In the past month there have been two comic book weddings that were touted a little bit. One moreso than the other. In X-Men Gold #30, We had the wedding of Colossus and Kitty Pryde. In Batman #50, we had the wedding of Batman and Catwoman. I'm going to compare the two, as they are very similar tales. In doing so, there will be spoilers.
I'm really enjoying Comicbookgirl19's Epic History of the X-Men video series, so I decided to something similar with the Legion of Super-Heroes. I have a love for the Legion that goes back to the point where I truly fell in love with comic books. I have tried to chronicle this through my Reviews of Old Comics, but I can only go so fast, and I try to only do a Legion comic once a month, if I'm updating once a week, which schedules sometimes just can't allow.
When Karen Berger left DC Comics in 2013, it seemed like the end of the Vertigo line. Gerard Way seemed poised to take up the mantle with his Young Animal imprint. Some of the characters he used were previously associated with the Vertigo imprint. He also gave the books the feel of the old Vertigo titles. Fans of the Vertigo imprint got a glimmer of hope last year. DC Comics announced that there would be a new Vertigo line coming this August. Now the publisher has announced the titles and creators for the new Vertigo, run by editor Mark Doyle.
TRIGGER WARNING: This comic features content that may be distressing to people sensitive to the subject of sexual assault. It's amazing what a difference time makes with comic book stories. As a Legion fan, I picked up L.E.G.I.O.N. for it's links to the 30th century. It had to fight against the perception of being the ancestors of some key Legionnaires conveniently teaming up a thousand years before their descendants would find themselves on the same team. In that first year, efforts were made to fight this, with the inclusion of characters unrelated to the Legion. Among those characters was Stealth. Stealth was a mystery. Her powers were an ability to cancel out sound around her and baffle any attempts to detect her. She was hard to analyze with technology, which eventually came from the nature of her race's reproduction, which was very genetically regressive. She was physically formidable, but on a team with a giant rock creature and the Shadow Champion of Lallor, she was easy to dismiss. However, this issue came about which put her into a new light.
I was going to review Tales of the Legion #316 a month or so ago, but then realized I would have been jumping the gun on it, since Legion of Super-Heroes #3 comes before it chronologically. If I wanted to continue reviewing the Legion from the point I really became a fan, then it would have to wait. Now it has its turn. Tales of the Legion #316 went on sale to comic shop on July 3, 1984. This was just a week after the third issue of the companion magazine. However, the direct market was still very new and like me, many fans had no close comic book shop, so many fans read this story out of order. I actually didn't read the Baxter series for some time, years, probably. Of course, that means that Tales of the Legion was my only outlet for new Legion stories, so this was the only way that I knew about anything that happened in the Baxter series. You'll see the problem later.
The death of Iris Allen, the Flash’s wife, also known as Iris West, is a watershed moment in comics. While it may be an early case of “Women In Refrigerators,” the death of his wife affected the flash for the next six years. It drove him to kill an enemy, which started his very last
Before I get started, I need to make an admission. I was going to make my next Legion review Tales of the Legion #316. However in reading, I realized that I was skipping an issue. I’ll certainly be happy when I get to the end of this year they published two Legion books every month.
Jack Kirby was called the King for a reason. After leaving Marvel, he went to DC and in the space of four years, he drew an average of over two dozen pages of comics a day. He created two legendary mythologies, the New Gods and the Great Disaster. The Great Disaster consisted of Kamandi, and
Instead of fake awards, and highlighting news for the past year, which seemed to consist almost entirely of people complaining online about one thing or another. Instead of trying to come up with lists of things that I enjoyed, which will most likely embarrass me to look at in a few years, I'm going to hit on a few things from the past year that I thought were worth looking back on with some fondness.
When I decided on this comic for review, I realized shortly thereafter that is was from the same year, and only a month away from the previous Reviews of Old Comics article. So what makes 1984 so ripe for memorable comics to review? Yes, I know that technically, this and the previous comics were actually from late 1983, but in the zeitgeist, if the cover is dated 1984, we tend to view it as being from 1984. This was the year that brought us the first Secret Wars and DC's Super Powers, which were some of the first big crossover comics with toy lines. Alan Moore's first issues of Saga of the Swamp Thing are from this year, a definite turning point in comic books for more mature readers. This year also saw the debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which vitalized an independent comics market with hope that a small book could become vastly popular with fans. It also saw DC Comics launch its prestige format Baxter line, available only through comic shops, which probably marked the beginning of comic book shops becoming a destination for fans of comics, eventually supplanting the newsstand as the preferred outlet for new comic books. 1984 was a benchmark year, as it saw significant change in the comic book market and industry.
I feel the need to review a comic that I never thought I would review, much less in this way.Doomsday Clock is DC's grand event that grows from the revelations in DC Universe: Rebirth that someone messed with the DC Universe on a cosmic scale. Of course it was heavily implied that this person was Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen, the classic series from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that was most likely never intended to have a life past it's initial 12-issue run, much less crossover with the "regular" DC Universe. I went into this series, fully prepared to hate it. On the surface, it completely screws with the legacy of probably the pinnacle of what comic books are capable of. To adequately assess the series, it's necessary to take it for what it is, a comic book.