Host Derek Coward returns to talk about what he had been reading for the past month.
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.
Well, this was a pleasant surprise. I did not know what to expect and I really enjoyed this first issue a lot.
We’re introduced to the characters during ‘their’ time – 1945 – and are shown why we haven’t heard from them in over 50 years. The issue also ends with quite the cliffhanger (which might also lead to comparisons to Watchmen). While some of the names our heroes use may be underwhelming, I found myself attached to them and hoped for the best after the first act of the issue.
And as if being a Nazi isn’t evil enough, we see one of the villains help himself to copping a feel. While not an unspeakable act, it’s still something you look down on. Especially considering the circumstances.
I’m looking forward to the next issue. While JMS doesn’t always ‘wow’ me (see Fantastic Four), I am interested in seeing where we go from here and how this story unfolds (see Thor). The art, while off in some spots, moved things along nicely. Weston and Leach make a pretty good team. There were a few instances where the art took me back to The Invaders and made me feel like I was looking at a book from the 80s.
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Pencils: Chris Weston
Inks: Garry Leach
Colors: Chris Chuckry
Letters: Jimmy Betancourt
Editor: Tom Breevort