Miracleman 8 (June 1986)

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The issue opens with Cat Yronwode apologizing for the following reprints. She ought to doubly apologize as there’s a mention of the reprints being what Miracleman is thinking about after the end of his battle with Gargunza. Except none of the reprints feature Gargunza. Apparently when Miracleman thinks about his past, he thinks about unrelated episodes.

These reprints are probably the first Mick Anglo Marvelman I’ve read and, wow, they are stinky. Bad puns abound. Not to mention Anglo draws youthful Micky Moran like he’s fifty-three and an old drunk. There’s some Popeye influence to the art, which is kind of neat at times, but not often enough for it to be any good.

Yronwode keeps reappearing–with Chuck Austen drawing her appearance–to promise Alan Moore will return the following issue. Publishing delays are to be expected, but at least the reprints could’ve been on topic as flashbacks.



Miracleman Combats the Electric Terror; writer, Mick Anglo; pencillers, Anglo and Chuck Austen; inkers, Anglo and Al Gordon; editor, Cartherine Yronwode; publisher, Eclipse.

Rocket Girl 3 (January 2014)

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Uh oh.

The thrill is gone. Not entirely. But definitely partially. Not just in the writing either….

Montclaire does some funny cop interrogation stuff, but then goes into a lengthy flashback. In it, he reveals corruption in the future and plans within plans. It’s a lot of exposition and it takes a while before Montclaire reveals the point–it’s when Dayoung (the lead) goes into the past.

For some reason it all reminds of Highlander II and it’s never good to remind of that film.

There are no eighties references here either. Montclaire no longer gives the settings enough flavor, which only fits since Reeder is rushing along too. The art this issue is rough, like Reeder didn’t pay enough attention to detail. It’s only the third issue and both creators are losing their footing.

Somehow the joy is gone. Montclaire and Reeder unintentionally lose the series’s joy. Very sad.


Double Reagent; writer, Brandon Montclare; artist and colorist, Amy Reeder; publisher, Image Comics.

Batman 386 (August 1985)


Tom Mandrake does the art for the issue. He’s unsure of himself but always interesting. He shifts styles a lot throughout–this issue tells the origin of the Black Mask. In a lot of ways, it feels more like an old Spider-Man than anything else. There’s something very Ditko in how Mandrake draws Black Mask.

And Moench has a good time of the origin retelling too. He finds a nice, slightly disturbed voice for the narration and off he goes. There are some contrived details and the Black Mask’s dialogue in talking to himself isn’t great, but it’s a rather enjoyable issue.

Moench often has more success with these comics when he pushes himself. There’s a rabies hallucination in a flashback–Moench’s definitely pushing the plotting this issue.

When Batman does show up, it distracts from a bad detail or two; the issue goes out on a high note.



Black Mask: Losing Face; writer, Doug Moench; artist, Tom Mandrake; colorist, Adrienne Roy; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.

Reality Check 3 (November 2013)

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Reality Check is no longer funny. Brunswick is instead going for depressing. Only Bogdanovic doesn’t change his style at all, so the comic keeps looking like it could be funny–except maybe the green zombies–but it’s never funny again. It just gets more and more depressing.

There’s a lot about the protagonist’s bad family life, both in flashback and then when he goes to see his estranged mother. Over and over Brunswick is reminding the reader at the protagonist’s sorrow.

And where’s the superhero from another dimension? He’s out on a date with the lead’s ex-girlfriend who he pushed away while going through a bad spot. Brunswick can’t make it believable the lead would have a girlfriend, not even back when he was less lonely.

There’s some banter between the lead and the superhero. Not particularly good, but Brunswick at least tries. Shame he doesn’t with the rest.



Writer, Glen Brunswick; artist, Viktor Bogdanovic; colorist, Paul Little; letterer, Rus Wooton; publisher, Image Comics.

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