1976: Bullseye (Daredevil #131-132)

bullseyeIf you’re looking to read about the horse from Toy Story 2, you’ve come to the wrong place. This is the story of Bullseye, the worlds greatest marksmen and assassin. In my humble opinion, he is Daredevil’s greatest adversary. Not the Kingpin, not Owlman, and not colour-by-numbers. His case is not made here. While this isn’t too bad of an issue, it is Marv Wolfman, a writer about to become great creating a villain who will become great around the same time. Bob Brown and Klaus Jansen provide the art (although it is John Romita Sr who is credited with co-creation), which is also nothing to write home about.

Bullseye is a player in town demanding money from the rich, but killing one guy before he can pay to set an example, and killing another not long after, because the second victim went to the cops. This, naturally, alerts the likes of Matt Murdock, our blind hero who goes out at night searching for justice in what he thinks is his Sunday best, but is actually a red leather devil costume.

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1975: Rollerball

Rollerball_1975I’m a day late, aaaannnddd, I’m not even writing about what I had intended. I was going to do Giant-Size X-Men #1 which introduced Storm, Nightcrawler, and  Collosus, but honestly, I’m a little comiced out, and I feel people are familiar with the story. Also I was able to find something else instead. What I found was a semi dystopian tale of a world-famous, and world threatening sports star.

Rollerball. A cross between basketball and roller derby. A game with few rules. A game with few survivors. Jonathan E. is the Wayne Gretzky/Tiger Woods/Michael Jordon of this game. The man who has ascended above the game and become a legend of himself. Continue reading

1975: Richard Cowper’s The Custodians

imageThis novella, was not something I just happened upon, nor was it something I intended to read. Nor was it even something I wanted to read, but it was the only piece of literature that was up for a 1976 Hugo that was not part of an ongoing series that I could find on iBooks (with the exception of The Forever War which was my intended read, but came out in 1974) and have read by the end of the week. That being said, I told myself that I had to read something, and it had been nominated for a Hugo, so it couldn’t be that bad, so I gave it a go. And am I ever glad I did. This piece by Richard Cowper doesnt fit the typical standards that define Sci Fi, but it was a great read, interesting concept and made for a great snowy Sunday afternoon.

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1974: OMAC, The Original Master’s Awesome Classic

OMAC1September-October1974-1.jpg~originalWhen I was looking at 1974 the big creations in comics were Wolverine and Punisher, but I thought; why look at characters that everybody knows, and that I don’t care that much about. Yeah, I love Wolverine, but everybody does, so he gets plastered everywhere, there probably isn’t much I could talk about that isn’t universally known. And Punisher, well, I’m not a fan. I have a few Punisher TPB’s simply because of who’s writing, not based on any liking or following of the character. But OMAC… OMAC is someone whom I took a liking too since the first issue of his that I read, which was OMAC #1 by Jack Kirby. Yep, this is another Kirby classic. In fact, the last big character he created for DC. He did a few more series with Marvel after this and other work elsewhere, but this was his last entry into the DC mythos.  Continue reading

2014: Iron Fist part 2 – The Living Weapon

imageToday I read Kaare Andrews’ Iron Fist: The Living Weapon. As part of the Marvel Now! line, it is the newest entry into the Iron Fist mythos. As such I wanted to read it as a response to my last post, which was Marvel Premiere 15, his first appearance. I am so glad that I read that first, because Kaare’s story builds heavily on that first issue. I’m not going to go into great detail the plot of this book, but there will be some spoilers, so watch out if you still plan on checking this book out.

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1974: Iron Fist

imageAs I enter into my second decade of focus I look at another Man Without Fear. While he only wore the Daredevil guise for a fraction of the time that Matt Murdock has, Danny Rand truly embodies, as a hero and as a man, the sense of justice and valour needed to fill that position. He has that because he has been playing the hero game for years as well. As Iron Fist, Danny has been playing a role in the Marvel Universe for a long time. After helming his own series, he was half of the Heroes for hire team, joining Luke Cage/Power Man for 75 issues of his 125 issue run.  We look, today, at Danny’s first appearance, from Marvel Premiere #15. The issue was written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Gil Kane.

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2014: Trillium

trillium3Today, I left my current book, Arthur C. Clark’s Rendezvous with Rama, at home. Not wanting to waste the opportunity to read over my break, I ran over to the nearby bookstore and picked up Jeff Lemire’s Trillium. Smartest comic decision I’ve made in a while, and I’ve been reading some great books. This book is fantastic, so i’m taking a quick step out of the time machine to let you know my thoughts. I chose Trillium in particular because A) I knew it wasn’t in stock at my comic shop and B) I am starting to like Lemire’s work more and more, and C) it’s a break from the norm, which I have been looking to get away from. I usually don’t give spoiler warnings, because so far everything I have reviewed has been over 40 years old. But today, there will be some. So….SPOILERS AHEAD! Continue reading