What comics have you been reading? by rusty
[October 22, 2018, 11:13:44 pm]
What have you done today? by BettyReggie
[October 21, 2018, 07:45:49 pm]
Riverdale Reviewed by Tuxedo Mark
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[October 16, 2018, 09:34:22 pm]
Days we look foward to as Archie Fans. by BettyReggie
[October 16, 2018, 06:13:52 am]
New York Comic Con 2018 by BettyReggie
[October 08, 2018, 05:37:04 am]
Anachronism Patrol by DeCarlo Rules
[October 06, 2018, 11:59:27 pm]
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« on: October 21, 2018, 01:24:27 pm »
I put some of my Betty’s Diary comics in comic book frames and hung them
on my bedroom wall. I also ate lunch and now waiting to leave to go to work 4pm until 8:45pm
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:00:20 pm »
I went to Five Below & they had 2019 Riverdale Calendar. I bought one for me & one for my brother.
« on: October 16, 2018, 06:12:49 am »
I put up my commissions .
« on: October 12, 2018, 03:52:54 am »
THE COMPLETE COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN TP
by Sy Reit and Bob White - This was a fun six issue series (the trade collection also includes "Good Guys of the Galaxy", a Tom DeFalco/Fernando Ruiz semiparody of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
from ARCHIE 655, which happens to be my personal favorite of their collaborations, and a 5-page ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST story written & drawn by Fernando, both stories featuring guest appearances by Cosmo, plus a couple more only-tangentially-related 5-pagers written by Dan Parent, and a complete reprint of the 1st issue of the new COSMO series). The Sy Reit/Bob White collaboration on COSMO, which originally appeared in 1958-59, was unusual in style, as well as in being essentially one long (if episodic) story, continued from issue to issue. It's hard to think of any other standard comic books that were doing that at the time. Absurdity and gags are the main focus here, plus just a teensy amount of actual factual science educating readers on the basics of what was known about the Moon, Mars, Venus and Saturn at the time. Characterization is fairly minimal, with the standout character being Orbi, a likeable but devout coward, who's always getting into trouble (and thus helping drive the plot, such as it is, forward). The basic plot of the series is a travelogue around the solar system, discovering what life exists on other worlds. It has a certain goofy nostalgic charm that amuses me, however, particularly in the way it's drawn. Martians as drawn by Bob White look a lot like Al Capp's schmoos (from Li'l Abner
) or slightly overweight bowling pins. The body proportions vary a little otherwise, as drawn by Fernando Ruiz in the two more modern stories.COSMO VOL 01: SPACE ACES TP
by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley - I really liked this reboot, despite its lack of strict adherence to the earlier versions of the characters by Reit & White. Given that there wasn't a lot of characterization in the original to begin with, that was probably a good decision. I'm not sure a straight-up modern version of the earlier Cosmo would have really worked. The character that survives the transition mostly intact is Orbi, who retains his character as a dedicated coward but a nice guy. Cosmo is somewhat younger, more of an adventurous/heroic sort of space explorer, and Astra (Cosmo's girlfriend and sometimes damsel-in-distress in the original series) is given a more active role as the pilot of Cosmo's spaceship, the "Ufo" (pronounced "You-foe"), and there's a friendly rivalry/romantic tension between her and Cosmo. Orbi's doglike Martian pet Jojo in the original series becomes a metamorphic alien pet, giving him in effect a superpower the rest of the crew don't have, and making him very useful to have around. The elderly bearded Martian scientist-inventor Prof. Thimk from the original series is missing from the rebooted version altogether, replaced by the much younger female Martian scientist-inventor Dr. Medulla. It was a good idea to add more (and more proactive) female characters to the updated COSMO. The final new addition to the cast is Max Strongjaw, an American astronaut of the near future who is rescued by Cosmo & Co. when his ship has technical difficulties on the first earth-mission to Mars. Max is more or less a parody of the usual square-jawed, typical American space-hero type. Not too bright, and more than a little xenophobic, but with a heart-of-gold, who gradually comes to a grudging friendship/rivalry of sorts with Cosmo and his crew. This was a good cast, and the series as a whole was a valiant attempt to launch a new series which would have been a ACP-owned IP replacement for the loss of the SONIC and MEGA MAN Archie Action imprint titles. At least they were willing to give this a shot, for which I applaud them. Who knows, maybe the graphic novel could be discovered by someone interested in turning the characters into an animated series. Tracy Yardley is a very talented artist, working in a pleasant, attractive modern style that would not be out of place among cartoons aired somewhere like Nickelodeon (or is it just Nick now?) or Cartoon Network (or is it just CN now?). One could but hope. The collection also includes all of the variant covers of the floppy comic from issues #1-5, along with character profile pages offering more background tidbits of information, and some sketch pages showing Yardley's design development for the series. At least you should buy the trade collection, if you didn't give the 5 individual issues of the floppy comic version a try.
