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The Spinrack: Retro Reviews #24

Written by GLX on Saturday, July 16 2011 and posted in Reviews

GLX takes a look at Cartoon Network Presents #4, Startling Stories: The Megalomaniacal Spider-Man #1 and Young Justice #30.

Cartoon Network Presents #4 (1999)

Space Ghost has to save the planet Gorzo from The Schemer and The Collector. The problem is that his show is starting soon! Andy Merrill does a nice job of capturing the tone of "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast". While its flaws are visible, his script is fun and quirky. One odd part of the story is Moltar telling Space Ghost that he wants to attack Schemer for what he did to him, while he was in prison. Kind of weird for a Cartoon Network comic. C. Martin Croker, Mike DeCarlo and Dave Tanguay's art captures the look and feel of the cartoon's art style.

7* out of 10*

Startling Stories: The Megalomaniacal Spider-Man #1 (2002)

After learning that Uncle Ben was a less than noble figure and discovering Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", Peter Parker quits being a selfless hero and becomes a greedy businessman. Peter Bagge has delivered a bizarre Spider-Man tale. It's filled with familiar characters in unusual roles and bizarre situations. His art is exaggerated and lively with choice colors from Laura Allred. This is not a Spidey comic for everyone, but it's worth getting for its twisted humor.

8.1* out of 10*

Young Justice #30 (2001)

In this issue, Secret and Spoiler fight it out. Peter David's writing is fun and humorous. I couldn't help, but grin when reading some of the passages. David's script does feature some recurring elements from his past work, but it doesn't bog down the comic. Todd Nauck's pencils are energetic and have an hint of innocence to them. While part of his work doesn't appeal to me, I must confess that I actually prefer this to his current output. Maybe I've tired of his Marvel work and feel that he should work with DC again. Lary Stucker and Jason Wright back up Nauck and they do a good job of fleshing the rest of the art out.

7.9* out of 10*

Written or Contributed by: GLX

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About the Author - GLX

For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers about comics, video games, and other stuff. He currently resides in The South. You can catch him in the forums or @glxwriter on Twitter.



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