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Sunday, July 31, 2016
The Comet #1 - Comics From The Basement
Dwellers and Welcome to COMICS FROM THE BASEMENT!
are still mad at me for being in favor of the Star Trek Fan Film
guidelines… but hey, it could be worst, at least I’m not talking
about the fact that every four years America because a bunch of
lemmings… and I’m not talking about watching the Summer Olympics…
but to hell with that… lets talk about comics book heroes of the
many different Superheroes in the world of comics, but only a few
really enter into pop culture and become icons, from Superman, Wonder
Woman and Batman… to Captain American, Iron Man and Spider-Man…
there is certainly a certainly a glass ceiling that is impossible to
crack… and many Superheroes while creative and unique in their own
ways who just end up on the sidelines … some of these characters
would not be seen for decades if at all until someone remembers them
and decides to do something with them. Hell at best they end up in
the back ground or in a random group image for no apparent reason, or
at worst, used to enhance the body count of an event comic just
because ‘no one cares’.
brings us DC Comic’s ‘Impact Comics’ inprint. Impact Comics was
an in-house label for DC to use characters licensed from Archie
Comics, these included severial characters from the Golden and Silver
age of comics… with the intent to aim these characters at younger
readers, some of the heroes include The Shield, The Fly and of course
the star of this week’s comic, The Comet.
original Comet was created by Jack Cole, who is best known for
creating Plastic Man and the Betsy and Me comic strip. Orignally
debuting in Pep #1 which was published by MLJ Magazines (which would
later become Archie Comics) in 1940, a young scientist John Dickering
discovered a gas fifty times lighter than hydrogen which he injected
into his bloodstream which gave him the ability to make giant leaps
through the character, shoot twin disintegration beams from his eyes…
the character would be shelved in 1941 and revived in the 1960s and
then again in the 1980s… until DC Comics licensed the character and
others from Archie for their ‘Impact Comics’ imprint in 1991…
lesson over lets get to this week’s comic, The Comet #1… and
outside of the name, and power similarities (ability to fry and shoot
beams from his hands)… it’s very much a new character. In this
comic we are introduced to Rob Conners, who narrates his adventures
in a past-tense perspective, so it reads like his memoirs. It starts
off with him stopping a robbery of a University Computer lab, while
at the same time a stalker / serial killer named Applejack has struck
again and there is a letter, writing on the victims flesh, to his
girlfriend, a reported named Victoria Johnson…
switches to tell an origin story, telling a possibility of The
Comet’s origins, we learn that Rob is the son of two scientists,
and all the wanted to do was play Baseball… as he returns from a
supply run, he finds out his parents are missing from their Alaskan
lab complex, and everything looks like has been abandoned and
unattended too for weeks… except he was only gone for half a day…
or at least he thinks it was half a day… checking an antenna tower,
Rob ends up getting pinned beneath it because it has been weaken to
the point of insability… things look bleak, but then he discovers
he has powers!
getting any help from the military, Rob returns home to get some
support from Victoria… but it turns out it’s been 10 weeks since
she last heard from him, even though he wrote every week. The
difference in time is not explain in this issue, but you can see it’s
a plot point. He learns about Applejack and determines that since he
has the power, he should do something about it. After some
convincing, Victoria lends her support, and together they create the
Comet name and costume… which leads to the beginning of this issue.
Victoria asleep and Applejack sneek into her bedroom to leave a note
for her, and we learn that he killed the police officers who were
stationed at her home, and being a reporter, she goes on the air,
calling the man a menace...and the comic ends with us seeing
Applejack… looking very much like one would describe Jack The
Ripper… and him declaring that now has to punish Victoria because
she’s afraid of him!
is… pretty damn good in my opinion… it relaunched a hero from the
golden era in then modern times, gave enough of the origin to get to
know the hero while also being told in a very different approach.
Most comics are told in the ‘in the moment’, but not from a
retrospective point of view, which makes this stand out. The artwork,
despite being from the early 90s, is pretty detailed and not over the
top in anyway… which is probably helped thanks to the fact that The
Comet was a character from the 1940s, and characters from that era
are generally treated with more respect with how they are drawn than
say characters who came along in the 1970s and 80s, or at least that
is how it seems to me.
So I say
this track it down, and I know you can find it at MyComicShop.com and
there is a chance you can issues on the re-sellers market on eBay,
probably won’t be able to find it on Amazon.com, and for sure you
won’t find it on Comixology.com, due to the issue being published
by DC but it’s an Archie character, as I’ve found nothing under
the Impact Comics label on that site.
how about something that involves a girl… and a freaking tank…
my friends, and you are my friends… have a good one!