Sunday, February 1, 2015

2/1/15 Comic Book Pickups!

The Super Pack of Comic Books is one of my favorite stupid things in the entire world to purchase. For $3.99 you get six usually shitty comic books all packaged together.

Making the bold claim of having a $15 value in each package what you really end up getting is just a bunch of leftover shit from the early 90's that your local comic book store couldn't sell.

And that is why I love these value packs!

The Super Pack of Comic Books is insane... and the world is better off because of it. You'll get the occasional Marvel or DC book tossed in, but mostly it is Image Comics, Crossgen, Crusade... Dagger Enterprises? I swear I am not making that last one up.

It reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to get comics from our local pharmacy. They never seemed to carry the big Marvel or DC books and if they did, you would only get like a single issue. I don't think I ever read a story from start to finish because of that. What they did carry was stuff like this. Stuff nobody seeks out but somehow everyone ends up with.

With that in mind lets take a look at my latest round of pickups:

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Group one consists of Jon Sable Freelance, The Amazon, Darker Image, Negation, Deathblow, and a really strange Alley Cat "Lingerie Edition" book.

I have always had a soft-spot for 90's era Image Comics. The upstart company was founded on the idea that comic creators could publish material without having to fork over the copyrights to the characters. It is amazing how shitty both DC and Marvel used to treat the artists, writers, and creators of our favorite heroes. Image Comics represented an industry shift for the better.

Image is the company that gave us Spawn in the 90's as well as bringing to us the mega successful Walking Dead franchise as well as one of my personal favorite publications, Saga. Everyone always mentions Marvel and DC first but Image releases some of the best monthly material, in my opinion.

With that said, Alley Cat "Lingerie Edition" is like the most 90's thing ever. This specific issue came out in 1999 and zero fucks where given on who it would offend. Though there is nothing in it you won't find on most television or movies, I can imagine a whole bunch of kids hiding this in there closets from parents prying eyes.

Deathblow is actually issue #1 from 1993. Seems to be a very Sin City inspired tale of a serviceman dealing with the pain of having to kill others. It takes place in a church confessional and wraps itself up before it ever gets going. I've never heard of Deathblow until now but it seems like something at least worth checking into.

The second group includes Shi, The Invisibles, @thena Inc, Angel Fire The Darkness, and not one but two fucking issues of Scorpion Corps, the comic with the big old Nazi symbol on the front. Let's... work out way towards that one.

I've ended up with a lot of copies of The Darkness over the years, all from purchasing these value packs. If you have only ever heard of the series from the video game that came out a few years back, you should really give it a read.

@thenia Inc, was probably the biggest surprise of the bunch. Just judging it from the cover and the title I had extremely low expectations but, being from Image I had to at least give it a look. Holy crap was I surprised! It is an extremely cool story about an undercover operative who, thanks to some genetic research, has the ability to change into a completely different person.

The artstyle in @thenia Inc is pretty amazing, too. Its got this cool sort of realistic... but photoshopped ascetic and looks like a combination of The Matrix and Blade Runner at times. I haven't had the time to sit down and read the full issue yet, but I am quite looking forward to diving into the world of @thenia Inc!

Alright let's wrap this up with Scorpion Corps. Holy shit, this is the greatest thing ever. For starters I am not really sure why I received two issues of the same book. I've purchased loads of these value packs and never have a gotten two issues of the same thing before.

Especially ones with big old Nazi symbols on the front. Forget the Alley Cat "Lingerie Edition" book from earlier, this is the one that you hid from your parents under the bed. Even though its fiction and Nazi killin' is as American as apple pie, its still tough to explain to your parents why you absolutely must bring this copy of Scorpion Corps to school for show-and-tell or whatever.

Scorpion Corps is absolutely batshit insane. To the point that I need to write about this issue in full detail. You know you are in for something special when the first line of dialog in the book is: "Your rouse will not withstand my pyrokinetic abilities. Already, I have started to evaporate your fire retardant foam." 

And it only gets stranger from that point forward, if you can somehow believe that. So expect plenty more from Scorpion Corps here in the immediate future!