Day: December 1, 2012

Book Report: Starman Omnibus Volume 1

Welcome to the first installment of Book Report, my sure-to-be-irregular column in which I’ll be writing solo reviews of graphic novels and trade paperbacks that are essential to the health and well-being of any properly adjusted comic fan. For my first offering, I thought I’d recycle an oldie (at least, it’s an oldie where I come from…) that originated at my dearly departed blog Aquaman is Watching You. Yes, Virginia, I tried to make a go at the comic book review game before Matt and I developed THN. It was short-lived, but I had a blast doing it. And if nothing else, it inspired me to become the svelte comic book journalist you know and tolerate. This particular review won me a copy of the first Umbrella Academy trade paperback from the good folks at the Pull List Podcast — you should most definitely check those guys out at your earliest convenience. Their show was a direct inspiration to THN and they deserve your support. FUN FACT: I have sold more copies of this book than any other employee at Legend Comics & Coffee using something I call “The Starman Pitch,” some of which you’ll find in the following review. ONWARD! ————————— STARMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 WRITTEN BY JAMES ROBINSON ART BY TONY HARRIS (and various) COVER BY TONY HARRIS DC COMICS $49.99 (Hardcover) “There is a city. A...

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Gems in the Bin: The ‘Nam #4

The ‘Nam #4 (1987) Publisher: Marvel Comics Editor: Larry Hama Writer: Doug Murray Pencils: Michael Golden Letters/Colorist: Phil Felix Gems in the Bin is a weekly column where I select a comic book from the $.25 bin at Fanfare Sports and Entertainment in Kalamazoo, Michigan for review. Will I strike gold or will I pay too much for an awful comic that should have been shredded? I’ve decided to share a comic from the $.25 bin review I did for Erasing Clouds. Get ready for the 1987 Marvel combat classic, The ‘Nam #4. The Vietnam War was a televised conflict that exposed the horrors of combat to American families during the evening news. At times upbeat and at times critical, television crews delivered a glimpse into the world of American soldiers serving their country. Television played a key role during the Vietnam War, mainly fueling anti-war sentiment. A television correspondent joins a village surveillance mission in issue #4 of The ‘Nam titled “Six O’Clock News”. Sergeant Top, a menacing figure, informs his soldiers that Dennis Lawrence will be filming an upcoming mission for a major network. The soldiers are excited about being on television, and maybe their families will see them in action. Top leads a fleet of helicopters into a supposed Viet-Cong (VC) friendly village, but Top seems to be more interested in getting good shots for Lawrence instead...

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