Avengers (v1) #319-324, “The Crossing Line” is one of the best Avengers stories of all time.

I had only dabbled in Avengers comics when Avengers #319 was released. I jumped in with issue #300 and the formation of a new and, to be honest, god awful team. I stuck around for a bit after that because the line-up evolved to include not just Captain America, who I liked, but also Quasar,…… Continue reading Avengers (v1) #319-324, “The Crossing Line” is one of the best Avengers stories of all time.

Strikeforce: Morituri is the Best Comic You’ve Never Read

Strikeforce: Morituri #20 came out in March of 1988. It would have been cold in Ohio then, but it wouldn’t have stopped me from riding my bike the two miles from my house to the News and Photo Shop, a jack of all trades store that processed photos, sold newspapers, had an extensive selection of…… Continue reading Strikeforce: Morituri is the Best Comic You’ve Never Read

Hoo-Boy! MC2 is 20! Part Two: Going, Going, Gone

Phase Three, 2000-2001 It’s worth noting that while FF and Wild Thing were canceled, Spider-girl at that time was selling well over 36K copies, falling between #56-59 on the top 100 sales chart every month. It wasn’t setting the charts on fire, but it was doing well enough to stick around. It made sense then…… Continue reading Hoo-Boy! MC2 is 20! Part Two: Going, Going, Gone

Hoo-Boy! MC2 is 20! Part One: Spider-girl and Her Amazing Friends

MC2 is short for Mavel Comics 2 and it’s understandable if you’ve never heard of it. It officially launched 20 years ago this month, although its origins began six months earlier in the page of What If? #105. That was the issue that introduced the world to an alternative timeline where Perer Parker and Mary…… Continue reading Hoo-Boy! MC2 is 20! Part One: Spider-girl and Her Amazing Friends

The Elementals, Part 2: Extreme Edgelord

Born Again In January of 1989, Comico released The Elementals Special #2 (#1 had been published years earlier and featured a story about child abuse). The issue is written and drawn by Willingham (with script assist from long time collaborator Jack Herman). It’s telling that in the “The Story So Far” recap section on the…… Continue reading The Elementals, Part 2: Extreme Edgelord

End of the Line: Acclaim/Valiant 2.0, Part 2 – Legacy

In part one, I gave a general overview of the Acclaim/Valiant line, may it rest in peace. But I don’t want to undersell what were some very, very good comics that fell under the Acclaim umbrella. The line didn’t fail because the books were bad, in my opinion, but because there was no market for…… Continue reading End of the Line: Acclaim/Valiant 2.0, Part 2 – Legacy

End of the Line: Acclaim/Valiant 2.0, Part 1 – The Middle Child

Acclaim Comics/Valiant Heroes happened at the perfect time for me. I think I was reading two books from Marvel, Thunderbolts and Untold Tales of Spider-man. And I think I’d jumped ship on the Superman books, but was still holding on to the Legion of Superheroes and Legionnaires. So my Big Two spending was at a…… Continue reading End of the Line: Acclaim/Valiant 2.0, Part 1 – The Middle Child

End of the Line: The Shadowline Saga, Part 2 – Critical Mass

In 1990, Epic launched “Critical Mass,” subtitled “A Shadowline Saga.” Each issue was 64 (the finale was 72!) pages in what was then called the “prestige format.” It had a card stock cover and felt more like a thin trade paper back than a comic. This was meant to tie the three titles together into…… Continue reading End of the Line: The Shadowline Saga, Part 2 – Critical Mass

End of the Line: The Shadowline Saga, Part 1 – Out of the Shadows

The Shadowline Saga is one of the lost gems of 1980s comics. I cut my comic book teeth on 80s Marvel comics, so it took me years to realize just how conservative those books were, particularly when compared to what Marvel had been publishing a decade earlier. Much of this was due to Jim Shooter’s…… Continue reading End of the Line: The Shadowline Saga, Part 1 – Out of the Shadows