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Elvira’s Next Tome of Classic Tales

They say the best things in life come in pairs… That’s why Dynamite Entertainment has dug up more classic Elvira comic book stories for a brand new second volume of murder, mayhem, and monkey business following up from the bestselling first volume. Fans can reserve their copy right now on Indiegogo!

It’s everyone’s lucky day because the fiends at Dynamite are digging up the grave of these lost adventures and delivering them to Elvira’s fans with the beautiful Elvira Mistress of the Dark “The Classic Years” Omnibus Volume 2! This awesome tome of darkness is packed with Elvira awesomeness and is available in softcover, a deluxe hardcover, and an ultimate darkness edition signed by Elvira Mistress of the Dark herself!

This is the second volume reprinting the highly sought-after tales originally published by Claypool Comics. In these beloved adventures, Elvira must contend with vampires, werewolves, mummies, gorillas, politicians, and worst of all…telemarketers! Ahhhhhhh! Spooky! The book covers 25+ issues, rounding out to a massive 600-page tome.

And no need to fret, for anyone who missed out on the first volume’s Indiegogo or hasn’t gotten to grabbing a copy yet, they are being offered as add-ons in this campaign as well. That way all fans can catch up and not get left behind as this hotly anticipated reprint series continues.

The horrifying artists and creepy writers of Elvira Classic Years Volume 1 were a regular who’s who of classic comics. This new batch of monsters is even more frightening! Contributors include Dave Cockrum, Jim Mooney, Neil Vokes, Tom Simonton, Louis LaChance, Frank Strom, Richard Howell, Lou Mougin, David Day, Dan Day, Bruce Patterson, James Fry, Anna-Maria Cool, John Heebink, Peter Sanderson, Yvonne Mojica, Tom Smith, Al Vey, and so many more!

And of course there are some amazing add-ons you can grab including the aforementioned signatures, digital copies, photo covers of previous Elvira comics, a four pack of Elvira metal variants, CGC graded exclusives, and more. As the support and pledges roll in, fans can also stay tuned for some possible fun stretch goals that will only be available through this campaign. Fans of Elvira and anyone looking for fun nostalgic comics should pass go and run right to Indiegogo to reserve their copy. Copies will be shipped to fans by Halloween!

Marvel Ended 2021 with a Surprising Return and Starts 2022 with Another

Darkhold: Omega

Marvel‘s one-shot Timeless wrapped up 2021 with a tease of what’s to come in 2022. The comic teased the return of Marvelman/Miracleman to comics and it looks like the proper Marvel Universe. 2022 kicks off with another return in the pages of Darkhold: Omega.

Darkhold: Omega wraps up the miniseries that had heroes corrupted, led by Scarlet Witch, to take on Chthon. The event has been an interesting one, feeling slightly off due to its delays.

Spoilers Ahead

With the heroes facing Chthon, an energy ball forms with a character inside. The heroes attack the individual not knowing who he is and thinking they’re competition in defeating Chthon (they’re corrupted, roll with it). The mysterious character stops their attack by finds his energy spent and facing Chthon himself who attempts to cross over to Earth when he’s stopped by Scarlet Witch and Doctor Doom.

One of the comic’s endings features Janet Van Dyne confronting the mystery character in Pennsylvania who has crossed over to Earth from Other-Realm.

Who’s the mysterious character?

Omega the Unknown!

Yes, over a decade on the sidelines the classic character is back and what that means is unknown (no pun intended).

Omega the Unknown debuted in March 1976 in Omega the Unknown #1. The character was created by Steve Gerber, Mary Skrenes, and Jim Mooney.

Omega the Unknown #1

Omega is the last remaining member of an alien race and escapes to Earth. The comic also features James-Michael who has dreams and visions he shares with Omega. We find out James-Michael’s parents are robots after an accident where he wakes up later in a private hospital exhibiting a lack of emotion to those events. After being attacked Omega shows up to protect James-Michael and James-Michael eventually shoots bursts from his hands, something Omega has done as well. The series followed the mystery of James-Michael who is fostered by two young women in Hell’s Kitchen and Omega being a hero. What’s the connection between the two?

