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Eternals #7

Eternals #7

Kirby is in full, glorious, cosmic mode as his cast of men, gods, and madmen ramble around an ancient Incan ruin where colossal space sentinels have come to life. We witness the purposes of the Four Hosts of Celestials — the First who explore and experiment, the Second who kick ass, the Third who inspect and cultivate, and now the Fourth … who judge.

And based on behavior the three SHIELD agents who turn up in the Celestial base, I couldn’t blame them if that judgement was unfavorable. These are men of action! Who think with their fists!! Before you know it, atomic hand grenades are going off (I kid you not). My favorite character was a blonde SHIELD agent who said things like — “Jumping catfish!!” “Easy, dad!” and “I’m hip!” Arishem … is not amused. Man, Kirby was just playing a whole different game with this book.

  • Script & Pencils: Jack Kirby
  • Inks: Mike Royer

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Ant-Man And The Wasp

Ant-Man And The Wasp buzz into theaters this week!

To celebrate the return of what might be Marvel’s most unlikely cinematic smash series, I’ve updated my article on Ant-Man’s origins as “The Man In The Ant Hill!”

Click HERE to read all about Ant-Man’s first appearance (and the origin of that groovy Jack Kirby ant helmet!)

Enjoy the movie!

Happy Fourth of July From Longbox Graveyard!

Happy Fourth of July from Longbox Graveyard (and Jack Kirby!).

(Just mentally correct that “200th Birthday” bit to “242nd,” ok?)

Thor #255

Raise your hand if you’ve waited since 1962 for the return of the Stone Men of Saturn! Anyone? No? Me neither. But you’re getting them, whether you want them or not, as Thor and his pals make an unscheduled landing on a lonely asteroid, only to be ambushed by those self-same anonymous bad guys who hadn’t been seen since Thor’s original journey into mystery.

A bit of hammer work and the hapless Stone Men are marooned once more, while Thor sails off in his outer space Viking boat in quest of the missing Odin. Throughout this story, Thor and his fellow Asgardians seems to function just fine in the same kind of inky blackness of space where Thor froze solid in his own Annual. No matter, just go with it … or as they like to say in Asgard, So Be It!

  • Script: Len Wein
  • Art: Tony DeZuniga

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Omega The Unknown #6

Omega The Unknown #6

It’s great to just drop into the middle of this story. It would have been a what the hell? experience to pluck this off the rack in 1977, and the digital experience in 2018 isn’t much different. What we have here is a Steve Gerber stew. (In collaboration with Mary Skreenes!) There’s a mysterious super-dude in a red-and-blue suit who is completely out of place in this street-level New York City story. No one seems to find him odd. Maybe they’re all too distracted by the usual host of grim Gerberisms. We’ve got old folks murdered with wrenches, crabby prostitutes, pushy drunks, dark hints that no one loves our (frankly) creepy twelve-year-old protagonist … and as if that weren’t all dark enough, we get a dream about some kind of science fiction ethnic cleansing operation.

Ah, Gerber. I remember reading this full run a couple years ago, and it is cancelled before many or even any of the questions get answered, so probably the best way to enjoy this is through a miscellaneous, out-of-context single issue. Gerber is deeply missed.

  • Script: Mary Skreenes & Steve Gerber
  • Pencils: Jim Mooney
  • Inks: Mike Esposito

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