Back Issues


One of the great passions of my life is comic books, superheroes, and collecting graphic novels. I grew up reading mostly Batman and Spider-Man stories but I have an affinity for characters and stories published not just by DC Comics and Marvel Comics but also the likes of Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics. Back Issues gives me a format to explore a variety of comics on a semi-consistent basis, with new articles written every other month or so (or whenever I get the urge).

When discussing comic books, I employ a simple tier-based rating system to recommend that a comic or storyline is to be coveted, read, or simply burned. While I do go into the background and development of the story, and employ no restraint on spoilers, the review is much more of a reflection on the comic’s narrative and presentation rather than judging the artwork or creative process.


Back Issues [The Punisher’s Debut]: The Amazing Spider-Man #129

Back in February 1974, Spider-Man/Peter Parker faced a new enemy in the form of Frank Castle, the Punisher, a veteran of the Vietnam War turned bloodthirsty vigilante. The Punisher separated himself from other, traditional costumed heroes by his willingness to kill and uncompromising, suicidal one-man war on crime and what better way to celebrate the … Continue reading Back Issues [The Punisher’s Debut]: The Amazing Spider-Man #129

Back Issues [Deadpool’s Debut]: The New Mutants #98

Wade W. Wilson (also known as “Deadpool”) was created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld and first appeared in The New Mutants #98 in February 1991. Though originally little more than a cold-blooded mercenary, the wise-cracking “Merc With a Mouth” went on to become one of the few comic book characters to be aware that they are comic book … Continue reading Back Issues [Deadpool’s Debut]: The New Mutants #98

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