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Yours is the first positive review I've seen of  "Three Jokers".  Every other reaction I've seen to it has been negative.

I didn't like this story much -- I thought Captain America was far too naive -- but it's better than most What If? stories featuring Captain America.

The Baron said:

I actually remember this version of the story better:

I felt like it could have been a good story if it had been given a little more thought, and maybe been a little longer.

ClarkKent_DC said:

I didn't like this story much -- I thought Captain America was far too naive -- but it's better than most What If? stories featuring Captain America.

The Baron said:

I actually remember this version of the story better:

The Baron said:

Yours is the first positive review I've seen of  "Three Jokers".  Every other reaction I've seen to it has been negative.

Where have you been reading those? Not here...?

On FB, mostly,   

Jeff of Earth-J said:

The Baron said:

Yours is the first positive review I've seen of  "Three Jokers".  Every other reaction I've seen to it has been negative.

Where have you been reading those? Not here...?

TOMB OF DRACULA: Up through #22; also Giant-Size Spider-Man and Dracula #1.

TOMB OF DRACULA: Up through #26; also Giant-Size Chillers #1 and Giant-Size Dracula #2-3.

MICRONAUTS: #1-12 (actually Micronauts Special Edition #1-5). 

MARVELS SNAPSHOTS: AVENGERS: This has an Iron Man cover by Alex Ross. He is the regular cover artist of this series, but he has also been doing alternate covers for a number of other Marvel series. As I stood in line to buy this, I was [six feet] behind a customer who was buying a stack of all the different covers Alex Ross has done recently. There were quite a few of them! If comics were still 60 cents apiece, I might have bought them all, too. 

There was a time I used to give comics a letter grade, depending on whether I thought it was "average" or "above average" or "below average." I would rate this comic a good, solid "C". That means "average" and that's nothing to be ashamed of. The story, about two first responders at an Avengers battle who fall in love (and various others sharing stories) wasn't all that engaging, plus the art art some very basic "technical difficulties" in spots.

IMMORTAL HULK #40: Speaking of Alex Ross covers (Ross is the regular cover artist of this series, too), he does a remarkable imitation of Sal Buscema's Hulk here. Inside, Joe Fixit (in Bruce Banner's body) bursts out of the Hulk, Doc Samson goes through the "Green Door" and finds himself in Walter Langkowski's body (thereby creating "Doc Sasquatch"), and if you're not already reading this series you have no idea what I'm talking about, do you? Also, the Hulk falls to Earth from orbit and is met by the thing, setting up the latest Hulk/Thing slugfest next issue.

DIE!DIE!DIE! #13: Like it says on the cover, "Come for the elderly strangulation, stay for the spaceships!" If this is not the best comic book currently being published, it is certainly my favorite (but I think it's the best, too). 

The first Die!Die!Die! collection has been on my Hoopla Favorites list for months, but I keep overlooking it. I'll certainly have to read it now.

The letters pages of Die!Die!Die! is presented as a kind of dialogue, with the editor's comments presented in bold black and Robert Kirkman's in bold grey. Oftentimes, the editorial comments are interspersed within the body of the letters. In the case of issue #13, the point is made that the letters page is being assembled two weeks before the election. Here's what Robert Kirkman had to say about that...

"I am VERY excited for you all to experience next issue. Oh, man, am I excited. And... wait... as you're reading this, the election is over? What's THAT like? Are things okay? Is it somehow more insane than times are right now? I guess we'll all find out, won't we? I hope you voted for sanity. that's Biden, by the way. He's the sane one. Is he going to be President now or are things just f*cked? Do we even kow yet? Is there a big fight brewing? Oh, dear, the suspense."

Last week really, but I read Unstable Molecules which I had been wanting to read for a while, since it has many accolades. Written by James Sturm with art by Guy Davis (honestly the main reason I bought it). This re-imagines the Fantastic Four as if they were based on real people, and this story is about those "real" people. I do give Marvel major props for giving us a non-superhero Fantastic Four story, but it just didn't resonate with me for some reason. I didn't hate it, just didn't live up to hype. Oddly enough, I do still recommend it as it is a neat experiment.

The past few months (thanks lockdown!) I've actually made a small dent in my unread comics. In these new reads, I recently got to Superboy #185. This is a 100 pager that is all reprints. This issue being a theme issue of teenage heroes. I don't give a rip about the 2 Superboy stories. I already had the LSH one. Now I was really interested in the Golden Age stories we got, mostly from a historical context.

We get a Star-Spangled Kid (and Stripesy) story from 1946. One from Kid Eternity from '47. Finally, the first appearance of Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys from Sensation Comics #1 published in 1942. These were fun to read.

This issue also has a great wraparound cover by Nick Cardy.

