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March 10, 2020

Book Review: Superman: The Golden Age Dailies-1942-1944

Superman: The Golden Age Dailies-1942-1944 Superman: The Golden Age Dailies-1942-1944 by Jerry Siegel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Superman Daily comic strips from 1942-44. We get the classic story of how Clark Kent ended up not being drafted because of messing up the vision test with his X-Ray vision, and a few episodes with Superman fighting various spies and saboteurs. We also get the most unfortunate Superman stories in which the story defends the practice of Japanese Internment and uses a story with very stereotypical Japanese villains. Still, even there, they acknowledge that most Japanese citizens are loyal and good Americans. However, its still not a great moment.

The book begins to resemble post-War Superman stories towards the end of the book as wee meet a lying little girl named Susie, Mr. Mxyztplk appears for the first time in the strip, and Jimmy Olsen is kidnapped taken to a country where he's a double for a king.

Overall, these are good strips with pretty solid art. Be aware that its an artifact of its time, but even with that, there's some good art and fun stories to read.



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Published on March 10, 2020 22:50 Tags: golden-age, superman

March 9, 2020

Book Review: Spider-man: The Complete Alien Costume Saga, Book 2

Spider-Man: The Complete Alien Costume Saga, Book 2 Spider-Man: The Complete Alien Costume Saga, Book 2 by Cary Burkett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The first Alien Costume saga book, this doesn't tell an all-engrossing tale of the alien costume. At the end of the first volume, the costume was contained by Reed Richards and imprisoned in the Baxter building, although the first few issues of this book (including an annual) appear to have happened before that event.

What you do get here is a lot of good 1980s stuff. You get an Annual of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-man that delves into Aunt May's past and reveals she went around with a gangster before she married Uncle Ben. Then there's an Amazing Spider-man Annual with the wedding of J Jonah Jameson provided the Scorpion doesn't mess things up. Then there's Spider-man and a round robin group of team-uppers battling the Black Abbott in a few issues of Marvel Team-Up. That book comes to an end with a double length team up with Spidey and the X-men battling the Juggernaut. On top of that, you have the re-emergence of Hobgoblin and you also have the relationship between Spidey and Black Cat playing out as she learns the price of her deal with the Kingpin. Then we have Web of Spider-man #1 and the return of the alien costume.

There are some lesser issues in here, but overall this book is really fun to read. More than a specific storyline, this book captures how Spider-man in three different books was firing on all cylinders and producing iconic and legendary comic stories.



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Published on March 09, 2020 13:34 Tags: 1980s, alien-costume, spider-man

March 6, 2020

Book Review: Huntress Origins

Huntress: Origins Huntress: Origins by Paul Levitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects the Huntress short stories from Batman Family and Back Up stories in Wonder Woman from the 1970s. The stories are incredibly simply but also fun. While the Batgirl comics from earlier Batgirl was a bit grittier and more detective-like in feel, this one is written to be more of a swashbuckling Superhero story while also acknowledging the challenges Huntress faces in her personal life. Overall, these are fun relaxing reads for when you're in the mood for something simple.



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Published on March 06, 2020 23:29

March 3, 2020

Book Review: All Star Batman, Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy

All-Star Batman, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy All-Star Batman, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy by Scott Snyder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Batman is in a race against the clock to get Harvey Dent/Two-Face to a place where he can be treated. However Batman's got a long journey and Two-Face is determined to make sure he doesn't make it back alive.

This is a solid main story with some great action, good twists, and a great examination of the Batman-Two-Face relationship. The book also contains a back-up story which was a bit hard to follow and felt like it could be skipped.



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Published on March 03, 2020 16:23 Tags: batman, scott-snyder

March 1, 2020

Book Review: Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Squirrel Girl gets a clone of herself. At first, she senses a great opportunity as the two get along. However, the clone reaches the decision that they can only make the world safe for squirrels by bringing the human population under their control, thus setting up a conflict between Squirrel Girl and her double.

