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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 ...

1 out of 1 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....

3 out of 3 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?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 their way.Yep, that's pretty...

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.

The Spirit (Movie- 2008) 8

It has been eight-and-a-half years since The Spirit hit theaters, and ran down the wall like a carton of broken, rotten eggs. I had heard it was terrible. I mean, I cannot think of one person who said to me, "Well, it was okay." I had heard that it was plain gawd awful. So I had looked at it several times in the cheap bins of various stores over the years, and put off buying it. I wasn't sure I wanted to see the destruction of something by Will Eisner- a comic great whose death hit me harder tha...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Savage Dragon #222 0

SPOILERS! You've been warned.Some really cool things happen this issue: Jennifer Murphy is back. We find out that Rapture had a daughter out there, and Malcolm helps her out during a battle. For more of her, see the Mighty Man one-shot that also came out this month. Alex Wilde was back. Dragon saw Alex. Dragon saw Jennifer. Jennifer proposed to Dragon.Then there's the other stuff. "Other stuff" meaning "lots of naked characters doing lots of sexual stuff." Now, I'm not a prude, and this title is...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Titans #5 0

This issue, Wally saves everybody. With the doppelgangers killing everyone at the same time, Wally has to be everywhere at once. He pours on the speed, does the deeds, and in the end it appears that Linda may have remembered him. But maybe she was just shocked at what was happening to him. It's unclear.I felt like the saves were too easy, but what saves this for me is the way the creators successfully built the awe of everyone over Wally's power. That was pretty impressive. I'm still a bit under...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Titans #4 0

Dang, I want to like this book so much better than I'm actually liking it. So this issue, Kadabra doubles the doppelgangers' powers, they fight the Titans again, and being more powerful, they win. Kadabra gives Wally the you-can-save-only-one-so-you-must-choose speech, and Wally boldly says he'll save them all, sprinting away.I really have next to nothing to say about this issue. They're trying really hard to keep the nostalgia pump primed, but on the second readings, it's just not there for me....

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Titans #3 0

I'm doing second readings on the first five issues before I do these reviews, and I'm frankly shocked at how much my personal nostalgia for this team has kept this book on my pull list. On the second readings, I am way less enthused.Okay, so this issue: Kadabra rants about becoming infamous, Wally has another long boring chat with an angry Linda who still doesn't remember him, and the Titans do little more than try to figure out their next step. We see Vox and Bumblebee out of costume, watching ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Titans #2 0

My nostalgia for this team has kept me with this book through all five issues (six if you count the Titans: Rebirth one-shot) but when I go to write the reviews, all I can think of is my complaints on the issue. <sigh> So let's get to it.Biggest gripe: Abra Kadabra. He's never been a Titans villain. Yes, he is a Flash villain, and this arc is about Wally, but come on- Abra Kadabra? Especially when it's clear he's standing in for the Fearsome Five's Doctor Light? (If he's not, I'll truly be...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Titans #1 0

*SPOILERS*My general nostalgia for the 1960's & 1980's rosters of Titans keeps this book afloat for me, but I have to say this issue was full of disappointment for me. First some good though: The recaps at the beginning were nice, because I haven't read all of the DC: Rebirth one-shots. Also, seeing the team go out and kick butt as a unit was nice.Some of the bad: the thing about Linda not knowing Wally as he desperately tries to remind her of who he is feels like a real stalker vibe. Whatev...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Titans: Rebirth #1 0

I've read this twice now- once when I bought it, and just before writing this review. I'm trying to recall some of what I felt the first time, because it should be relevant to the review, and because I didn't feel all that on the second reading.First: finally! Wally West is back! Yes! I have no problem with the African-American Wally West as an alternate universe character. He's a cool character, and I'm loving him in the Arrowverse shows, but that redheaded former sidekick is the guy I know as ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Spawn #258 0

There is absolutely no way to avoid spoilers this issue, because only one thing happens: Spawn fights a demonic horde until only one is left, and then gives that guy a message: "Tell Satan I'm here." Yep, sorry, that's it.I only bought this because Erik Larsen was coming aboard for awhile. Turns out that on this issue, he only helped with the art, and Todd McFarlane did the writing. Fluffing out an entire issue with a demon fight- and a one-sided demon fight at that- is why I gave up on Spawn in...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Nightwing #10 0

