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Archie #1 (Vol. 2)
Dec 11th, 2017 by Rusty

Archie #1 cover

Archie #1 (Vol. 2)

Date: September 2015
Publisher: Archie Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Stats: 22 color pages
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Fiona Staples, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn and Jack Morelli.
Notable Notes: The first comic book in the New Riverdale universe!

All New Archie?!

It has been a few years since the All New Archie series re-launched the Riverdale Universe. Even then I was late to the game, and only picked up a few issues after it had been going for a while. Knowing that Mark Waid was the writer helped, because I like most of his stuff. Anyway, I had been wanting to get some more issues of this series, but they were turning out to be expensive and hard to find. So I was excited when Humble Bundle offered a bunch of the electronic TPBs recently, and I jumped on that bandwagon while I could! Anyway, here are my thoughts on the first issue of this re-launched series.
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Crux #1
Nov 26th, 2017 by Rusty

Crux #1 cover

Crux #1

Date: May 2001
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2017 Price: $3
Stats: 29 color pages plus creative team bios and house ads
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Steve Epting, Rick Magyar, Frank D’Armata and Troy Peteri
Notable Notes: The Sigil comes to Earth!

CrossGen on Earth

Back around the turn of the century, in 2000 and 2001, I was a big fan of the newly created CrossGen Comics. The fantastic artwork and intricate, inter-leaved story lines really impressed me. I collected a lot of their titles, and really enjoyed nearly all of them. But I had not read one issue of this series, Crux, until today! I picked up the first four issues of the series on the cheap after the company folded, but just now got around to reading them. Sheesh – what a slacker I am! Oh well, it was worth the wait, because this turned out to be one cool comic book!
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Young Allies #1
Nov 4th, 2017 by Rusty

Young Allies #1

Young Allies #1

Date: August 2010
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
2017 NM Price: $4
Stats: 23 color pages plus More About The Young Allies and ads
Writer: Sean McKeever
Artists: David Baldeón, N. Bowling, Chris Sotomayor
Notable Notes: The first issue featuring the Heroic Age Young Allies

Take 3

One cool and frustrating part of being a comic book reader is that there is so much history that sometimes ideas are recycled and you don’t even know it! Take this team of young super-heroes for example. I took a chance and bought the first issue of this series several years ago, and ended up loving it. I didn’t realize then that this was the third time there was a Marvel super-hero team named “The Young Allies”. Usually I don’t really like it when former ideas are resurrected and re-hashed into a newer version, but this book was an exception. See, I guess there is some value to not knowing history! 😉
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Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #5 (Vol. 2)
Dec 28th, 2016 by Rusty

Astro City #5 (Vol. 2)Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #5 (Vol. 2)

Date: January 1997
Publisher: Image/Homage Comics
Cover Price: $2.50
2016 NM Price: $6
Stats: 24 color pages plus “Greetings from Astro City” letters column and house ads
Creators: Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson, Will Blyberg, Alex Ross, John G. Roshell and Alex Sinclair

Synopsis:

Astro City superhero, Confessor, has a new sidekick: Altar Boy! They train and do detective work at the sprawling Grandenetti Cathedral, and the master teaches his apprentice to see patterns and notice what doesn’t fit. Alter Boy takes his training seriously and uses it to figure out why another superhero has recently turned to petty crime.

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Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #1
Jul 13th, 2015 by Rusty

Astro City #1 coverKurt Busiek’s Astro City #1

Date: August 1995
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.25
2015 NM Price: $12
Stats: 24 color pages plus pullout poster, “Greetings from Astro City” and house ads
Creators: Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Richard Starkings, Steve Buccellato and Alex Ross

Dreams of Flying

When I was a kid I had many dreams where I could fly – heck, I still have them! Wouldn’t that be something – to just take off like Superman and fly away? Those were always the dreams where I was totally upset once I woke up and realized it wasn’t real. But still, it’s fun to dream isn’t it? Apparently we normal humans aren’t the only ones who dream of flying – this issue shows us that superheroes have those dreams too… even when they really can fly!

