It's been a running trend that the comic industry under-compensates the creative people behind your favorite comic books. It goes back to the beginning of the industry. I was talking about this with a friend on the phone the other day.
Erik Larsen went on bender recently posting various covers for ROM: Spaceknight from the 1980s. There were some great covers by artists like Michael Golden, John Byrne, and Bill Sienkiewicz. There was one cover by Frank Miller that was so good, it almost ranks up there as iconic. It's the cover for ROM: Spaceknight #3. Technically, this isn't a comic from the 1980s. It's cover dated February 1980, putting it's release in the holidays of 1979. ROM was marketed as a hi-tech toy for Christmas that year. The comic was meant to be a tie-in. Like most Marvel comic tie-ins of that era, it became something more. Look no further than Micronauts, Dazzler, Star Wars and G.I. Joe for examples of comics that created a following outside of their intentional purpose.
I didn't know if I wanted to review Excalibur #1 or not. It's not that I thought it was bad. It really doesn't seem much like an X-book. Of course, then I realized that at its best, the original Excalibur didn't seem like one, either. I gave it a second read through.
Harleen is ftom DC's Black Label line, giving us a new look at the origin of Harley Quinn. It's well established that Psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel was treating the Joker in Arkham Asylum. The Clown Prince of Crime managed to draw the already unbalanced doctor across the line into becoming his accomplice.
Tales From The Dark Multiverse:The Death Of Superman #1 is the latest building off of the success of the Batman Who Laughs. These comic series' names are getting too long. While the premise is a "dark" multiverse, what we have laid out is a series of alternate earths that are just as viable as any in the "regular" multiverse.
The Internet blew up recently when Tony Isabella posted to Facebook that he doesn't care for Batman. It's an opinion I've heard before, but not by someone that actually has worked on super-hero comics.
It's been a while since we explored the Multiverse. It's been so long, I had to look up and see if there was a format to this column that's not really a column. Of course, there's not a format, so let's just get started.
On Netflix, one of the best bits of original programming is The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Fan service wouldn't be complete without a comic series tie-in. It's always better when they give a little extra story, enriching the TV series. BOOM! Studios has Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance. I could go on, but let's just give you the press release and preview pages from BOOM! Studios. The book hits shops this week, October 30, 2019.
Sex Criminals, the mature readers title from Image Comics is coming back. We last saw Suzie and Jon back in June of 2018. Some of us were beginning to think that it was becoming the victim of it's own success. Never fear, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are bringing it back. In January, 2020 the final story arc, "The End."sees its beginnings.
Because it's Tracy Icenhour's birthday, we're going to review the latest issue of GI Joe. For those not paying attention, the U.S. has surrendered to Cobra. Duke resisted and was shot in the head by Major Bludd.
Giant Days has finally come to an end now. Shut up. I'm not crying, you're crying. As a courtesy to fans that haven't read the comic yet, I'm going to be trying my hardest to not spoil it.
I actually had to look to see if I had already reviewed this issue of Archer & Armstrong. Of all of the original Valiant comics, this one is probably my favorite. It doesn't hurt that it was written and drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith. Early Valiant comics by him are the best of the bunch. I got this because I was diligently following Archer & Armstrong. Eternal Warrior held no interest for me. I felt that he wasn't an interesting character. It seemed like Jim Shooter really had an interest in Gilad, because so much important stuff in Valiant seemed to come from his world. It seems like after Shooter left, the comics went a little more wherever the fans were flocking. Yes, I know its pandering. I'd like to think that the solution isn't just to write what the fans want, but to make a comic better and more interesting along the way. Barry Windsor-Smith made a great comic with Archer & Armstrong, a comic that tied very closely to Eternal Warrior. It tied to it so closely that for the eighth issue, they went double sized to tell a story that involved all of the immortal brothers and counted as an eighth issue for Eternal Warrior as well. On top of it all, it worked in one of the greatest adventure stories in the history of western literature, The Man In The Iron Mask.