Mike Williams's News Posts (9)

Clearing The Cupboards 9 - All That Was Old Is New Again

Sorry – I’ve been away for a while as I wrestle with how to use a net window system that is danger of toppling over any minute. I love my job sometimes...…


Added by Mike Williams on February 9, 2010 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Clearing the Cupboards 8 - Never to be forgotten

Every so often, the powers that be at DC comics decide to reshape their world in some sort of crisis – from Crisis on Infinite Earths, to the Infinite Crisis and the obvious Final Crisis. When this happens, to coin the vernacular, “Worlds Live!! Worlds Die!!” – But what happens to the characters that are left behind, and who decides their fate? Welcome to the… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on October 27, 2009 at 7:55am — 2 Comments

Clearing the Cupboards 7 - Leftovers Night

When I last put a piece of text here, we left Captain Nathaniel Adam hovering over a devastated city in his world and wondering what was going on. In oh so many ways, there are a few of us who wish that had never ever being answered, because the answer was a series that certainly raised more questions than answers.

Battle For Bludhaven was… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on October 23, 2009 at 5:58am — 7 Comments

Clearing The Cupboards 6 - Brave New World?

As many of you may (or indeed should) have realised by now I’m a bit of an old fogey. No, not THAT Old Fogey, but a bit of a one. One sign of that is the love I have for the really silly comics put out by the likes of ACG and Charlton in the 60’s. My first introduction to those were in the wonderful digest sized Alan Class Comics reprint titles you used to get… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on October 7, 2009 at 5:36am — 2 Comments

Clearing the Cupboards 5 - The Amazonian Avenger

These days, we probably have become enamoured of radical re-thinks of characters, of changes in their status quo which means they “never will be the same again.” Somehow, even the most fanatical comics fan becomes jaded when it happens, realising that sooner or later someone will press the reset button again.

It was a different world in 1968,… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 29, 2009 at 10:24am — 1 Comment

Clearing The Cupboards 4 - You Can't Come Home Again

Okay, okay – I take a deep breath, sit down, calm myself and make sure everything is in place. Think clean thoughts, chum, think clean thoughts…..

I am not alone in stating that Frank Miller is one of the outstanding talents in comics’ history. From the way he revitalised and re-invented Daredevil, through his ground breaking work on titles such as… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 25, 2009 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

Clearing The Cupboards 3 - The Tangent Era (Part 3)

At the end of the second volume, which printed the first of the 1998 issues of the Tangent comics, it was obvious that something had gone terribly wrong in the world. In the third and final volume, we learn just how bad things have become – but not before meeting some more major characters. The first of these gives a radically different take on one of… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 23, 2009 at 9:44am — 6 Comments

Clearing The Cupboards 2 - The Tangent Era (Part 2)

Let’s continue our look back at the original run of Tangent comics, as collected in the second of three editions put out in the last year by DC. The Tangent line, as conceived by Dan Jurgens, was designed to do the same thing in 1997 as Julie Schwartz had achieved with the onset of the Silver age of comics in the 50’s – new approaches to established names, in a world where superheroes have had a direct impact on the world.

The original run in… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 22, 2009 at 5:36am — 2 Comments

Clearing the cupboards 1 - The Tangent Era (Part 1)

A little explanation is in order for these posts - I'm in the process of clearing out some old GNs before a move, and I thought it might be fun/interesting/egotistical of me to give my thoughts on them as I start to set them aside. Many of them are collected books of famous (or in some cases infamous) runs, so join me if you wish as we delve into the volumes before they go to a new home.

We start with an experiment DC carried out in… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 16, 2009 at 7:13am — 3 Comments


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