“Yesterday’s” Comic> The Transformers #68

The Transformers #68

I have slightly more idea what’s happening here than the Iron Man cover from earlier this week.

The Transformers #68

Marvel Comics (July, 1990)

“The Human Factor!”
WRITER: Simon Furman
ARTIST: Dwayne Truner
COLORIST: Nel Yomtov
LETTERER: Rick Parker
EDITOR: Don Daley

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Chapter By Chapter: Enterprise – The First Adventure Ch. 13 & Epilogue

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

Chapter by Chapter Enterprise

The epilogue is only three pages so let’s just finish the whole book. Spock is back, Koronin nearly blew up the galaxy and last we saw, Kirk, Spock, Steven, and Uhura may have sacrificed themselves to stop her. Except that this is the first team-up of the most well-know spaceship crew in science fiction so…yeah. It’s more a case of HOW they will survive. Let’s end this sucker.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego #3

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego #3

“See? I told you I had a big garden.”

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego #3

DC Comics (November, 1996)

“Room With A Deja Vu”
WRITER: Barry Liebmann
ARTIST: S.M. Taggart
COLORIST: Rick Taylor
LETTERER: Albert De Guzman
EDITOR: Laura Hitchcock

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Morning Article Link: Comic Sans Goes Oldschool

Català: Mostra de Comic Sans

Català: Mostra de Comic Sans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Comic Sans is the most hated font on the internet, thanks to the misuse of a fun font based on comics intended for kids. Woe to he or she who uses the font that is on every computer ever. (Provided they have fonts…you won’t see it on my Atari 800.) Enter Jessie England and the Sincerity Machine, an old-style typewriter that uses Comics Sans. Is it time to start rooting for the underdog font?

“Yesterday’s” Comic> Godzilla #0 (Dark Horse)

Godzilla #0

“Fine, you win. No anchovies.”

Godzilla #0

Dark Horse (May, 1995)

“Blast From The Past”
WRITER: Randy Stradley
PENCILERS: Bobby Rubio & Rich Suchy
INKERS: Brian Garvey & Daniel Rivera
COLORISTS: Matt Hollingsworth & Cary Porter
COVER ART: Bob Eggleton
LETTERERS: Clem Robins & Mike DeLepine
DESIGN: Mark Cox
EDITOR: Robert Vincent Conte

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In Defense Of Continuity

Spectacular Spider-Man #30

Above is Spectacular Spider-Man #30. If you recall from my review, I gave this comic as one of the reasons I never got into the Marvel Universe. Here are the two important paragraphs.

My fellow Friday Night Fighter, Brian Snell, has said more than once that any comic can be a jumping on point, not just one specially created to be. My experience with this comic would prove there are exceptions to that rule. I’ve mentioned in the past the first two DC Comics I’ve ever owned, Batman #307 and Justice League Of America #162. This was the third comic in that set and of the three this was the most confusing. The Batman comic was a stand alone story of Batman investigating the murder of homeless people and none of his rogues gallery was involved. Justice League Of America had a main story that I’ve brought up enough times in Friday Night Fights and a subplot where Zatanna, Elongated Man, and Red Tornado went looking for her missing father and piecing together more of her missing past that led into the next issue. The subplot made me interested in finding out what happened to this story even though it involved three characters who were never on Super Friends (my gateway into the DC Universe, as you recall).

This comic, however, was just confusing. Okay, so some professor blamed Spider-Man for the death of some girl named Gwen Stacy. Who was she? Why should I care? As far as I knew this was a continuation of a previous storyline but otherwise I had no idea who these people were, who this Carrion guy was, or even who the White Tiger was. This version of White Tiger has still never appeared outside of the comics. Darter had a cool costume that could use a better coloring scheme. Otherwise, I didn’t care about living clones, Gwen Stacy, Miles Warren, or this Carrion character outside of he wanted to kill Spider-Man. Only now that I know who Gwen and Warren are do I have the slightest interest and it still isn’t enough for me to want to get the previous and after issues of this storyline.

This was an issue drenched in continuity. You had Peter’s dead fiance and the creepy college professor who sought revenge on the other victim rather than the (admittedly still dead at the time) culprit. Gwen Stacy never appeared outside of the comics until a brief cameo in the “Spider-Wars” storyline at the end of the Fox Kids cartoon. Miles Warren had a less creepy appearance I think earlier that same season but no connection to Gwen and not seeking revenge on Spider-Man. That was the 90’s and I got this comic for my birthday probably early 1980s since it wasn’t just after release. Now, I had other reasons for not getting into the Marvel universe, namely DC appealed more to me, at least until Identity Crisis ruined previous history, like the Original Sin story just did to Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan.

So why bring it up in this really long intro? I’ve mentioned Nash Bozard, host of Radio Dead Air and contributor to That Guy With The Glasses before. Recently he posted a short commentary to his Tumblr site pretty much blaming comics continuity (Marvel does not reboot itself every 10 years like DC does) versus the external media (mostly the Marvel and Sony Movieverses) for their dropping sales. And on this I must disagree.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego #2

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego #2

The early concept for Lost needed work.

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego #2

DC Comics (September, 1996)

“The No-Class Classroom” or “Carmen’s Big Brain Drain”
WRITER: Barry Liebmann
ARTIST: S. M. Taggart
COLORIST: Rick Taylor
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
EDITOR: Laura Hitchcock

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