Four-Color Bullet Looks At “Blackbird,” “The Lone Ranger,” and Alan Moore at DC!

Hey, everybody!  Welcome and thanks for joining me for another edition of “Four-Color Bullet!”

Lemme ask you a question: Do you use the Diamond Order Catalog when getting your books from your local comic book store?  If so, keep this in mind: be sure you fill in all of your contact information, be aware of the date it’s due back at your store, and don’t walk out of the house with the DC Preview booklet and try to turn that in by mistake.

Just looking out for you.  You’re welcome.

Okay, is everybody comfortable?  Excellent.  Let’s take a look at:

Blackbird (First Issue)

(Variant Covers Available)
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Jen Bartel
Layout Artist: Paul Reinwand
Colorists: Nayoung Wilson, Jen Bartel
Letterer: Jodi Wynne

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“No.  I’m not just a crazy baby.  I was right the whole time.  Magic is real.  Super real.  So real … magic is going to murder my sister.”

At thirteen, Nina just KNEW there was going to be an earthquake.  A really BIG earthquake.  And her family didn’t believe her.  Until it happened.  Running from their home, Nina and her sister, Marisa, sought shelter underneath a freeway overpass.  No sooner had they stopped to catch their breath, a support pillar crumbled, causing a car to come falling towards them…

“We were so dead… and then we weren’t.  Because of the most beautiful monster.  Of all time.”

Anyone who saw this magical monster rescue Nina, Marisa, and the people on the overpass, were magically charged to forget what they saw.  However, this didn’t work on Nina.  She had proof that magic existed now.  There was no going back, no matter who didn’t believe her.  The story picks up ten years later with Nina working at a bar somewhere in the San Fernando Valley, living on her sister’s couch, and self-medicating, wishing she were a paragon, a master of magic.  On her way home, she stumbles across the symbol, a cirque, and a gem of a paragon.  And that monster that saved her ten years ago?  It came back and kidnapped her sister …

Sam Humphries (“DC Daily,” “Planet Hulk,” “Starlord”) has written a pretty decent first issue.  I’ve read this story before, but his premise seems interesting.  I’m going to stick with it a couple of issues and see were it goes.

Across the Universe: The DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore

Writer: Alan Moore
Pencils: Various
Inks: Various
Colors: Various
Letters: Various
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I wasn’t going to buy this, as I already have a copy of “Across The Universe: The DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore” from 2003.  That’s sort of like buying a greatest hits recording of your favorite band just because there’s one or two songs you’ve never heard before.

However…

As a comic book enthusiast from way back, Alan Moore’s stories, his take on the characters he used, made me… appreciate the medium more.  His work, to me, gave us super heroes that transcended their spandex.  He rekindled a magic in all of the tried and true characters he wrote, opened our eyes to the possibility that my favorite hobby could be more than “funny books.”  Back when I owned my comic store, if I saw Alan Moore’s name on an upcoming book or storyline, I was sure to increase the number of copies I ordered.  I knew whatever he touched would be in demand.  He was a monumental figure in the American comics field during the 80s, and he still influences the industry to this day.

Buy it.  Enjoy it.

The Lone Ranger (First Issue)

(Variant Covers Available)
Writer: Mark Russell
Art and Colors: Bob Q
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-elhaou
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

“The sun has set on the wandering Indian, the lone adventurer, the open range cowboy.  Their day is past.”

I’ve never been much of a Western genre fan, but I think this book is going to be pretty great!  I’m looking forward to seeing this new take on the thrilling days of yesteryear, and hearing the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver!  (Darn it!  I promised myself I wouldn’t butcher that preamble…!)  The story takes place in Texas, 1887, a time when actual cowboys were few, Indians even less, and all in the name of progress.  Our hero comes across a handful of powerful men taking it upon themselves to divide up Texas land in spite of rights or law.  Knowing what will come of this, he seeks out his estranged friend for help, whose response is not quite expected…

I think this is going to be cool, and I think it’ll help get the taste of that Johnny Depp movie out of your mouth!

Four-Color Fun Facts

  • The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet are related
    • Depending on who you ask, Britt Reid (The Green Hornet) is the great-nephew of John Reid (The Lone Ranger.)
  • Both characters were created for radio by Fran Striker and George W. Trendle
    • The Lone Ranger was introduced in 1933, The Green Hornet in 1936.

 

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Next Time, Four Color Bullet Reviews:

  • Project Superpowers # 3
  • The Quantum Age #3
  • Shuri #1
  • Thor #6

As always, I’d love to hear from YOU!  Please drop me a line and let me know where you buy YOUR comics.  I’d love to check it out (travel distance willing,) and maybe mention YOU and feature the store in a future column.  Thanks!

Until next time…

 

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Contrary to popular belief, Myk Price wasn't rocketed to Earth as an infant, wasn't a test pilot chosen to protect a space sector, wasn't exposed to Gamma radiation, and has never been picked up by an English sounding whack job with a multi-colored scarf flying around in a blue police box.He's still holding hope for the English sounding whack job, though.A naturalized Californian, Myk (pronounced "Mike",) is a husband, musician, massage therapist, and is re-embracing his many decades love of comic books.  When not riding around on his motorcycle, playing music for belly dancers with the band, Rhythm Caravan, or performing with the Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra, Myk can be found reading comics and avoiding household chores by telling his lovely wife, Nola, "I can't, Honey!  I have a deadline!"To be fair, she doesn't buy it, either.

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