Tuesday, April 16, 2013


So I've decided, for good or ill, that I will do some additional "Nostalgia Reviews."
Of course, that raises the question of what I should choose as the subjects for said reviews.
The primary selection criteria I've identified so far are:

1.  It has to be a lot shorter than Amethyst.
2.  It has to be something that I actually have in my possession.
3.  It has to be something that I really enjoyed when I was still in my formative years.

That last one is kind of arbitrary, I suppose, but if "nostalgia" is a defining factor, I think it makes sense.
So far, these are the most likely candidates:

X-Men:  The Dark Phoenix Saga
New Teen Titans:  The Judas Contract
Superman: The Phantom Zone
Conqueror of the Barren Earth
Superman:  The Man of Steel (The John Byrne mini-series, not the ongoing series from the 1990s)

And as a lead-in to Man of Steel, I would start off with the two-part "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" which ran in the final, pre-Byrne issues of Superman and Action, serving as something of a last hurrah for the Silver Age interpretation of the character.
I have to be honest; right now, my preference would be to do Conqueror of the Barren Earth.
Why?  Well, nostalgia, obviously.  I mean, I have a pretty strong affection for that particular mini-series, and it would be rather in keeping with the Amethyst reviews in that it's a pretty obscure comic that is most likely beloved only by a small fanbase consisting entirely of me.
That lends it an air of self-indulgence that fits nicely with the general theme of this blog...
Also, CotBE contains what is, for my money, one of the single greatest panels in the history of comic books.
So it's got that going for it.
Also, I think that doing the Superman books would make more sense as we get closer to the theatrical release of July's Man off Steel.
However, it's possible that my mind could be changed if there's a strong groundswell of support for doing any of the other stories before getting to my little vanity project.  Then again, this whole thing is just a vanity project.
Still, cast your vote in the comments. I can't guarantee that it will help, but it couldn't hurt...


Merlin T Wizard said...

My Vote

Jon-Paul Maki said...

All at once? I suppose I could do them all in one spot and end up with something that looks like the saddest letter ever.
It would probably be just as insightful and readable as individual reviews...
For the sake of clarity, I do intend to review all of the things I listed, and possibly more things besides, but the question is really which I should do first.

Merlin T Wizard said...

That is truly a very, very sad letter.

I figured you'd be doing them one at a time. I'm not partial to any of them over the others. They're all fantastic. You know I'll read your reviews regardless of the order.