May Day! May Day! — Part Two
Hello. My name id Field, Lyle Field.
Week 2: the storm rages RED!
I threw down $200 in one shot, most of of which went to a whole slew of hardcovers.
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Volume 13 HC is by far my most awaited graphic novel I have been waiting for. It has been nine years since Volume 12 came out and it was worth waiting for. The first story present featured another appearance by the Pulsar Stargrave, which was eventually revealed to be the original Brainiac (at least for the Pre-Crisis era), but it was also the last work written by Jim Shooter before he moved over to Marvel Comics as Editor-In-Chief and artist Mike Grell, who moved over to his Warlord series. The very next story featured the debut of Paul Levitz as writer on the Legion with a story of how Superboy got cheated out of being leader of the Legion of Super-Heroes, but I will save that for another time. Paul Levitz would go on to write the Legion on three different occasions: 1977-1979, 1981-1989 and his current run from 2010 and into the New 52 era. I hope I do not have to wait another decade before Volume 14 comes out.
The Thing: The Serpent Crown Affair reprints my second of three favourite runs of the Thing’s team-up title, Marvel-Two-In-One. The hardcover tells the 1980 tale of how the Thing took on the Avengers foe—Roxxon czar, Hugh Jones and his trained mercenary team known as the Serpent Squad (a precursor to the development of the Serpent Society in the pages of Captain America starting in 1985) and needed the aid of the Scarlet Witch, Stingray and Triton. The final story reprints the 1982 Marvel Team-Up Annual where an enthralled Quasar and the staff of Project: Pegasus takes on the team of Spider-Man, the Thing, the Scarlet Witch and Dr. Strange before Set arrives on Earth 616. They do get a little help from the Cosmic Cube though. The entire graphic novel was written by Mark Gruenwald (who would write a decade run on Captain America starting in 1985) with some of the art work by George Perez, a few months prior to his jumping ship to DC Comics and help co-create the New Teen Titans with Marv Wolfman. This graphic novel also leads into the Atlantis Attacks saga that took place throughout the 1989 line of Marvel Annuals, which was reprinted in Omnibus format in 2010.
The most expensive hardcover out of the lot that I have purchased during Week 2 is the Avengers: The Crossing Omnibus HC, which is one of the 1990s most infamous storylines in the Avengers history. The Crossing features a convergence of treachery, revolution and time travel. Soldiers from the future and secrets from the past flourish when Kang the Conqueror puts the Avengers and Force Works in opposition to each other in a contest for a treasure no one can envision. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, is indoctrinated by Kang with help from former Avenger Mantis while the Avengers and Force Works are both attacked by the sons and daughters of the Avengers from the future. Their only salvation, a nineteen year old Tony Stark. The consequences of The Crossing is far-reaching whose ripple effects if felt during the 1996 Onslaught event, the 1997 (pitiful) Heroes Reborn, the 1998 Heroes Return event that brought back George Perez as the Avenger’s artist and the 1999 Avengers Forever maxi-series. I will be doing a much more in-depth review on The Crossing in the near future. Stay tuned.
The last hardcover I picked up is the New 52 Batman Volume 1: The Court of the Owls. I will do a proper review in the next couple of weeks on the Batman Family titles in the New 52, however I do have to agree with the statement made by Complex Magazine, “[Scott] Snyder might be the defining Batman writer of our generation.”
Well, that is it for this week. I managed to stir through the storm and into the eye of the storm as next week will the calmer of the four weeks in May that I have to deal with.http://pokupo.com/2012/05/30/may-day-may-day-part-two/ComicsAvengers,Batman,Batman Volume 1: The Court of the Owls,comics,DC Comics,Force Works,George Perez,Iron Man,Lyle Field,Marvel Comics,May Day,Scott Snyder,Superboy,The Legion of the Super-Heroes,The New 52,The Thing: The Serpent Crown Affair