Friday, July 22, 2011

DC Retroactive 1970s

DC Comics, through the end of August, are releasing one shot, self-contained comics called DC Retroactive that will feature creators from yesteryear working on characters they've worked on in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with a representation of a comic from that time period as the second half of the comic. The Batman 1970 that came out this week features a new story by Len Wein and Tom Mandrake and is a perfect example of the kind of Batman stories done during that period. The classic story represented was also written by Len Wein and drawn by John Calnan and Dick Giordano. Solid entertainment!
The Flash 1970 that came out this week is my favorite of the three DC Retroactive released this week and is by Cary Bates, Benito Callego and Sal Buscema. The story is titled "Son of Grodd" and is a fun, smart story about Barry Allen's (The Flash) wife, Iris, having difficulty getting pregnant and what she does to try to solve this. The comic represented from yesteryear that's also included is written by Martin Pasko, with art by J.L. Garcia Lopez and Dan Adkins and is a Flash / Superman against Professor Zoom story - fun stuff!

The Wonder Woman 1970 that came out this week is written by Dennis O'Neil and drawn by J. Bone (in the style of the artist that was working on WW back in the early 1970s) and is good, but odd, which I attribute to them wanting to create a story that could have been an issue released back in 1970 (which is the point, but this was an especially odd time for Wonder Woman). The old story is by Denny O'Neil and Dick Giordano. Not my favorite of the three, but still an interesting curio. All of these DC Retroactive comics are worth checking out and we have three more coming out next week!

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