Doc’s Reviews for the Week of 07/15/2020

July 15, 2020 Docs Corner, Reviews


Being a huge fan of the Metal Men since the beginning (Showcase #37 – 1962) the creations of legendary writer Robert Kanigher and pencillerRoss Andru, I am always excited by their appearances. This title was no different and started off well even though it was somewhat attached to the Dark Metal narrative that DC is still humping like a dead horse. And while this issue had some interesting points (like the science facts that the Metal Animal/Men reference) but the truth is that the title is vering all over the road. Animal Metal Men? A Chemo who can talk? (For real, not his usual blooping!) And for goodness sake, Dan Didio and Shane Davis should know better, characters based on gases are not Metal Men. They would be a version of the Gas Gang (Metal Men #6 – 1963)!  Still reading but starting to feel my inner angry fanboy coming out! I give it a 7 out of 10 Grahams.




I would love to see the plotting board that Christopher Priest has to use to keep this story from becoming a huge train wreck. Using six main characters from Dynamite’s heavy hitters (Vampirella, Draculina, Pantha, Nyx, Chastity, and Lilith) this title suffers from the whiplash of bouncing from character to character trying to get plot points together to bring these six characters together. Priest has a mammoth undertaking here and so far has managed to get the ball rolling. The question becomes can he keep all these balls in the air long enough to get the main story rolloing. This is a very detailed read and not made for the casual reader. Unless, of course, your just in it for the 30 different good girl art covers. I give it a 6 out of 10 Grahams.




Thanks to everyone in releasing some Free Comic Book Day Comics for this troubled year of 2020! Normally, the first Saturday of May, I would gleefully be thumbing through the treasure trove of Free Comic Book releases while doing free sketches at a Graham Crackers Comics location for donations to the Hero Initiative. This year, I was unable to do either. So it was nice to see a little shout out to the comic readers. And who better to be greeted with than an old favorite, Captain Canuck! This next chapter in his adventures takes us to way out foreign lands and crossing over into the original series’s backup feature, Beyond! Then add in a tale featuring the revamped version of classic Golden Age hero, Captain Battle! All good stuff featuring heroes that fans of comics from the good ole days can appreciate! I give it a 9 out of 10 Grahams.