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1987 And All That: Silverblade #1-4

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.

Silverblade1Silverblade #1-4 (DC) by Cary Bates, Gene Colan, Klaus Johnson (#1), Steve Mitchell (#2-4), Joe Orlando, Gaspar, and Denny O’Neil

First of all, I do I realize that I’m reviewing only the first third of a 12-issue series, and that as such, my impressions of the book may be incomplete or skewed. For anyone who may think this is dumb/pointless, I don’t necessarily disagree, but the arbitrary rules I set for myself when I began this project were to read only comics with a 1987 cover date, and to select what I read largely at random, based on whatever I happen to come across or already own from that year. I’ve managed to stick to those rules so far, and I will continue even if it means reading only part of a whole. In the case of Silverblade, I picked it because I saw an ad for it in some other DC comic that I reviewed for this site before (I don’t remember which one…it may even have been more than one) and it looked interesting and weird so I figured I’d give it a go. I did no in-depth research, just went online and quickly figured out which issues were dated 1987, then ordered them right away. I legitimately have not read beyond issue #4 yet, because I don’t own anything past that point, since I only bought the ’87 issues to start. I will most likely end up getting the rest of the series eventually, partly because of being a completist, but mostly because this comic was every bit as bizarre and baffling as I’d hoped, and now I need to see where it all ends up. Before I do that for myself, though, let’s talk about these opening four chapters and how, despite a few big missteps, they manage to be a charmingly insane and delightfully horrifying start to this story.

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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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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for August 2013

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“Someone got hurt, someone got high, some of them left the rest behind”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July 2013

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“Can you picture what will be / So limitless and free”
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 66: Detective Comics #529

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Detective Comics #529, which was published by DC and is cover dated August 1983. Enjoy!
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What “The War That Time Forgot” can teach us!

With the recent announcement that DC is re-launching a bunch of their war comics, including “The War That Time Forgot,” I thought I’d post this. I started this in 2008 and meant it to be a series of five, but they take a really long time to put together, and none of the other old-school DC war comics are as fun as Robert Kanigher’s insane soldiers-versus-dinosaurs epic anyway, so I’m only doing this one. But it’s a doozy!
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Comics You Should Own – Moon Knight (volume 1)

This couldn’t have anything to do with a certain B. Sienkiewicz, could it?
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Into the back issue box #51

Today: Classic creators! But will it result in a classic comic? You be the judge!

(Or, Today: A comic that Greg Hatcher probably loves. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
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