Hey my nerds! This week was very, very, small for my stack. SO let’s get started.
Letter 44, Issue 18: is a wierd little indy book. It’s the jingoistic 1970’s and 1980’s, mixed with paranoia. GI joe and Dr. Strangelove. When alien tech is found in the Arctic, a new futuristic cold war gets started. This book is weird, but in a good way. It’s very, very, convoluted. Its ideas are grand, but it has yet to live up to its lofty potential. The art is a bit wonky, but nice. The colors are a bit off… A bit too off. Still, it’s an interesting and smart read
A solid 2 out of 5.
Astro City, Issue 25: If you don’t know what Asto City is—well, first, a short history of comics in the 90s…
Comics were becoming darker, sharper corners on that cape, black on black masks, more muscles...
Bigger and bigger guns and tits...IMAGE over subsance.
Superman had a gun... Like some lazer rifle. It was really dumb. Artist and editors were filling the role of writers, and thus is why super-boy was wearing a half jacket in 95.
The decade was terrible for comics. However, there was a book in all the bullshit that was really good. Astro City was not a modern comic... it was a throwback; back to the Golden Age. It was about superheroes, but more importantly it was about the people around them. The, “Joe Whoever,” that Crackerjack saves and decides to stop drinking or something. Astro City is truly filled with amazing idears. Hell, I'm so serious that I consider Astro City volume 1, Issue 22, to be one of the greatest comics ever written. I mean that. Astro City 22-- read it.
Why is it over all good? Well, unlike the big two in the 90s, Astro City has one big thing going for it. It is self-aware and self-critical. Today AstoCcity is nearly 20 years old, and it’s just as good as ever. Volume 4 issue 25 is a great jump on point.
3.5 out of 5
See you next week, cheers and beers.
[FROM YE OLDE EDITOR—To better understand the Jayscale, I asked Jay to give some benchmarks for his ratings system. Here is what I got…]
The points scale.
.5-1: Okay, these books suck… supah-hard. Your cartoon adaptations, your commercial tie-ins, your shity limited series… Think Spider-Man’s Clone Saga… Think Onslaught…
2-2.9: These books are okay, but I couldn’t give a shit if they suddenly disappeared. ‘92 X-men… Some Punisher… And that Ghost Rider in ah, El Dorado.
3.-4.5: These are the slightly run-o-the-mill-to-good books out there. Think of cool idear comics like Superior Spiderman, All-New X-men, Ultimate Spiderman, (cough, cough… Miles Morales.)
4.6-5: These are really good comics. I’m talkin’ the whole package. Art is tight, story is engaging, and there’s character change. Batman Owl’s Court, Spiderman: The Sinister 6 from 97… These are the best. Cough, Cough… the POWER PACK in 84… cough.
6 out of 5: These are your best of the best. These are the comics we talk about and analyze for decades. Your X-men 92 issue 1... your Ultimate Spiderman… your Watchmen… Dark Knight, and so on. These are the important cultural issues.
So, that’s the scale I work on, but tell us what you think. See ya next week my nerds, and keep reading comics. Peace.
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