i am too eager to tackle new projects. My idea of reading every ROM issue is going along fine, but it’s leaving so many other sagas left unexplored. I have some silver age Legion of Superhero archives to get to, the second Silver Surfer Marvel masterwork, and a treasure trove of early 2000 mini-series in my syllabus. Cosmic stuff like Starlin’s Marvel Universe: The End, as well as his Thanos series where he essentially hands off the keys to the cosmic spacecruiser to Keith Giffen, who then gives them to Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, who reduce the spaceknights to errand boys during war. Oh, it is enough to make a fan’s blood boil.

Ah, but I’m not trying to talk about those. I’m trying to talk about Giffen’s assumption of Starlin’s legacy, itself an offshoot of Kirby’s return to Marel, which was itself an exagerration of the Jewish Torah through Mighty Muscle we saw during the Galactus Story, in the moment of world building in the Inhumans. These would all serve secondarily as divine and allusive meta commentary on the comic industry while also hewing

In short, it tried to do the character as ideal that earth based (and DC) superhero comics did, but elaborate on their legacy. Michael Fleisher’s Spectre wouldn’t last five pages in a Marvel comic without blabbing about his feelings, but when a similar character with the power of God arrives, say, the Ultimate Stranger, we only glimpse him through dreaded speech in panels. He only arrives when the universe is in peril. He doesn’t have time to develop unrequited love.

And it did this by going to the heavens, by opening up the imagination to psychedelic spontaneity.


It also does a pretty good job of putting the earth based characters in their place.

Ah, but again I veer towards Dr. Strange. Soon, I may have something to say about some Dr. Strange comics. For now, though, I have something to say about about a certain Phantom Stranger, from the DC Universe. Expect something substantial soon!

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