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Snark Free Corner for 1/14

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

THIS COMIC IS GOOD

There are a few comics out there that are good and I never really get around to talking about them much, for whatever reason, so here I’ll talk about one!

Star Wars: Legacy

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Star Wars: Legacy is not without its problems. There have been a few lackluster issues here and there, but for the most part, it is remarkable to me to see how interesting of a little universe John Ostrander has created here (it IS Ostrander creating it, right? Or is he working off of stuff he’s told to do by LucasFilm? I have no idea, really), set 125 years after Return of the Jedi.

I was reminded of this this past week when Dark Horse released Star Wars: Legacy #0 1/2, which was quite useful, because while Ostrander has built an interesting universe, it can be a bit daunting to new readers, so this one-shot was helpful to explaining the plot and all the various cast members. I suppose you could argue that such a resource could have been offered by Dark Horse at a slightly cheaper than usual price (as it is basically a big “Previously…” issue), but it turned out to be interesting enough on its own that it probably WAS worth the price.

Anyhow, the main character in the book is Cade Skywalker, who is basically “What is Han Solo was a Skywalker?,” as Cade is a “bad boy” bounty hunter who eventually has embraced his Jedi heritage.

While Cade is intriguing, the book is filled with other likable characters, with the most interesting to me being the ones who are working for the Empire, as the various Grand Moffs in the book have excellent backstories, and one of the Empire’s top agents is secretly Cade’s MOTHER (how nice to see an older female character given such prominence in a comic)!

The book has just reached a big turning point, with Cade finally seeming to embrace his Jedi heritage, so now is a good time to pick the book up (and even better if you read #0 1/2 first!).

So yeah, Star Wars: Legacy is a good comic.

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

Good luck!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Name your favorite Justice League era!

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

Bat-Mite first appeared in the pages of Detective Comics, so…

Find me a comic cover that features Bat-Mite on it.

The twist? No covers from Detective Comics!

Here is an example (which you can’t use! )….
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Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

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5. This character managed to heroically turn the tables on the bad guys, resulting in the superhero surviving and beating the bad guys.

Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!

37 Comments

Favorite JLA era:
That’s easily the Satellite League…followed closely by Grant Morrison’s “everyone who’s a hero is a member” League. That’s why the only DC team book I get is JL Unlimited.

I’m pretty certain that this weeks who is it is Jim Aparo which I got on clue 4.

Favourite era of Justice League is the Englehart/Conway satellite era up to the introduction of JLA Detroit but particularly the last few Dillin issues and the Perez issues

Yeah, it’s Jim Aparo.

Favorite JLA era? I’ll go ahead and be “that guy” and say Morrison.

And while I enjoy Star Wars: Legacy, I think I prefer Knights of the Old Republic. The concept (“framed Jedi student on the run”) speaks more to me than “it’s a hundred years later, and everything’s pretty much the same as it was in ‘A New Hope.’”

Cover theme Challenge: Words Funnest, a great story

Favoite JLA era: I would agree with the sattelite league, when we had some great adventures, JLA/JSA death of Mister Teriffic, New Gods, SSOV. Zatanna and Firestorm join and great villians: Despero, Shaggy Man, Felix Faust, Dr. Destiny

OOPS I said cover theme challenge and meant Cover Game

Cover game: World’s Funnest #1 http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=87748&zoom=4

Who is it? Aparo on 4.

tom fitzpatrick

January 15, 2008 at 6:14 am

Just got to love the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire and Morrison JLI/A era.

My favorite era is Morrion’s JLA. It was the first DC comic I read, and it really got me into comics. I don’t know that for me any comic has tapped the insanity of war-with-angels, the ragtag JLA against Darkseid in the future of Rock of Ages, or DC One Million.

My favourite JLA era is EASILY the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire stuff. Just enough comedy… just enough drama… and excellent art.

Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire, hands down.

And of course Legacy’s good. It’s Ostrander.

Past that Punisher run we don’t like to talk about, has he ever done anything that wasn’t good? And yes, Heroes for Hire was good.

Favorite Justice League era? The league as it was in the early 70′s is both campy fun and cool enough not to be hokey.

Then, skip up to the Morrison/Porter JLA.

Cover game: Collected Legends of the Dark Knight.

http://comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=351296&zoom=4

This was one of the gateway books that got me into collecting. You said no Detective Comics only, right?

MATT D: If you like Ostrander, check out Hawkworld. The original 3-issue prestige format and the first 20-or-so issues of the ongoing series were really good. Who knows if it’s available as a trade or other reprint, so I can’t comment on it’s availability, but if you want good Ostrander, that certainly qualifies.

JLI era, followed by the early- to mid-70s stuff.

I’ll have to give it to the Giffen JLI period, no contest, although I have a soft spot for the Satellite era because that’s what I grew up reading.

