I'm getting old. I know it. My kids are constantly reminding me of it. The color of my hair (or lack there of) shows me how old I am getting. My body aches make sure I feel how old I am getting. There is one thing though that makes me still feel young. My youth stays alive through my comic books. Not so much in the fact that I still read comic books, but everything that I loved when I was a kid has seen a resurgence in comic book form. There is Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, Micronauts, He-Man, TMNT, JEM (don't judge me!) and a handful of other books that make me think of the good old times when I was a youngen. To continue this trend of nostalgia, the recent issue of Diamond's Previews (page 388 to be exact) showed me that another character from my childhood is coming back. Madballs. What?! You don't remember Madballs? You had to be a 7/8 year old boy in 1985 to remember this toy series. It was great for you boys in the mid 80s because the theory was that you could repulse your sister with them. Madballs didn't have a long life span. I remember 3 "series" of the toys and about 10 issues of a comic book from Marvel Comics' Star brand.
Roar Comics will be bring these characters back to life in April 2016. Now, with everything else that has come back I have to ask "Should it?". I've asked this question every time something from my youth comes back. Of course there is the thought that it was so cool and I can't wait to see it again. But what I thought was cool when I was 7 is not the same thing that I think is cool now. I've gone back to watch some of these cartoons that I loved when I was young and have caught myself wondering how it was possible that I liked this crap when I was a kid. My parents must have absolutely hated hanging out with me because of what I made the watch. I mean there are some shows that my kids love but I sit back and scratch my head. Absolutely HORRIBLE stuff. But will Rabbids have a come back 30 years from now when my kids are older in comic book form? I hope to God not because I will still be collecting comics then too. So out of everything that could possibly come back, what made someone think that it was Madballs turn to make a resurgence? What kind of story can small, gross balls cover? I will have to wait 2 months to see (or hopefully I can get a preview copy before then to let you know if you should buy it).
But seeing that someone is able to bring Madballs back, I am starting a campaign for someone, anyone, to bring me a comic book of Muscles. Now those were my favorite toys. The challenge is on you Comic Book Industry! Who is going to be the first to get the rights to make a Muscles comic book.
What toys from your youth would you like to see make a return in comic book form?
OK, so I know that this site is all about Indie Comic Books and I’m not here to promote Marvel or DC, but every now and then I have to say something. If there is one things that pisses me off more than anything else, it is when someone that obviously knows NOTHING about comics tries to tell me about comics. Earlier today, Answers.com released an article on the most dangerous Marvel villains. I grew up with Marvel. I’m not going to lie and say that I’ve never been a fan. True, I don’t read them anymore so I may be out dated by 2-3 years, but not a whole lot happens in 3 years that will turn the history of a publisher upside-down. I’m not going to make you read the Answers.com article because it is VERY painful to read, so without further ado, where is the top 19 villains from the Marvel Universe…
7. Red Skull
8. Doctor Doom
11. Green Goblin
12. Lady Deathstrike
16. Dark Phoenix
19. Doctor Octopus
Can anyone with any type of comic book knowledge actually agree with this list??? The list itself made absolutely no sense other than the fact that the person that wrote it only has Marvel Cineverse knowledge.
Let us put Marvel aside for a minute and really digest how to rank things. First off, lets group villains into three different buckets. The way that I like to group any type of character is as follows:
1. Divine (or Celestial)
Even with those three categories, we can continue to break the categories down even further:
1. Divine (or Celestial)
a. Mutant (obviously)
b. Science (freak accident)
Now, if we are comparing characters in terms of strength, Divine will normally always beat Super-powered who will always beat human. I understand that heroes will always beat villains, so let us please remove that old dried out thought process. Let’s state this real simple like… If I CANNOT die, eventually I will outlast / out survive the person that can. Therefore, if I am a divine creature, I will always win.
On the other side of the coin, if I have super powers, I have the advantage over a human. There is no way in hell that Batman could ever beat Superman. Sure, Batman is smart which is why he has advantage over the other 5 sub-categories in the Human area. He is also especially lucky that all of his advisories are Insane. Insanity doesn’t come up with much of a plan and is usually easily defeated.
But back to the Answers.com listing… Numbers 7, 8, 11, 14 and 19 are all humans. Yes, they’ve caused a lot of damage over the years, but they are just human. Treat them as such and put them at the bottom of the list. I mean seriously, how do you expect the Red Skull to be more powerful than the Dark Phoenix. A little German dude versus the power of the Phoenix. Battle over within 2 seconds? Did I give it one second too long? And the list is missing so many awesome villains that this puny list of 19 is laughable. Here are a few major hitters missing (but these are not in any particular order):
5. Mr. Sinister
6. Fin Fang Foom
These are just 10 off of the top of my head. How is Annihilus not in the top? Just a few years back he ruled the Space comics. Taskmaster is such a great villain that he trains other villains. Fin Fang Foom is a freaken dragon for goodness sakes. And well death is death.
So please, if you don’t know anything about comics, don’t write article about comics. Leave that to us Super-Nerds and life will be so much easier for you.
I've been saying for a while now that I was going to start a Review Blog and here it is. I will attempt to keep this section updated with all of the comics that I read throughout the week. I will save the larger articles for those truly special books that I really want to make note of, but this here will be for the every day, quick reviews. To be honest, these first few post will be my chance to play catch-up. My "To Read" pile has really built up and I need to do a lot of reading and therefore drink a lot of coffee. I'm a true insomniac that only usually sleeps 3-4 hours a night, but I need my coffee!!!!
If you see a quick review here that you want to know more about, please leave me a comment to tell me to explain further or to make a full review article out of a book. If you think we are doing great, leave a comment because we love to know our work here is appreciated. If you hate an article or one of these blog posts, leave a comment that tells me that we suck and we've got it totally wrong. I love having debates over what is good and what is horrible. It will remind me of a Friday night at my local comic book store, Friendly Neighborhood Comics (shameless plug) where I try to explain to them why they should stop reading Marvel and DC until they stop messing it up. Yes, yes, I know that this is all about Indies, but I do sneak in a mainstream book every now and then. Hell, I grew up on those books, of course I still read them. Shhh..... Just don't tell anyone that.
I, M. Willis, am the owner of the ICBR. I'm a huge fan of the Indie and Small Press books because I get tired of the same-old, same-old. While I put a lot of time into the articles that I write (each article usually takes me about 4-5 hours to put together), this section is for my quick thoughts on the books that I read throughout the week.