« on: October 09, 2018, 04:32:37 pm »
47 Days until Cyber Monday
44 Days until Black Friday
76 Days until Christmas
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:56:24 am »
One other thing I noticed was that ACP had two full-page ads in that issue, but I guess they just love to flush an opportunity to make some money right down the drain. What are the ads for? The New Riverdale trades and the Riverdale TV series. Uh... yeah, thanks for bringing those to our attention, we somehow just spaced out and plain didn't realize they existed.
Apparently they don't bother targeting the ads to the consumer base of the magazine they're advertising in. It's for fans of BRONZE AGE comics, you dummies!!! Instead of trying to target the ads to spotlight the creme-de-la-creme of their existing trade collections of classic Archie material (and oh, as long as they're at it... how about selling some of those Red/Dark Circle trades in a magazine whose usual readership is superhero fans?). What about selling some digest subscriptions and 1000-Page Comics bricks? No, they waste the ad space on something pretty much everyone already knows about. If they care about such things (in itself doubtful), BACK ISSUE's readers have already bought the comics or trades, and watched the show, but what they might NOT be aware of is the digests are still being published (because you don't really SEE them much in comic book stores), and that ACP has an extensive line of material targeted towards readers who already LOVE the old classic stories from the 1970s and 1980s. The Best of Archie Comics Deluxe HCs? "Archie Comics Presents..."? Archie Americana? They could easily have squeezed the covers of 25 different TP collections onto a single magazine-sized ad page. Nah, just toss 'em the same old ads we run in the digests and regular floppy comics we publish. It's not the same audience, you idiots!!
It's funny -- I was just flipping through my copy of COSMO Vol. 1: SPACE ACES trade collection, and there's an ad on the inside back cover for classic Archie trade paperbacks that's nearly exactly
what I was picturing in my mind for what ACP should
have used for one of those ad pages in BACK ISSUE #107 for. It only pictures 20 collected editions (but this ad is appearing on a page sized 6"x 9", not the larger magazine-size 8.5"x 11" page), but they're almost precisely the ones I'd have chosen to try to sell to readers of a comic book fanzine dedicated to Bronze Age comics.
Pictured were the covers of:
Row 1 - The Best of Archie Comics Deluxe Edition HC Vols. 1 & 2
; Archie Americana Vols. 1-3 TP
(Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age)
Row 2 - The Best of Archie Comics: BETTY & VERONICA Vols. 1 & 2 TP
; Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Complete Collection v1 TP
; Betty & Veronica Spectacular TP
; Archie at Riverdale High TP
Row 3 - ARCHIE'S BIG BOOK Vols. 1-4 TP
; Jughead's Time Police TP
Row 4 - Archie Giant Comics Roll TP
; Archie Giant Comics Surprise TP
; The Best of JOSIE and the Pussycats TP
; Archie's Coloring Book
; YOUR PAL ARCHIE TP
I bet they could have sold some of those collections to readers of BACK ISSUE, too.
