Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 4/2/22
I think I’m running out of comics that I actually read. A ton of new comics come out each week, but it seems my actual buy/read/review pile keeps getting smaller. We’ve only got a couple of Marvel comics this week!
Comic Book of the Week goes to Immortal X-Men #1. Not necessarily because I enjoyed it the most, but because it’s probably the most important comic I read this week.
Meanwhile, I enjoyed the first episode of Moon Knight. Plenty of good stuff. Nothing I would rave about just yet, though. I also finished Our Flag Means Death on HBO Max and that show was a hoot. So it definitely gets my recommendation.
Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #93, Immortal X-Men #1 and X-Cellent #2.Read the rest of this entry
Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 2/12/22
What a week, people! This might be one of the most joyous weeks in comics I’ve ever had. We got a new Multiple Man Marvel Unlimited comic this week, Strong Guy gets in on the action in Secret X-Men and then we’ve got the mother of all team-ups!
Comic Book of the Week goes to Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY for bringing together some of my favorite obscure characters for a delightful comic! I’m so glad my obscure favorites aren’t being needlessly murdered for once! Let’s here it for Hornet and the Slingers!
Meanwhile, I’ll have a review up next week on the first season of The Book of Boba Fett. Pretty underwhelming, if you ask me, but otherwise fine. Then the week after, I want to do a review of the first season of Peacemaker, because that show is amazing! Why couldn’t James Gunn have made a Boba Fett TV show? Oh well. In other news, I’m enjoying Pokemon Legends: Arceus just fine.
Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY, Batgirls #3, Mighty Morphin #16, Robins #5 and Secret X-Men #1.Read the rest of this entry
The Slingers Are Coming Back and All My Dreams Are Real
Today is a good day in the world of comics. The Slingers are coming back. Who are the Slingers? They’re some of my all-time favorite obscure comic book characters, from a truly delightful comic I read and loved in the 1990s. They were a quartet of teen heroes using costumed identities developed by Spider-Man during the Identity Crisis storyline. It’s not worth getting into. They were just a team of cool superheroes who had a very short-lived comic back when I was just getting into comics, and then they largely faded into obscurity, only popping up here and there in random cameo appearances throughout the years.
Well now they’re coming back for another such cameo in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man as part of the current Spider-Man Beyond storyline.
I’m very excited. It’s going to happen in the new year, and I’m enjoying the new Amazing Spider-Man storyline. This should be a lot of fun. We don’t yet know the identities of the Slingers that will appear. One assumes they will be themselves…except for one very, very important distinction.
Hobie Brown is going to be the new Hornet.
I know, I’m excited too.
This has actually been in the works for a while now, but I haven’t done an article on it for some reason. Now is my chance.
So in the original Identity Crisis storyline, Peter Parker turned to his old friend Hobie Brown — a.k.a. The Prowler — to make him a new costumed superhero suit. Hobie designed the Hornet outfit. Then when the Slingers got together and had their own comic, new hero Eddie McDonough took on the Hornet identity. He was my favorite of the crew…which, of course, is why he was later killed off in one of their random cameo appearances. Sigh.
Anyway, the Slingers came back before as part of Peter David’s Ben Reilly comic a couple of years ago. In a really strange bit of storytelling, the new Hornet in this story was actually Cyber, that classic Wolveirne villain with the Adamantium arms. Weird, right? Of all the secret identities of the new Hornet, PAD went with Cyber?!
After that whole storyline came to an end, the Slingers went silent for a while…until that big King in Black storyline with Knull and Venom. In one of the many spin-off comics, it was revealed that Hobie Brown took up the Hornet identity!
And this Hobie Brown version of the Hornet is going to be the one joining the Slingers in this upcoming Spider-Man Beyond storyline. I think that’s really cool!
I love Hobie Brown, I love Hornet, I love the Slingers; for once in my comic book-loving life, characters and concepts I like are actually coming together to create something awesome instead of just getting killed or whatever usually happens to characters I like.
Of course, I will point out that it’s a little disappointing that Hobie isn’t still the Prowler. Not too long ago, Marvel actually had two active Prowlers in their comics, both Hobie and then Ultimate Prowler, Aaron Davis. I can see why Marvel would want Aaron Davis to be their one and only Prowler, since he’s been the Prowler in movies and is far more well known by general audiences. But…SPOILERS…Aaron Davis is dead. He was killed in a recently Miles Morales comic. So there’s no conflict if Hobie wanted to keep being the Prowler in the comics.
But that’s just me. I’m very excited to see the Slingers come back. I’m very excited to put Hobie Brown and Hornet to good use. And I can’t wait to read these new comics next year!
I’m Glad I Wasn’t Drinking Anything When I Found Out the Slingers Were Returning
Because there would have been spit-takes for days!
Holy heck, you guys! The Slingers are returning to Marvel Comics in September! What a neat idea! I’m a Slingers fan from way back in the ’90s, when they were actually around. And I’ve patiently followed the individual characters’ exploits in the decade since their comic was cancelled. Did you know Prodigy was the first superhuman arrested under the Superhuman Registration Act in the first Civil War? Yep!
Anyway, writer Peter David, himself a fan of the 90s, is bringing the Slingers back in the pages of his pro-90s comic, Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider!
According to the issue solicitation, which came out today, there’s someone going around in costume as a new Hornet in Las Vegas (the original died). The Slingers head to Vegas to get to the bottom of it, with Scarlet Spider caught in the middle. How many Slingers are even still around? Prodigy and Ricochet are still active, but is Dusk? I think so…
Anyway, I think it’s super neat that Peter David is going to bring them out of the mothballs for a comic book adventure! I only hope he doesn’t kill them all over the course of the story, or turn them into villains. It still stings what happened to Phil Urich…
Spider-Verse is Coming This Fall!
The next big Spider-Man comic book event was revealed today as Spider-Verse! It’s coming this fall by regular Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, and apparently involves every single version of Spider-Man that has ever existed teaming up to take on Morlun, one of Spidey’s more recent and brutal bad guys!
That’s a sweet picture. You can click HERE to get an even bigger, better one!
Newsamara had the scoop today as Slott and a few other Marvel honchos talked about the event. It’s going to feature 1,000s of Spideys, including some that Slott’s going to make up for the event – not that there aren’t dozens upon dozens already circling the Multiverse. They’re gonna team up against some great threat, with Morlun first to the plate. I was reading Amazing Spider-Man back when Morlun first showed up, and he was definitely pretty monstrous back then, though I’m pretty sure he’s mellowed a bit since. Perhaps Slott will make him scary again.
All of this sounds reasonably cool, though not exactly something that gets me personally excited. I’ve never been one for big, cosmic Spider-Man stories, though I’m sure it’ll be a blast to see all the various alternate Spideys. That might be worth the price of admission alone.