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FeaturedRetro ReviewReviewValiant Comics

Omen Enterprises’ special strike team, the Harbinger Active Resistance Division Corps, has recently returned in fine form to the pages of modern Valiant Comics, but not everyone knows how they got their start…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of The H.A.R.D. Corps #1 awaits!

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DCFeaturedJustice League of AmericaRetro ReviewReview

Ever since I was a kid, I was a fan of the Justice League, a collection of the mightiest heroes of all, coming together to face threats no single hero could stand.  This is the book that very nearly brought that enjoyment to an end…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Justice League Of America #1 awaits!

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Amazing Fantasy #15 First Appearance of Spider-Man
Amazing Spider-ManFeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReview

So, you guys heard the one about the bookworm, the radioactive spider and the heapin’ helpin’ of dramatic irony? Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Amazing Fantasy #15 awaits!

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Blue BeetleFoxRetro ReviewReview

I’m always amused by people who talk about Jaime Reyes being the “second” Blue Beetle, or how Ted Kord is better, because he’s the “original” BB.  Mind you, they’re only off by about thirty-odd years…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Big 3 #6 awaits!

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DCFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

These days, they’re competing titans of the comic industry, but once upon a time, Grant Morrison and Mark Millar were writing partners in the DC Universe.  As you’d expect, though, their stories occupied one of the weirder corners of that world…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Aztek, The Ultimate Man #1 awaits!

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Amazing Spider-ManFeaturedRetro ReviewSecret WarsVenom

As someone who has spent far too much time around comics on sale, I often see this one labeled as ‘the 1st appearance of super-popular future movie star, Venom!’  In a way, that’s true, but there’s perhaps a little context one needs to know…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #8 awaits!

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Archie ComicsFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

As we have seen, Archie/MLJ Comics started out in the 1940s, and has been active in nearly every decade between then and now.  Of course, for their first new hero of the ’60s, things might have gotten just a teeny bit…  unusual.  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Adventures Of The Jaguar #1 awaits!

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DCFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewthe shield

The original patriotic hero (Yes, even before Captain America) has had a lot of revamps in his time, but the Impact Comics version may be my favorite…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Legend Of The Shield #1 awaits!

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Captain AmericaFeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReview

Time for a peek behind the scenes of the creative process here in Retro Review corner:  Sometimes, I work from a detailed spreadsheet cross-referencing comics eras, publishers, genres, important character appearances and milestones, carefully collated after years of collecting and archiving back issues, selecting each book carefully based on it’s relevance, quality and historical importance… Sometimes, Stephen says “Hey, what’s the deal with these weird guys I just read about in Secret Empire?”  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Captain America #163 awaits!

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Supreme #41 review
Alan MooreFeaturedImage ComicsRetro ReviewReviewSupreme

The original concept for Supreme was expressed as “What if Superman was a reprehensible, murderous bastard?”  It wasn’t until Alan Moore that anyone thought to play with what an ersatz Superman’s adventures could actually mean…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Supreme #41 awaits!

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DCDetective ComicsMartian ManhunterRetro ReviewReview

Though retroactively removed as a founder of the Justice League Of America, The Martian Manhunter is still my favorite of DC’s highest-profile characters.  Ever wonder who he is and how he came to be on Earth? Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Detective Comics #225 awaits!

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FeaturedMarvelNew X-MenRetro ReviewReviewX-Men

In honor of Jean Grey’s first ongoing series, it seemed like a good time to touch on an important bit of Marvel lore: Clones, swerves and all-powerful alien simulacra aside, and regardless of what internet wags would have you believe, Miss Grey has actually died exactly once… This is that story.  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of New X-Men #150 awaits!

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FeaturedPacific ComicsRetro ReviewReview

Wildly creative, legendarily prolific, the architect of the Marvel Universe…  But what might Jack “King” Kirby create if left to his own devices?  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Silver Star #1 awaits!

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Adventure ComicsDCFeaturedLegion of Super HeroesRetro ReviewReview

Can you guess the secret of the newest Legionnaires?  (No cheating if you’re one of the Future People!)  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Adventure Comics #355 awaits!

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