« on: October 08, 2018, 05:35:56 am »
📼 2 Days till Riverdale Season #3
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:56:07 pm »
Today i brought more of the 4 for $10 and brought 8 comics for $20 I got
Archie’s Joke Book #209
Everything’s Archie #154
Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals #216
Betty and Veronica Summer Fun #1
Archie’s Christmas Stocking #228
Archie and Me #92
Archie at Riverdale High #107
I also purchased Archie Comic Presents: The Love Showdown Collection for $5. Not bad considering the retail price was $4.95 only $0.05 more
I rebrought this and my fiancé went up and got it signed by Dan Parent and Michael Moreci
« on: October 05, 2018, 06:46:11 am »
THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS Deluxe Edition HC
- The short and dirty (and somewhat peeved) review:
Here's the contents listing of the new HC edition:key DECADE
SOURCE, title, writer, pencil artistreprints NEW to this edition in BLUE 1940s
PEP 36 The 3-11 Club Bob Montana Bob Montana
ARCHIE 4 Spring Fever Ed Goggin Harry Sahle
ARCHIE 16 Monkey Shines Bob Montana Bob Montana
ARCHIE 7 Time for Trouble Harry Sahle Harry Sahle
PEP 48 Camera Bugs Ed Goggin Harry Sahle 1950s
LITTLE ARCHIE 2 The Cook-Off Bob Bolling Bob Bolling
JUGHEAD'S FOLLY 1 no title Joe Edwards Joe Edwards 1960s
LIFE WITH ARCHIE 16 Hi-Jinx and Deep Divers Sy Reit Bob White
ARCHIE'S PALS N GALS 29 Beetlemania Frank Doyle Samm Schwartz
JOSIE 19 The Hold Up Frank Doyle Dan DeCarlo
JUGHEAD 119 Pardon My Computer George Gladir Samm Schwartz
EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE Visit to a Small Panic George Gladir Harry Lucey 1970s
LAUGH 276 The Bye Bye Blues Frank Doyle Harry Lucey
RIVERDALE HIGH 18 Kong Phoo Frank Doyle Harry Lucey
ARCHIE 264 Minding a Star Frank Doyle Dan DeCarlo
REGGIE AND ME 104 Costume Caper Frank Doyle Dan DeCarlo
B&V v1 277 Melvin's Angels Frank Doyle Dan DeCarlo 1980s
ARCHIE 292 Verve to Conserve George Gladir Dan DeCarlo Jr.
ARCHIE 331 Saturday's Child Frank Doyle Dan DeCarlo Jr.
BETTY'S DIARY 1 The Art Lesson Kathleen Webb Dan DeCarlo
GIANT SERIES 590 Back From the Future Rich Margopoulis Rex Lindsey 1990s
NEW ARCHIES DIGEST 10 Mystery of the Mummy's Curse Mike Pellowski Henry Scarpelli
CHERYL BLOSSOM 15 Cheryl's Beach Bash Dan Parent Dan Parent 2000s
ARCHIE'S WEIRD MYSTERIES 6 A Familiar Old Haunt Paul Castiglia Fernando Ruiz
SABRINA 70 Spell It Out Tania Del Rio Tania Del Rio 2010s
JUGHEAD 200 Something Ventured, Something Gained Tom Root Rex Lindsey
ARCHIE 636 The Great Switcheroo! Tania Del Rio Gisele LagaceCOSMO 1 no title Ian Flynn Tracy Yardley
BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER - AT THE MOVIES 1
Riot on the Set! Bill Golliher Dan Parent
Movie Mix-Up! Bill Golliher Dan Parent
ARCHIE v2 32 no title Mark Waid & Ian Flynn Audrey Mok
And now, the BURN -
(Stories from the 2013 Best of Archie Comics TP
edition which were dropped from the new HC edition in order to make way for those reprinted stories listed above in blue)ARCHIE 2 Sir Archibald of the Round Table Bob Montana Bob Montana
PEP 37 Oscar Bob Montana Bob Montana
ARCHIE ANNUAL 8 Poor Little Rich Whirl George Frese George Frese
ARCHIE 123 Over-Joyed Frank Doyle Harry Lucey
JUGHEAD 120 Voice Control Frank Doyle Samm Schwartz
ARCHIE 178 Stick With It Frank Doyle Harry Lucey
TV LAUGH-OUT 86 (JOSIE in) Scratch One Clown unknown Dan DeCarlo Jr.
