Friday, January 24, 2020

For some reason, I was expecting this to be smutty...

Even though I bought it used from EntertainMart, when I got Green Lantern: Intergalactic Lawman it was shrink-wrapped. I was afraid Hal was going to go full-frontal...Anyway, it was okay? I did appreciate how Morrison is completely unafraid to take an idea or plotline another writer would give six issues and burn through it in a few pages. Although, I swear a couple plot points had been done fairly recently even, like the Darkstars or Hal supposedly going renegade.

Another pickup this week that won't really fit in the scanner? Tom Peyer and Chris Giarrusso's Hashtag: Danger. (With Randy Elliott and Andy Troy.)
It's kind of a riff on adventurer-hero types like the Challengers of the Unknown, if they weren't really heroic, mostly hated each other, and were generally thoughtless. So, lots of laughs! It's "Rated P for potty-mouthed adults," which was a bit of a surprise with Chris G.'s art. Give it a try!
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

One of the cool things about the WB's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover is that--mild spoiler alert--Black Lightning has a seat at the table with...the Super Friends, or whatever their team is going to be, since I sincerely doubt they'll get to use the Justice League name. I think his series still has to act like he couldn't get Flash or Supergirl to help out in Freeland; but it's still far better treatment than this issue! From 1979, Justice League of America #173, "Testing of a Hero!" Written by Gerry Conway, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Frank McLaughlin. (I don't usually post the cover, but this was a coverless copy; so I need the reminder so I don't grab it again!)

The JLA's Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Zatanna join Green Arrow in observing a new hero: Black Lightning! While he's impressive, Flash makes a comment about accepting a "token black" on the team, and Ollie jumps down his throat. Flash explains they shouldn't take him as a token, and he wasn't sure if he agreed with Ollie's assessment of Lightning. Green Lantern defends his old friend as not being himself, since he had lost his wife fairly recently. To settle the issue, Superman suggests they test Lightning; which they set out to do...which is kind of dicked up, but nobody asked.

For his part, Black Lightning is visiting his police contact, Inspector Henderson; who mentions the Metropolis city council was considering an ordinance against vigilantes. (Henderson's a white guy here; he's black on the show.) Perhaps over-optimistically, Lightning laughs that off, since he thinks there's no way they would pass a law that would affect Superman. Still, leaving the police station, he's jumped by ape-woman Primak and the glowing Human Starburst! While he defeats them quickly, the cops give him the hassle as becoming "a target for weirdoes!" But the cops notice something about Primak and the Starburst that you may have already guessed.

While a rat-controlling villain attacks a S.T.A.R. Labs, Black Lightning is himself attacked by the ghostly Trans-Visible Man, who runs circles around him...perhaps literally. Frustrated, Lightning takes it out on his next foe, the Swashbuckler; but stops himself from killing him. Revealing himself as Green Arrow, he apologizes and explains how they tested him; with Zatanna playing against type as Primak, GL as the Human Starburst, and the Flash as the Trans-Visible Man. Although he had passed, Lightning may be less than thrilled, and declines membership, saying he had too much to do in Suicide Slum. Disappointed, the JLA wonders if they would see him again, and they would--the next issue! Then probably next on the cover of Batman and the Outsiders #1, where he would join Batman's new team with another longtime JLA holdout, Metamorpho. They'd both sign eventually.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020


I know there's an ad, a fairly recent one, that ran on the backs of comics for an Indiana Jones video game, with the tagline "Lucky your fists don't run out of ammo." Or close to that. Unfortunately, I didn't have it handy, but a moment of searching and...

I didn't play that, I wonder if Crossbones did? Have we seen the last of him? Not hardly, but...He's been a somewhat rare figure multiple times: way back in the Red Hulk wave, this movie version in a two-pack with Cap, with the Thunderbolts box set Satana was from. We've seen the Red Hulk one around multiple times over the years; not often enough for him to have his own tag, though. Until maybe now? He's a good villain kind of in the same way Bullseye or the Joker are, in the sense that I hate them and want to see them die. Anyway, he'll have another figure shortly, in the movie Black Widow wave, an updated comic version. I'm betting he outsells Spymaster, but they both look like the gimmies for that batch; with neither requiring anywhere near the amount of tooling the other figures needed.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Buying my Super-Skrull on the installment plan.

Well, at least we have our updated Fantastic Four! I'm sure they're thrilled--

Yeah, Reed's stretchy fingers creep me out too; but if I could put my finger--so to speak--on why...

Hmm. I guess 'sausage fingers' would usually be short and stubby, but I still find the stretchy fingers gross. Is that used more often recently? I'm used to a stretchy-fist punch, and Reed has a stretch-stomp in Contest of Champions that seems pretty effective. That game seems mostly on-point as far as character models too; since I think there were other characters whose appearance in-game indicated a new figure forthcoming.

