Comic Book Review – Armageddon 2001

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Armageddon 2001 (1991)
Written by Denny O’Neill, Archie Goodwin, & Dan Jurgens
Art by Dan Jurgens

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In the year 2031, the despot Monarch rules Earth with an iron fist, focused on defeating any possible heroism from his sedate populace. One citizen, Matthew Ryder cannot abide the drudgery of life and lack of human nobility he sees absent in the world. Ryder has a strange memory from his childhood of being rescued by one of Earth’s long deceased heroes but cannot recall which one. He also wants to find out who Monarch truly is and is willing to use experimental time travel to achieve this purpose. Monarch becomes aware of Ryder’s plans and ends up tossed through time. Ryder is transformed into Waverider, a being who can touch another and see through the possible timelines at their futures. Using this power, Waverider plans on discovering who Monarch is and stop him.

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Comic Book Review – Invasion!

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Invasion! (1989)
Written by Keith Giffen & Bill Mantlo
Art by Todd McFarlane, Keith Giffen, and Bart Sears

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On the distant homeworld of the despotic Dominators, a plan is being hatched. They have been abducting humans and subjecting them to experiments to uncover why Earth is home to the majority of the galaxy’s super-powered beings. A tenuous alliance is formed after the discovery of the metagene. This invasion force consists of The Dominators, the Khunds, Daxamites, Durlans, and other alien races. Their goal is to conquer Earth and harvest these metagenes for their purposes. A surprise attack is launched, and the superbeings of the planet form a defense force to resist these invaders.

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Comic Book Review – Cosmic Odyssey

Cosmic Odyssey (1988)
Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Mike Mignola

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For eons, Darkseid has searched for the Anti-Life Equation, a manifestation of ultimate power that would allow him to conquer all of reality. It turns out that Anti-Life is a living entity and it has sent four essences into the positive matter universe with the goal of destroying a chain of solar systems that would affect the gravity of the galaxy so drastically it would obliterate it all. A tenuous alliance is made between Darkseid and Highfather of New Genesis to prevent this from occurring. They gather a group of Earth’s greatest heroes (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Starfire) and a mysterious old man named Jason Blood to help stop Anti-Life’s plans. But of course, with Darkseid, not everything is as it seems.

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Comic Book Review – Millennium

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Millennium (1988)
Written by Steve Englehart
Art by Joe Staton

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Life is going about as usual in the DC Universe when the peace is interrupted by the return of two strange figures: one Guardian of the Universe and one Zamaronian. These two ancient cosmic beings are on Earth to warn of the threat of the Manhunters and the coming of a group of special humans called The Chosen. The heroes of the DC Universe are split into groups to travel the globe and contact the Chosen while protecting them from the cult-like Manhunters.

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Comic Book Review – Legends

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Legends (1987)
Written by John Ostrander & Len Wein
Art by John Byrne

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On the planet Apokolips, the god Darkseid makes a wager with the Phantom Stranger that he will turn humanity against their most celebrated heroes. Darkseid accomplishes this by sending Glorious Godfrey, a supernaturally powered svengali to sway the general public. He also dispatches the psychic terror Dr. Bedlam in the form of a manufactured villain Macro-Man and the fiery acolyte Brimstone. The first target is the bastion of goodness Captain Marvel, and he is the first of many heroes to fall. Along the way, the Justice League of America crumbles, and Batman is driven from his cape and cowl when given orders by the Gotham City PD. However, this is the beginning of a new era in DC Comics with the introductions of Blue Beetle and Captain Marvel into the DC Universe as well as the reintroduction of Wonder Woman.

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Comic Book Review – The Flash by Mark Waid Book Four

The Flash by Mark Waid Book Four
Written by Mark Waid and Michael Jan Friedman
Art by Salvador Larroca, Carlos Pacheco, and Oscar Jimenez

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In the wake of the Zero Hour, Wally West has transcended space and time, becoming a being of pure speed. This ascendant journey leads Wally down his own timeline and to a revelation about a critical moment in his past. Once the universe settles itself post-Zero Hour, the Flash must face down Kobra’s infiltration of Keystone City. He gathers together speedsters young and old: Impulse, The Golden Age Flash, Johnny Quick, Max Mercury, and Jesse Quick. What he doesn’t reveal until it becomes too late is that he is searching for a successor as his body cannot handle the speeds he is regularly approaching.

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Comic Book Review – The Flash by Mark Waid Book Three

The Flash by Mark Waid Book Three
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo

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After Professor Zoom’s defeat, Wally has cemented his place as The Flash and has a renewed confidence in this role. Right off the bat, he’s reunited with former lover and Titans’ ally, Magenta. As he tries to navigate helping her despite the protestations of his girlfriend, Linda Park. Former Titans’ teammates Nightwing and Starfire stop by Keystone City to help battle the organized crime syndicate The Combine. In a series of one-off stories, The Flash takes on Abra Kadabra, new villain Razer, and the terroristic cult Kobra. The most significant change in Wally’s life occurs with the arrival of Bart Allen, his nephew from the 30th Century. Bart is brought to 20th century Keystone City by Iris Allen, the widow of Barry and the aunt to Wally. Max Mercury lingers in the background and shows up to deliver a life-changing message to Wally.

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