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Marvel’s FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (LGY #646)

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (legacy #646) by writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli was a real treat to read! I’m very excited for #2. It is pretty cool and interesting to note that Marvel put this issue out on exactly the 57th anniversary of the original Fantastic Four #1 which was back on August 8, 1961 (cover-dated November) — similar to another publishing milestone earlier this year when DC Comics released ACTION COMICS #1000 on its exact 80th anniversary date this past April.

Now if I know Marvel, they’ll time things just right so that FF legacy #700 will come out on the title’s 60th anniversary in three short years, although I’m not exactly sure how since this series is not currently shipping twice-monthly. Then again, before the 2x monthly frequency of many of its titles in recent years, Marvel used to have several key titles (like the main X-MEN books) shipping at an accelerated clip of 18 issues per year. Well, I’ve done the math and that’s actually all it would take to line up the legacy-numbered FF #700 with the year 2021. 🤓

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DC = Diversified Comics, And We All Benefit

I have always respected DC Comics for its ability to compartmentalize comics in the smaller sub-categories that are needed for a vast library. The lines and imprints they currently have include:

  • DC Universe
  • DC Year One OGNs
  • DC Super Hero Girls
  • DC Ink (Young adult readers)
  • DC Zoom (Middle-grade readers)
  • Young Animal
  • The New Age of Heroes
  • Black Label
  • The Sandman Universe
  • Vertigo (relaunch)
  • Bendis’ upcoming curated line

Back in the day they had Helix for science fiction, Minx for YA girls/women and other now defunct ones like Elseworlds, Paradox Press, Johnny DC, and Wildstorm (which had its own various imprints within).

As a lifelong comics fan and constant observer, I must say DC has been killing it these last two years beginning with REBIRTH and considering all kinds of new imprints and series covering so many different genres and niches. People tend to give mad props to Marvel for the MCU movies and Netflix TV shows, and rightfully so. But that’s an expansion into other media. In terms of just the COMICS, which is where this all began, I think DC has been the better servicer to the discerning comic book fan. Given what they’ve got going on now and what’s on the immediate horizon later this year, It all feels fresh and electric.

Of course, it’s hard to observe DC without also observing its rival. Though Marvel seems to be righting their ship, doing course corrections and improving things, there still seems to be a certain staleness or tiredness/fatigue to what they’ve got going on, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong — they still have, for me, overall the best characters in super-heroics, but operationally/editorially it seems a certain kind of glory is missing as I read their stuff digitally. Some have opined that external success has soured the comics. I don’t know about all that, I think their marketplace dominance and constant “need” to skew the status quo has done that moreso. I just know that for the last few years — at least through the 7 year existence of the CBU — I’ve been more intrigued by DC as a publisher from an objective viewpoint, if not as a hardcore fan, which is weird for a born Marvel zombie. I think the last time I was super excited by a Marvel comic was Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña’s UNCANNY X-FORCE in 2011 (if you read that series then you understand why). I suppose the recent JESSICA JONES and THE DEFENDERS came close to that same excitement, but that’s six years later. Today, in an alternate reality I would be more excited about Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS than I am. I had hoped the new era of SPIDEY would hook me. The return of the FANTASTIC FOUR is also intriguing, at least on the surface. But if I’m honest, a big part of it is the lack of an alluring X-MEN line that really compromises the magnetism that the MU could have on me because they were my main gateway in the mid-80s to early 90s.

At any rate, I started this stream-of-consciousness commentary simply to praise DC for getting back to their old 1990s form in a modern way by doing their damnedest to serve a diverse array of comics fans with a variety of offerings and realizing, unlike Marvel it seems, that mainstream comics should be about more than the in-lockstep collective narrative of a shared universe, which has been Marvel’s amped up M.O. since the Quesada regime began 18 years ago. For the biggest publishers in such a crowded market it seems wiser to be attractive to a wider swath of readers rather than just the opposite. I’ve no doubt it’s a corporate mandate, but still, the vast forest beyond the trees immediately before you should be seen.

That’s just my two cents.

Plus tax.