ARCHIE AND ME 144 Plight of the Perilous Pike Bob Bolling Bob Bolling
Well, they sacrificed quite a few GOOD stories in there in order to utilize the newly-added pages as an advertising tool. And not just those
pages, either. There were several other stories that WERE included again, that COULD have been dropped because they appear in other collections like Archie Americana
, etc. But no... if ACP still has those TPs in stock, then the stories still might function to sell some dusty old copies of Sabrina manga collections or something. In other words, what's included or not
included in this "Deluxe Edition" isn't being determined on a basis of what is best or NOT best, but what best functions to sell you other Archie Comics trade collections. That's
how "The BEST
of Archie Comics" is determined by ACP. So when it came to cutting stories from the older edition, rather than keep in reprints that were unique to that volume and appear in no other collections, they left in stories like "Kong Phoo" (recently reprinted in the ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH TP collection), and "Costume Caper" (which also appears in ARCHIE AMERICANA: THE BRONZE AGE - along with "Kong Phoo" again). And you know, even before the cutting began, THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS 3 was not as strong a collection of stories as the previous two books. Now, they've made it even worse. And I DID expect them to include recent reprints at the end (no gripes about COSMO or B&V), but an issue of ARCHIE (#32) from two months ago
the same 5-page preview of ARCHIE 1941 #1 that we've already seen in ALL their floppy comics?
Keep your old TP edition, if you have it. I'm not inclined to buy a Deluxe Edition Vol. 4 HC, if there ever is one.
As an aside, there's a quote in the book from Victor Gorelick in reference to ARCHIE 1941 as being "... one of the best things Archie Comics has ever done. In fact, it may be the best thing." That is either complete BS snake-oil salesmanship, or jf he really believes that, VG has completely lost it.
« on: October 04, 2018, 12:46:05 pm »
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:48:32 am »
ARCHIE #699 - So now I know what happened in ARCHIE #1-32. Of those, I'd only read #1, 2, 20-22 and 32 prior to this, and it seems like more pages of this condensed reprint were devoted to that issue #32 than to any other single issue. It was a little "the story so far"/"previously in ARCHIE...", but I bet you could have shrunk the essential stories of those first 32 issues of ARCHIE down to about 8 issues, and they'd have read perfectly fine as normal comics. I already ordered #700 (more to get the Mike Allred variant cover than anything else).
DISNEY COMICS AND STORIES #1 - They're just dropping "Walt" and the possessive 's from the title and renumbering it. Otherwise the same as the previous WDC&S.
ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2 - Kinda bored with this; it might be my last issue.
A bunch of this year's Halloween Comic Fest issues (these ship to comic shops weeks in advance of the actual week of Halloween, so I got to read them earlier than most people):
APOSIMZ SAMPLER - HCF 2018 - Not sure if it was enough to convince me totally, but I took a chance and ordered the first volume of the TP collection.
SHIBUYA GOLDFISH #1 - HCF 2018 - I think this is the first horror manga I've read that's drawn in a traditional shonen manga ("boys' comics") style. Most horror manga I've seen has been in the generally less-cartoony/more realistically-drawn seinin manga ("young men's comics") style. It's a weird contrast, with high school sophomores as the main protagonists. The plot is simple enough: on an afternoon daytrip to Shibuya (a trendy shopping district), all of a sudden monstrously huge goldfish appear, swimming in thin air, attacking people and eating them, and talking. A weird premise for sure. Not sure how I feel about this one. The art style is just "okay". May have to think about it a while before ordering the TP collection.
