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Only thing I read today was Jackpot and Black Cat #1, and I swear that Fantastic Four literally just did this story line.
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I went to the local flea market yesterday looking for some new reads. They have a comic shop there with a large selection of comics in the 50 cents to two dollar range. They are constantly buying collections so they add to the bins regularly and it’s worth a visit every 2-3 weeks to see what’s new there. When I hit the discount boxes I do my very best to stay laser focused on filling in my 1980s list. I know that if I start to go off script it’s very easy to go down a rabbit hole and get myself in trouble. Many is the interesting looking comic that I have passed over because it was not in my 1980s wheelhouse. Fighting a war on multiple fronts is a good way to lose that war, says I. The reason I mention all this is because I broke my own rule yesterday and picked up something from the late 1990s. It looked just too good to pass up. It was only a three issue limited series, so it was a pretty shallow rabbit hole, as far as rabbit holes go. Also the issues were bookshelf quality, prestige format editions. The 1999 cover price had been $5.95, so at 50 cents a pop it was a pretty low risk proposition. Plus it featured a golden age character, and I am a sucker for golden age.









As it turns out, the Dr Mid-Nite in this story isn’t the actual golden age character, but a re-vamped modernized version of the concept that is faithful in spirit to the original golden age character. The story is intricate and well thought out and the murky, moody artwork is perfectly suited to the subject matter. I loved it! I recommend this series very highly to anyone who is a fan of good reading and I am extremely glad I decided to give this a chance, even if I will be crawling back into my 1980s box the next time I go discount boxing😉.
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@HeinzDad I had to reread our monthly comic book club posts to refresh myself a bit - I think a cyborg at least. Does the series have droids?
It reminds me of One, from Metallica. Billy was an armless, legless, wonder of this world.

In the case of Ronin, Billy's mind brought a character to life that combined with bio circuitry of Aquarius, made a humanoid. Whether its his torso or not, human on altered human coitus happened.
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In the case of Ronin, Billy's mind brought a character to life that combined with bio circuitry of Aquarius, made a humanoid. Whether its his torso or not, human on altered human coitus happened.


As far is this goes, I thought that Billy used bio-circuitry and his mental powers to animate the spirit of a centuries old samurai who had been looking for a way to return and complete his mission, which was to destroy his ancient enemy that had also managed to return to Earth through Virgo. To your point, whether it was cyborg, droid or magic based, there was definitely something kinky going on there!
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In the case of Ronin, Billy's mind brought a character to life that combined with bio circuitry of Aquarius, made a humanoid. Whether its his torso or not, human on altered human coitus happened.


As far is this goes, I thought that Billy used bio-circuitry and his mental powers to animate the spirit of a centuries old samurai who had been looking for a way to return and complete his mission, which was to destroy his ancient enemy that had also managed to return to Earth through Virgo. To your point, whether it was cyborg, droid or magic based, there was definitely something kinky going on there!
Yeah, but even the Ronin was just made up by Virgo to further illuminate Billy’s mind, yeah?
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If I remember correctly (I am not able to easily dig out the comics) the first scene was with the ronin and the demon, which leads me to believe that this actually happened first. My belief is that Billy sensed the demonic interface of Aquarius through Virgo and brought the Ronin back to combat this. It is Billy who was in love with Casey, so the ronin’s attraction there was definitely due to Billy’s influence. The entire story is somewhat subjective as many of the questions are not definitively answered, but I definitely read an element of supernatural mysticism into the story.
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At three or four issues a day it'll take me maybe 45 days to complete the series.


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I’ve been reading this. I recently acquired some really nice Zombie mags and a buddy told me I could borrow this so I don’t have to read mine. Which is awesome. I liked it so much into one issue I searched to buy a copy for myself. It turns out they are pretty rare. That’s what makes this 5 dollar purchased copy and my free “library rental” (.)(.)’s.

Oh, and that is dog bite damage, not mine of course.







