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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 [Sonic Month]: Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic

Sonic the Hedgehog was first introduced to gamers worldwide on 23 June 1991 and, since then, has become not only SEGA’s most enduring and popular character but also a beloved videogame icon. Since the Blue Blur turned thirty this year, I have been dedicating every Friday to SEGA’s supersonic mascot. The Summary:Sonic the Hedgehog Story … Continue reading Back Issues [Sonic Month]: Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic

Back Issues [The Hulk’s Debut]: The Incredible Hulk #1

Since his explosive debut in 1962, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s gamma-irradiated Jade Giant has been one of their most recognisable and successful characters thanks, in large part, to the Incredible Hulk television show (1977 to 1982) catapulting the Hulk into a mainstream, pop culture icon. Hulk has been no slouch in the comics either, … Continue reading Back Issues [The Hulk’s Debut]: The Incredible Hulk #1

Back Issues [Venom’s Debut]: The Amazing Spider-Man #300

In May 1984, within The Amazing Spider-Man #252, Peter Parker/Spider-Man debuted a striking new, black costume; Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 revealed how he acquired it during the “Secret Wars” event but it wasn’t until some four years later that the true nature of the organic costume came to be known. In actuality, it … Continue reading Back Issues [Venom’s Debut]: The Amazing Spider-Man #300

Back Issues [Robin Month]: Detective Comics #38

In April of 1940, about a year after the debut of arguably their most popular character, Bruce Wayne/Batman, DC Comics debuted “the sensational find of [that year]”, Dick Grayson/Robin. Since then, Batman’s pixie-boots-wearing partner has changed outfits and a number of different characters have assumed the mantle as the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin … Continue reading Back Issues [Robin Month]: Detective Comics #38

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