The series wrapped up after 10 issues leaving a lot of questions unanswered. They were sort of answered in two issues of The Defenders in 1979 written by Steven Grant.

In The Defenders, we learn that Omega and James-Michael are bio-engineered beings engineered by a mechanoid race called the Protars. The Protars decide to create an ideal race of humanoids when they foresee their extinction. At the end of The Defenders, James-Michael destroys himself and Omega is dead after being shot by police in his own series. Basically, the characters were written out of existence by a lot of death.

Last we saw the use of the character was a 2007 10-issue limited series by Jonathan Lethem and Farel Dalrymple that delivered a new take on the character.

In Darkhold: Omega, Omega is referred to as model X3Z, a reference to the previous run which teases what readers should be checking out, his 10-issue series and then the two issues of The Defenders. All of them are available on Marvel Unlimited.

It’s unknown exactly what happened to Omega that he wound up in Other-Realm and it’ll be interesting to see where Marvel takes this one. But, with the return and Miracleman and now this? 2022 is sure looking to be an intriguing year that celebrates and brings back some classics.

Review: Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man

Carnage is hunting down everyone who wore a symbiote in “Absolute Carnage.” What about the person who wore the “black suit” briefly before Peter Parker got it? Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man is his story.

Story: Peter David
Art: Francesco Mobili
Color: Java Tartaglia, Rain Beredo
Letterer: Travis Lanham

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #99 & 100 pages by Al Milgrom, Herb Trimpe, Jim Mooney, Geof Isherwood, Bob Sharen, A. Kaotic, Joe Rosen, and Diana Albers.

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Review: Marvel Tales Featuring: Black Widow

Marvel continues to celebrate 80 years with the latest Marvel Tales, this one featuring Black Widow!

Marvel Tales Featuring Black Widow features Mystic Comics #4, Tales of Suspense #52, Amazing Spider-Man #86, Amazing Adventures #1, Marvel Fanfare #10, and Red Widow: First Strike by George Kapitan, Harry Sahle, Stan Lee, Don Rico, Don Heck, Sam Rosen, John Romita, Jim Mooney, Gary Friedrich, John Buscema, John Verpoorten, Art Simek, Ralph Macchio, George Perez, Brett Breeding, Petra Scotese, Tom Orzechowski, Margaret Stohl, Nico Leon, Andres Mossa, and Travis Lanham.

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Preview: Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 4: Evolution’s Nightmare HC

Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 4: Evolution’s Nightmare HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Doug Moench, Paul Dehn
Artists: Vicente Alcazar, Sonny Trinidad, Alfredo P. Alcala, Yong Montano, Dino Castrillo, Virgil Redondo, Tom Sutton, Ed Hannigan, and Jim Mooney
Cover Artist: Bob Larkin
Price: $59.99

Experience the legendary 1970s Planet of the Apes originally published by Marvel Comics, collected for the first time ever, and remastered in prestigious hardcover.

The Planet of the Apes Archive includes the screenplay adaptations from acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter for Battle for the Planet of the Apes by Paul Dehn (Murder on the Orient Express).

Also collects Future History Chronicles and Evolution’s Nightmare.

Lost Siegel And Shuster Superman Story To Be Published in New Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman Hardcover Book

A new hardcover book, Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman, is being published by DC Entertainment as part of its celebration of the one-thousandth issue of Action Comics—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre. The collection features a series of essays and iconic Superman stories edited by former DC Publisher Paul Levitz. Most notably, the book includes a never before published 12-page story from original Superman writer Jerry Siegel with art by the Joe Shuster Studio titled “Too Many Heroes.”

