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RETRO REVIEW: Iron Man Vol. 1 #142/143 (Jan/Feb 1981)

Or – “He Wasn’t Always A Huge Tool. Once, He Was A Huge Tool With A Tom Selleck Haircut.” With all the verbal beatings heaped upon Senor Antonio Stark in recent weeks, I decided it was well past time to look at something that predates his characterization as a “futurist” (which seems to be synonymous with the characterization of Batman in the Morrison and Waid eras of JLA: the man paranoid enough to act in a manner completely contrary to heroism in the name of preparation), as well as a time when comics in general were simpler. The occasional would-be…

Marvel
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Mighty Avengers #1

Or – “Behind The Curve Is Where I’ll Be…” Okay, so I admit it. I’ve been dragging my feet on recapping this title. I was of the opinion that I wasn’t going to cover it at all, until I managed to stay on my daily schedule long enough to actually exhaust what was in the review bag (though not buying last week’s comics due to budgeting catastrophe may have been in large part responsible, as well.) The honest truth is: I’m a big Frank Cho fan. I’m a conditional Brian Bendis fan (though I enjoy him better on his self-created…

DC
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52- Week 47 – Revelations

Let’s take a breather for a minute With all of the insanity that has been happening these last couple of weeks, it’s probably a good time for everyone to take a bit of a breather, come to grips with what has happened, and catch up with some loose storylines. Heck, there may even be a revelation or two thrown in for good measure.

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Checkmate #12

Or – “There Are Eight Million Stories In The Checkmate City…” I actually remember the FIRST time I read a number 12 issue of Checkmate (and I refuse to believe it’s been nearly 20 years, either), an Invasion Aftermath extra written by Paul Kupperberg, with art by Steve Erwin (not the late Crocodile Hunter, mind you) and Al Vey. I liked that series, with it’s attempt to meld the soopahero and spy genres, although I didn’t read it until years after it’s cancellation. (I was completing my run of Suicide Squad at the time, and the crossover issues were compelling.)…

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Justice Society Of America #4

Or – “Y’know, I Loved Kingdom Come As Much As The Next Guy But, C’MON!” With this issue of JSA, it’s official… It IS just me. I’ve had long, involved conversations with the folks at work (including both my fellow counter monkeys, as well as several customers) and to a man, nobody but me is bothered by the amount of Alex Ross in the issues of JSA thus far. They DO agree with me that his covers are less attractive than the variants by interior artist Dale Eaglesham, but aren’t bothered by the obvious thumbprints of Mr. Ross all over…

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Download Comics (legally)

IGN Entertainment and Top Cow have announced readers can now purchase download-to-own comic books via IGN’s Direct2Drive on-line service. The high resolution PDF file can be printed out, using your own paper and ink, or read on your computer. Top Cow plans to offer over 400 titles throughout the next year. Currently available are issues of Witchblade, The Darkness, Tomb Raider, and Rising Stars. Prices are not too bad, with most issues costing $1.99. Is it worth it? I tested the service out earlier today.

DC
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Manhunter #29

Or – “What’s In A Name? You Wouldn’t Ask If Yours Was ‘Hortense.'” In the DC Universe (or, to be honest, the streamlined and updated DC/Quality/Fawcett/Charlton/Etc Universe), the name “Manhunter” has carried with it a bit of a stigma, for some reason. The first Manhunter (from Quality Comics) was Dan Richards, a police officer who put on the mask to clear a friend’s name. He was retconnedly brainwashed, and later murdered by a later claimant to the name. Paul Kirk, the second Manhunter, had an abbreviated run in Adventure comics, was trampled by a Rhino, cloned, killed, cloned, killed, cloned,…

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Outsiders #46

Or – “Strange Days, Indeed… Most Peculiar, Mama.” Of all the mysteries left unsolved in the wake of the time-jump caused by 52, the question of what happened to the Outsiders has been the most maddening, partly because their change in status quo was so dramatic, and partly because Judd Winick has insisted on giving us absolutely nothing to go on, not even an oblique hint. Even now that they’re revealing the events that filled the one-year-gap, certain questions remain maddeningly unanswered (notably the whole “Grace isn’t what she seems” issue), and Winick is probably going to hell for it.…

Marvel
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Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #7 (of 8)

Or – “Where Ya Want The Fake Cake Fulla Snake?” One of the joys of being a comics geek are the moments where you get to say “I know this story!” or “I remember where this happened!” ‘Earth’s Mightiest’ continues it’s quasi-“Behind The Music” look at Avengers #58 through 61 (so far) and gives us the full Paul Harvey (that’d be… The REST Of The Story) on the decision to allow a previously murderous synthezoid to join up, on the impromptu wedding of Henry Pym and Janet Van Dyne, on the reasons why intelligent men (not to mention the Vision’s…

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RETRO REVIEW: The Flash Vol. 1 #123 (September 1961)

Or – “The Secret of 52 Is…  Gardner Fox Was A Frickin’ Genius.” There are those who find the Silver Age of comics ridiculous, and the situations laughable.  They cite simpler art, weird stories, and a general lack of realism as sticking points, whereas I cite them as the main selling points.  In those days, the language of comics was still in it’s formative years (after all, the time difference between the debut of Superman and the debut of Barry Allen as the new Flash was a mere 15 years), and every story essentially came from whole cloth.  And nowhere is this…

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52 – Week 46 – Mad Science

How to bring a man-god down Last week Black Adam discovered the Mads of Oolong Island were behind The Four Horsemen project that resulted in the death of his wife and brother-in-law. Having the power of seven gods should be enough to make anyone mess his lab coat, but not these crazy bunch of bastards.

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New Avengers #28

Or – “I Had A Pair Of Pants Show Their Seams This Quickly, And Demanded A Refund.” On paper, New Avengers looks like a guaranteed hit, a no-brainer. Luke Cage getting respect. Iron Fist back at his best friend’s side in his hour of need. Spider-Man, at his lowest point, but no longer alone. Spider-Woman finding a group of people who ALSO don’t have anywhere else to go. Doctor Strange, once again the backbone of a team book. Wolverine doing what he does, at which he is the best. The mysterious masked Ronin, probably someone we know, and many of…

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 8 #1

Or – “Waitaminnit!  That Ain’t Kristy Swanson!  I Call Shenanigans!” \ I can tell you right now where the real difficulty lies with each and every Buffy comic I’ve ever read.  Sure, that Joss Whedon dialogue is rough to reproduce, and the exact personalities of the various Scooby gang members can be a little amorphous (especially Willow), but the real difficulty, the thing that’s torpedoed my enjoyment of some previous Buffy comics is simple:  Sarah Michelle Gellar’s face defies any attempt to draw it.  There is some strange aspect of the way her features coalesce that makes Buffy look not-so-much like…

Marvel
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Heroes For Hire #7

Or – “How To Get A Head In The World…” No, Wait, How ‘Bout “He Shoulda Quit While He Was A Head.” Wait! Let’s Try “That’s Not What I Meant When I Asked For…” Oh, Nevermind. I’ve been wavering for a couple of months about Heroes For Hire, whether or not I’m going to continue reading it, and I’ve decided that I’m keeping it on my hold list, for one of my simplest reasons: I sincerely believe that Marvel will end the title before too much longer. Certainly I’m not saying that Heroes is a bad comic book, it isn’t,…

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