*broad overview spoilers*With "Welcome to Bludhaven" emblazoned across the cover, I have to admit that I was kind of excited to pick this one up. Bludhaven was literally made for Nightwing in the 1996 series, so to see Dick Grayson finally getting back there twenty years later feels really good to this fan. That's my initial reaction anyway.Upon closer inspection, this Bludhaven is a little different from the version that DC decided to drop Chemo on, but maybe that's not bad. There's some casino...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Daddy Cool 7

I picked up Daddy Cool at a Goodwill for a buck, because I'm a sucker for cheap comics, and the magazine-sized graphic novels always grab my curiosity. This is an adaptation of the Donald Goines novel of the same name, done by writer Don Glut and artist Alfredo P. Alcala. It falls way short of being good, but I suspect that's due to having to boil an entire novel down to sixty-four pages.Daddy Cool is Larry Jackson, a hitman working out of Flint, Michigan. He has a wife, daughter, two sons, and ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah TPB 0

I picked this up at a very cool place that sells trade paperbacks for three dollars. Glad I did, because if I'd paid the full fifteen for it, I'd have been very upset. I saw it on the shelf, thought I recognized the art style, and upon closer inspection, yes! Mike Mignola! How could one go wrong with the creator of Hellboy, the BPRD, Abe Sapien, and Lobster Johnson? Right? Well, as it turns out, the answer to that is: Jenny Finn.Quoting from the issue summary here on Comic Vine:...Singularly imp...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Anthem #1 0

I ran across Anthem in the back issue bins of the comic shop I work at. I flipped through it during some downtime, and knew that I had to have it. First, it's by Roy Thomas, whose writing I love- especially on Golden Age characters, and these were characters he created for a Golden Age setting. Second, because I discovered that the characters were named after lines in "The Star Spangled Banner" -an idea I had about a year ago. Figures someone beat me to it.Why would anyone name characters after ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Batman: Cacophony TPB 2

I have been wanting to read this since it was announced in 2008. Onomatopoeia was a weird but fun read in Kevin Smith's 2001 Green Arrow run, and here was Smith again, writing his own creation against Batman. Sounded like fun, and another theme villain against Batman? Yes, please, although I was hoping Ono' wouldn't be a permanent resident of Gotham after this. As time and money would have it, I didn't get to read this until March 2015, so here I am, six years after the 2009 release of the trade...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl 2

It took me sixteen years to find a copy of this book. I had seen the original solicitation in Previews, and had been assured a few times that it was released, but I had seriously begun to think that it had never come out. Then, one day in 2014, there it was in the back issue bin, and I was only too happy to pay the $9.99 price tag that it had been given (cover having been $5.99). So could this Elseworlds live up to the expectations of a sixteen year search?The answer to that is unequivocally yes...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Wonder Woman #37 2

I am not really one to be loyal to creative teams on corporate owned books, because the creative team will change, so why set yourself up for disappointment like that? However, the difference in the Brian Azzarello/ Cliff Chiang run, and this new one by Meredith and David Finch is stark.Azzarello pissed a lot of fans off with his interpretation of Wonder Woman, and more with his interpretation of the Amazons. I was not one of those people, because think about it: he addressed every problem Wonde...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Savage Dragon #200 6

This issue is just all kinds of awesome. One of the variant covers has art from the late, great Jack Kirby, for crying out loud! Larsen starts this issue out with a bang... "if you know what I mean." It's another patented "He won't really go there, will he? Oh, he did!" Malcolm Dragon fans will not be disappointed. For those interested, Dragon Sr. makes a pretty good showing for himself in this too, against both Vicious Circle goons and later, Mr. Glum. That's right- Mister freakin' Glum.This is...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1 4

