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.
When I saw that The Mask: I pledge Allegiance To The Mask had hit stores, I wanted to review it. I really want Dark Horse to survive and thrive. I've worried about the publisher since they lost the Star Wars license to Marvel Comics. Then they lost Buffy and Angel licenses as well. They are capable of putting out some wonderful, unlicensed comics, and have been for many years. One of the legendary comics they have put out has been the Mask.
Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O from BOOM! Studios looks so sweet. I complain a lot about press releases. There's a lot of comic news that's just copy and pasted press releases and previews or "first looks" from publishers. It gets to the point that I really feel like there's no real comic book industry news. Of course, then there's the occasional event that happens.
Disney announced on Tuesday that Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios will now also oversee the comics division as chief creative officer. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter) This brings everything, film, television, and comics under one creative officer instead of separate people, with differing agendas. Feige will continue to report to Disney co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman.
You thought DC's Announcement of preview pages for Legion of Super-Heroes #1 was going to go unnoticed over here? Straight from DC Comics, we've got preview art for the arrival of Jonathan Kent into the 31st century.
Fans my age tend to have a fondness for the hunt and discovery of of back issues in a time before every moderately-sized city had a comic shop. In the part of North Carolina that I grew up in, the big mother-load of back issues were usually flea markets. I would find some gems at the flea market, whether it was the one off the Interstate that coated the family car in dust, or the one just outside of town that had only a few booths. In that last one, the comic seller had a really good selection of back issue Marvel comics. I seem to recall one in particular he had was Avengers #157, which sported a Jack Kirby cover. Of course, at the time. I had no clue who Jack Kirby was. Nevertheless, the cover had all of the Avengers taken out by one foe, and all I could see of him was his boots.