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Sensational She-Hulk #34-47. #34-35 have Shulkie dealing with Black Talon as he resurrects some C-list zombie characters. #36 is a well done issue with some more emotional writing as it shows Jen interacting with her father at Christmas. If you've read the original Savage She-Hulk run, you'll know they weren't on the best of terms. Definitely a more grounded issue. After that, Jen taken by Mahkizmo to be his bride because Cupid shoots him with an arrow. Then Jen goes out into space to deal with aliens. Byrne is in top form writing and drawing with the issues he is on. #47 takes place somewhere between #35 and 37. Written by Simon Furman, it is a call back to earlier in the run where multiple dimensions were tapped into. This issue is definitely a parody/homage to the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
















Marvel Graphic Novel #16, The Aladdin Effect. A small town in WY has an invisible energy shield around it allowing nothing in or out. A young girl wishes for She-Hulk, Tigra, Wasp, and Storm to save the town as it has descended into chaos. The heroes are confused how they got there but tackle the nefarious actors involved. Shooter's writing can be a little over-the-top at times, but it was effective here.



Rick Mason: The Agent. Mason is a mercenary, for lack of a better term. Maybe an agent. He works for whoever pays the most. Nick Fury pays him to go to South America to gather intel on supervillains who took over a country. Good art and writing, I would recommend this story. I am not familiar with this character, but it definitely seems like it takes place in the mainstream Marvel universe.

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Predator: The Last Hunt #2. Solid second issue. The story borrows some elements from the Predators film about a game preserve planet, but with the humans planning on tracking down the Predators. The licensed stuff seems to be better for Marvel.



Madripoor Knights #2. I am really digging this. Maybe it is the nostalgia factor of Claremont taking me back to a pre-shit storm X-Men time. The gang is going at it with the Hand, then Bloodscream and Roughouse make an appearance.



Parallel Lives. Interesting take in that the story is presented in a narrative where Peter, MJ, and Doc Ock are connected in a parallel manner, hence the title. The story picks up just when Peter gains his powers and goes from there. The art style is definitely more of a throwback style and the coloring adds to it. Not earth-shattering, but enjoyable way to kill a half hour or so.



Sensational She-Hulk #48-60. John Byrne's run ends at #50, which is an awesome issue and has different artists, such as Frank Miller and Walt Simonson, offer their takes on how She-Hulk should be presented. #51-60 are decent issues but pale a bit when compared to JB's run. #60 does provide some more grounded elements of humanity and characterization than the norm. I can see how this book was different when it came out. It wasn't edgy or grim n' gritty but it did have a string of solid writers and artists working on it.













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Today was a pretty good reading day. Arion was somewhat mediocre. It has been a somewhat up and down book, quality wise, since it began. As I approach the end of the series it definitely feels like it is running out of steam. Spidey and Iron Man, on the other hand, were both excellent reads, and the Teen Titans wedding issue is an absolute classic. Probably cracks my personal top 50. It had been quite a while since I read this one and I can definitely say that it has stood the test of time.










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I don't have much of a review for the two main SW titles. They're fine but it feels tough to squeeze these stories into an already cramped timeline. We are now between ESP and ROTJ.



Ghostlore still has a cool concept and a few issues left. Nothing too wild over the past few issues except one can harness the power of a ghoul.



Transformers #6. It's violent. Like Marvel's Generation 2 violent. There are times I'm on board and other times I'm scratching my head, but I do think DWJ is attempting to stay true to the brand while also trying to keep it fresh.



Nightcat. This one shot was kinda fun, but also super generic in a way. It's almost like Dazzler and Spider-Man sired an offspring who got her powers from some fancy drug and also wanted to be a singer. I guess this was Marvel's second attempt at merging music and comics. Jim Lee helped design the character but didn't work on the comic. Shame, because it may have helped.



A Sailor's Story. Sam Glanzman wrote and illustrated this tale of his time in the Navy during World War II. A very good story and some of the experiences he recounts brought back some memories of my times at sea. This was definitely a departure from the usual Marvel fare at the time. Highly recommend this story.



Thor: I, Whom the Gods Would Destroy. Well done story with Thor attempting to balance his left as a god with that of a mortal (Donald Blake). There isn't much in the way of action, unless you count Thor doing a smash and dash with some bar hag. He spends most of the story attempting to explain to that fine-ass Sif, how he feels a kinship with humans. Sif has a hard time understanding. Bob Sharen's colors help the art pop.

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