New Challengers

It’s strange how my comic book reading works in cycles. At one point I am mostly reading Marvel titles, but a few months later I will end up mostly reading DC titles. Then, some time later, I will have moved back to Marvel. Anyway, a bunch of interesting things have been happening at DC lately, and they have tempted me away from Marvel, for now. One of those interesting things that is happening is New Challengers.

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I’m reading another issue of an ancient British comic book for this post, a comic book called 2000 AD. I’ve been reading back issues of 2000 AD for months, and I have reached issue 108. This is another classic of the comic’s run, and is a great example of what I think of as the golden years of 2000 AD. There is a lot of good stuff inside this issue, but let’s start with the cover.

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Eternity Girl

Eisner-nominated Magdalene Visaggio has teamed up with artist Sonny Liew to create Eternity Girl, for Young Animal Comics. Young Animal is an imprint of DC Comics founded in 2016, developed in collaboration with Gerard Way, of Umbrella Academy fame. Its main focus is to relaunch characters and settings from the DC Universe in stories for mature readers, done with a more experimental approach than DC’s primary line of superhero comics. Young Animal comics are about relationships between parents and children, alienation, fame, change, bullying, and teenagers.

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I am so angry at The Cloverfield Paradox because it had all the elements necessary to make something great, but spoiled it by forcing these elements into the service of possibly the worst screenplay ever written. Seriously, you could get a better piece of writing by scattering corn on the keyboard of a laptop and letting a hungry chicken peck at it. Make no mistake, this is a terrible and stupid movie, but there is a lot of good stuff here.

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I have just discovered a sci-fi show that is intriguing, to say the least. I’m not going to recommend that you watch it, and I’m even hesitant to give it any publicity at all, but I do want to talk about it. It’s a show called Extinct, with a high-concept premise that is absolutely the sort of thing I love. It combines a post-apocalyptic story with an alien invasion. We see blasted landscapes, crossed by tiny bands of survivors, which appeals to the part of me that likes The Walking Dead, and we also see flashbacks of the fleets of spaceships that created all this destruction, which appeals to the part of me that likes Battlestar Galactica.

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This post is just the latest in a long line of posts I have written about a comic book called 2000 AD. This comic book is still going today, but in these posts I am writing about classic issues from decades in the past, and I suddenly wondered why on earth I’m doing it. Posts about back issues of old comic books are not the most popular on my site, not by a long way.

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I would recommend jumping in at episode two with Lost in Space. It’s a great series but the slow and clunky pilot doesn’t do it any favors. Episode two, on the other hand, throws us right into the middle of the action. It starts with a great scene, featuring a space explorer called Don West and his chicken in mortal peril. The pilot episode was almost all setup, the sort of thing a viewer with even half a brain just does not need.

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Brett Fitzpatrick

I am an author writing sci-fi novels, blog posts, and a bunch of other stuff.

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