Comics Reviews: JLA 201, Legion of Super-Heroes 286, New Teen Titans 18, All-Star Squadron 8

JLA 201 coverJustice League of America #201 – “A Hero for All Seasons” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Bob Smith

This one starts with a broken down dude named Joe Parry reminiscing along the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Parry once found an alien artifact (way back in JLA 31) that made his wishes come true, but he got greedy and ended up getting his ass kicked by the Justice League. Now that he’s out of prison, he’s cursing himself for not doing more with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he had. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 201, Legion of Super-Heroes 286, New Teen Titans 18, All-Star Squadron 8”

Comics Reviews: Superman 370, Action 530, DC Comics Presents 44, Warlord 56

Superman 370 coverSuperman #370 – “Better Vengeance Through Chemo-stry” – Len Wein/Curt Swan/Dave Hunt

I had this comic as a kid, although he story is only vaguely familiar. It starts with Superman in his Fortress putting the finishing touches on a replica of the bottle city of Kandor that he’s been building. Superman helped the real Kandorians find a new home (in Superman 338), so he’s put together this model to replace the real Kandor in his trophy room. While reminiscing about Kandor, he gets an emergency signal and rushes off into space. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 370, Action 530, DC Comics Presents 44, Warlord 56”

Comics Reviews: Batman 346, Detective 513, Brave & the Bold 185

Batman 346 coverBatman #346 – “Half a Hero …” – Gerry Conway/Don Newton/Frank Chiaramonte

This one starts with a couple of prison guards taunting Two-Face about his incarceration. Two-Face says nothing and just sits there flipping his coin, but in between flips, he disappears. The guards mount a search and find tire tracks outside, but he tracks are over an hour old. Batman comes up with the solution to the mystery … Two-Face hypnotized the guards with the spinning coin, giving him over an hour to get away before they came out of it. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Batman 346, Detective 513, Brave & the Bold 185”

Comics reviews: Flash 307, Wonder Woman 289, Green Lantern 150, Jonah Hex 58

Flash 307 coverFlash #307 – “Prey for the Piper” – Cary Bates/Carmine Infantino/Bob Smith

This one starts with a helicopter transporting a gigantic gong (from a tribe in the South Seas) to the Central City Museum. Pied Piper uses his horn to take control of the chopper pilots, forcing them to drop the gong on an unfinished building site. The gong bounces around inside the building’s steel skeleton, making so much noise it almost knocks the construction workers off the girders. Luckily Barry Allen is nearby and changes to Flash so he can stop the clangorous gong. Continue reading “Comics reviews: Flash 307, Wonder Woman 289, Green Lantern 150, Jonah Hex 58”

Comics Reviews: JLA 200, Legion of Super-Heroes 285, New Teen Titans 17, All-Star Squadron 7

JLA 200 coverJustice League of America #200 – “A League Divided” – Gerry Conway/George Perez/Brett Breeding

This is a special anniversary issue of JLA, clocking in at a whopping 72 pages. It features a number of top artists of the day drawing different chapters. As indicated above, George Perez and Brett Breeding did the framing story and climax, and the whole thing was written by Gerry Conway. I’ll give art credits for each chapter as we get to them. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 200, Legion of Super-Heroes 285, New Teen Titans 17, All-Star Squadron 7”

Comics Reviews: Superman 369, Action 529, DC Comics Presents 43, Warlord 55

Superman 369 coverSuperman #369 – “Superman’s Last Christmas” – Cary Bates/Rich Buckler/Frank McLaughlin

This one starts with Lana Lang and Steve Lombard doing a live broadcast from Galaxy Plaza where they’re waiting for an appearance by Superman. The Man of Steel has been delayed saving a house from falling into a sinkhole. After filling the sinkhole with lava, Superman carries out his original mission, bringing a gigantic Christmas tree to Galaxy Plaza. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 369, Action 529, DC Comics Presents 43, Warlord 55”

Comics Reviews: Batman 345, Detective 512, Brave & the Bold 184

Batman 345 coverBatman #345 – “Calling Doctor Death” – Gerry Conway/Gene Colan/Klaus Janson

This one starts with a guy named Keswick being taken to see someone called the “Doctor”. This mysterious Doctor (who we can’t see clearly but seems to be in a wheelchair) is planning some kind of major crime and Keswick offered to sell details to the cops. The Doctor isn’t happy about Keswick’s treachery and uses some kind of deadly dust to shut him up permanently. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Batman 345, Detective 512, Brave & the Bold 184”