JUNJI ITO'S FRANKENSTEIN - HCF 2018 - I've been a fan of Junji Ito's work for a while now. Already pre-ordered the hardcover collection that this is a preview of. His art style looks a little different here. It might be an earlier work of his, before he quite refined his current style, or maybe it's just that this work is set in the late 1700s, while most of his other horror manga is set in modern-day Japan. And of course, the style of horror (since it's an adaptation of Mary Shelley's book) is different than the type of stories that Ito writes for himself. I must own at least a half-dozen comic adaptations of the original novel, but I never seem to tire of reading the story again, as long as I like the artwork. Each adaptation tends to focus on different things from the original story, to a certain extent, so they're all different to some degree.
BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: HOMECOMING - HCF 2018 - I've already been getting all the ALITA deluxe hardcover collections, so this one is a no-brainer. (I'd already pre-ordered the HC). The full version is also a deluxe HC collection of four stories which haven't previously been translated into English.
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS UNIVERSE: GENESIS #0 - HCF 2018 - This one was just sample pages from earlier-published American Mythology ERB comics, no new material.
PELLUCIDAR: FEAR ON FOUR WORLDS #1 (Part 3 of 4)
ZORRO: THE SWORDS OF HELL #1 (of 4)
LONE RANGER VOL 3 #1
NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL #4 (of 4)
GAMMA #1 (of 4)
TANK GIRL ALL STARS #4 (of 4)
Other stuff I got which haven't read yet:
THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 03 - I've only had time to skim it quickly. They added more recent reprints of the complete stories from COSMO #1, BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER - AT THE MOVIES #1, and ARCHIE #32 (one of the half-dozen issues I'd actually read before) at the end of the book. Other than that, I can't say exactly what might have been added, or more importantly, omitted, from the prior Best of Archie Comics Book 3 TP collection just yet, until I do a page-by-page comparison. Full review to follow sometime within a week or so. At any rate, there are few (if any) hardcover collections of comics you can buy with comparable page count, for a cover price of only $20. Similar items from most other publishers can run anywhere in the $40 to $75 cover price range (usually depending on the anticipated number of copies they will sell, and how "deluxe" the book is). Even some of the larger trade paperback collections of older comics now retail for $35-40.
THE COMPLETE COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN TP and COSMO VOL 01: SPACE ACES TP - I actually got the first of these a while ago when it first came out, but I thought (since I'd already read the whole thing in digital format a few years back) I'd wait until the rebooted COSMO came out in trade collection and review them together. Not sure how long it'll take me to get to these, but I guess it'll depend on which of this stuff I decide to read first. Also, at this writing, I'm about 1/4 of the way through the complete 26XX-page DEATH NOTE, and I'm sure I'll be wanting to read more of that this week as well.
MENAGE A 3 GN VOL 02 (by Dave Lumsden and Gisele Lagace) - Reprinting volumes 3 and 4 of the earlier, smaller-sized paperbacks at about twice the former page size. I like seeing Gisele's art at the larger size.
« on: October 03, 2018, 05:22:41 pm »
Betty and Veronica is the last digest I'm subscribed to and I'm not sure why. My subscription has another 10 issues or so and I'll probably renew it, assuming they're still publishing it, just to have a digest coming in. I can't quite cut the cord all the way for some reason even though I've seen most of what's in all of them.
Same for me, I let all the other digest subs expire. I figure it's still worthwhile even if I've read half the stories before. The reason I let my sub for B&V Friends expire was, for some reason I don't quite understand, it seems to be mailed from some place different than the regular B&V digest. I've noticed even the plastic bags and the labels are slightly different. That alone wouldn't cause me to let the sub expire, but for some reason it always seems to arrive a week or more late (probably because it's mailed from somewhere else), and more frequently suffers damage from P.O. handling as a result. The regular B&V digest always seems to arrive on time (or at most a day or two later than comic shops), and if anything, is likely to arrive even earlier than in comic shops. So I just let the B&V Friends sub expire, and now order it through my LCS.
