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During the San Diego Comic Con, we were teased with a new team series called The Terrifics that includes Mister Terrific, Plastic Man, Phantom Girl, and Metamorpho, but there’s a whole new group coming to the team – The Strong Family.
Right around the turn of the century, America’s Best Comics arrived on the scene to save us all from the grim and grit that devoured so many comics of the 1990s. And in an ABC Comics, things get complex, fast… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Tom Strong #20 awaits!
For a few brief years, the Wildstorm Comics imprint known as ‘America’s Best Comics’ actually lived up to the promise of its high-falutin’ name, providing the best comics on the stands. At the center of that universe was the pulp-style superman known as Tom Strong… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Tom Strong #1 awaits!
Why must humans always degrade robots with words like Doom, Terror, and Fear? Don’t you know we only want what is best? So a few meatbags get taken out here and there, is it really that big of a deal? But I digress… Tom Strong is traveling through time trying to prevent Nazis and robots from taking over, and he’s got Tom Strong along with him to help.
Or – “The Return That No One Expected…” For all the guff that I give fans of 90’s comics, the entire decade wasn’t deadwood. Indeed, near the end of the decade/century, there was a renaissance in comics that led to such wonders as Planetary, Rising Stars, and the entire America’s Best Comics imprint. Of these books, Top 10 was my quirky favorite, Promethea was probably the most successful artistically, Greyshirt was a noir flashback tale, but none of them had the pure comics vibe that Tom Strong had. Taking the most successful elements of Lee and Kirby’s Marvel, the tales
This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew will take a look at Greyshirt – Indigo Sunset from America’s Best Comics. Greyshirt originally appeared in Tomorrow Stories (1999), each issue consisting of a collection of short stories featuring a recurring cast of characters. These characters, like Greyshirt, were often inspired by pulp magazine and comic book archetypes, such as the boy genius and the masked detective. As such, Greyshirt’s stories often showcased Alan Moore’s take on the detective stories of such characters as The Spirit. Unlike most of the other ABC characters, Greyshirt is not so much a parody
Or – “Additional Revenge of the Return of the Living Monolith!” Woodland creatures with large-bore ballistic weapons? Looks like it’s time for another round of RAPID-FIRE REVIEWS!Â With special guest star, Ted McGinnis!Â And Jerry Mathers as the Stephen!
Or – “Where It All Gets Weird… Well, Weirder Anyway.” Neopolis is not the place to go if you’re easily confused, frightened by change, or in any way uncomfortable with the new and different.Â For the officers of Neopolis P.D., each day is a new trial, with witches and werewolves, cyborgs and super-people, gawds and telepaths walking the streets…Â So far, the officers of Top 10 have had to deal with new rules and regulations and a whole new brand of ugly on the streets as mysterious wizards are giving young kids magic words to turn them super.Â The question
Or – “Oh, Joe Pi, Where Art Thou?” America’s Best Comics is one of my most-missed of the early 00’s comic companies, as Alan Moore and company delivered month after month, giving us creative takes on superhero tales, drawing as much from pulps and television as from comic history.Â Top 10 was, arguably, the most successful of the various offerings, so it’s good to see original creators Xander Cannon and Gene Ha back in the saddle with the characters of Neopolis’ Tenth Precinct…Â But, can lightning strike into that same bottle again?