Today’s Retro Review offering brings with it the reminder that, sometimes, the behind-the-scenes events in comic publishing are as tense and dramatic as anything they put on the page… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Destroyer Duck #1 awaits!
We’ve looked at unofficial crossover before here in Retro Review corner, such as the Aquaman story that concluded in an issue of Sub-Mariner, and the wild and wacky battle between (for some values of between) The Invaders and The Freedom Fighters. But this sort of thing didn’t only happen in the wild and wacky 70s, as we’re about to find out… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of DNAgents #14 awaits!
Some people like their heroes grim and angry, brimming with venom and covered in the dirt of the filthy streets of a mean city. That’s cool and all, but have you ever wondered what would happy if your hero was incorrigibly happy? Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Zot! #1 awaits!
Dozens and dozens of our favorite comic book characters are created as homages of, tributes to, or blatant rip-offs of previously existing characters. It is, by this point, the nature of the beast, and leads us to more than a few interesting stories. There are many ways to acknowledge your literary influences, but sometimes it’s best to just own up to it… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Eclipse Monthly #8 awaits!
The history of comics is filled with people whose artistic skill and inventiveness marks them as geniuses in my book, from the stylized wonder of a Gil Kane “flipping-over-backwards-because-I’ve-been-punched-that-hard” panel to the understated beauty of a Wally Wood woman all the way through whatever it is people love about David Finch. Then, there are the unsung heroes, those who do that which no one else ever had the stones to try… That’s where we meet Matt Feazell. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of The Amazing Cynicalman #1 awaits!
Or – “From An Earlier Great Creator-Owned Age Of Comics…” Comic readers today really have it good. Not only do we have FOUR major comic labels with dozens of smaller publishers, not only do we have revivals of every conceivable character from The Avenger to Zorro, not only do we finally have a level of respect (at least in terms of dollars moved), but we have awesome creator owned comics like Saga, The Walking Dead and literally dozens more to choose from. (I could list for days, but it’d only start a fight, so for our purposes, assume my third
Or – “It’s Strange The Things That Stick With Us From Days Gone By…” It’s interesting to remember that, a couple of decades ago, the city in which I currently live, where I met my wife and saw my kid born, was just the far-off Big City home of my college roommate. My first visit to Topeka involved a visit to the comic shop (one which changed hands in the ensuing decades, but eventually became known as Gatekeeper Hobbies) and the purchase of an ENORMOUS stack of comics out of the Five-For-A-Dollar bin. This book was one of ’em, and
Or – “The Viewers Are Those Who Make The Painting…” I had a completely different Retro Review on tap for today, which (due to a series of circumstances filled with annoyance and vitriol probably best left undiscussed) will have to be postponed to a later date. I scanned my wall of comics looking for a suitable replacement, and my eyes immediately locked on the box marked “Howard The Duck/Tales Of The Beanworld/Zot!” and remembered something that my grandfather probably never actually said: “When life gives you lemons, sometimes you have to go read about beans…”
Or – “A Moment When I Wondered If I Could Even Write AT ALL…” **Please note that today’s Retro Review is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended, and images may be considered NSFW. Those who are sensitive to depictions of violence should NOT click the link.** Day 2 of Anniversary Week, and we continue our look at stories that have great power and meaning for me. If you listen to the Major Spoilers Podcast, you know I talk a lot about things my Grandfather may or may not have actually said. On occasion, though, I have to divert to
Or – “Crisis On Infinite Oddities…” As we’ve mentioned previously, the comics publishing world has developed a “Big Event” mentality, and crossovers have become the norm for the big publishers. In the ’80s, in the wake of ‘Secret Wars’ and ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths,’ a number of publishers created their own universal opus to cash in on the crossover craze. One of the weirdest was Total Eclipse, from Eclipse Comics, publisher of titles as diverse as Miracleman, Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, Tales of the Beanworld and more. The big question going into this book wasn’t what the threat was, it
Or – “We Hold These Comics To Be Self-Evident…” Today is American Independence Day, commonly referred to as July 4th, as it takes place on the 4th of July, hence the name, and that’s why the song is called Alice’s Restaurant… To all the faithful Spoilerites of the United States, Happy 4th of July. For those of you who are from elsewhere, sorry about all the hegemony and stuff. Either way, it’s time for another bout of our Rapid Fire Reviews, bite-sized chunks of comics that I either couldn’t write three paragraphs about, or ran out of time to cover.
Or – “Off To Meet My Doom, Mom! See You After School!” Comic book publishing schedules puzzle me. The Twelve hasn’t come out in what seems like a year, while Agents of Atlas is apparently on a bi-weekly status, and Spider-Man is coming out every sixteen minutes or so. Wolverine alone accounts for half the forests destroyed in the United States every month. The major publishers can’t seem to decide whether it’s a market for the celebrity auteur writer, or whether it’s the characters who sell the books regardless of creator. When Wolverine #73 came out a few weeks