I've been a bit frustrated with DC and Marvel the last few years. DC for their New 52 that has clearly been destined from the start to get rebooted into something else. Marvel for their stubborn insistence that they don't need a reboot, but continued "reboots that aren't reboots" in the face of that lie. However, Marvel has taken some truly credible steps in recent years. One of those is faithful and even loving comic adaptations of known prose novels. Another is what will hopefully be great han...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Bounce #1 5

SPOILERS, because honestly, I couldn't muster up the give-a-rip to keep them out of this.Just looking at the cover, you can figure going in that The Bounce is a character something like the Marvel character Speedball. The cover is one of those that has more of a magazine feel to it, than a comic, so okay, slicker production values maybe. Also, it's from Image, which means it's creator owned- in this case by Joe Casey and David Messina. So it's probably going to be fun, right?I guess it depends o...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Big Boy Magazine #506 2

When I was a kid, I used to get the Big Boy and Captain D's comics that those restaurants gave away. I wish, wish, wish I still had them, because they were a lot of fun, but alas, they were damaged in storage at some point, and have been gone for many years. So back in 2002, in a visit to a Shoney's (aka Bob's Big Boy), I checked to see if they still gave away these free kids comics. The answer was no, the comics I remember are no longer available. However, there's a modern version of it called ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Exclusive Collectors' Edition: Spider-Man 2

***SPOILERS aplenty, but it's from 1980- get over it.***There is so much comic-y goodness to this comic, the only thing I can do is just jump right in! This is a promotional comic from 1980, and the thing to remember is that it's not just promoting Aim toothpaste and Pepsodent toothbrushes (see the last page's great ad) it's also promoting The Amazing Spider-Man. What better way to do that than a beautiful origin recap? Since it's on the inside front cover, the higher quality paper has really he...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Wonder Woman #11 2

I just got to read this issue today, and once again, I. am. loving. it. I have enjoyed a couple runs of Wonder Woman in the past, but never once did I think that it would be my favorite DC title. This 2011 series is. I read the official review before I was able to get to the comic shop and pick up my copy, so I was a little trepidatious about it. From what I was reading, this issue, while still awesome, felt a little rushed. Could Azzarello suddenly be rushing to finish an arc?That's possible. E...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Dial H #3 0

****BROAD OVERVIEW, MINOR SPOILERS****I have mixed feelings about this title. When I read the interviews about it online, I was actually excited, because it hinted at some characters returning from the Chris & Vicki run of Dial H For Hero, back in the 1980's. Now that it's here though, it's...weird. Those characters are here, and that's great, but the rest...I don't know. Maybe I just don't like the main character that much. I don't hate Nelson Jent, I just don't find him that relatable. I g...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Savage Dragon #180 2

*****SPOILERS*****For several issues now, Savage Dragon has been dealing with an alien invasion. The Tyranneans - the race Vanguard is here to watch out for - showed up en masse, and flat out attacked. Their monstrous foot soldiers have been wreaking havoc, and by this issue, everyone is in the fight - Malcolm, Angel, the good guys, the bad guys, the Atlanteans, even the gods - and they're losing. Not just losing; dying. Dying a lot.Angel and Malcolm realize they can't fight the aliens, so they ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Weapon #4 0

Spoilers or bust...and I don't go bust. It's from 2007, so read on, and save the back issue hunt.Last issue, The Weapon and the Lin Kuei had reached the final leg of the search for the scroll of chi mastery, and now we are in the final leg of The Weapon mini-series. Tommy swoops in and snatches the scroll from the Forest Demons, and fights them off, finally unleashing a solid light slingshot that starts the trigger on the whole slew of traps in the volcanic cavern. Using skill and the last of hi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Weapon #3 0

Yet more spoilers, but it's from 2007 - you've survived this far...The Weapon #3 jumps right into it again. As Tommy stands off with the Lin Kuei ("Forest Demons") he gets a little more history from the leader, Sheila, before she and her assassins take Megan Dean-Hughes on the last leg of the search for the scroll of the secrets to mastering chi - "The Way of the Weapon." Sheila leaves a brutal looking, ham fisted, huge blade carrying initiate of the Lin Kuei to kill Tommy in combat - a chance s...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.