I can remember, back in the 90s when Image Comics formed around Marvel’s biggest artists jumping ship to form their own company, being told by various comic shop owners and clerks about just how darn good Valiant comics was doing at about that time.
I only got a scattering of Valiant books, and while they weren’t bad, my finances can only stretch so far.
Recently, Valiant’s characters and line have returned and have been getting a lot of buzz. And the good folks at Comics Bento sent me one…
The Beatles were one of it not the most influential and popular rock bands of all time. The Fab Four have often had various other individuals referred to as the “Fifth Beatle,” but Vivel J. Tiwary and Andrew C. Robinson’s hardcover biography, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story from Dark Horse Comics, suggests the real Fifth Beatle was the band’s manager, Brian Epstein.
Last week I covered Night Man, a hero from the now defunct Malibu Comics’ Ultraverse line. Malibu was hardly the only comic publisher to try out a superhero line in the mid 90s. Dark Horse got involved with something they called “Comics Greatest World”. At a time when a single issue would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.25, Dark Horse offered weekly introductory comics for $1. Each week for four months, there would be a new issue continuing the storyline in one of four fictional cities, namely Arcadia, Golden City, Steel Harbor, and Cinnibar Flats. The last of those locations was where a mysterious Vortex had opened up after an alien scientist was caught doing advanced experiments in a place that humans were conducting simultaneous atomic bomb tests (oops). The Vortex caused weird mutations and eventually superpowers for select individuals. Now, granted, these $1 comics tended to be shorter than most comics, and when the regular line started for some of the featured characters, the prices went up, but as an introductory offer it was a good idea.
At any rate, each city had its own feel and distinctive characters. Golden City, run by the superhuman Grace, the most powerful human hero on Earth (and a woman, Jenny), was a veritable utopia of advanced science. Steel Harbor was a down-on-its luck blue color city with an industrial feel. Its best known resident was a woman named Barb Wire that appeared in a movie played by Pamela Anderson. Cinnibar Flats had sci-fi weirdness going on. And Arcadia, the first city featured, was a festering cesspool of corruption on every level. This place made Gotham City look like Disneyworld.
That was where the man called X decided to call the shots.
Diamond Comic Distributors released its information for the top books of 2014 yesterday. It was a big year for comics! And and even bigger year for the publishers like Marvel, DC, and Image who helped make dreams come true for readers everywhere. So how did the battle for the best work out in 2014? Check after the break for the details.