The 384-page hardcover book will cost $29.99 and hit store shelves on April 19. Highlights and key Superman stories in this collection include:

  • A new cover by legendary artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee
  • Text pieces including: an editor’s note by Paul Levitz, a tribute to Action Comics by Laura Siegel Larson (daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel), an introduction by Jules Feiffer, plus essays by Tom DeHaven (“It’s Superman!”), David Hajdu (“The Ten-Cent Plague”), Larry Tye (“Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero”) and Gene Luen Yang (Superman, New Super-Man and the National Book Award finalist “American Born Chinese”)
  • “The Coming of Superman,” from Action Comics #1, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • “Revolution in San Monte,” from Action Comics #2, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • “The Terrible Toyman!,” from Action Comics #64, written by Don Cameron with art by Ed Dobrotka and George Roussos, featuring the debut of Toyman
  • “The Super-Key to Fort Superman,” from Action Comics #241, written by Jerry Coleman with art by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye, featuring the first appearance of the Fortress of Solitude
  • “The Super-Duel in Space,” from Action Comics #242, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Brainiac
  • “The Supergirl from Krypton!,” from Action Comics #252, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Supergirl
  • “The World’s Greatest Heroine!,” from Action Comics #285, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Jim Mooney
  • “The Superman Super-Spectacular!,” from Action Comics #309, written by Edmond Hamilton with art by Curt Swan and George Klein, featuring an appearance by President John F. Kennedy
  • “Superman Takes a Wife,” from Action Comics #484, written by Cary Bates with art by Curt Swan and Joe Giella
  • “If Superman Didn’t Exist…” from Action Comics #554, written by Marv Wolfman with art by Gil Kane
  • “The Game,” a new original story written by Paul Levitz with art by Neal Adams
  • “Squatter,” from Action Comics #584, written by John Byrne with art by Byrne and Dick Giordano
  • “Ma Kent’s Photo Album,” from Action Comics #655, written by Roger Stern with art by Kerry Gammill and Dennis Janke
  • “Secrets in the Night,” from Action Comics #662, written by Roger Stern with art by Bob McLeod
  • “A Hero’s Journey,” from Action Comics #800, written by Joe Kelly with art by Pasqual Ferry, Duncan Rouleau, Lee Bermejo and others
  • “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” from Action Comics #0, written by Grant Morrison with art by Ben Oliver
  • “The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies,” from Action Comics #1, written by Fred Guardineer with art by Guardineer, featuring the debut of Zatara
  • “The Origin of the Vigilante,” from Action Comics #42, written by Mort Weisinger with art by Mort Meskin, featuring the debut of the Vigilante
  • “The Assassin-Express Contract!,” from Action Comics #419, written by Len Wein with art by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, featuring the debut of the Human Target

Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman is just part of DC’s Superman celebration, with the seminal Action Comics #1000 also released in April and a series of Superman-themed variant covers and even more to come.

Flashback Friday Friday Review: Superman #185

superman_v-1_185For the first review of “Retro Friday” it felt like it’d be fun to go WAY back into the GP vault of comics and take a look at Superman #185, the first volume of the series that was released in February 1966. Back then comics were 12 cents and featured 25 pages of story and more.

Written by Leo Dorgman with art by Pete Costanza (for the first story) and Jim Mooney (for the second story) and a cover by Curt Swan the comic is so different than modern books with a style and story that has more in common with the classic Superman television and radio show than modern comics. That’s not a bad thing at all, but it’s interesting to see how much comics have changed in the 50 years since this comic was released.

The first thing I noticed is there seems to be a lack of credits anywhere in the comic. I went through it multiple times to figure out who handled the writing and art, but had to resort to a Google search to figure that out. It’s a minor thing, but caught me off guard and to begin reading the comic with that in my mind, I was looking at all of the details I could.

The issue features two stories the first up being “Superman’s Achilles’ Heel!.” When one part of his body is made vulnerable by a Red K exposure, Superman is targeted for death–literally–by gangland assassins. Yes, it’s as silly as it sounds and even has Superman sporting a metal device around his hand to make the villains think that’s his vulnerable spot. Arrows, yes an arrow as in bow and arrow, are used along with rifles and other weapons to try to take Superman down.

The villian is a former actor turned gangster who’s initially out to just find Superman’s secret identity, but then finds out his flaw due to the Red K. From there, plans unfold in an attempt to shot him in his vulnerable spot. Riddles are sent tauting him, lions are released in a football game, it’s goofy to all levels, but still somehow entertaining probably due to it’s focus on the story of Achilles and not adding any other distractions.

