clarify a few things.

Some of you think I might be just a LITTLE racist and anti-gay based on my America review and a Terminator review I did a while back (Enemy of My Enemy).

I'm NOT against "diverse" characters at all. One of my favorite Marvel titles was Captain America: Sam Wilson. I actually wish that Marvel would have had the guts to KEEP Sam Wilson as Captain America. Over at DC, the lesbian version of Batwoman introduced in 52 and still a major character in the DCU is one of my favorite characters. Back at Marvel, I really like Doctor Aphra. . .which stars a bisexual Asian (?) woman.

Just three examples. . .but the difference being that there's more to those characters than being Identity checkboxes. Their race/sexual orientation is PART of the character. . .not THE character.  Diversity isn't the problem.  Pandering is the problem.

ALSO. . .

My stepson is gay and happily married. I walked him down the aisle wearing a hot pink bowtie and danced with his husband at the reception. I'm a straight white guy that generally votes Republican, but that doesn't mean I have to be an @sshat when it comes to people's right to pursue their own happiness, even if it happens to be much different than mine.

ON THE "RACIST" FRONT. . .

My first wife was Puerto Rican. I have a daughter with her (the same daughter that had the America comics for me to review in the first place). Enough with the racist crap.

IN CONCLUSION. . .

Part of the reason why America even lasted as long as it did was that it got glowing reviews from "professional" comic reviewers who didn't want to call it out as a pile of pure stinky crap because they KNEW they would get called racist and/or homophobic.

I'm neither racist or homophobic and I'll say it again. . .America is crap. NOT because of the race, gender, or identity of the main character, but because it's written by an inexperienced writer that was hired ONLY because of her race, gender and identity. Not talking

Settle down, people. It's just comic books. 

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Longbox Junk - America Part 1

749 views • 359 days ago • (0) Comments

Let's get this out of the way right off the top. . .I am NOT the target audience for this comic series.

I am a 50 year old married straight male surrounded by the kind of opulent lower middle class white privilege that only being the night manager of a mid-range priced hotel can provide.

This comic series is LASER-FOCUSED at what I'm pretty sure is an extremely tiny slice of the overall mainstream comic readership: Young (college age), LGBTQ Female Hispanics.

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It's that time of year again. . .

323 views • Aug 24, '18 • (0) Comments

Apologies to the readers of this blog for the entries getting a bit sparse during the summer months.   I manage a hotel in Utah that sits right at the best spot to call it a night between the West Coast and Yellowstone. . .so from June to September it's a bit of a madhouse until school is back in.

Having a full house every night is great for business, but not so great for readin' and reviewin' comic books.  Even as the night manager on the graveyard shift, there's a steady stream of people and an unrelenting amount of phone calls in the strange hours of the morning that even after all these years (15 years in the hotel biz) I find it hard to believe.

Even as I write this short entry, I've taken 4 phone calls and had 3 guests at my desk needing this or that over the past 30 minutes.  It's 1:30 a.m.

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Retro Reviews - Captain America #193

473 views • Aug 8, '18 • (0) Comments

 

 

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One Shots!

I have a great love for the condensed storytelling of the one shot. They are without a doubt my favorite kind of comic book. Creators are tasked with the challenge of telling a complete story in ONE issue.  Some rise to the occasion. . .some don't. So you never know what you're gonna get.

For this batch of one shots, I decided to go with a bit of a theme: Movie adaptations.

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Longbox Junk - The Falcon

448 views • Jul 18, '18 • (0) Comments

I really like The Falcon as a character.  I'm gonna step outside the lines here and admit that I REALLY liked Sam Wilson as Captain America and was pretty disappointed that Marvel didn't have the guts to hold the line on keeping Steve Rogers an old man passing the shield on to a worthy successor. 

THAT SAID. . .

The Falcon has always had a bit of a problem carrying a series.  It's like Marvel feels like they HAVE to somehow keep him in the lane of literally being a Social Justice Warrior, and to me that's okay. . .in small doses.  Eventually it breaks down because you can't have a character that only appeals to a certain way of thinking over the long term.  I'm not being racist or any other kind of -ist. . .just telling the truth.  

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Retro Reviews - Weird War Tales #1

449 views • Jul 11, '18 • (0) Comments

Welcome to another special "Retro Review" edition of Longbox Junk, where I take a look at issues in my collection that might be a little more "collectible" than my usual fare.  Comics that have probably never been reviewed and nobody has ever asked to be reviewed.

Why? Because that's what I DO, son!

This time out, we take a trip back to 1971 and open up the first issue of one of my all-time favorite comic series, DC's Weird War Tales. 

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Yeah, yeah. . .I know.  I said Aliens vs. Predator was up next.  I found out I don't actually have all 4 issues of that series.  I'm missing the final issue.  I have 2 copies of different covers for #1, so I saw 4 issues in the box.

ANYWAY. . .

After Marvel backpedaled on the "Death" of Captain America and put the character through a convoluted wringer to get him back into continuity, they seemed to have a bit of a problem deciding what to do next. 

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Longbox Junk - Doom

487 views • Jun 27, '18 • (0) Comments

I have to admit that when I bought this mini bundled as 3 issues for a measly five bucks from the bargain bin of a local comic shop, I had no idea the story involved Doctor Doom.  The cover of the first issue on top of the bundle looks more like a grungy post-apocalyptic story than something featuring a Marvel Universe mainstay bad guy.

Well. . .what we have here IS a grungy post-apocalyptic story.  But it ALSO features Doctor Doom in a way that I've never seen him before.  Three issues for five bucks makes this odd little mini the definition of Longbox Junk. . .but is it GOOD Longbox Junk?  Let's find out!

 

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The Terminator.

Relentless killing machines created by the all-powerful computer, Skynet.  Their only purpose to infiltrate and destroy the last remaining vestiges of human resistance in one of the bleakest futures ever to be put on the silver screen.

I love The Terminator franchise.  Within the framework of a dark future ruled by machines, there's potential to tell both hopeful AND hopeless tales of resistance and desperate battle against monsters created by mankind's own hubris.

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