“Yesterday’s” Comic> Thunderbolts #25

Remember the days when Marvel heroes still fought supervillains? Good times. Good times.

Thunderbolts #25

Marvel Comics (April, 1999)

“Saving The World!”

WRITER: Kurt Busiek

PENCILER: Mark Bagley

INKERS: Bob Wiacek & Al Vey

COLORIST: Joe Rosas

LETTERER: Saida Temofonte

EDITOR: Tom Brevoort

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BW Morning Article Link: Improving The Demographic Nonsense

Marketers love to classify us as a series of demographics, usually one so vague as to not understand how humans work and think. This is worse when it comes to children since they seem to think all kids are exactly the same and are all into the same things no question. No, wait, we used to think boys and girls were into different things but now we blame that on brainwashing or something. Kids are individuals just like people. You may find a group with similar tastes but how do you define that. Usually marketers don’t even try. So give Turner Junior credit for actually trying to figure out what different kids are into before marketing to them. They may still be getting things wrong, but it’s more effort than usual.

 

Chapter By Chapter: The Death And Life Of Superman ch. 28

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.

Here we are, the penultimate chapter of this book. That means this should be the final battle between the real Superman and his cybernetic fake. I wish more writers understood what made this special beyond the superficial “it’s where Superman died and it was a big deal”, but it was just another point where they diverted from good storytelling because they didn’t understand why this storyline worked. And that’s really a shame for comics.

But that’s something I’ll discuss in greater detail once we’re done with the novelization. So let’s get back into it and see if this story continues on the positive trend it’s had thus far.

Chapter 28: Reign Of The Supermen part 10

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Green Lantern/Sentinel: Heart Of Darkness #2

Alan throws the biggest barbecues.

Green Lantern/Sentinel: Heart Of Darkness #2

DC Comics (April, 1998)

“Like Father, Like Son”

WRITER: Ron Marz

PENCILER: Paul Pelletier

INKER: Dan Davis

COLORIST: Jason Wright

LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulous

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Dana Kurtin

EDITOR: Kevin Dooley

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BW Morning Article Link: A Review Of Titans Episode 1

I don’t have DC’s streaming service. It’s a paid service. However, this review of the first episode of Titans makes it sound like the same dark and gritty not-DC universe I have no interest in.

Jake & Leon #380: Frankenchildren

It may be more sciency but it’s not as fun. Then again it would make it easier on the wife.

Over at The Clutter Reports this week I organized some of my audio and video cables. They’re not all exciting projects but they are needed ones.

In comic reviews this week I’ll be checking out two #25s issues and they’re both double-sided comics. The Thunderbolts will face the Masters Of Evil while we Return To Macross for the conclusion to the War Of The Believers. Plus we have the penultimate chapter of the Superman novel we’re looking at for Chapter By Chapter, an interesting debate on plot holes and my finally seeing what the latest Doctor Who showrunner and Doctor brings to the series. I’m still not really into new Who and I gave it years. But I’m curious what Chris Chibnall’s theme is. I’ll get into that on Wednesday, because that’s when I do the Doctor Who old comic reviews. As for Thursday…I’m not sure yet. Hope you have a good week!

Saturday Night Showcase: The Prisoner

So I showed you last week’s installment to show you this week’s. You’ll see why later.

Although Danger Man was actually a successfully show, Patrick McGoohan wanted to do something else. He had a surreal sci-fi-ish show in mind that he and George Markstein has put together. Leaving a successful show is quite the gamble to jump into a brand new series. Lucky for McGoohan the gamble paid off in one of the most popular shows to come out of the UK and one that still finds its way into pop culture. That show was The Prisoner, a show that actually started airing in Canada before hitting the UK.

While still playing a secret agent we never learn the real name of Number Six, as he tries to escape the Village. The Village is a place where former agents are brought to be debriefed in a rather odd manner. Are they from his government, curious why one of their best agents suddenly up and quits? (That’s something else we’re never told.) Or is it a foreign power hoping to steal a bunch of secrets that he’s privy too? That’s one of the questions he has to answer as well as figuring out who, if anyone, he can trust.

And it all starts with the first episode, as we see how Number Six first arrives in the Village and a basic idea of what he’s up against.

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