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IF YOU GRIT YOUR TEETH AT THE THOUGHT OF "SOCIAL JUSTICE" OR "FORCED DIVERSITY" IN COMICS, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW.

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In keeping with my current efforts to more familiarize myself with the current state of Mainstream Marvel Superhero Comics, I've enlisted my comic collectin' daughter to help me out a bit.  

With a few exceptions (such as Captain America, Punisher, and Moon Knight), I'm just not really interested in much that Marvel has been putting out for quite a while now, as far as their superheroes go.  

It's not that I don't like Marvel. . .it's just that honestly I'm more of a DC guy when it comes to NEW comics.  Give me some Bronze-Age Marvel, though, and I'm a happy man.

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Longbox Junk - X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong

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Let's get this out in the open right from the start. . .

I don't like the X-Men.  I never have.  

It's not that I HATE the X-Men, it's just that I'm not a big fan of "mainstream" costumed superhero comics (with a few exceptions like Captain America, Moon Knight and Batman), and I'm even less of a fan of "team" books.  So where I'm a fan of Batman and Captain America, I'm not a reader of Avengers or Justice League.  I just prefer stories to concentrate on one character and their supporting cast.

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Retro Reviews - The X-Men #23

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Welcome one and all to another "Retro Review" edition of Longbox Junk, where I take a look at some of the older and more "valuable" single comics in my collection, and give YOU yet another review you never asked for!

This time out, we travel back to 1966 and take a look at an early madcap adventure of everybody's favorite Merry Marvel Mutants. . .The X-Men.  Let's do this!

THE X-MEN #23

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Face front, true believers! It's another Retro Review edition of Longbox Junk as we take a trip back to 1967 for some Merry Marvel Mutant Madness, guest starring the one and only Wisecracking Wallcrawler, The Sensational Spider-Man! 

Sit back and enjoy another comic review nobody ever asked for, brought to you by the Astounding Authorship (AND Humongous Humility) of yours truly!

X-MEN (vol. 1) #35

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More one shots. . .YAY!  I love 'em.

OUR ARMY AT WAR Featuring Sergeant Rock (DC 2010)

Sergeant Rock is one of my favorite characters. As a Marine Corps veteran, I can appreciate how Rock is actually one of the greatest ANTI war characters ever created. This modern take on Rock is one of the strongest comics I've read in a LONG time.

It is written to perfection with the story flashing back and forth between WWII and either Afghanistan or Iraq (not made clear), with the characters finishing each other's dialogue across time, showing the old soldier's adage "The more things change, the more they stay the same." to be true. The ending of the story, when we find out why the modern character fights, is an emotional punch to the gut, and comes out of nowhere. I won't spoil it, but it's the kind of ending that puts everything before it in a whole new perspective. . .

The art is superb in every way, from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, to the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers, the whole issue is rendered in incredible detail. And then there's that fantastic cover by the legendary Joe Kubert. . .

From the cover to the last page, this one shot delivers on every single panel.  Highly suggested.

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