This is a really fun read. It takes Squirrel Girl in a different direction and sets up some brilliant scenarios. Even though you're rooting for Squirrel Girl to triumph in the end, its fun to see how her misguided clone manages to clock the entire MCU. Overall, a really fun read.



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Published on March 01, 2020 14:32 Tags: squirrel-girl

February 29, 2020

Book Review: Dan Dare, Volume 1: He Who Dares

Dan Dare, Vol. 1: He Who Dares Dan Dare, Vol. 1: He Who Dares by Peter Milligan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


The focus of this book is that Dan Dare's archenemy, the Mekon has been captured and claims he's trying to reform and so he sits around growing plants and on occasion offers some advice to Dare.

If you've never read/heard of Dan Dare, this story is as boring as watching paint dry. If you have read Dan Dare or heard the audio adventures, than this book fails to capture the excitement of the original and isn't what people want when they read a Dan Dare book. Titan's reprinting the original books and honestly, it would be better to read those instead.



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Published on February 29, 2020 08:29 Tags: dan-dare, titan-comics

February 28, 2020

Book Review: "Adventures of the Super Sons Vol. 2

Adventures of the Super Sons Vol. 2 Adventures of the Super Sons Vol. 2 by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Super Sons' big cosmic vacation continues with more fun and adventure as they try and stay alive and thwart the plans of Rex Luthor.

This book is fun. It's not quite as good as the first volume, but its nearly that. Its wacky, charming, and just a good time to read. Its a fitting end to the Jon Kent-Damian Wayne stories that were such a blast to read since DC Rebirth.



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Published on February 28, 2020 22:38 Tags: dc-comics, super-sons

February 26, 2020

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Champions, Volume 1

Marvel Masterworks: The Champions, Vol. 1 Marvel Masterworks: The Champions, Vol. 1 by Tony Isabella

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


In an era full of superhero teams, the Champions were yet another one.

The Champions were made up two former Avengers (Black Widow and Hercules), two former X-Men (Iceman and Angel) and Ghost Rider. The best part of these books were the fight scenes as you got to see so many contrasting styles. Set on the West Coast, they were a pre-cursor to the West Coast Avengers.

However, with more than a dozen issues to do so, they never really came together as a team. They made Black Widow the leader and never let her actually lead and she never really called them on it. The stories were dull until the fight scenes started and the original villains contributed by the book were quite lame.

Add to that, the fact that the book ended without a proper ending, and thus had to be concluded in Spectacular Spider-man. Overall, unimpressive, and easily skippable.



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Published on February 26, 2020 23:17 Tags: bronze-age, superhero-teams

February 24, 2020

Book Review: Spider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power

Spider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power Spider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power by Jason Latour

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This starts Gwen's ongoing series and is quite good. While there's some nice action, this is very much a character-based story which really helps to have Gwen as well as Captain Stacy and Normie Osborn grow and become more interesting.

In addition to the character, the book does a nice job of laying the groundwork for things to come in future issues. Overall, this series is starting solidly and firing on all cylinders.



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Published on February 24, 2020 22:28 Tags: spider-gwen

February 23, 2020

Book Review: Batgirl, Volume 6: Old Enemies

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Batgirl, Volume 6: Old Enemies Batgirl, Volume 6: Old Enemies by Mairghread Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


We get a couple of two issue storylines and both work fairly well.

The first story involves Batgirl helping a candidate for Congress, which in many ways plays homage to the Bronze Age Batgirl for Congress story. The second finds her battling a new version of the Terrible Trio.

Mostly, the stories in this book work a treat. Throughout, there's subtle developments in character, the return of old flames, tension with her father of her killer brother from prison, and the discarding of a status quo element that's been in this book for years, but creates a lot of problems that aren't interesting in a superhero book.

While Batgirl has some moments of being unusually angry, it does tie into the direction writer Mairghread Scott is taking the character, so I'm good with it and intrigued where this is leading.



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Published on February 23, 2020 22:52 Tags: barbara-gordon, batgirl

Christians and Superheroes

Adam Graham
I'm a Christian who writes superhero fiction (some parody and some serious.)

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