Pull List Review: March 2022 Comic Books

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I talk about many of the comic books I read in March 2022:

  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3
  • 1st Issue Specials HC (#1-3, 5-8, 10-13)
  • Secret Society of Super-Villains v1 (#1-10)
  • DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #19 (My Greatest Adventure #80, Doom Patrol #86, 91, 90)
  • Love Everlasting #1-2
  • Reckless
  • Reckless: Friend of the Devil
  • Reckless: Destroy All Monsters
  • Immortal Hulk v10: Of Hell & Death (#46-50)
  • Nightwing #84-89
  • Batman/Catwoman #7-10
  • Human Target #1-4
  • Batman Special
  • X-Men (2021) #1-5
  • Star Trek: New Visions #21-22
  • Outsiders Special
  • Infinity Inc. Special
  • and passing comments about some other books

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Pull List Review – Jan 2022 Comic Books

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I talk about the comic books I read in January 2022:

  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1-2
  • Defenders #1
  • Nightveil #1
  • Strange Tales #163 (Nick Fury)
  • Friday v1
  • X-Men (2019) v2
  • Are You Listening?
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
  • Department of Truth v2: The City Upon a Hill
  • November v2-4
  • Infinite Frontier #2
  • Nice House on the Lake #1-2
  • Superman: Red & Blue
  • The Marvels #6
  • Serial #9
  • Firefly Holiday Special
  • Commanders in Crisis v2: The Reaction

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The Legion Project 29: No Star Shall Shine!

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run”.

“The new Starfinger is back and he’s not shy about letting the universe, or the Legion, know it!”

Timestamps:
(00:45) Preamble
(08:35) Legion of Super-Heroes #29 synopsis, general thoughts, comments on the new Starfinger, cover comparisons, and saying goodbye to the Tales of the Legion series.
(36:14) Main discussion
(1:35:24) Who’s Who #22 entries: Stone Boy, Sun Boy, Sun-Eater, Supergirl, and Superman.
(2:07:20) Looking at Legion appearances in Legends #2 and Super Powers III #4.
(2:27:22) Wrap-up and outro

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Intro theme: “Lost City” by RhoMusic

RandoMonday: DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #3, the Justice Society

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

DC Special 3

 

This is one of my very favorite issues in my collection. It is the comic that introduced me to the DC multiverse, and where I fell in love with the Earth-2 concept and characters.

“The All Star Super Squad” by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada, and Wally Wood: This “double-length novel!” (from All-Star Comics #58-59) introduces us to some younger E-2 heroes–Star Spangled Kid, Robin, and Power Girl–and is the first appearance of Power Girl. Despite the heavy fire-power of the JSA (Doctor Fate, Green Lantern, Flash, and a few others), it takes these three younger heroes working together to defeat the machinations of Brainwave and Degaton. What a way to be introduced to these characters! I loved the differences between the Earth-1 characters that I knew and these “doppelgängers”. Hawkman had that goofy mask instead of the helmet. Robin is working for the U.N. to report about the apartheid policies in South Africa (well before pop culture started its anti-apartheid stance), and Robin had a costume with long sleeves and pants! I loved that design and wished “my” Robin could have something similar. The introduction of Power Girl was really interesting because she was not as powerful as Supergirl, which made her struggles seem a little more heroic to me. Plus, the Estrada and Wood art was fantastic, especially how they drew Power Girl.

“Five Drowned Men” by Gardner Fox, Irwin Hasen, Joe Kubert, Lee Elias, and Frank Harry: I think that this was my first Golden Age story (from All-Star Comics #36). As was the style of the day, this JSA story was a series of individual characters stories with a frame involving all of them. I found it very interesting that the villains of the issue (who were only “bad” because of a drug that “deadens a man’s conscience”) had no superpowers but were still able to defeat or elude the JSAers. The art took some getting used to, but I have a fondness for the various artists now.

Dr. Fate (from 1st Issue Special [1975]) by Martin Pasko and Walt Simonson: So in comparison to the first story of the digest, this made me really love Dr. Fate. A lot of that had to do with the Simonson art and somewhat for the Egyptian connections. I would have loved a Dr. Fate series by this team.

At the end of the digest is a few pages explaining the parallel Earth concept (with art by Ross Andru and I’m guessing that the text was written by Paul Levitz), which was helpful. However, because of one panel showing Earth-1 and Earth-2 counterparts, I thought for a few years that Dr. Fate was somehow a counterpart to Aquaman–that was on me being a poor reader because the text clearly states those characters are unique (but there was a Golden Age Aquaman–was this my first experience with retconning?).

I really love this comic, and my copy of this digest is well read, so I’m on the prowl for a better copy of this special digest.

Snapshot … ECCC 2015 Pix

Last year when we took our granddaughters to ECCC, their favorite part of of attending was all the cosplayers. When I asked if they wanted to dress up, they were quite emphatic about it. So this year, we asked them who they wanted to dress up as, and the older girl chose a pink Supergirl costume and her sister wanted to be Harley Quinn. I, of course, chose a Robin costume. I talk about that experience on Episode 82 of the podcast. Anyway, I was looking at my phone the other day and realized that I forgot to post some pictures the day that the girls and I dressed up at the 2015 Emerald City Comicon.

Of course, they HAVE to fight! ;)

At this point, we were ready to go to the last day of the con. We split up, and “Harley” came with me to the Redesigning Costumes panel. She’s so shy, right?

 

 

Finally, I wanted to have a picture of us in front of the ECCC picture screens, so we took this picture right before we left. It was a great day.