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Marvel Noise 156

While your host is recovering from a battle against the Dreaded Deadline Doom, he tags in Comic Book Noise host Derek Coward to make sure that DDD doesn’t win this round, Bob Layton’s Hercules is the subject of From The Comics Bunker, and Derek ends the show with a freeform verbal meander about reboots, resets and getting movie franchises done right.

The music to close the show is “Break Loose” by Vla Hemia.

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Quick Hit Review – Hercules: Prince of Power #1

Written and Drawn By: Bob Layton
Colors By: Christie Scheele
Letters By: Rick Parker
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Before the Van Lente and Pak success, Hercules found himself contained in the 1984, four issue mini series from comics craftsman Bob Layton. This mini series takes the ancient, Greek god and contrasts him against the Earth of 2385, and shows to the reader how much of a soar-thumb Hercules can really be.  

The idea that I really enjoy about this opening issue is that it takes no time to explain why. Now, sometimes the ‘why’ is important, and failing to explain the ‘why’ is a fatal flaw (see my House of Mystery review), but with Hercules: Prince of Power…the ‘why’ is not needed. All this book is, all it desires to be is Greek gods in space, and that simple fact, that high concept is described by the cover alone. When you flip to that first page, after having the cover install that idea in your mind’s focus-point, you know what is going on and that allows Layton to skip the introductions and take the reader on an adventure.

This book provides your action and big punches, but it also supplies the humor. At first glance, the concept of this book (Greek gods in space) is pretty laughable, but Layton uses that to his advantage by placing Hercules into awkward situations. Take the idea of Hercules checking himself into a future hotel – a man dressed in seriously out-of-date clothes, speaking in ye’ old english and telling off a robotic bag boy…it is quite funny, and it provides a light tone to the book. Plus, I think, it also emphazies the specific quirks Herc has to offer as a character in not just a futuristic setting, but a classic Marvel Universe setting (Hercules could speak for Thor in the same aspect). 

Overall, it’s a nice issue, and I will finish the mini series to see what other character moments Bob Layton has to offer with good ol’ Hercules.

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Another Long Box

As long time listeners of Comic Book Noise know, one of the recurring themes of the show is when I find another long box that I thought was long gone. I have moved a LOT in my adult life and I have made the mistake of leaving long boxes at one place or another. Now that I have been living in my own homes (as opposed to living with family or renting from friends), I have slowly been reassembling my comic book collection. Since I have started the podcast, I have found comics at my mother’s house, at the house of my ex-wife’s mother, in my best friend’s basement and in the garage of my sister’s ex-husband (also my former housemate).

Some times, long boxes just appear. I’m not sure where they come from, but I know they are mine. I recognize some of the comics. For some reason, those familiar comic books are not in my database (which is Comic Collector 4.2, for those of you wondering), which means that in the grand scheme of things, they don’t exist. I even have piles of loose comics in the database as Location: None.

There has been a long box sitting near my desk for a while now and I have never really paid attention to it. I have always meant to put it with the other boxes, but it wasn’t in the way, so no big rush. Today I decided to take a look at it and discovered that it is not in the database. And like I said, if it isn’t in the database, it doesn’t exist.

Hurray for free comics that spontaneously exist.

I’m not sure what is in the box, but just quickly looking in the box shows:

  • a lot of American Flagg (including most of the DeMatteis/Badger run and the Time Squared special),
  • Grendel #1 (featuring Christine Spar),
  • all twelve issues Howard Chaykin’s Amerikan Flagg,
  • Infinity Gauntlet (the entire mini),
  • Infinity War (just the first issue),
  • Infinity Crusade (just the first issue),
  • Infinity Inc (including the annuals),
  • Invaders (including the battle against The Crusaders and the return of Union Jack)
  • Invasion (the entire thing),
  • a bunch of old Iron Man issues (Layton artwork. The stuff around the Sunturion times),
  • Judgment Day Aftermath (by Alan Moore and Gil Kane),
  • the first 30 issues of Nexus/Nexus Legends,
  • Starman Secret Files and Origins (which I didn’t even know I ever bought),
  • a bunch of the Millennium Giants crossover issues,
  • Superman Red Superman Blue with the 3D glasses and the other Superman reprint issue,
  • Superman Forever with the Alex Ross cover,
  • Trinity #1 (Green Lantern, The Darkstars and L.E.G.I.O.N.),
  • A long run of Walter Simonson’s X-Factor (very underrated stuff),
  • The first five X-Factor annuals,
  • X-Force #1 (I wonder how much this is worth now),
  • Two copies of X-Men #1 (ditto),
  • and a lot of grass clippings in the bottom of the box.

It looks like I have to do a lot of bagging because none of the Iron Man or X-Factor issues are in bags and they look like it. The issues are readable, but they feel dirty. I also need to confirm their existence by adding them to the database.

Who knows, I might even get a chance to read some comic books. If I do, then I will shamelessly steal from Just Bill and talk about what I enter into the database.

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