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Let's do away with the long intro this time out. If you've read Part 1 of my Longbox Junk video game one shot special, then you know what this is about. . .Video game-based one shots.
If you haven't read Part 1 yet, I have to ask. . .
Why are you reading Part 2 first? You some kind of Commie?- read more
Generally speaking, comic book fandom seems to cross over with certain other fandoms pretty easily and often. Video games is one of those crossover points with comic books that is a great example of how two seemingly different things can come together in a great way. . .well, mostly great anyway.
Like just about everything else on Earth, there's good AND bad to be found in the many comic book/video game crossovers out there. . .which brings us to this Longbox Junk entry.
This time out, I'm gonna TRIPLE down on things I love with not only comic books and video games, but ALSO my great love of the one shot! I know that there are a lot of people out there who prefer the history, background, and ever-changing storylines of an ongoing series. . .especially one that's been rolling along for a while. There's nothing wrong with that.- read more
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.- 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
There's nothing wrong at all with a good ongoing series, but if anyone were to ask me what my favorite form of comic art is, I would immediately answer "The One Shot". Within the framework of a single issue, the creative team is challenged to give us everything we need to enjoy a story. They're pretty much forced to swing for the fences. Here are 5 random single issues from my collection read and reviewed for your consideration. Are they home runs or foul balls? Let's find out!
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More one shots! I DO love these little bite-size pieces of the comic world. . .
HELLBOY: DOUBLE FEATURE OF EVIL (Dark Horse)
This one shot presents two stories. . .A haunted house that forces the occupants to bring it victims and a man who calls on the wrong God in an Egyptian museum. . .with a framing device of them being movies shown to an audience of the dead in an abandoned movie theater.
Both stories are brilliantly illustrated by one of the true masters of horror comics, Richard Corben, and the art is worth the price of admission (heh) alone.
Likewise, both of the stories are well written by Mike Mignola, but the first is more enjoyable. The second story only fills a few pages and feels very rushed, but it's not bad at all. . .just very short.
Overall, this is a fantastic collaboration between two comic legends and is quality work from cover to cover. Very well done.
Welcome to another round of random single issue Longbox Junk. Let's get this party started!
AZRAEL PLUS (DC)
A team-up between two great characters. . .Azrael and The Question.- read more
I have a lot of one-shots in my collection. They're probably my favorite kind of comic book. Not that I don't like following a character month to month, but there's definitely something to be said for having a complete story in one issue. No cliffhangers. No waiting. Just a single compact piece of comic book goodness. I decided to throw some one shots into the Longbox Junk mix for the next few entries before I go back to complete runs and mini-series. . .
HELLBOY: 2017 WINTER SPECIAL (Dark Horse)
First off. What an absolutely fantastic cover!
There are three short unconnected stories in this special, let's take a look at them individually. . .
THE GREAT BLIZZARD: This story doesn't feature Hellboy or any of the B.P.R.D. characters, but some characters I'm unfamiliar with who seem to be paranormal investigators in the 1800's (David Grey and Sarah Jewell). The art is very nicely done on this one, and the dialogue between the characters is snappy. The story itself is a little disappointing, but I wouldn't mind finding out more about these new characters.
GOD REST YE MERRY: A tale set at Christmas in the 1950's starring Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm versus a possessed Santa Claus. It's played for laughs and the art isn't great. . .very cartoony. I got a chuckle out of Hellboy getting an ugly sweater for Christmas, though. Probably the worst of the three, but not terrible.
THE LAST WITCH OF FAIRFIELD: Now HERE'S some good Hellboy. The classic team of Hellboy, Abe Sapien, and Liz Sherman tracking down some lost children and coming in conflict with a witch. The ending is a chilling reminder that when it comes to the supernatural, sometimes when you win, you still lose. The best of the bunch with a great story and great art by the same artist who did that fantastic cover.
All in all, I really enjoyed this one shot. The middle story was pretty light, but that didn't drag the whole thing down.
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