World Comic Book Review

A Deep Six’d Publication

27th May 2022

Happy 70th birthday, Phantom Stranger

Created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, DC Comics, August 1952 In a genre obsessed with origin stories, the Phantom Stranger is a complete oddity. The American publisher, DC Comics, has offered several alternatives to the character’s history, ranging from an angel who refused to take sides in the war between God and Lucifer, to … Read more

Happy 40th Birthday, Rogue

Creators: Chris Claremont and Michael Golden First appearance: Avengers Annual #10 (1981) (Marvel Comics) Marvel Comics’ mutant Rogue is a long-standing member of the X-Men, and as such, has a convoluted and sometimes contradictory fictional history set in the ongoing soap opera of that superhero team. We do not propose to navigate that particular maze: … Read more

Happy 40th birthday, All-Star Squadron

Writer: Roy Thomas Art: Rich Buckler, Jerry Ordway, Arvill Jones and others DC Comics, 1981-1987 It is hard as a fan of Roy Thomas’ grand revisionist work, All-Star Squadron, to believe that it has been 40 years since the series preview appeared in Justice League of America #193 (August 1981). The events of All-Star Squadron … Read more

Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Ten Years Later

Writer and Artist: Satoshi Kon Publishers: Comic Guys (1995-1996), Tokuma Shoten (2010), Dark Horse Comics (English translation) (2014) We have misled readers with the note in the title of this review about the tenth anniversary. Satoshi Kon’s now classic manga Opus was first serialised in the manga magazine Comic Guys from October 1995 to June 1996. However, … Read more