The second story, “Target Superman!,” is told in multiple parts (I have no idea why) and features South American multimillionaire Jose Rivera who wants his daughter Dolores to marry Superman, she is attracted to Clark Kent…and Clark’s double on the Kandor Look-Alike Squad steps in to woo her.

There’s absolutely some antiquated views of women and their roles, though the story isn’t as cringeworthy as I expected once I figured out the gist of the story. It’s not good by any measurement, but the headshaking sighs as I read the comic weren’t as present as I thought they’d be.

There’s Superman, his robot, and then a being from Kandor? Yeah, this is a take on the twin taking over in a role type story with a twist at the end and it’s… interesting. Entertaining on some levels, an example of the time in many others, it’s that weird type of story that feels right at place in an anthology. Hell, with some small tweaks and a touch of more weird and this story could be revamped for today easily.

superman-185-quizThe art is great with nothing too dynamic, but this still feels like the early years of comics where overly dramatic depictions of action were still being figured out. It’s a bit choppy in the flow, but it’s fun to see the retro look of everyone depicted, especially Superman who looks more like a Fleischer cartoon than today’s take.

What’s really fun is the additional items in the comic beyond the story. There’s a letter page, ads, and a quiz that left my jaw on the floor. You can see it to the right here, but the quiz is the measure your “Brotherhood Quotient” and is published as a “public service in cooperation with the National Social Welfare Assembly, coordinating organization for National Health, Welfare and Recreation Agencies of the U.S.” What I think is more amazing is the answers that whoever owned the comic checked off. The more things change, the more they stay the same I guess.

Going back to read a comic that was published decades before I could read is not only interesting to see a snapshot of the time, but also see how comics have changed in the 50 years since this was published. To be able to come upon a quiz like that found in the comic, especially considering the answers(!), you really get to see some history.

The comic was an enjoyable one. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but goofy fun where you can turn your brain off and just enjoy the stories within.

Story: Leo Dorgman Art: Pete Costanza and Jim Mooney
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.65 Recommendation: Read

Review: Supreme: The Story of the Year

Moore 1997 - SupremeDue to amnesia caused by a revision in time, comic book artist Ethan Crane, a.k.a. Supreme, fights to remember his past in flashbacks that range from the 1930s through the 1990s, with artwork reflecting the time periods he inhabits.

While Supreme may not be the most well known superhero, he is defiantly an interesting one. Started in 1996 under Image Comics, the character is something straight out of 1950’s and early 1960’s comics, just without the threats of Nazis and Communism. This character should is a living embodiment of the earliest comics of that day. Throwing in a pethtlora of other characters, including Professor Night, Suprema, Space Hunter, and various other heroic allies of the various incarnations of Supreme. Of course for every hero there are a categories of rogues, and villains. Including Darius Rex, The Living Galaxy, The Shadow Supreme, and several others. Of course some of the similarities to other literary villains including a love interest clearly inspired by Lois Lane.

While I wish I could find panels to post in this review, to showcase the various art styles drawn throughout the book, an artists throughout the book. It is obvious that the stories and art work chosen is meant to demonstrate various of the character, and the difference in the ages of comics. The panels that are set in the present are drawn with a more realistic art style, that is more common in modern age, and current age comics. While the “throwback,” stories are done in less serious style catering back to the early 60’s, and earlier comics when things were as simple as good vs. evil.

Story: Alan Moore Cover Art: Alex Ross
Art and Lettering: Joe Bennet, Mark Pajarillo, Chris Spouse, Richard Horie, J.J. Bennet, J. Morrigan, Rick Veitch, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Norman Rapmund, Al Gordan, and Jim Mooney
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Afterlife With Archie Magazine #1


Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Vicente Alcazar
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli, Robert Hack, Vicente Alcazar, Jim Mooney & Gray Morrow

“Escape From Riverdale”—This is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before—to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in the first issue of the magazine-size edition of the hugely successful, award-winning AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, featuring all new special features. For TEEN+ readers.