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Gwandanaland Comics #106: Golden Lad 2

Tommy Preston gains his powers from an ancient Aztec heart of gold. He basically becomes Superboy, with super strength, invunerability, flight, super speed, super smarts, and high voltage vision (x-ray vision). The stories are fun, and Tommy's grandpa is nice comic relief. Unfortunately, the thing I was really left to wonder about is never really addressed in the stories.Grandpa Preston's antique shop is full of some weird objects with mysterious properties. He bought them from the widow of his ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Green Arrow: Here There Be Dragons TPB 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** The stories are from 1988, so you've had yer chance.Want to read the review on the previous volume? See Green Arrow: Hunters Moon TPB.I dinged the first volume of this series for seemingly wrapping up Dinah's trauma from Longbow Hunters, and moving on- saying it was a little too easy. While they didn't exactly redeem that in this volume, they at least did mention it again, so kudos for not completely letting it go.Where Dinah's trauma was dealt with in two issues, the six...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Green Arrow: Hunters Moon TPB 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** They're from 1988; over thirty years ago. Y'had yer chance.Recently, I treated myself to a bunch of trade paperbacks, most at some very discounted prices. Among those, I got all nine currently-available volumes of the 1988 Green Arrow series. Easing into a three-day weekend, I finally got around to reading the first volume today. It's... well... right in line with what I expected it to be, but a tiny bit dated.Only "a tiny bit" though, because Oliver Queen was a "social j...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Nancy In Hell: A Dragon In Hell #1 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS***You may be wondering how something like this happens. See the pic to the right- El Torres explained it himself in the back of this very issue. TL;DR? Allow me to get to the core of it with this quote:...I used that hey-we-are-in-the-same-company trick... "Can I use The Dragon in one of my books?", I asked."Yes," answered Erik...."Can I publish this book through Amigo?", I asked."Yes", answered Erik.El TorresSo, that's how that gets done. Easy, right?Y'know what wasn't easy...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Savage Dragon #250 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** (you were warned)It's that time again! Another milestone issue for Savage Dragon! This title has been plugging along for 250 issues now... 256, if you count the original three-issue mini-series, #0, #1/2, and the #13 from the Image X-Month (although Larsen would prefer you forgot that last one). If you start counting the minis, crossovers, and significant guest appearances, there have been at least another 50 (FIFTY!!!) issues with Savage Dragon in them! That's OVER 300 i...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Teen Machine #1 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** you were warned.Teen Machine #1 is a one-shot that collects the Teen Machine stories from Argo Comics Anthology. The stories are each fun for what they are, but as a whole, it seems like the creators were trying to decide what they wanted Teen Machine to be as they went along.In the first story, "Helping Melvin," nerdy Melvin wants to ask the beautiful Renee to the prom. The Teen Machine team decides to help him out, but the school bullies want Renee to themselves. The st...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

MPH TPB 0

Okay, so the first issue of this came out in 2014, and I don't think I bought it until 2015. Never did get the other issues. A few weeks ago, I was shopping around for another two trade paperbacks about a super drug, and it reminded me of MPH. So, I went looking, and found it for a pretty decent price (that is: less than cover). Before I get into the book though. let me get something out of the way...I kind of dislike Mark Millar. Kind of. To be fair, I liked parts of Wanted, and most of Starlig...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1 0

After reading the Tales From the Dark Multiverse: TItans: The Judas Contract one-shot, I was super stoked to read the other Dark Multiverse books. Unfortunately, the story quality is apparently not consistent. This divergence on Batman: Knightfall is just weird.*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* you were waned.So Bane breaks Batman's back. Bruce works his way back to health to be Batman again. Here though, when he confronts Jean Paul Valley, the former Azrael decides he's the "one true Batman" (which had me th...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Futurists #1 0

Example of former webcomicBack in 2009, The Futurists was a webcomic. That and this one picture I found on comicsbeat are about all I can tell you about it, because the website - whoarethefuturists.com - is now gone. I imagine that they had to pull the webcomic when they decided to sell comics through Allegiance.Although the webcomic is no longer available to read, The Futurists #1 is! And I say: READ IT! British soldier Terry Gunn is caught up in a treasure hunt gone wrong which he tried to sto...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Norah's Saga #1 0

Hammer of ThorNorah's Saga is my third of four reads from Allegiance Arts & Entertainment, and I have yet to be disappointed. Between the company name, and the way these titles have gone, I'm assuming they're being written with an eye towards film development. I gotta tell ya: I'm okay with that. These stories are fantastic!A few years after a death in the family Norah Karrlson is in a new town, and new high school, and she's not exactly fitting in the way she'd like to. A fateful trip durin...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves #1 0

