Summer time is Comics Time! Thanks for joining me for another edition of “Four-Color Bullet!”
For those of you who are keeping track: yes, it’s still summer. Yes, it’s still hot. Yes, it’s time to get more comics! Let’s take a look at a few of the comics that have come out recently:
THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #7
“And even though your nose is broken and you’re battered and beaten and sleep-deprived… you couldn’t be happier.”
Ying is out of immediate danger, thanks to the girls, a pair of gloves, and bits of the Vision. But the girls of G.I.R.L. may be no longer, what with an international terrorist attack, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the police now involved. Who can help sort things out for G.I.R.L. and the Wasp?
The Wasp, of course! And in this case, I mean Janet Van Dyne!
Besides being one of the better written and paced books out there, each issue has a backup (in lieu of a letters page) called “Agents of G.I.R.L.,” where Nadia (or Janet, in this issue) interviews one or two women who have amazing positions in science and industry. I can’t recommend this series enough for collectors or women or girls who want to see great representation in comics.
THE GREEN HORNET ’66 MEETS THE SPIRIT #1
“Boooo! Green Hornet stinks!” “Yes, thank you, Kato…”
The 1966 Central City World’s Expo! The Green Hornet! Kato! The Octopus! And… The Spirit?
Britt Reid is the host presenting The Newpaper of Tomorrow (or The Newspaper of the Future,) that will predict the FUTURE! This “massive Electronic Brain” predicts the demolition of the Berlin Wall (1990,) erected earlier in the decade, the date the last American heliocopter leaves Vietnam (1975,) and… the return of The Spirit – the very next evening at the Expo! The Spirit has been believed dead for the past fourteen years, thought lost after his last battle with his greatest adversary, The Octopus. Incredible predictions, to be sure! The prediction comes true, and The Spirit returns… or does he?
I wasn’t a follower of The Spirit and I wasn’t a fan of The Green Hornet as a kid – I was too young for the TV show, and when reruns finally appeared, he didn’t have a cape, so I was out – but I am enjoying the recent increase of comic mashups, and this one looks really good. I’m getting inspired to hit the collector stores and see if I can find old Spirit trade paperbacks, and tune in to the Decades Channel and catch a Green Hornet episode or two!
Oh! And a bit of comic trivia: Britt (The Green Hornet) Reid is the great-nephew of Dan Reid, the original Lone Ranger! You’re welcome.
ASTRO CITY #45
“The shadows. There shadows weren’t cast by the fire. The shadows were alive. Hungry.”
Astro City is one of the few books I pick up these days that gives me of the excitement I had as a kid when I rushed to Continental Comics after school on Fridays (before I worked there and eventually became the owner) scanning the racks for the latest issues of my favorite books. Busiek is an amazing storyteller, Anderson is a wonderful artist, and the two of them make magic with a story, regardless of the theme, era, or genre. And the characters he creates for this universe are amazing! Glamorax is the lead heroine in this story, and her origin is pretty darn cool. If anyone asks me what gets me jazzed about comics, this title is one of the books I’d refer and recommend.
SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER #4
“Yeah, you know what? No. I’m not losing my home again. I’m not losing another friend, another family. I have super-freaking-powers. I can stop this.”
Kara receives an education about Krypton from the freed and healthy Tan-On, but nothing stays calm forever: the stakes have been raised, and Coach Stone has Dolly. Kara needs to rescue Dolly, but Tan-On has revenge on his mind. And he’ll stop at nothing to get it – including Kara’s death.
Is it just me, or, with the exception of Kal-El and Kara, are most all Kryptonians Class-A jerks? I don’t think that everyone who’s survived Krypton’s explosion has to be saint like, but do they all have to be superior, arrogant toads? That gets a bit old after a while, you know. I would venture that not every humanoid species that has a superior physique wants to conquer, enslave, or otherwise vanquish. Just sayin’…
All in all, I think this was a nicely written climax to a well done 4-issue mini series.
Okay, that’s it for now. I’ll keep an eye out for you on Wednesdays, and let me know what books you’re into. I love adding cool books to my pull list. Until next time…