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.
I'm really glad that I picked Savage Dragon up again. It's obvious that Erik Larsen loves comics. It's also very good to see a creator into slow storytelling. I miss the days when a subplot would run for months, sometimes over a year. Erik Larsen seems to have been a fan of that, too.
Before I review Marauders #1, I don't know if we're going to be reviewing every first issue of this latest X-Men relaunch, but it seems like we probably should. Nevertheless, I personally have been looking forward to this issue. I like Kitty Pryde, as I'm certain other people here at Needless Essentials Online. Also, I'm intrigued at what exactly Emma Frost's plan is with this new mutant nation.
Brian Michael Bendis has revealed that in Superman #18, Superman will reveal his secret identity of Clark Kent to the world. (source) It was revealed in the solicitations, but readers expect those to be hyperbole. In an Interview with the New York Times, Bendis revealed that this development will not be a bait-and-switch.
There are moments in comics history that simply cannot be believed. Roy Thomas seems to know all of them. He ended up putting half of them into All-Star Squadron. I discovered All-Star Squadron about mid-way through the run. I had to go back and find back issues, which was a little daunting, considering that this was early in my collecting experience. My options for finding back issues were rather limited to a single back-issue comic shop and flea markets. I think that I came across this particular issue a little later, during the comics boom of the early 1990s, when every town had a comic shop, if not several, including sports card stores getting in on the craze. I may have mentioned it in my review of Hansi that There was one in particular that kept me coming back with cheap back issues. It was probably at a shop like this that I got my first copy of this issue, featuring someone calling himself Thor.
It’s the Dawn of X. Now we can see how this new direction for Marvel’s mutants evolves. I really liked the twelve issues that led into this line-wide relaunch of the mutant titles. Is this momentum going to hold, especially with the flagship title written by Jonathan Hickman? Oh, yeah, there may be some spoilers.