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Captain America #14 (Vol. 3)
Feb 27th, 2015 by Rusty

Captain America #14 cover

Captain America #14 (Vol. 3)

Date: February 1999
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
Stats: 20 gray and color pages plus ads
Storytellers: Mark Waid, Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang, Chris Sotomayoor, Todd Klein

Like A Movie

This issue of Captain America has some similarities to the movie Schindler’s List. Most noticeable are the black and white (or gray tone) images, with splashes of red here and there. The red, in this case, being the Red Skull’s big, ugly head! Also, this is a story about WWII – in a round-about sort of way. Here we get to see an alternate life of one of Cap’s biggest foes – and it isn’t pretty!

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Silver Surfer #5
Feb 20th, 2015 by Rusty

Silver Surfer #5 cover

Silver Surfer #5

Date: October 2014
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads
Storytellers: Dan Slott, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Clayton Cowles

Nightmares

Do you ever have bad dreams? I do, and sometimes they are the really scary ones where I start awake and my heart is beating 100 miles per hour! I often find that I have the same dreams / nightmares over and over too – whatever that means. You know – the one where you can’t run, or you can’t help somebody or something like that. Sheesh – maybe I need to see somebody about that huh? Anyway, this issue of Silver Surfer involves the king of bad dreams – Nightmare himself. And a sinister plot is afoot that may allow him to rule over the Earth forever! Gasp!

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Akiko #10
Nov 22nd, 2014 by Rusty

Akiko #10 cover

Akiko #10

Date: January 1997
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.50
2014 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 20 black & white pages plus “Letters to Akiko” and 2 page back-up story
Story & Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: The gang surmounts the Great Wall of Trudd.

Hang Gliding?

There is a popular hang gliding mountain near where I live in Utah. Although I have never been, every time I pass it on the freeway I see loads of gliders lazily circling their way down from the top – and I get a hankerin’ to join in! I imagine it to be fun, a little bit scary and a bit relaxing too. Maybe some day I’ll get the nerve, time and energy to do it. In this issue of Akiko the gang makes use of a giant flag to do some hang gliding of their own – and it turns out to be pretty useful too!

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Daredevil #28 (Vol. 3)
Oct 12th, 2014 by Rusty

Daredevil #28 cover

Daredevil #28 (Vol. 3)

Date: September 2013
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Javier Rodriguez, Joe Caramagna and Chris Samnee
Notable Notes: A bully from Matt’s past shows up!

A Haunted Past?

Have you ever had someone from your childhood show up in your adult life? I have a few times, but it has never been someone that I really disliked or hated. I think that would be kind of hard to handle. In this issue we get to see Matt deal with that very thing as a bully from his childhood comes looking for his help. How would you react? Well, there is a reason Matt is a superhero – and it doesn’t always have to do with his physical abilities either!

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Itty Bitty Hellboy #1
Jun 18th, 2014 by Rusty

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 cover

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

Date: April 2014
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $1.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus Itty Bitty Letters and ads
Writers: Art Baltazar & Franco
Artist: Art Baltazar
Notable Notes: The tiny red guy with the big hand playfully battles his cartoon-ish enemies!

Big Boxes Are Awesome!

Did you ever make a fort out of big boxes when you were little? (Do you still do it?) I did, and I loved it when my parents bought some new appliance because that meant we got a new fort for a while! The best one we ever got was a huge box from my mom’s shiny new Wurlitzer organ. It was big enough that we were able to cut kid sized doors and windows into it! Ah… what great memories. This comic book brought up all sorts of memories about the forts I used to build… and the ones I still make with my kids!