Speaking of games, the only Spider-Man figures I've seen have been the Gamerverse versions. And several of them, now. I worried that White Rabbit was going to be a pegwarmer, but not yet anyway.

I haven't posted a ton from Preacher, but this was from my first single issue: I picked up the trades up to that point, then read it in singles the rest of the run. From 1997, Preacher #27, "Gunchicks" Written by Garth Ennis, art by Steve Dillon.
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Somehow, the Ghost isn't in this one.

And neither is Iron Man 2020, despite appearances. From 2008, Marvel Adventures: Iron Man #7, "Ghost of a Chance" Written by Fred Van Lente, pencils by Graham Nolan, inks by Victor Olazaba.

Tony bails on this year's Stark International corporate retreat, since he's working on a new subterranean armor; which, oddly enough, also wouldn't really appear here! (EDIT: Honestly, I thought Tony was going to dig his way there...) Rhodey and Pepper are in the Balkans, on their way for a fun weekend of skiing, until a tractor beam pulls their plane into possibly the strictest no-fly zone in the world: Latveria! Dr. Doom contacts Tony by hologram, claiming to have "thwarted your clumsy attempt at industrial espionage" but he will pardon the "spies" if Tony gives up his "cosmic ray decontamination device." Tony has a pretty good idea why Doom wants that, so he has to try something else: can't storm the castle in regular armor, though. Instead, he opts for his new Ghost armor!

Like the more common stealth armor, this version didn't have any weapons; moreover, Ghost didn't even have boot-jets! Tony has to parachute in and sneak around, and discovers Doom keeps his subjects from receiving outside information and on a steady diet of fearmongering propaganda. In the Latverian fake-news reports, the 2020-looking Iron Man is a cruel oppressor of the workers, the tool of "robber baron Tony Stark!" I'm hoping that's fake news, anyway. Tony is nearly discovered by Kristoff--not the boy that Doom would turn into a version of himself, but a Chihuahua? Tony manages to outwit the dog, before Doom finds him, and points out one of his major foes is a woman that can literally turn invisible, so he had kind of put some prep time into that.

Doom puts Iron Man on a somewhat campy show trial, but Tony had his defense all lined up: a secret transmitter, that would start broadcasting western media all over Latveria if anything happened to him. Probably because we're running out of pages, Doom blinks, freeing everyone. Tony still has cartoons and news on every TV in the country, though. Seems like the classy thing to do would be to cancel your threat when you're out of danger, but okay. Also this issue: another Chris Giarrusso Mini-Marvels page! Man, I miss those.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Fine, I guess I'll just read comics at home then! (Sniff!)

Ah, MST3K Live got snowed out and postponed to February 6! Guess I've got time to read a comic then. Oh, no. From 1978, Invaders #25, "The Power and the Panzers!" Written and edited by Roy Thomas, pencils by Frank Robbins, inks by Frank Springer.

Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Faoul is dead, or so he claims, since he's now the Blue Beetle er, Scarlet Scarab! Wow, I am not letting that bit go. He's kicking the tar out of Namor and the Human Torch, since he's on the side of the Nazis against the hated British. Union Jack and Spitfire both get a little huffy there, with Jack noting the Brits had been in Egypt for over a century. Namor suggests, maybe that's long enough.

As you'd expect, it doesn't take long for the Nazis to show their true colors, as they maybe kill, maybe threaten a pair of survivors in a bombed-out village. That section isn't clear, but while the Scarab turns on the Nazis, he makes it clear he'd fight the Allies too "if they tried to level a peaceful village!" Jack again takes that as a slight, like obviously the British would have a jolly good reason if they had to level said village. Meanwhile, there's more hurt feelings and racism in America, as Bucky tries to get the ailing Toro to Doctor Sabuki, only to find he has been 're-located' to an internment camp. Also, some dick bought his house "for a song."

I had to go back through the covers for this series, since I swore somebody is thrown bodily every cover. Eh, it's maybe 20% or so.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020


I'm not super up on the current Hickman X-books, which may be because I just got more and more agitated reading the solicits for the new titles. "Oh, a new Excalibur! ...and Nightcrawler's not in it. Maybe he's in the book where they're C'mon!" But I know Sabretooth got imprisoned in Krakoa and the mutant council type made killing humans a major offense. Like Moon Knight asks, I don't know if that applies to, y'know, name brand mutants like Wolvie. Kurt is acting like it would apply to him, but that may either be because he has to set an example, or he knows it would be a major hassle if he broke the rules.

We may be out for the rest of the week, though! I was working on another episode during Crisis on Infinite Earths, and tomorrow night I'm going to Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! I'll get my lazy hide back to work soon enough.

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