Sunday, August 30, 2009

Comics, or How I Indulge in a Childhood Habit 2

The New Teen Titans
Marv Wolfman and George Perez scores a hit!

There's something really kooky about the idea of sidekicks banding together and having adventures apart from their big brothers/sisters and father figures. This was how the idea of the original Teen Titans was present. Fast forward to 1980, throw in a bunch of new and edgy heroes, slightly edgy characterizations and storylines, and a fabulous creative team, and DC had a major hit in their hands. Wolfman-Perez's The New Teen Titans was DC response to to the Claremont-Byrne run on the X-Men. And boy, what a magnificent run it was! Who would not tear up with the "Who is Donna Troy?" issue, or be shocked with Terra's sociopath storyline? Wolfman and Perez had a wonderful first run on this comic, and this series remains as one of my comic reads even up to now.

The Defenders
A non-team, if such a thing is possible!

From the original quartet of Dr. Strange, Sub-Mariner, Silver Surfer, and the Hulk, this group of superheroes eventually grew into a loosely organized team of misfits. It may have been a weird concept, but somehow it worked! Personally though, I relished the idea of having the Valkyrie, Hellcat, and Moondragon in one group teehee.

The Mighty Avengers
The mother of all superhero teams in Marvel Comics!

Everyone who's anyone in the Marvel universe seems to have been a part of the Avengers at one point or another. From gods to mutants and robots to aliens - this team has it all! Nostalgic arcs for me includes the time when Patsy Walker dons the Cat's discarded costume and become Hellcat, as well as the demonic possession of the Scarlet Witch in Wundagore. I loved the relaunching of the title during the 90's with Busiek and Perez at the helm, but I hated how the Scarlet Witch character was eventually maltreated, leading to the events of M-Day. Crappy, crappy, crappy treatment to a fan (and personal) fave character. I really hope they bring her back fully restored and exonerated. In whatever case, all I can say is, "Avengers Assemble!"

The Justice League of America
The sattelite era of everybody's favorite Superfriends!

Needless to say, my love for the JLA stemmed from those Superfriends cartoons they used to show on the Saturday Fun Machine on channel 9 *wink* This is the premier team in the DC universe, with the Trinity (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) very much representative of what the team is, and what it stands for. Oh, did I mention that they had a crossover with the Avengers? Now that was one fun and gorgeous read! It was amusing to see how some of their powers got screwy as they moved from one earth to the other hehehe I do wish they'd have another crossover fast and soon!


  1. di ko yata naabutan yung panahon ng ibang storylines ng mga titles mo. ;p

  2. The only Justice League I know is the one shown on Studio 23 several years ago.

  3. re. JLA: i recently read kingdom come and LOVED IT. :) apart from the wonderful story, alex ross' art blew me away. i felt like i was watching a "frozen" movie kasi ang three-dimensional at ang cinematic ng panels.

  4. Engel: nabasa ko lang sa trades hihihihi ;)

    KG: Mas gusto ko yung justice league unlimited, kasi expanded yung cast :D

    Eni: oh yeah! after crisis on infinite earts, kingsom come is my favorite DC limited series. story is amazing and art is gorgeous :D if you like alex ross, check out his justice series, also from DC

  5. Galing talaga ni George Perez pag maramihang characters idadraw all in a page. Tapos si Alex Ross naman parang totoong mga nilalang ginuguhit niya at napiktsuran lang.

  6. Xtian: Yeah, sobrang fave ko si sa mga old school artists si Perez.

    Kasi si Ross naman, e may photos na ginagamit as reference, lalo na doon sa kingdom come. kaya very realistic ang mga fases and shots

  7. ang dami ko collections dati. Kaso binenta ko na most of my comic books nung nagkaprob ako.

  8. Xtian: weh, ako pinamigay ko lahat ng old comics ko when i was in hs.

    looking back, dapt di ko ginawa huhuhuhu