Mash-Up #100

And here we are, Mash-Up #100. I wanted to do something different for the 100th issue so chose to emulate the stark design of the centenary issues from DC in the late 90s where they used simple coloured silhouettes with some detail and a big text background. Enjoy!

Not too shabby, I think. And a new COEP Presents logo, as well!


For those of you who’ve been around since the first mash-up I did, you’ll know it took me a while to settle into things. The first few issues, I simply took one or more characters from one comic and put them on to the cover of another comic. As it’s a centenary issue today, I thought I’d re-do those early covers in the style of the more recent ones and put them here so you can compare.

Original on the left, reissue on the right.

 

Sunday Reviews

AQUAMAN #49

Arthur finally gets his memories of Mera back, but they come with a twist – not only did she reveal her pregnancy to him, but his reaction (of wanting to slink off and think about things for a while) pissed her off so much that it looks like she flipped and accidentally killed him. That was the incident that meant him waking up without memories on the island of the old sea gods.

I’m in two minds about this series since DeConnick took over; it’s well written and the art’s usually good, but the whole amnesia/my wife’s pregnant story line just feels too familiar. How many times have we seen/read a scene where – DUN DUN DUUUUHHHH – the woman says “I’m pregnant!” in order to provide a plot point for the man? This, combined with the amnesia, just seems lazy.

BARBARELLA / DEJAH THORIS #4

The two heroines from different times work together to save the inhabitants of a water-filled Mars, sending them back through time to become their own ancestors and, along the way, ensuring the rise of the Red, Green and all the other Martians, of which Dejah is one.

This has a been a fun series; I’ve not encountered Leah Williams’s work before but this makes me want to track some more down. It’ll probably be collected at some point, and you could do worse than picking this up.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #26

As Martian Manhunter scans the Earth for Lex Luthor, many of the other Leaguers head to the House of Heroes where heroes from the multiverse have gathered to hear Superman and the World Forger ask for help in finding the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor. Meanwhile, Hawkgirl and Mera set about training new heroes while Starman is trying to find the other pieces of the Totality.

This was slower paced than recent episodes, perhaps because James Tynion IV is writing rather than Scott Snyder, but there’s still the whole “the multiverse is dying!” thing which has been going on since forever. As much as I liked seeing the other heroes from the multiverse, this has been dragging on for such a long time now.

A WALK THROUGH HELL #11

We get glimpses of Shaw’s past, while in the present McGregor acts as Shaw’s guide in hell (or wherever they are) showing her what has happened to the agents who went before them, as well as Driscoll who reveals her own, mostly unwilling, part in this whole thing.

Man . . . one issue to go and I have no idea where or how this is going to end, but I’m suspecting something dark and nihilistic.

WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS #1

The Martians from Mars Attacks – Moonheads as they’re called here – are in full-on attack mode, invading Helium and the other Barsoomian cities. Despite John Carter’s best attempts, the Moonheads are winning, forcing Dejah Thoris to sacrifice herself and Helium, destroying the entire city and most of the Moonheads in one huge explosion. Years later, on Earth, NASA celebrates the successful landing of a craft on Mars but no sooner do the pictures reach Earth than we see Moonheads destroying the landing craft. At the same time, somehow, they attack Earth in their flying saucers. The issue ends with one of the NASA scientists taking a handful of hostages toward Arizona.

I mentioned this when it was solicited back in March and, sure enough, it’s a 100mph ride that doesn’t let up. It’s fun and probably not going to be too serious for the rest of the mini-series so I’m glad I picked it up.

Mash-Up #99

Three times a week I randomly generate two dates, hunt down covers from those dates and then mash them together and force the results on you lovely people, while giving a hat-tip to the wonderful Super-Team Family blog which has been doing this for years (and a lot better) on an almost daily basis.

I never understood Starfire’s costume here – why have one leg and arm bare but the others covered? Crazy design . . .

Another Mystery Solved

A couple of weeks back, I mentioned how I’d come across an issue of DAREDEVIL from the 70s which, as a child, I’d read in an INCREDIBLE HULK annual.

A few days ago, during my lunch break, I was browsing Wikipedia, just going from one link to another as I often do, and ended up on the Hammer Horror page – those films were a staple part of my formative years; the first film I remember watching on TV was Curse of The Werewolf with Oliver Reed when I was about 5 or so. (That probably explains a lot…)

I followed some links and ended up in the page for the Hammer film Twins of Evil – not the best of the Hammer films, but one I remember fondly, partly because I’d read the comic adaptation of it, again in an annual – I think it might have been a HOUSE OF HAMMER or possible DRACULA annual, I’m not sure.

However, the page mentioned where the comic adaptation had originally appeared:

The film was adapted into an 18-page comic strip for the January–February 1977 issue of the magazine House of Hammer (volume 1, #7, published by General Book Distribution). It was drawn by Blas Gallego from a script by Chris Lowder.

Once back home, I looked it up on the site I use to buy back issues and, sure enough, there it was:

And while that was an interesting find, something else caught my eye . . .

When I was about 6 or 7, I saw an ad for a magazine or comic on the back page of something – I can’t remember what it was the back page of, just the ad. It was someone in a spacesuit but something terrible had happened to them as the skin from their face was melting or boiling or falling off . . . but the detail that struck me and has stayed with me for years, was that of one of their eyeballs having come loose from the socket and floating off within their space helmet!

Up until a day or two ago, I had no idea what the hell that advert was for – a toy, a game, a film, a comic, a book? No idea.

But scrolling through the list of issues of HOUSE OF HAMMER when I was looking for #7, I saw the cover of #5:

Holy crap! Never has a person dying in a spacesuit given someone so much joy!

It appears to be connected to the adaptation of Moon Zero Two which, judging by the details on IMDB, I can probably live without watching . . .

Man, the 70s screwed me up . . .