I write comic book reviews that NOBODY has ever asked for!
Welcome back to my completely unnecessary reboot and renumbering of the Longbox Junk blog! I'm celebrating my 175th comic review that nobody ever asked me for by doing something else nobody ever asked for. . .reviewing the handful of issue #175 comics in my (and my daughter's) collection!
Oddly enough, I've discovered that it seems nobody really cares about hitting their 175th issue. The Walking Dead started a new (and pretty epic) storyline in #175, but I'm not sure if that was actually planned or if it just worked out that way. Superman #175 was celebrating being the 100th issue since the iconic "Death of Superman" finale. . .but I'm not convinced that's an actual celebration of hitting issue #175.
So. . .nobody cares about the one-seven-five except me.- read more
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.- read more
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.- read more
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
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
Here we are. . .the end of the trail for DC's post-apocalyptic Jonah Hex. The final 6 issues.
I have to admit, they were a little hard to get through. But giving people comic book reviews they never asked for is what I do. So let's get it done!
HEX- read more
After a pretty good start, can DC's post-apocalyptic fish out of water Jonah Hex series manage to stay on the rails for another 6 issues? Let's find out!
DC (1985 - 1987)- read more
I'll just get this right out of the way. . .I'm not a Spider-Man fan. As a comic book fan, I've absorbed the basic knowledge of Spider-Man by comic osmosis. I've seen some of the movies and cartoons. I own some Spidey comics that just sort of came into my collection by buying random boxes full of comics at auctions. He's crossed over into other comics I've read, but I've just never been interested in following any of his regular titles.
My awareness of Venom is similar to that of Spider-Man. . .mostly absorbed by comic fan osmosis. I knew the bare basics and that's about it. In other words, when I got this mini in a box of auction comics a few years ago, I bagged them, longboxed them, and forgot them. . .I never read them and wasn't interested in reading them.
BUT. . .- read more
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