I write comic book reviews that NOBODY has ever asked for!
Fair Warning: This is an "All Ages" series. Just bear with me. . .
I know that I'm writing toward an adult audience, but sometimes even adults just want to have a little fun in their comics, right? I know I do from time to time. So why not check out what's going on in some of those comics you might otherwise pass over as kiddy fare?
Allow me to explain. . .- 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
So what we have here is a relic of a time when Marvel brought back the original Captain America after a fairly lengthy absence (about 4 years) when Bucky Barnes (AKA Winter Soldier) took over as Cap. They returned to the original numbering, but ALSO wanted a nice, shiny, collectable Captain America #1, so they ran the original numbered series and a new series starting at #1 at the same time.
The original series (Volume 5) ended up turning into a short run of several self-contained Captain America team up stories which, while maintaining the original numbering, are listed in indica and on comic book info sites (such as this one) as separate titles. So Captain America #633 is listed as the first issue of a "Captain America & Iron Man" three-issue mini. It's kind of a strange thing.
ANYWAY. . .- read more
Captain America is one of my favorite (super hero) characters of all time.
BUT. . .
I'm gonna say something here that MIGHT just be a little bit disagreeable to a lot of comic book readers out there. I REALLY like Sam Wilson as Captain America, and I hope he STAYS Captain America.- read more
I've always been a fan of alternate reality stories. . .what would have happened if THIS would have been different, or if THAT was said, and so on. Books, movies, T.V. shows, comic books, I love it all. It's just interesting to me considering the path not taken. Both Marvel and DC ran with this idea. . .DC with "Elseworlds" (Coming soon to Longbox Junk) and Marvel with "What If. . .?".
Personally, I like Elseworlds better, but since I have a small handful of What If. . .? then Why Not?
WHAT IF. . .? (Marvel)- read more
The Invaders confused me a bit. I thought that they were an actual Golden Age team, but I was a bit surprised to find out that they were actually created in the 60's and retconned into the WWII era. I wonder if this might be one of the earliest examples of this being done.
That aside, I'm also not sure why this mini was noted as a crossover between Dynamite and Marvel, maybe some licensing issues with some of the Golden Age characters?
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I originally thought that Theater of War was a mini-series until I took a closer look at them and realized that they are actually a collection of one-shots under a single title, with the only things tying them together being Captain America and a similar cover frame. They cover a variety of times and concepts. . .everything from straight up WWII action to Captain America as the embodiement of the American Spirit. Let's get into it!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THEATER OF WAR
-I'm not entirely sure of how these are supposed to be ordered, but snce they are pretty much unrelated with no overarcing story, I'm just going in alphabetical order. . .- read more
It's the time-travelling dead hero mini that's actually good!
Until the end. . .then not so much.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN- read more
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