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Batman: Gotham Adventures #2
May 31st, 2014 by Rusty

Batman: Gotham Adventures #2 cover

Batman: Gotham Adventures #2

Date: July 1998
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $1.95
2014 NM Value: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages
Writer: Ty Templeton
Artists: Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty, Lee Loughridge, Tim Harkins
Notable Notes: In which we get a glimpse of Two-Face’s dysfunctional family!

Father Issues?

Trouble with one’s parents seems to make for good story lines. This issue shows the problems Two-Face had with his old man, but we can also look to other comics for this common theme. Daredevil had minor issues with his father, and so did Peter Parker. I guess Clark Kent got along pretty well with his dad – in fact, maybe I’ve got this all backwards! Maybe fathers played a big, important role in most heroes’ lives. You know – just like real-life dads do!

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Daredevil #27 (Vol. 3)
May 11th, 2014 by Rusty

Daredevil #27 cover

Daredevil #27 (Vol. 3)

Date: August 2013
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads and “Letters Without Fear”.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez, Joe Caramagna
Notable Notes: Bullseye explains it all!

When Good Plans Work Well

Have you ever created a good plan – you know, a really great strategy – and had it work flawlessly? I have a few times – although not as often as I would have liked! It feels good though, knowing that you put your intellect to work and it paid off. In this issue we get to see the fruit of Daredevil’s labors – and they turn out pretty good, which is really cool!

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Richie Rich: Rich Rescue #3
Apr 27th, 2014 by Rusty

Richie Rich: Rich Rescue #3 cover

Richie Rich: Rich Rescue #3

Date: 2011
Publisher: Ape Entertainment / Kizoic
Cover Price: $3.95
Stats: 25 color pages – and no ads!
Writers: Quinn Johnson, Rob Worley, Earl Kress, Patrick Rills
Artists: James Silvani, Armando Zanker, Jake Myler, Dustin Evans, Andrew Dalhouse
Notable Notes: Richie and friends uncover a secret tomb in Egypt!

2 of my favorite subjects!

You probably don’t know this about me, but I love archeology – especially the Egyptian flavor. I find the study of ancient pharaohs in splendid tombs to be infinitely fascinating. I also love science fiction – yeah, I even have my own review web site. So when this issue combined both of those wonderful ideas into one story – well, let’s just say that it was right up my alley!

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Captain America #13 (Vol. 3)
Apr 20th, 2014 by Rusty

Captain America #13 cover

Captain America #13 (Vol. 3)

Date: January 1999
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
2014 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 21 color pages plus “American Graffiti” letters page, Bullpen Bulletins, fold-out gate cover and ads
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Dougie Braithwaite, Robin Riggs, Shannon Blanchard, Kevin Tinsley and Todd Klein
Notable Notes: Cap investigates a congressman.

Two Different People?

Wait a minute – Steve Rogers and Captain America are two different people?! Who would’ve thunk it! I was pleasantly surprised to see Steve Rogers follow a different path than Cap in this issue. Yeah, you know, Captain America is a national symbol and an Avenger and all that, so its not too surprising that he has to be very careful with the people and things he publicly endorses. However, as we find out in this issue, Steve Rogers is free to do whatever he likes! A very simple, yet cool, idea – and one that I totally didn’t see coming!

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Akiko #9
Mar 23rd, 2014 by Rusty

Akiko #9 cover

Akiko #9

Date: December 1996
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.50
2014 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 21 black & white pages plus “Letters to Akiko”, 1 gag page and 1 house ad
Story & Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: Akiko and her friends finally reach the Great Wall of Trudd.

Are You Afraid Of Heights?

Well… are you? I like to think that I’m not, but I am… a little bit. You know how I can tell? Whenever I get somewhere that is too high, or I see a movie where the people may fall a long ways, then my palms get all sweaty. Yeah, so its a good thing that I wasn’t a character in this issue when the gang has no way around the Great Wall of Trudd – so they climb over it… or start climbing anyways. I’m afraid my slick hands would have dealt me a quick death!

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