I let all three Archie digest subs expire even earlier (well, Funhouse was just cancelled on me, and I never subbed to Archie and Me), but I'm thinking of maybe starting to get the 1000 Page Comics bricks again. One thing I noticed about those is that they don't reprint any of the non-Archie/B&V/Jughead/Archie & Friends stories, so I feel like I still want to get both B&V digest because of the Sabrina and Josie stories (and possibly Cheryl; I don't know if those make it into the 1000-pagers). But it seems like anything non-Archie (like Wilbur or That Wilkin Boy) had stopped being printed in the three Archie digest titles some while back, so it wouldn't be a concern, and at least that way I'd get to (eventually) read the new lead stories from the Archie digests.
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:14:57 am »
BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #267 - Got this one in the mail yesterday, a week early. Usually I'm anticipating getting the newest B&V digest in the mail, so I'm hoping to see it every day when I look in the mailbox, but this time it was so early that I wasn't even thinking about it - a nice surprise. Nice Halloween cover by Jeff Shultz. Too bad there were only three reprints in here that were Halloween stories. One is "Monsterbash", a 12-page B&V story from one of those Halloween Comic Fest giveaways from some years back. The second one's a Sabrina story from the 90s, and the last one's a Cheryl Blossom story from the 00s (both 6-pagers). I'd read all of those before. The new lead story by Dan Parent didn't have a Halloween theme (drat!). In it, Betty gets a part-time job working for Lodge Industries. Mr. Lodge is impressed with Betty's work and gives her a raise the first week. Mr. Lodge really seems to like Betty (but why wouldn't he). Is it my imagination, or does she look like she's drawn a little bustier than usual in this story? Maybe it's that white shirt and tie. There are few stories that stood out from the rest, but I don't have it right in front of me at the moment. I always look forward to stories written by Kathleen Webb, and there were a few of those. In one of the best ones, she explains to the readers the differences between girls and boys (get your mind out of the gutter) and it's pretty funny. Apart from the handful of stories that were standouts, it's a fairly average issue. It came at a good time, because I really needed a fix of classic B&V.
DEATH NOTE [ALL-IN-ONE EDITION] - Started reading it yesterday, and read the first 22 chapters or 518 pages. This is a huge brick of paper with over 2600 pages. I don't think I have any other comic book with this many pages. It's kind of heavy, and because of the smaller paperback book page size, I have to hold it up closer to read it, because the artwork isn't as simple and the text is smaller than an Archie 1000 Page Comics digest. I'm going to see how much more of it I can get read today. A lot happens just the first 100 pages. It starts when a super-smart high school student named Light Yagami finds a notebook, which turns out to belong to Ryuk, one of the Japanese death gods. Anyone's name whose face he can think of when when he writes it in the notebook will die of a heart attack within 40 seconds - unless he specifically writes some other method of death. It gets more interesting from there, as he decides to make the world a better place by killing off known and/or convicted criminals. All of these criminals suddenly dying of heart attacks does not go unnoticed by law enforcement agencies, and soon he's the object of an intense manhunt, and becomes drawn into a cat-and-mouse game of moves and countermoves by "L", another teen genius detective who's assisting law enforcement by running the task force hunting "Kira" (sounds the same as "killer" in Japanese). It's a real page-turner, I have to admit.
