TBT: Peter’s Comic Page: Reading List
Continuing through the pages of my old 2002 AOL homepage on comics. Today’s page features those comics on my reading list as of August 2002. Thoughts following the image. And ignore any spelling errors. Heh.
CURRENT COMIC LIST:
I thoroughly enjoyed Power Company by Kurt Busiek and Tom Grummett (and the rest of the creative team) for its short run. It played with the corporate super-hero team concept and used the DC Universe and its unique elements in smart ways: S.T.A.R. Labs, Firestorm, the Manhunter clones, Golden Age characters like the Black Dragon Society, even creating new legacy characters such as Lieutenant Jen Stuart, granddaughter to Jeb Stuart who acts as her spirit guide, much the same way he was guided during World War II by Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. I’ve long since sold those issues, but I’d be willing to back issue dive to reread the series once more in the future.
Damn – I still need to finish Promethea some day. It’s only been twelve years. Ha.
THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
Before there was Saga, there was a book called Reign of the Zodiac by Keith Giffen and Colleen Doran (I only knew it as Zodiac at this point). It only lasted 8 issues but I dug that book. It was wide in scope but just wasn’t around long enough to really push any of its storylines beyond initial stages. Big ensemble books are a favorite of mine – and then you mix in space opera and I’m sold. Before Reign of the Zodiac, books like the Five Years Later Legion run and Asimov’s Foundation series had often informed my own thoughts on a similar type of grand space opera epic. But then Reign of the Zodiac echoed ideas I had on using the Zodiac as a backdrop to tell the larger story (leftover from my love of the Amethyst series no doubt). Add to that how perfect a title Saga is – and I mean exactly that: the title itself, it’s so obvious and so spot on – and all those old ideas feel derivative now. Ah well – it’s not like those titles invented the wheel. Back to the point, it wasn’t on everyone’s reading list, but Giffen’s Reign of the Zodiac could have been the start of something great. I’ll take Giffen’s canceled series over longer, less interesting titles any day.
PS/ The homepage main image for this post is a picture from my old record book featuring a look at those comics purchased around August 2002. Interesting to notice that Hawkman #6 was the 6900th comic I purchased (yes, I used to keep count). Also, “Out of Time” is the long since closed Philadelphia comic store I used to frequent when I lived in Center City. The front of the store was mostly merchandise – and in the back were racks of comics with several months worth of a title at cover price. I don’t believe they had back issue bins. There were other stores, but this one was close enough to visit often. For those familiar with Philly, it was located near the corner of Broad and Chestnut by the Prince Theatre.