Badass Mofo should totally be an official job titleI love a good Western. There's just something about the tall tale mythic nature applied to gunfighters. Maybe it's the fact that some of them actually existed? Whatever the case, U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves delivers all of that, including the fact that this guy was real! I was surprised by that- I don't remember reading his chapter in Badass, but here's his entry on Badass of the Week which says he's in the book, so I must have read it. There's po...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Red Rooster #1 0

I currently work at Wal-Mart. So, when I ran across an article saying that a new comic line would be distributed directly to Wal-Marts, and sold in their book section, I wanted to check them out. I'll be honest: I wasn't expecting much. I picked them up June 5th, and I'm happy to say: I was wrong. With fantastic art, and so-far great writing, I'd hold up this title to anything being put out at one of the larger companies.There's not a lot to tell as of this issue since it was mostly setup, but t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #5 0

Want to read my review of New Statesmen #4?Possible ****SPOILERS**** but for the love of life, take them, and don't buy this book!This story was originally serialized in fifteen chapters in the British anthology comic Crisis - sister title to 2000 A.D. It ran from #1-14, and resurfaced in #28. The five-issue mini-series was the way it was formatted for the American market. Frankly, maybe it loses something not having to wait from issue-to-issue for each chapter? Whatever the case, this issue was...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #4 0

Want to read my review of New Statesmen #3?Possible **SPOILERS**, but take them and save yourself from buying the book.Stuff hits the fan right out of the gate this issue, and without warning. I mean, it's what Phoenix was planning in the previous issues, but we didn't know exactly what that was, and here we didn't get to see it start. There's no Ozymandias-like explanation of it either, beyond some vaguely hinted at puritanical cleansing of the non-Christian elements in the country, city-by-cit...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #3 0

Want to read my review of New Statesmen #2?Possible ***SPOILERS***, but take them and don't buy this book.I was trying to read an issue, then write the review before going on to the next issue, but I couldn't stand it anymore with this issue. So, I went ahead and read #4 and #5. It doesn't get better.Ugh. This mini-series really goes downhill quick. I stated in a previous issue's review that this was published three years after Watchmen, and it just becomes more-and-more evident that they were o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #2 0

Want to read my review of New Statesmen #1?Possible ****SPOILERS**** but it's from 1989.I gotta be honest: I think maybe the first issue had such high marks from me, because of the similarities to my own Statesmen idea. This issue was way less... well, just way less than the first issue. Phoenix- the televangelist Statesman who's running for president- has some plan underway, and surprise, he suggests murder to his second-in-command, but "maybe you can make it look like a suicide." Le sigh. Not ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #1 0

****SPOILERS***** but this story is from 1989, so you had your chance.I ran across New Statesmen completely by accident. I was researching something in the Comic Vine wiki, and it came up in a search. I was intrigued, because in my own characters I have a group called The Statesmen. As it turns out, the idea is similar on the surface. That is: both teams are a group representing the United States- a member for each state. That's about as far as it goes.The story starts off in September, 2064, th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 0

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* ...you were warned.Just to be upfront with everyone, I haven't liked much of what DC or Marvel have done since 2011. I pretty much stopped reading them after 2015. I've checked out only a few things here-and-there, and have been mostly disappointed. Which pains me to say, because I love DC and Marvel. I really do. I grew up with them, and these are the comics that made me fall in love with comics. But really... lately? Not so much.Honestly? I only bought Legion of Super-Heroe...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 0

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* ...you were warned.Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 is a one-shot revisitation of the 1984 Power Pack series that made us love this group to begin with. The fact that they threw in some other nostalgic favorites like Kofi, Friday, Kitty Pryde, Wolverine, Lila Cheney, and the Brood just made this a really fun read. It's split into two stories: "Growing Pains!," which is the main story where they fight the Brood, and "The Gift!," which is really just an epilogue to the main story, but i...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Spider-Ham #1 2

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* ...you were warned.I love funny animal comics in general. My three favorites though have to be Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, Marvel's ten-issue Mighty Mouse, and Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. So when I saw Spider-Ham #1 on the shelf, I had to check it out.I have to be honest: the jerk version of Spider-Ham that's come about since 2015 is funny at times, but mostly, it's a poor replacement for Howard the Duck. I just want 'Ham to be fun. In this issue, h...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract #1 0

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* ...you were warned.I haven't been reading a lot of DC or Marvel lately. I don't hate them or anything... I've just been really disappointed by them in the last several years. Not much has really interested me, and the few things I did check out were mostly lackluster and disappointing. It's completely possible that I missed some gems, but let's just leave it at that before this strays too far from the review. The POINT is: anything Titans... especially if it's related to the ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Savage Dragon #247 1

