Hey There True Believers
So, I’ve been a comics fan for my entire life but there was one point where I kinda gave it up cold turkey. It was 1996 and I can recall that I just finally was fed up with it. I was sick of chromium covers, or books that looked really cool on the cover but were shit on the inside, and in general the hype that comics had back then. The last book that I read was Onslaught: Marvel Universe and although I when I think back the story had a lot of promise, it was milked completely across the entire Marvel U and I bought into the “Gotta Catch Them All!” aspect of crossovers back then, way before Pokemon ever became a thing.
With that said, I missed out on a key piece of Comics History known as Heroes Reborn; a time when Marvel was hurting so damn much that they literally farmed their characters out to another studio with hopes that they could do something with them. The characters that I’m talking about were none other than the Avengers! Yeah the same ones you’re thinking of, Hulk, Iron Man, Cap, Thor and the rest. Also along for the ride were the Fantastic Four because to stop Onslaught in the 616 Universe, all the non-mutant heroes gave up their lives and sacrificed themselves only to be “reborn” in a pocket universe…On one hand it sounds kinda corny, but on another hand there is so much potential there. Anyway, Marvel sent the work to Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld’s studios. Jim got FF and Iron Man while Rob took over Captain America and the Avengers. I remember at the time that FF was doing okay at Marvel, just nowhere near X-Men numbers, but that the Avengers were basically a bunch’a Moon Knights so to say. At the time I never read the books and only glanced at them once when I saw them in a spinner rack at a book store and even then I thought they looked ridiculous and that I made a good choice with the comic book cold turkey.
Lucky for me, I still had that subscription to Wizard and about 5 years later was right back into the thick of the superhero goodness that we all know and love and have been loyal ever since. One of the books that got me back was in fact Ultimates, which as you know is a take on the Avengers. From there I started reading Cap and regular Avengers right about when Bendis got ahold of them and I was hooked. I’ve since found myself going back to old Avengers issues and realizing that Cap and his team had some great stories, but I never found myself wanting to visit the pocket universe, that is until now…All thanks the Liefeld Week.
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Liefeld Week, a never ending holiday of macho men, bad ass babes and weapons the world just isn’t ready for. We’ve discussed a great many things but there was nothing we were more excited for than to pick our top 5 favorite covers delivered from the master’s hand. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, but somehow we did it.
Rob, we kid because we love! Here’s the thing, I don’t actually hate Liefeld’s art. I know it’s awful and he doesn’t have a child’s grasp on the anatomy of the human body, but I have some fun nostalgia from my childhood about it. With that said, I know it’s bad and I wouldn’t ever willingly buy anything he’s done. He’s already made a mint off me as a kid from trying to piece together the entire Extreme Studios line of comics he was behind for Image in the early 90’s. I’ll be showcasing here some of what Liefeld does best and other things that are considered the most Liefeldian.
5.) Youngblood #77 (March 2013)
This is the newest entry on my list (the only one that isn’t from his 90’s heyday) and a bit of a curveball. Believe it or not, I actually legitimately like this. I have no idea what’s going on though. Looks like Chapel is back from the dead (Again!) as a demon though this time? That minion behind him looks disturbing and menacing enough and dare I say that Badrock even seems to be slightly more proportionate?
Greetings all you diabolical evil-doers out there, it’s good to be back after my brief foray with the trolls last weekend, and I have decided to in kind kidnap the Villain Spotlight from Arthur and the geeks this week. It’s Joss Whedon week on Amazon.com, so let’s dive right in to my pet peeve of the week. I am personally still a little bit pissed that Heroes is getting a second go on television when Firefly has not been brought back yet, I mean, come on now! But seeing all the announcements about the new show Heroes Reborn this week made me fondly recall a villain from the television show’s first season that can make you scream in so many ways. There are so many types of villains out there that we all can admire for various reasons, but every once in a while you just need someone that’s cruel, brutal, and a cold-blooded killer to get you all hot and bothered. I think Sylar from the first season of Heroes is just the man for that job.
Normally, this feature highlights a panel that is either too awesome not to be shared or so unintentionally funny that the world must see it. Today’s entry is somewhat different… It’s meant to serve as a cautionary example.
When Marvel rebooted their non-mutant line with the Heroes Reborn initiative, many were elated to hear that Rob Liefeld would be drawing both Captain America and the Avengers. That happiness was, however, fleeting… The end of Avengers #1 was a wakeup call to a generation.
We will never forget.
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