« on: September 24, 2018, 06:07:05 am »
MEGA MAN by Ian Flynn (w), Ben Bates & various artists:
MEGA MAN #01-04 - Let the Games Begin
MEGA MAN #05-08 - Time Keeps Slipping
MEGA MAN #09-12 - The Return of Dr. Wily
MEGA MAN #13-16 - Spiritus Ex Machina
MEGA MAN #17-18 - Proto-Type
MEGA MAN #19-20 - Roll With It + Rock of Ages
MEGA MAN #21-23 - Countdown
- At this point, I quit buying Mega Man from issues #24-27 until the crossover with the Sonic titles ended. I wasn't going to buy all those extra comics with characters that didn't interest me (which would have amounted to 4 issues of Sonic the Hedgehog plus 4 issues of Sonic Universe) just to follow the story in those four issues of Mega Man.
MEGA MAN #28-33 - Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon
MEGA MAN #34-36 - Shadow of Ra Moon + The Trial of Dr. Wily
MEGA MAN X FCDB 2014 - The X Factor
MEGA MAN #37-40 - Dawn of X
MEGA MAN #41-44 - Legends of the Blue Bomber
MEGA MAN #45-48 - The Ultimate Betrayal
MEGA MAN #49 - Prisoners of War
MEGA MAN FCBD 2015 Worlds Unite Prelude
MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1
- Once again, I skipped buying Mega Man #50-52 because the story was a crossover with the Sonic titles.)
MEGA MAN #54 - Red Shift (story takes place before issue #53)
MEGA MAN #53 - Blue Shift
MEGA MAN #55 - Everlasting Peace
- Unfortunately, the final story arc of MEGA MAN never concluded due to the interruption of the plot by the "Worlds Unite" crossover with Sonic in issues #50-52. The final MEGA MAN story's plot had Proto Man tricked by Dr. Wily into kidnapping Dr. Cossack's daughter Kalinka, and Wily holding her hostage as leverage to coerce Dr. Cossack into attacking Mega Man with a new group of Robot Masters. After unburdening himself to Dr. Noele LaLinde and discovering Wily's deception, Proto Man vowed to correct his mistake and rescue Kalinka from Wily's clutches, but we never got to see that, or Mega Man's battle against Dr. Cossack's Robot Masters. The crossovers with Sonic really were an annoying interruption, because in both cases all the characters involved are returned to their respective universes moments after they left, with no memory of the events which had transpired, picking up the plot exactly where they'd left it prior to the crossover. As it was, it looks like the decision to end the title was made at the last moment, and knowing there was no way of squeezing a hurried confrontation and climax into the single issue #55, instead that issue's story was sort of a hallucinatory homage where Dr. Light has visions of the future -- which were all full-page panels showing the characters from the many Mega Man sequels in the franchise, along with minimal caption text boxes -- as a tribute/send-off of the title. Had those four issues (50, 51, 52, and 55) also been devoted to advancing the plot begun in issue #49, Ian Flynn could easily have wrapped up the series and ended on a satisfying conclusion, and Dr. Light's final vision of the future could have been condensed down to a half-dozen pages or so with smaller panels.
MEGA MAN was the comic book title that made me a regular customer of ACP for the first time since THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS in the 1980s. In retrospect, I wish that ACP had gotten the license to the character 15 or 20 years earlier. It might have made me more aware of what was going on in other ACP titles being published at that time ("Love Showdown", CHERYL BLOSSOM, SABRINA, JOSIE (in ARCHIE & FRIENDS), BETTY & VERONICA/SPECTACULAR, Craig Boldman & Rex Lindsey's JUGHEAD, etc.), and resulted in me becoming an Archie Comics fan much earlier. That, and the fact that I wish I could have read 250+ issues of this title like SONIC THE HEDGEHOG racked up.
