Daily Archives: August 25, 2011

Once More With Feeling

DC Retroactive: JLA – The ’90s #1
“Apokalips No!”
Writers: Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Kevin Maguire
Colors: Rosemary Cheetham
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Editor: Jim Chadwick

“Swansong”
Writers: Giffen & DeMatteis
Pencils: Maguire
Inks: Terry Austin
Colors: Gene D’Angelo
Letters: Bob Lappan
Editor: Kevin Dooley

Cover artist: Maguire
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $4.99 US

When DC Comics first announced its plans for these DC Retroactive one-shots, I was pleased to see the published was acknowledging the skills and contributions of some of its past creators by spotlighting them once again. Of course, since then we’ve learned that these one-shots were intended in part to fill out DC’s schedule as it ramped up to its September “New 52” relaunch. Still, these nods to its past were a welcome development, and I planned on picking up several of them. After my first experience with the line — DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The ’70s #1 — my enthusiasm quickly waned. I didn’t pick up as many of the one-shots as I planned, but those I did read were more than a little disappointing. Still, as a huge fan of the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire era of the Justice League, I couldn’t resist delving back to the Retroactive line one more time.

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52 Comics, 52 Reviews

With its “New 52” line of comics, DC Comics has promised everything old is new again with its super-hero properties, so I’m turning my critical eye to all 52 first issues this fall.

I plan to review each and every one of DC’s “New 52” releases in September here on Eye on Comics. With DC’s relaunch of its entire super-hero line, its comics and some creators are going to be unknown quantities to a number of readers, both new and old. I intend these reviews to be something of a guide for those with an interest in some or even all of the titles, not just in terms of content but also in quality.

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