I love the Clone Saga. I didn't even really read the thing when it was coming out and yet every couple of months I come back to it. I think part of it is that it so perfectly encapsulates 90s superhero comics, 90s Marvel in particular. It was a germ of an idea that was … Continue reading Why are people obsessed with the Spider-man Clone Saga?
After the first year, half of the New Universe's original 8 titles were canceled. The titles that survived weren't necessarily the ones that had the most potential, at least on paper. The fact that Star Brand made the cut was probably more due to the fact that it was the signature book of the line. … Continue reading End of the Line: The New Universe, Part 2
I wonder if the New Universe had launched the way it was supposed to, with top of the line creative teams and more support from Marvel, would the superhero fans of 1986 have embraced it? These days “continuity” may be a dirty word for business development executives at the Big Two, but it’s magic for … Continue reading End of the Line: The New Universe, Part 1
Oh, the comics year that was 1988. I was still relatively new to comics at that point; I bought my first superhero comic off a spinner rack in the summer of 1986. Because this was my early days of reading comics, I no doubt view much of 1988 through rose colored glasses. Highlights Superman turned … Continue reading Comics Year in Review: 1988
Funny enough, the first Avengers comic I read/bought wasn't an Avengers comic, but a West Coast Avengers comic. It was, in fact, volume 2, #17, of West Coast Avengers, and it featured a group of characters that were more or less foreign to me. I had some idea of who Iron Man was because I'd read enough … Continue reading The Best Avengers Team