MARVEL #2: This is the second issue of this title (not to be confused with Marvels X or Marvels Snapshots, as I once did). It is three stories surrounded by a framing sequence. The first story is yet another story (there must be a half dozen of them) sandwiched between Giant-Size X-Men #1 and X-Men #94. I have to consider this one out of continuity, contradicting as it does not only the letter but the spirit of the Wein/Claremont/Cockrum/Burne era. I was surprised to discover the story is by Dan Brereton, as i usually find his work butt-ugly. This story is at least nice to look at.

The second story, by Eric Powell, is also vaguely placed circa Fantastic Four #57, but only "fits" if one has never read those issues. The third story features the Vision and, although I read it only yesterday, I can't remember a thing about it.I recommend this comic only those unfamiliar with Marvel continuity or who simply don't care.

FANTASTIC FOUR: ANTITHESIS #4: A bonkers ending to a bonkers story. Sue is wearing some sort of head-dress with antennae for a reason that escapes me. This story doesn't really fit into any continuity I'm familiar with, either, but it doesn't even try

MAESTRO #4: I don't usually follow discussions of comics I don't read or haven't read, but I did follow the one about The Incredible Hercules by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente a while ago, and was motivated to buy the collections. I see Maestro #4 very much as a follow-up to that series. I recommend this comic to anyone who liked that series. 

X-RAY ROBOT #4: This time I remembered not to read it until I've re-read the previous issues (whcih I have not yet done). It's the last issue.

EVER: This is a one-shot by Terry Moore set in the SiP universe set between Five Years and the soon-to-be-released Serial. this is the back cover copy: "Ever is a savvy seventeen year old when she meets Timothy, a charming angel, who reveals she will fulfill an ancient prophecy on her next birthday. In shocking detail, Timothy tells Ever what really happened in the Garden of eden and why it's Ever's responsibility to set things right by sacrificing herself to the beast guarding the fallen angels in the Pit of Darkness. Enter Samuel, a mysterious angel who makes a bet with Timothy that will change Ever's life forever." I would recommend this to fans of any of Terry Moore's other work and to Mark Sullivan. (I don't recall whether or not you are following Moore's current work, but it seems to be right in your wheelhouse.)

THE OTHER HISTORY: This is basically the story of Black Lightning, part one of three. It covers the years 1972 through 1995, and what makes this story unusual if not unique is that it is set against real world events. It is also set against the timeline of the DC universe, and many drawing are taken from well-known sources (covers, interior artwork, etc.). Recommended. 

Recent Purchases:


Punchline #1:  The only problem I have this is that it’s not very good. I didn’t read the “Joker War” storyline, but I had seen this character’s first appearance, and I thought I’d look at this to see how they were developing her. Unfortunately, she’s not coming across to me as the exciting new character that it was sold as and doesn’t inspire me to read any more about her.


The Other History of the DC Universe Book One:  I thought was very good.  It’s a good story well-told and takes a character I was never very into and makes him interesting. It gets into how the DC Universe for most of its history has been largely a white guys’ club. (The Marvel Universe, too, really.) I also like the way that it’s laid out the way the original History of the DC Universe was. It’s not in continuity, but I don’t think that matters because continuity ain’t what it used to be anyway.


What the Font?! – A Manga Guide to Western Typeface, by Kuniichi Ashiya:  This is pretty much what the title says it is, a description of the nature, origins and history of various type fonts.  However, it’s all presented in Japanese fashion: 


Marusu, a sales rep for a design firm is roped into doing a design job. The designer who was supposed to do it has done a bunk, and Marusu had once claimed to be something of an artist. Really, she has no idea what to do. However, she soon meets Helvetica, a young man who is a personification of the font of the same name who tells her his history, and introduces her to several other font people, who educate her about themselves. In the end, she finds herself back in her office, where her new knowledge of fonts gives her the confidence to take on her project.


I’ve seen this kind of thing before for example for statistics and the chemical elements, among other things. I gather that “manga as learning tool” is a common thing in Japan. I found this one to be entertaining and informative. It’s well-drawn, and each “chapter” has a text piece at the end summarizing the information the chapter conveyed, and giving an example of the font that was discussed..


Overall, I found this amusing, and I do, in fact, now know a good deal more about fonts than I did before I read this book.


Precarious Woman Executive Miss Black General, vol. 5, by jin: This is a favorite series of mine. The titular character is a super-villain who is a member of the evil RX organization, a sort of Dollar Tree HYDRA. The General’s main goal, however, is to win the love of the hero Braveman, a hapless Batman type. 

In this volume, the heroes and villains cope with the aftermath of their battle with the Chairman in volume 4, and the heroine Mother Justice deals with her rebellious son Licht and his romance with the villainous monster X-chan.


This is fun super-hero parody series, lightweight humor but nonetheless entertaining, with an art style that complements the story.


Marvel Voices: Indigenous Voices #1:  Thee short stories about three of Marvel’s Native American characters (in particular, Echo, Mirage and Silver Fox) by Native American creators.  Good stuff, well worth a look.


Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1:  I picked this up on a whim. It’s an interesting story of an alternate Gotham, which would probably be even more interesting if I’d read the original “Hush” storyline.

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