Cover game: Batman #133: http://www.newsarama.com/dcnew/Batwoman/t_133.jpg

As for the Cover Theme, all I can think of right now is that Blockbuster, Batgirl and Prowler all had other people later take on their name, but that’s not exactly rare.

Also, I’m not sure if the part about there being two themes is for real or is just left over from last week. (The “for the first time since I started doing these things” text is definitely a hold-over.)

Why would Batgirl need to wear a blindfold if she was going to see Batman taking his mask off? I can see the other way around…

I’m thinking about this too much.

Batgirl, Blockbuster and Prowler have all ended up crippled?

No Justice League era could ever hope to match the Giffen/DeMatteis League for sheer enjoyable quality.

Funny you bring up Star Wars Legacy, as I actually just started reading it yesterday. I agree that it’s really quite enjoyable and suitably epic in a very Star Wars-y way.

I don’t think Gerry Conway’s JLA gets nearly as much love as it should, particularly in the late ’70s and early ’80s when he was writing it with Dick Dillin and George Perez. Solid stories with a great sense of the characters and a nice use of the JLA mythos. I only wish he hadn’t tried to reinvent the League in the Detroit era.

A very close second would be Grant Morrison– he kind of does with Gardner Fox in JLA what he does with Mort Weisinger in All-Star Superman, taking the out-there loopy ideas of the silver age comics and making it work for today’s audiences.

Cover theme game: People who have been in teams of reformed criminals.

Blockbuster and Batgirl (as Oracle) were with the Suicide Squad, and Prowler was in The Outlaws (which sounds like it’d be a good name for some WWE tag team…).

Dan (other Dan)

January 15, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League era is my favorite for being so enjoyable, but it’s the only one I’ve read with any frequency.

Hawkworld is good, and cheap to boot. I got the whole run on eBay for less than $10.

Cover Theme: all the covers are drawn by the companies’ art directors–Infantino on the Batman covers, Romita on Spider-Man.

Since Rob Einhorn beat me to the punch on World’s Funnest, how about Mitefall http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=124620&zoom=4

It’s the Giffen/DeMatteis JLI era for me.

I like the 70s with the satellite and Conway, the Giffen/DeMatteis and the Morrison, eras equally.

I think the cover theme is unmasking, as Batman takes off the mask to stop Blockbuster, he is going to take it off for batgirl, and either spidey or the prowler unmasks (don’t read spidey much so I am not really sure)

Also, I’m not sure if the part about there being two themes is for real or is just left over from last week. (The “for the first time since I started doing these things” text is definitely a hold-over.)

I did mean for there to be two themes this week, but yeah, I also meant to get rid of the extra text!

Batgirl, Blockbuster and Prowler have all ended up crippled?

Correct!

Well, except that it was Batman who ended up crippled, not Blockbuster (his brother did end up crippled, though!).

Cover theme game: People who have been in teams of reformed criminals.

Well done! That was the more obscure theme!

Favorite JLA team: the Giffen/DeMatteis issues (with Gerard Jones also helping out on JLE.) Hands down the best that book has ever been.

Favorite JL era?

It starts with BWAH.

As a secondary theme, how about: characters who had a life-or-death encounter with the superhero’s civilian identity before meeting the superhero: Bruce Wayne saved Desmond’s (Blockbuster’s) life; Prowler almost killed Peter Parker by accidentally pushing him out a window; and surely Batman saved Barbara Gordon’s life somewhere or other before she became Batgirl (I’m kinda punting on that last one).

Yeah, it’s weak, but it’s all I’ve got.

Giffen/DeMatteis hands down.
JL/JLI/JLA/JLE
Never better.

Hmm, two winners on the cover theme and neither of them had my guess: All covers featured someone who changed their superheroic identity.

It used to be established that Bruce Wayne went by Robin while as a teen in training.
Batgirl now goes by the name Oracle. Also, that’s certainly Dick Greyson, Nightwing, in the Robin outfit on that cover.
Spider-Man once used the Prowler’s tech to become the Hornet. For that matter, the Prowler has impersonated Spider-Man at Spidy’s request on at least one occasion.

I just sorta cheated and checked Wikapedia. I was curious if Blockbuster ever used a different identity, as that would make it a clean sweep of all characters having used multiple costumes / personas for one reason or another.

And, I found another theme: All covers feature people who know the other’s secret identity!

Batman revealed his face to Blockbuster to calm him in an early issue.
Batman, Robin, and Batgirl did exchange identities.
And, Spider-Man knew the Prowler’s secret identity. I don’t know if he ever shared his own, but if he did the point would be moot now. :-)

Theno

Best JLA: Joe Kelly/Doug Mahnke.
Followed by Morrion and then Waid.

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