I am not a gamer; never have been. What attracted me to MEGA MAN (known as ROCKMAN in Japan) were the appealing character designs and the ongoing theme of robots. I knew virtually nothing about the characters of this franchise prior to having read Ian Flynn's comic stories. As far as the robot theme goes, MEGA MAN carries on where one of my favorite mangas, Osamu Tezuka's ASTRO BOY, left off. Not only are the themes identical, but the character of Mega Man (a boy robot hero who fights bad robots, and feels bad about fighting them because he's pacifistic by nature) has many similarities to Astro Boy himself. Rock (Mega Man's real name) was made to be a helper robot, and it's part of his basic programming to be helpful. He was never meant to be a fighting robot, and in many ways he embodies the innocence, virtue and naivete of a real boy whose age he appears to be. This could have been a very simple comic book with a good robot hero fighting bad robots with varied appearances and special abilities, but Ian Flynn put a lot into making the large cast of robot characters all individuals who act & react differently. Even the evil archenemy Dr. Wily, while still your basic megalomanical villain, is given nuances not necessarily required by the story. He really did a fantastic job writing this, and put much more into it than "just a job" -- you could feel he had real enthusiasm to be working with these characters. Additionally, Ian Flynn added some original characters to the mix that did not appear in the Japanese videogames: Federal agents Rosalyn Krantz and Gil D. Stern, roboticist Dr. Noele LaLinde and her robotic creations Tempo/Quake Woman and Vesper Woman. The addition of new female characters was especially appreciated, since the original Japanese game has very few female characters (being a videogame marketed mainly to younger boys, that's to be expected). As much as I like Mega Man himself, I think my favorite storyline turned out to be "Dawn of X" (and I fervently wished that there had been a MEGAMAN X spinoff series other than the one-shot FCBD 2014 giveaway), and my favorite ongoing character, Proto Man (a.k.a. Blues or Break Man).
MEGA MAN by Hitoshi Ariga:
MEGA MAN MASTERMIX #1-3 (Udon/Capcom, 80 pages)
MEGA MAN MEGAMIX TP VOL 1-3 (Udon/Capcom)
MEGA MAN GIGAMIX TP VOL 1-3 (Udon/Capcom)
MEGA MAN ROBOT MASTER FIELD GUIDE TP (Udon/Capcom, Jan 2012)
MEGA MAN & MEGA MAN X: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS TP (Udon/Capcom)
Just like with Ian Flynn's American comics, you could feel the love that Hitoshi Ariga possesses for the MEGA MAN characters. Hitoshi Ariga's manga version spans the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, but it's hard to tell if Ian Flynn read or was influenced by any of those stories (all had appeared in these translated collections from Udon Studios prior to the beginning of Ian Flynn's ACP comic series). Some of the stories have similar elements to ACP's comic book, but the characters often appear in far different situations, and the specifics of the stories vary greatly. Both authors tell completely different stories based on the game MEGA MAN 4, with the major threat being Ra Moon (in Ian Flynn's version) and Dark Moon (in Hitoshi Ariga's version) -- they have identical appearances -- but the two stories themselves having almost nothing else in common, except that they are both excellent stories. Hitoshi Ariga's manga had greater range (or a less consistent tone, depending on how you wanted to look at it, as a positive or a negative) in that while some of the longer stories (like the aforementioned Dark Moon/To A Shining Tomorrow, which takes up the latter half of Gigamix Vol. 2 and the entirety of Vol. 3) tended towards the ultra-dramatic, some shorter stories in Megamix Vol. 1 & 2, and Gigamix Vol. 1 & 2, were definitely more on the lighthearted, comedic side of things. At the extreme end of the comedy range, some of them were merely a series of short 4-panel gag strips. I didn't perceive this to be a bad thing at all, and enjoyed both types of stories. MASTERMIX (in the traditional floppy comics format, but reading from right-to-left, manga-style) presents the more dramatic stories from both the Gigamix and Megamix volumes at a larger size, and in color for the first time.
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Yes I have to do my chores too. Clean my bedroom on Thursday. Maybe grocery shop. I have work tomorrow and going to the college with my fiancé (yes i got engaged ) to figure out how he can be readmitted and wednesday i got work, getting a mani and pedi (fiancé said he would pay as an anniversary gift) and then get my mothers birthday gift.
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