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Not At Comic Con

I’m not in San Diego this week.

I’m not going to Comic Con.

And at this point, I’m seriously considering staying off of Facebook and Twitter for a few days.

Maybe I’m just some curmudgeon anymore. But it seems there’s so much focus either on “exlusives” (how many people want these to HAVE them, and how many want them to SELL them at huge markups on eBay???).

And frankly, I just don’t think I have it in me to try to “keep up” with every last snippet of “news” or “announcements” and such.

Tonight (pretty much as soon as I post this, actually) I’m driving to the airport to pick up my sister. First I’ll have seen her in over a year and a half. That’s pretty exclusive, wouldn’t you say? And I’m going to get to introduce her to Zig, my parents’ kitty, who I simply adore. That’s gonna be a pretty exclusive slice of life.

I just got a package the other day of the complete Eclipso: The Darkness Within story from the 1992 DC Annuals. It’s been 19 years since I was introduced to that story. Kinda special, no?

I picked up Legends 1-6 for $.25/ea at the LCS today, and I’ve been interested in that story for a few months now with a vague interest since way back in 1992 or earlier when I found a Superman comic that was a Legends tie-in (#3?). Kinda special as well, no?

And while everyone’s geared up for this unfathomable mass that is Comic Con…

I will be beginning my first real vacation in better than 2 years, with a couple of my oldest friends, and getting far away from usual life. Y’all have your comic con…I’m taking vacation.

And I’ll catch up with stuff sometime later.

[Due to vacation, no reviews this week and none next week. I may post some random stuff from vacation via phone, but time will tell.]

Eclipso: The Darkness Within (19 years later)

eclipsocoverscircleBack in 1992, a friend shared with me a new Superman #1 issue. It had some new villain, was a #1, AND he’d gotten it at a store that SPECIFICALLY SOLD *COMICS*. Such a novel thing to a kid who’d only been able to find comics at the local Waldenbooks or a spinner rack at the grocery store.

But that Superman comic was Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #1, part of the Eclipso: The Darkness Within crossover through that year’s DC titles’ annuals. Not long after, I tracked down the other Superman annuals, as well as Eclipso: The Darkness Within #2; among my earliest “back issue hunting” was Eclipso: The Darkness Within #1. This was also when I was introduced to the Direct Market, the world of comic stores.

Even though I read a handful of the Eclipso annuals, and wound up with a few others from bargain bins here and there through the years…it wasn’t until a package arrived today that I finally have the complete event.

19 years after they came out, I’ll finally be able to read the whole story.

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Another one complete

Just since high school…

– Entire new Star Wars trilogy has come and gone. Been as long now SINCE the premiere of the last one as the entire time they were coming out.

– Entire Lord of the Rings trilogy has come and gone. This coming December will be 10 years since ‘Fellowship’. (And note the debate in Clerks II over the Classic Star Wars trilogy vs. Lord of the Rings trilogy)

– Entire Harry Potter film series has come and gone. Now, moving forward, anyone newly introduced to the films OR books has the entire series available. Assuming they have, want, and make the time–there’s no waiting for “the next chapter” to come out. No two year waits between books, no year and a half waits between films.

Saw the final HP film today. And frankly…I feel like I understood the ending a heckuva lot better than what I (thought I) could remember from reading the book. As a film series, I liked it. Didn’t even consciously occur to me until today that they never introduced Peeves, or went into any depth with Nearly Headless Nick. And occurred to me mid-week last week that we never got the subplot about Hermione and the House Elves at Hogwart’s, among other things.

Plenty of other thoughts, but those’ll be shared some other time.

Weekend Ultraverse acquisitions

newestultras01Had a quick 10-minute dash through another local comic shop’s bargain-bins Friday night. Also visited one of two local Half-Price Books locations. Snagged a fair number of additional Ultraverse issues.

I’ve decided to start a separate blog to focus on my Ultraverse project. First will be this hunt to track down all the story issues (if I find some cheap variants and such along the way, cool…but I’m more interested in simply having a copy of any given issue in order to read it).

My plan at present is shaping up to be that I locate the full run, and then do a read-through, June books 1993 through to Future Shock from 1997.

I’ve read a good number of these before, but most I have not, and given the nature of the Ultraverse line, I think it’ll be interesting to read all the books, and to do so in order of release (at least by month) to roughly simulate what the original experience of doing so may have been.

My scope is to share the enjoyment of the story and perhaps quasi-review the books. I’m no Ultraverse expert, and will leave the fun stuff like interviews and such to other parties.

I will most likely crosspost here for awhile at least, until or unless the Ultraverse Revisited blog gets some legs of its own.

More of the Same: Captain America #1

Captain America #1 came out this week. Didn’t blow me away, didn’t suck…but just came off as more of the same to me. Nothing special.

But then, it’s JUST a Captain America #1. 5th one I’ve picked up, just in MY time as a comics person.

I mean…1996? 1998? 2002? 2005? I guess this newest one was a couple years late in the coming.

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Captain America #1 [Review]


Full review posted to cxPulp.com
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Story: 2.5/5
Art: 4/5
Overall: 3/5

Mission: Ultraverse Revisited (What I’m Missing)

I’ve a bit bigger mission ahead of me than I had thought, to track down all all of the Ultraverse comics…and this EXcludes ashcans and most variant/special covers.

Still…I’ve also got a pretty good head start, with an entire run of Prime, and near-entire runs of Strangers and Rune, as well as significant chunks of other titles, and a bunch of the one-shots and several mini-series.

[Thanks to Ultraverse Flashback for the initial checklist.]


Angels of Destruction: 1

Black September: Preview

Codename Firearm: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Collector’s Guide to the Ultraverse: 1

Conan (comic book): 4, 5

Conan the Savage (magazine): 4

Conan vs. Rune: 1

Countdown to Ultraverse: #x

Dream Team: 1

Eliminator: 0, 2, 3

Elven: 4

(All-New) Exiles: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Exiles vs. X-Men: 0

Firearm: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18

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