*SPOILERS* ...probably. I'll try to avoid it, but... well, we'll see.I have a feeling that this issue is just a bridge in something larger. I mean, there's always a larger arc, but this one was just... "filler" is too harsh, but... kind of? On its own, it wasn't much. A lone Demonoid Prince comes back from his travels to find his race slain, and wages a one-demonoid war against humanity as the new Demon King (DK). We get to see Amy (aka Battle Girl) in a Canadian-themed costume, and of course, h...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Filthy Rich HC 0

I am ten years late to this book. I happened upon a first printing of a hardcover Filthy Rich in a used bookstore. I got it for a ridiculous $3.37, rather than its cover price of $19.99, but that was just a bonus to me. I picked it up because it had Brian Azzarello's name on it. I didn't actually know that he had written the excellent 100 Bullets, or Batman: Broken City, or Batman/Deathblow: After the Fire. I learned all that reading Silkcuts' review of this book (thanks, Silk'). But the New 52 ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Gwandanaland Comics #362: Mr. Muscles 0

I should clarify something about my Gwandanaland reviews- I give them five stars every time just for doing the collection, because I have great fun reading characters I've never had the chance to read before. Gwandanaland Comics reprints comic scans just as they are. If the comic had a flaw, the collection will have a flaw. So, if I ding the score at all, it's based on problems with the original comic, not with the collection itself.With this book, we're getting a collection of the two-issue Cha...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Gwandanaland Comics #1875: The Complete Barry Kuda 4

I have to be honest: This book gets five stars from me just for the name Barry Kuda- I love wordplay names! Gwandanaland has reprinted the original five Barry Kuda stories in this book. That's all of the Golden Age stories.Like seemingly all Golden Age stories that were part of an anthology, this story jumps right in. Barry and his pal, Algie, are drawn into a whirlpool that takes them to an undersea kingdom. There, they find that they can breathe underwater, and they are immediately drawn into ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Gwandanaland Comics #1020: The Complete Dynamic Man 0

Another great read compiled by Gwandanaland Comics! Like many of the characters collected by Gwandanaland, their stories took place in anthology comics, which means the stories often jumped right in without bothering to give readers any kind of origin story. Not so here! We get the briefest of overviews that Dynamic Man was the subject of secret chemical experiments by one Dr. Stahl. And that's it! So, moving on...For the first few stories, the blonde Dynamic Man fights alone. By the sixth story...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Gwandanaland Comics #13: The Complete Black Cobra 0

Despite the description for this book, it is actually a collection of not one, but two Black Cobras. Like many of the public domain comic reprints I've read from Gwandanaland, this one reveals that the original publisher was completely willing to change things on a whim to attract readers. That aggravated me the first couple of books I read, because I felt that the changes were worse than the original versions. Not so with the Black Cobra. Also, these whimsical changes have grown on me, and now ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Gwandanaland Comics #940 - Power Nelson: Futureman 6

Look, if this doesn't make you want to read the book, then I don't know what else I can tell you.Power Nelson - 1st story, 1st page.I don't know what all went into the creation of Power Nelson, but the premise seems to be pretty much "Looks like Flash Gordon, has the power of Superman, but it's set on Earth." The thing that really got my blood pumping to read this was the fact that this March, 1940 story dared to jump only forty-two years into the future. Perhaps that's merely a commentary on th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Gwandanaland Comics #283 - The Complete Red Panther 0

Updated cover, January, 2019I don't know what happened, but somewhere along the way, I really kind of lost interest in the jungle story. Unless it's The Phantom. I dunno; put a costume on the main character, and I'm up for just about anything. So when I saw The Complete Red Panther amidst the covers of the Gwandanaland Comics offerings, I knew it was one that I had to read.A bit of trivia: as it turned out, I was the first person to ever buy this book, so my copy is the first ever printed. Not a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Gwandanaland Comics #678 - Rusty Ryan - The Paul Gustavson Stories: Volume 1 0

Minor spoilers - the stories are 80 years old; you had your chance, okay?This is a trade paperback reprint of Rusty Ryan stories from the 1939 anthology title Feature Comics #32-73. Never heard of Rusty Ryan before? That's okay, neither had I. When I first started looking at the Gwandanaland covers on Facebook, the cover to this book caught my eye every time I ran across it for two reasons. First, the "Rusty Ryan" logo stands out, and second, because Rusty's costume looks remarkably like Captain...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

How To Self-Publish Comics Not Just Create Them #1 4

This book was great, and only suffered in one, small area: Blaylock started the comic company Devil's Due Publishing. He couldn't help telling anecdotes about DDP, so it kind of came off like a promotion for publishing through DDP rather than self-publishing. (Personally, I'd look for a small publisher who lets you retain your ownership, rather than trying to do it all myself.)For the score, I'd say minus one star for the seeming promotion of DDP over self-publishing. Total score: 4 stars....

