Bill Sienkiewicz is one of those artists that has elevated comic art by raising the bar every time his work is published. We covered his 1980s cover art before, but his current work continues to astound with its quality. Image Comics and Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment released his latest three variants for The Walking Dead #177-179.
Megan and Greg Smallwood are behind the latest addition to Archie's Horror line, Vampironica. In this story, Veronica becomes a vampire and has to deal with a monster invasion of Riverdale. Fans of Greg Smallwood's art for Marvel should love this book, as the art is the great quality you've come to expect from him.
I know, but I couldn't resist writing the title of the article like that. About Betty's Boob looks to be a quality comic dealing with a serious issue that affects 1/3 to 1/2 of women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Dynamite released a collection last week of Project Superpowers: Hero Killers. Hero Killers was a five issue limited series that explored what happened when some frustrated sidekicks snap and become the murderers of the heroes they once served. When the first issue came out last year, I read it and wasn't terribly impressed. However, the premise and the creators are intriguing enough that when the TPB came out, I wanted to give it a second chance.
Here is some comic book news you might have missed as reported by Hollywood Reporter, DMG Entertainment, the company that brought us movies such as Looper and Chappaquiddick, has acquired Valiant Entertainment, the comic publisher that boasts the third-largest universe of superhero characters (over 2000!).
Tank Girl turns 30 this year. Take that in.
There are very few books that I can honestly say that I've been looking forward to. Bingo Love is one of those books. From the time I read about the Kickstarter to the preview comic I picked up at HeroesCon, I have been waiting to read this book, and was thrilled when it was announced that Image would be publishing it.. This can be a double-edged sword for a comic, because it has a lot of anticipation to live up to.
I was going to continue on the the mid-80s frenzy that I was in, visiting the dawn of the West Coast Avengers, but in looking at the series, I wanted to hit where the series had its greatest impact. The mini-series was not that point, and in the series itself, the high points seemed to coincide with John Byrne's run on the title. Those also tended to run with multi-issue stories, with a couple notable exceptions, and one of those is the introduction of some of the silliest heroes of the 1980s, the Great Lakes Avengers. They keep coming back and at one point in their evolution boasted among their members, Squirrel Girl. This is before everyone's favorite nut-eating, butt-kicking hero was invented, and features some heroes that if not silly, definitely were interesting, to say the least. So with the intro now long enough to wrap past the Reviews of Old Comics logo, let's get started.
You may have noticed your Facebook feed blowing up with mentions of finding Comic Book hardcovers and Trade Paperbacks at crazy great prices. For those you not familiar with it, Ollie's Bargain Outlet is a chain of discount stores that feature buyouts and overstock from seasons past. Their motto of "Good Stuff Cheap!" is generally not exaggeration, especially when it comes to their book selection, often with a modest section of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Word broke through social media that they had gotten in a massive shipment of discounted hardcovers and trade paperbacks for crazy cheap prices. Instantly, collectors, fans and connoisseurs of comics rushed to their nearest Ollie's to get what they could.
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.