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The Spinrack: Retro Reviews #2

Written by GLX on Wednesday, October 14 2009 and posted in Reviews
GLX reviews a trio of old Kurt Busiek comics.

Avengers #4(1998)

Who will be the Avengers? That's the text on the cover of this comic by Kurt Busiek and George Perez. The writing handles things smoothly and the characters sound authentic. Perez does a good job, though I must admit that I'm not smitten with it.

7.4* out of 10*

Iron Lantern #1(1997)

This one shot by Kurt Busiek and Paul Smith is a part of the Amalgam Comics line, that existed briefly in the 90's. The story features a mix of Iron Man and Green Lantern lore. I understand that this is intentionally written like an old comic, but the writing does nothing for me. It never really interested me. Art wise, everything comes into place. The art fits the story and the storytelling is clear. It may not be my cup of tea, but it works.

5.2* out of 10*

Untold Tales of Spiderman Annual '97(1997)

Spiderman and a host of Marvel favorites take on the villain, Sundown, in this tale by Kurt Busiek and Tom Lyle. Busiek's writing is better than average, while Lyle's pencils are just average. Fred Hembeck is behind a back up story involving Aunt May, Matt Murdock and Peter Parker. His writing and pencils are fun. Not "Bwa-ha-ha!" material, but it's still solid. There's also a pin=up gallery featuring work by such pencillers as Jim Mooney, Don Rosa, and Terry Dodson.

7.4* out of 10*


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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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