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1987 And All That: Infinity Inc. #34-44

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

InfInc1Infinity Inc. #34-44 (DC) by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Todd McFarlane (#34-37), Martin King (#38), Michael Bair (#39), Vince Argondezzi (#40-44), Tony DeZuniga (#34-42, 44), Pablo Marcos (#39), Danny Bulanadi (#40), Al Vey (#42), Rodin Rodriguez (#43), Alfredo Alcala (#43) Liz Bérubé (#34, 38, 41, 43-44), Carl Gafford (#35-37, 40), Anthony Tollin (#39), Shelley Eiber (#42), David C. Weiss (#34-39), Agustin Mas (#39-40), Jean Simek (#41-44)

It’s a little hard to sum up my opinion on the 1987 issues of Infinity Inc., because it was an unsteady series at that time, varying in quality not only from issue to issue but often from scene to scene. It was more interested in the personal dramas of its cast than the flash and flair of superpowered action, yet the action sequences were more reliably entertaining than the more grounded character work. Then again, all the strongest moments center on the characters’ emotional lives, but so do the weakest ones, with the fight scenes falling somewhere in between. This gives the comic a strange lack of identity; is it compelling teenage drama or lame teenage melodrama, a fun superhero adventure or a dull superhero business meeting? With 27 story pages per issue (on average…sometimes 26 or 28) Infinity Inc. has room to be all of those things and more, but it’s never any one thing for long enough to get the reader fully, unwaveringly invested. This is frustrating to a degree, but also appropriate, because as a team Infinity, Inc. is a fairly disjointed, non-unified group. They have wildly different priorities and opinions on how to operate, and they pretty much never do anything as a full team, splintering instead into smaller units for each new mission/threat. So the book’s somewhat chaotic voice fits nicely with the team’s mismatched energy, and may even be an intentional aspect of the storytelling for that reason. Which is all well and good, but doesn’t make it any easier to know precisely how I feel about these issues as a group. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 137: Bill Willingham, Part 4 – Green Lantern #48

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Bill Willingham, and the issue is Green Lantern #48, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1994. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 111: Keith Giffen, Part 3 – Ambush Bug Nothing Special

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Keith Giffen, and the issue is Ambush Bug Nothing Special, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1992. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 110: Keith Giffen, Part 2 – Ambush Bug #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Keith Giffen, and the issue is Ambush Bug #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated July 1985. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own – Silverblade

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Silverblade?” say you. “Silverblade,” say I, definitively. You shrug. “Let’s read!” say you.
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 280: Secret Origins #48

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month (for a while) I will be showing pages chosen by you, the readers. Today’s page is from Secret Origins #48, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1990. This page was suggested by commenter The Crazed Spruce, but I couldn’t run it on the day he wanted me to. Sorry, sir! Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 210: Ambush Bug Nothing Special

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Ambush Bug Nothing Special, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1992. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own flashback – Dr. Fate #1-4; #1-24

Hey, look! It’s the last of the old posts that I need to move to this blog! That must mean the archives will no longer have dead links! Huzzah!
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Comics You Should Own flashback – Detective #583-594; 601-614

When I first wrote this, I questioned whether this featured the best Batman artist ever. Boy howdy, that was a fun thing to bring up! So I present the evidence!
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Into the back issue box #52

You know, for such an iconic cover, this comic is kind of lousy. But does it hook the first-time reader? That’s what it’s all about!
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