June 16, 2017

Post-Crisis Pull List - November 20th, 1986

November 20th, 1986
DC published 9 comics, I read 4 of them.

Issue of the Week:
Adventures of Superman (1939) 425 - "Going the Gauntlet" (Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway)

Continuing from the previous issue, Professor Emil Hamilton pursues funding for his invention and things go from bad to worse for him as he resists Lex Luthor's claims that Lexcorp owns his machine and deals with sabotage that makes his defense device look like it kills those it's supposed to protect. Hamilton goes over the edge and uses his machine on Superman. The real star of the show is Jerry Ordway, though, and my score reflects my love of his art. 4/5

The Rest: 
Booster Gold (1986) 13 - "The Tomorrow Run" (Dan Jurgens, Gary Martin) 

It's funny what is and isn't considered a Legends crossover. This connects just as much as Blue Beetle did last week. Ah well. Either way, this was a contender for issue of the week. Booster is sick and out of energy cells so he has to tell the truth about his origin and then with the help of Rip Hunter, he goes back to the future along with Jack, Dirk and Trixie in the Goldstar costume. While they get there, the Time Machine needs repair and Booster finds out that his mother died and his sister was evicted. 4/5

Green Lantern Corps (1960) 209 - "Red Alert" (Steve Englehart, Joe Staton, Mark Farmer)  

Kilowog helps develop the Red Rocket program and Reagan and Gorbachev appear almost as much as the Lanterns. People didn't know it at the time, but this feels kind of like a precursor to Millennium, not so much in the story but in the style. Speaking of crossovers, this takes place after Legends and you're told so on the first page. Interesting to see that since Legends has two more months to go! 3/5

Infinity Inc. (1984) 35 - "Beat the Clock" (Roy & Dann Thomas, Todd McFarlane, Tony DeZuniga) 

When I was a Marvel kid in the '80s, Todd McFarlane was my favorite artist. My friends and I used to save up to buy some of the cheaper issues of his Amazing Spider-Man. My tastes have changed, but I'm not sure that would have mattered to my feelings about his work on Infinity Inc. as he's either still working out his style or DC made him rein in a bit. Either way, I'm not really a fan of the look of this issue. Why I still like it is due to the story then, and the typical plethora of characters in a Thomas script, including second generation villains to face these second generation heroes. 3/5

Also published by DC Comics on this day: Adventures of the Outsiders 42, New Teen Titans 28, Swamp Thing 57, Warlord 114, Who's Who 24

My thanks to the site Mike's Amazing World of Comics without which this project would not be possible.

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