TV Review: Comic Book Men S5E6 Stan Saves!

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Stan Lee drops by the Stash and helps the guys with a customer experiencing a comics crisis.  A customer buys a classic issue of Fantastic Four.

The show is back after a rather long break and does so with the best episode of the season by far, and that’s totally due to guest Stan Lee who really does spend the entire episode at the shop.

What’s fun is hearing Lee talk about his memories of comics and interacting with the costumers. Whether his role in the creation of so many characters is embellished or not doesn’t matter, it’s still fun to hear him talk about the comics that come through the door as well as his reaction to the questions posed to him, including a bit about that infamous Playboy pose.

But, what actually hit me the most was Stan Lee talking to a customer who has decided to close his pull box and stop collecting. It’s a solid and honest speech about what comics mean to him as a creator and what it means to many collectors. Now, I have to say as a buyer it felt a bit strong armed, and it sucks telling a store you need to close you box (and how are you saying no to Stan Lee), but it’s interesting to hear Stan’s take.

This episode is a bit of an anomaly and I’d hate for it to dive in to guest of the week type shows, but still, it’s much better than all of this season’s episodes. The episode is titled “Stan Saves!” and it feels like he has the series in many ways.

Overall rating: 8.1