Steven W. Alloway

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As far as superheroes go, the original Captain Midnight was nothing special. I reviewed a collection of his adventures from the 1940s not long ago, and, while they were mildly entertaining, I was generally less than impressed. This new version, however, succeeds on all the levels where the original failed, and it got me invested in Captain Midnight and his adventures in a way that the original comic couldn’t.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to say that the Mr. Peabody and Sherman comic is back in full force. If you’ll recall, after a stellar beginning, the next couple of issues weren’t quite up to par. But, Issue #4 may very well be the best of the lot. The puns are terrible (in the best way), the stories are silly, the historical figures are clueless, and it’s packed with obscure references. I laughed and smiled my way through the whole thing.

Superman: Golden Age Sundays is a collection of Superman Sunday newspaper comics from 1943-1946.  Though, in many ways, the adventures are similar to the ones in the comic books of the day, they’re very different in terms of format.

If I had to sum up my feelings on The Illegitimates thus far in a single sentence, it would be, “Meh, decent enough;” however, that’s not quite enough for a review, so I’ll expand a bit.

Well, I’ve finally got what I wanted. My previous two reviews of the Peabody & Sherman comics both noted that one of the hallmarks of the original segment on Rocky & Bullwinkle was distinctly missing, and this third issue has it: famous historical figures behaving like clueless idiots. First, we have Archimedes being inundated with heavier and heavier objects while he obliviously tries to take a relaxing bath. Then, Isaac Newton has to have a whole orchard pelted at his head in order to discover gravity.

Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom sounds like a superhero name, followed by a descriptive nickname, like, “Superman: Man of Steel” or “Batman: The Caped Crusader.” But, in fact, that’s not the case here. The name of the superhero in this comic is, “The Man of the Atom,” and that name, in its entirety, is all anyone ever calls him, despite how awkward and, frankly, pretentious it sounds in general conversation. Whereas Dr. Solar is the name of his secret identity, a mild-mannered, brilliant-scientist-type person, who works in the top secret laboratory complex of Atom Valley, and who, apparently, has no first name. I would hope that if he does have one, it’s Adam, as it’s the only appropriate one for his character.

Misunderstanding Comics is a sort of parody/homage to Understanding Comics, the popular treatise by Scott McCloud on the art and style of the comic book medium. Misunderstanding focuses on exploiting that art and style in order to make boatloads of money. It explores reusing the same basic storylines over and over for years, pandering to your fans’ wish-fulfillment fantasies, and much more.

The premise of Holli Hoxxx is rather strange, but interesting. In the year 2051, there’s no more gravity on Earth. Instead, people stick to the ground using special Gravity Boots provided by a large corporation called Tycho Industries.

Molly Danger is an “audio comic” (Back in my day, we called them radio dramas.) based on the popular Action Lab comic book of the same name. It features Molly, a super-powered alien who’s perpetually ten years old. She spends her time fighting cyborgs (called “Super-Mechs”) who hang around her hometown of Coopersville. To help her with this, she has the Danger Action Response Team (D.A.R.T.), which flies her into the midst of the cyborg chaos and backs her up as she tries to contain it.

If you’ll recall, I was pleasantly surprised with the first issue of the new Mr. Peabody & Sherman comic. I have my doubts about the upcoming movie, but the comic remained surprisingly true to the spirit of the original Peabody & Sherman cartoons that aired with Rocky & Bullwinkle back in the '50s and '60s. It was silly and fun, but, most of all, clever.

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