Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wanted TPB : Aquaman, first mini-series

Writer: Neil Pozner (mini-series) and Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin (special)
Artist: Craig T. Hamilton (mini-series) and George Freeman (special)
Publisher: DC Comics (1986 and 1989)
Includes: Aquaman (mini-series) #1-4, Aquaman Special #1

As a general rule, for The Dork Review, I do not want to have negative attitudes found in our posts. There is enough of that in the blogsphere already. However, from time to time an passionate review, with a mixture of funny, will find it's way to a post.

Even though the review below is not favorable to the story, it doesn't change the fact I want this as a TPB.  TPBs are not just about collecting the "good stories" for me, but about collecting moments in time.

Clipped from The Cosmic Treadmill review for the mini-series:

Not only is it a plot that should never have been greenlit, but Pozner had such atrocious dialog skills that each word balloon elevates my blood pressure and makes that blood vessel on my forehead (you know, the one we all have that reacts adversely to poor writing) come that much closer to bursting.

Now I do admit to feeling bad to trashing the late Pozner’s writing skills because by all accounts he was one of the good guys in the comics business. So don’t take the trashing here as an attack on a good guy’s character-I’m only taking aim at his writing skills employed in this Aquaman mini-series.

In the end, this isn’t a tale about Aquaman’s heroism, but about his stupidity and what a failure he would be if left to his own devices. And, putting aside my numerous other criticisms, that alone is enough to damn this series. A mini-series about a hero that makes the hero look like an incompetent, moronic jerk? In what way was this going to sell more issues of comic books starring Aquaman?
Clipped from The Cosmic Treadmill review for the Special:

This insult to the word “Special”, a sequel of sorts to the Pozner/Hamilton mini-series, is not just bad. It is wretchedly impenetrable. It has to be the worst Aquaman story ever (tears are welling up in my eyes because I know that as horrendous as the Aquaman Special is, there is probably a worse story to be encountered in the next 20 years worth of Aquatales).
Clipped from It's BobRo The Answer Man! by Bob Rozakis:
Skipping ahead to the mid-1980s, Neal Pozner had envisioned his second Aquaman mini-series as one that would spotlight the rest of the Aqua-family. Described in detail in AMAZING HEROES PREVIEW SPECIAL #3 (1986), the story aimed at expanding the roles of Mera (described by Pozner as "more powerful than Aquaman... in her own way") and Aqualad. Filling the void left by the recent death of Aquagirl in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #9 and #10, a new character named Tawna was to have become Aqualad's new girl friend. Other players were to have included Ronal (Lori Lemaris' husband) and Makaira. Makaira was Vulko's wife but the first mini-series failed to explicitly point this out and, unaware of her role, future writers ignored the character.

Promotional poster for the mini-series.

Wanted TPB : Aquaman Mini-Series

Writer: Robert Loren Fleming and Keith Ian Giffen
Artist: Curt Douglas Swan
Publisher: DC Comics (1989)
Includes: Aquaman #1-5 and The Legend of Aquaman
I love Curt Swan!

The tidbits
Robert Loren Fleming and Keith Ian Giffen added to Aquaman's mythos in this mini were fantastic!

Have you ever wondered why Aquaman wears that orange and green suit? Well, wonder no longer, because it's all there. Here is a hint...he's representing!

It is a crying shame this has NOT been collected into a TPB yet. DC you better recognize!

Fun Fact: In this mini-series there is an essay by Mark Waid covering the origin of Aquaman from 1941. It also reprints the first appearance of Aquaman from More Fun #73.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Rob's Room: Iron Man's Hall of Armor (or Hall of Armor, why I love thee!)

Iron Man's Hall of Armor (or Hall of Armor, why I love thee!)

Wanted TPB: The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior

Writer: Mary Jo Duffy - 'Jo Duffy'
Bret Blevins, Ronald 'Ron' Frenz, and Ricardo Villamonte
Marvel Comics (1983)
The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #1-11 and Marvel Age #1 (first appearance)

Clipped from Wikipedia: The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior was a 1983 11-issue fantasy-based Marvel comic book with an associated toy line from Remco, consisting of seven figures, some vehicles and accessories.

The toys were first sold in late 1982; the Marvel Comics series was first published in the spring of 1983. Since the toys were released first, many assumed the comic had been a licensed adaptation of the toyline, but Crystar and all of the characters in the toy line and comic book were created and owned by Marvel Comics, which had created the concept with the express intent of selling the license to a toy company. The comic book series was set parallel to the Marvel Universe and featured guest appearances by Doctor Strange, Nightcrawler and Alpha Flight.

Despite the Crystar franchise's obscurity, the title character had a profile featured in the Marvel Comics 1980s Handbook, as well as the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover series. The character also appeared in the variant cover of Marvel Zombies 4 #1, which featured a number of 1980s Marvel Comics characters in a parody of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.

Fun Fact: Crystar and related characters were also the subjects of a parody in the episode "Ban on Fun" of Robot Chicken, wherein it was suggested that Crystar and his people were made out of crystal meth.

Fun Fact: The cover of issue #8 of The Saga of Crystar, drawn by Michael Golden, features a skull logo that was later used by the bands Samhain and Danzig.

Clipped from Comic Book Urban Legend: In 1983, Glenn Danzig began work on a side project from his band, The Misfits, called Samhain. As it turned out, though, The Misfits were about ready to break up, so Samhain went from being a side project to being Danzig’s main project. In the late 80s, Samhain basically changed their name to Danzig (there were other changes, but for the most part, it was more of a name change than one band ending and a new band beginning). Both Samhain and Danzig had, for their logo, the following skull…

Action Figures 

In 1982 Remco produced the Crystar action figure line based on the concept for the comic book series. Crystar and the forces of order were designed to appear to be made of crystal, and Moltar and the forces of Chaos, lava. Seven figures, six mini playsets, two dragons and one castle were produced.


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