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Gwandanaland Comics #238 - The Green Turtle 0

This is a trade paperback reprint of the Green Turtle stories from the 1944 title Blazing Comics #1-5. As Blazing was an anthology title, each issue's stories were only about nine pages long, so they get right into it. Unfortunately, writer and artist are not listed anywhere in the stories. I think both the writing and art are typical for the Forties. That is, it does the job, but not super flashy.According to the stories, The Green Turtle is a legendary protector of China, and the people often ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #4 0

***Possible Spoilers***I read the first The American Way, and loved it. It was a nice mix of heroics and government manipulation- something I imagine would be much closer to the truth if superpowers existed in the real world. I've been reading The American Way: Those Above and Those Below since it started, and my reaction has been a bit mixed. I've been trying to sort it before doing any reviews on the issues, but I've decided that maybe those mixed feelings should be part of it. So, here we are...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Titans #17 0

***Spoilers discussed***I know, I know- on last issue's review, I swore I was dropping this title. Here's the thing though: my comic shop requires five titles minimum for a subscription box, and I really didn't have anything else to add. So, I just kept this one on the list. Moving on...My peeve last issue was that the big bad behind the Fearsome Five was revealed to be an evil Donna Troy, and I predicted yet another "Who is Donna Troy?" arc. Well, I'm just going to go ahead and say, "I told you...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Titans #16 0

***A few spoilers, but I'm over it***I'm done with this series. I really want to like it, and I've tried- I've really tried. The current roster is a nice mix of the 1960's and 1980's rosters, and they've hit some good beats- the return of red-headed Wally to the team, working Mal and Bumblebee into the book, and the return of the Fearsome Five. It's just...everything else.I get it- African-American Wally isn't going anywhere since he's all over the Arrow TV show, and frankly, I'm good with that....

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Deadman #1 0

I won't lie- I bought this issue for the glow-in-the-dark cover. Not lying again- the glow-in-the-dark cover didn't look so great in the dark. It certainly didn't work as well as the 1993 glow-in-the-dark cover of Radioactive Man #1. That aside, I also thought it was cool that Neal Adams was doing the artwork. Turns out he did the writing, drawing, and coloring. Pretty cool, since he did the art on an early incarnation of the character.After geeking on the gimmick cover and Adams doing the art, ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Fighting American #1 4

Having released a trade paperback of the original Fighting American material in 2011, Titan Comics jumps right into this continuation of that series. They give you a brief recap on the inside front cover, and then dive right into the action as if the previous issue was last month, and not in 1955, or 1966 if you're counting the Round Robin one-shot.So, what do we find out this issue? That Poison Ivan and some of his Communist co-conspirators have gotten to the future (our present of 2017) closel...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Savage Dragon #227 0

Want to read my review of Savage Dragon #226?***SPOILERS, BECAUSE...***It's going to be nearly impossible to keep the spoilers out of this review, because so...little...happens. Actually, that's not completely accurate. A lot of setup happens, but it can be summed up in the two sentences I put in the wiki summary:Malcolm, Maxine, and the kids move to Toronto, Canada with the help of Thunderhead and the Chicago PD. Jennifer, Amy, and Alex remain stranded in Dimension-X, fighting whatever comes th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Savage Dragon #226 0

Want to read my review of Savage Dragon #225?***Probable Spoilers***This issue starts off with Dragon's funeral, and flows right into Malcolm Dragon and others continuing to fight crime amidst growing anti-alien sentiment prompted by president Trump. Oh, and in the montage panel of people complaining about aliens, one of them says, "Plenty of n***** and Muslim countries out there for them to move to." only the N-word isn't censored. Really, Larsen? Completely unnecessary. Yes, it's probably show...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Savage Dragon #225 0

***Probably some spoilers***Okay, there's something to talk about right off the bat here: the XXX Cover D. That's right. There were four covers for this issue: two by Erik Larsen, a great one by Frank Fosco, and a Triple-X cover by Rafael Kras. And that XXX rating is no exaggeration. It pictures Malcolm in bed with Angel, Maxine, and Tierra. Chests, vaginas, and juices are showing, along with open condom packets and miscellaneous items of clothing strewn about (not to mention a couple of used co...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.