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|Arion, Lord of Atlantis, Vol. 1-2
|Arion, Lord of Atlantis
Arion, Lord of Atlantis is another one of DC's neglectfully-unprinted sword-and-sorcery titles. Back in the very early 1990's, I used to get to talk to a comic pro on Mondays at my LCS. He once told me that DC considered any title that lasted two years to be a success. By that standard, Arion overperformed by lasting three years. If we add to this the fact that several years later, creator Paul Kupperberg wrote a sequel to this series in the six-issue Arion the Immortal, the original Arion had a pretty good run.
Crisis on Infinite Earths kind of tanked this series' continuity, because it resulted in Arion's Atlantis being retconned to be the same as Aquaman's Atlantis. Still, retconned or not, multiple creators have tried to bring back Arion in titles like Aquman, Wonder Woman, Superman, JSA, and Justice League. Which tells me: people want to see Arion again. So, why hasn't the source material been collected yet?
In 1982, Warlord was about to need a new back-up series. Series editor Laurie Sutton convinced Kupperberg to come up with something sword-and-sorcery, and he came back with what eventually become Arion, Lord of Atlantis. It ran as a back-up for eight issues, in Warlord #55-62, then two months later debuted as the ongoing series. That series lasted for thirty-five issues, during which Arion also guest-starred in DC Comics Presents #75. Two months after the series ended came the one-shot Arion, Lord of Atlantis Special. The whole thing lasted from 1982-1985, and Arion, the Immortal debuted in 1992.
There are 51 issues represented in these collections, but eight of those are the back-ups in Warlord. Those were six pages apiece, so I'd count those as one forty-eight page book. So we'll call it forty-four issues total, and split those down the middle for two twenty-two issue volumes. So, Volume 1 gets the Warlord back-ups, and the first twenty-one issues of Arion. Volume 2 gets the last fourteen issues, the DCCP issue, the Special, and the six-issue mini-series.
For the title, The Complete... always ups interest with readers and collectors. And then there's my bid for DC's "Epic Collection," Impact Collection. DC hasn't overused this title though, so I think they'd be alright just going with Arion, Lord of Atlantis.
|Arion, Lord of Atlantis, Volume 1
|Collecting 22 Issues:
|About the TPB:
For the first volume, the front cover is easy- Issue #1. For the back cover, I like #3 for the character poses, but there's not much room for the back cover blurb, and I don't think the image would work shrunk down to accomodate the blurb. The best cover for the blurb is #21, even though it's not much of an action cover- Arion's just sitting there meditating. Still, it's a solid shot of him. Turn the background a solid color, and get rid of the trade dress, and there's plenty of room for the blurb.
|Arion, Lord of Atlantis, Volume 2
|Collecting 22 Issues:
|About the TPB:
For the Volume 2 cover, I like #30 for the pose- it's very dramatic, and seems like you're about to get into something epic. I think instead I'd go with #28 though, because the cover is modelled after a famous painting- the name of which I cannot remember for the life of me right now, but it's recognizable enough to draw the eyes of prospective readers. For the back cover, I like the Special, because it's both a similar cover pose to Issue #1, and it's the official end of the series.
This volume also gets the Arion the Immortal mini-series from 1992. I wanted to include it, because it's Kupperberg's sequel to the series, but the covers are so radically different in art I didn't consider them for the trades. It's not bad art, just too different from the rest of the issues.
I really don't understand DC's reluctance to reprint their sword-and-sorcery titles. This one, Warlord, and Arak, Son of Thunder did really well in number of issues, and the time they came out puts their original readers at an age to be nostalgic for the TPB releases. So, what's the problem? I think it's a slam dunk, but you tell me...
|Would U Buy It? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.