– BLR

 

 

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Action Comics #1000: A Rather Fine Anniversary Issue

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FEATURING ALL-NEW ART AND STORIES BY: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS JOHN CASSADAY OLIVIER COIPEL PAUL DINI JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ PATRICK GLEASON BUTCH GUICE GEOFF JOHNS DAN JURGENS TOM KING JIM LEE CLAY MANN BRAD MELTZER JERRY ORDWAY TIM SALE LOUISE SIMONSON SCOTT SNYDER CURT SWAN PETER J. TOMASI MARV WOLFMAN …AND MORE!

I really enjoyed DC Comics’ 80-page ACTION COMICS #1000 Anniversary issue, which also, coincidentally, marks the 80-year anniversary of Superman in printed comic form, having debuted on the stands in ACTION COMICS #1 on April 18, 1938 with a June cover date. I bought, in my opinion, the best looking available cover left on the shelf — the Joshua Middleton 1980s era variant (see below).

An anthology of assorted stories honoring Superman, I would have to say the Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason story probably was the best of the bunch, but really all the stories contributed well to the overall product, I think. The contents could have maybe been sequenced differently, but really that’s a minor thing. Dan Jurgens’ lead-off story was very clever. “The Car” by Geoff Johns, Richard Donner & Olivier Coipel, and “Of Tomorrow” by Tom King & Clay Mann, were especially fine little vignettes, as was Brad Meltzer and John Cassaday’s “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet”. As for the closing story with Brian Michael Bendis making his debut on the title and character, drawn by Jim Lee and Ryan Benjamin with inks by Scott Williams, I’ll say this: aside from the slightly annoying Bendis dialogue, I thought it was intriguing enough to whet the appetite for whatever it is he’s got in store for his upcoming runs on both ACTION COMICS and SUPERMAN starting this Summer.

So, as an on-the-fringe DC Comics fan, I’m very happy to own this special, historic comic. It’s certainly one of the better anniversary specials of all time, I’d say.

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1980s Era Variant Cover by Joshua Middleton
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1st Issue Fetish – The Terrifics #1 by Reis and Lemire (DC Comics)

The Terrifics #1 |
By: Ivan Reis and Jeff Lemire |
Published: Feb 28, 2018 by DC Comics |


Spinning out of DC Comics’ DARK NIGHTS: METAL event, as well as the publisher’s THE NEW AGE OF HEROES initiative (which is the launching pad for a number of all-new series featuring all-new characters or traditionally underused characters) comes THE TERRIFICS.

This new series stars the super-genius Mr. Terrific, the now Nth-metallic Metamorpho, the funny and ever-elastic Plastic Man, and the intangible Phantom Girl. They are a newly-formed team of unlikely allies and must rely on one another to make their way back home. Bound together by fate — literally by a tragic accident — and united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow. A startling revelation on their return trip brings them face-to-face with a new mystery. What is that mystery? Well, let’s just say the last page has a cameo by a certain Doc Savage-inspired action hero who’s lost somewhere in the known/unknown universe.

This first issue is a throw-you-in-the-middle-of-it, straight-ahead comic that sets the stage nicely for what looks to be an action-packed cosmic, inter-dimensional, portal-propelled, mutltiverse misadventure series. It’s got a few tropes borrowed from Marvel Comics’ classic first family comic, the FANTASTIC FOUR (only with less bickering).

I don’t think anyone would call this a ground-breaking first issue, though. And it’s not the collection of second-and-third-string characters that are the problem. It’s just the paint it by-the-numbers plot, when you would think a comic with a cosmic, weird-science-y concept and premise like this one would have a more epic feel to it. Additionally the plot moves too swift for any deep character work (which I concede can be typical of first issues). Still, the issue does manage to be entertaining even if ultimately a little underwhelming.

My overall impression is that with a little more seasoning I think DC and storytellers Ivan Reis and Jeff Lemire could have a sleeper hit series on their hands, but only if they truly develop the characters and ramp-up the epicness of the plots.

Rating: 3.0 / 5 | Sticking with it?: Unlikely.

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Justice League (Official Movie Trailer)

Looks fun!

 

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Absolute WildC.A.T.s Coming from DC Comics | Bleeding Cool

According to Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool, DC will be releasing a Jim Lee-honoring “Absolute” edition of his seminal WildC.A.T.s series in 2017, which marks the 25th anniversary of what was one of my absolute favorite comics co-created by one of my absolute favorite comics creators. Absolutely.

Read more at Bleeding Cool.

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The Wild Storm Workbook

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