Worth Another Look

Here are 3 comics/graphic novels you probably haven't thought about in awhile, if at all. But you should, because they're all really good.

  1. Days Like This by J. Torres and Scott Chantler: The story of three women (a divorcee starting her own record company, a young singer of a group like the Supremes or the Ronettes, and a songwriter who is basically Carole King) and how their blossoming music careers intertwine in the 1960s girl group era. Not as hard-hitting as it could be - topics such as racism, the trials and tribulations of the creative process, the realities of the record industry in the 1960s, and so on, are either quickly passed over or outright ignored - but those are probably best covered in another book somewhere down the road (someone get on that). This one's all about the fairy tale, and on that level, it succeeds. Pop confection in comics form.
  2. Magic Pickle by Scott Morse - The best comic about superheroic produce you'll ever read. Weapon Kosher, the titular Magic Pickle, battles the Brotherhood of Evil Produce (Phantom Carrot! The Romaine Gladiator! Chili Chili Bang Bang!) and tries to prevent a hilariously wrongheaded bank robbery at the hands of the Loco Nut. JoJo Wigman, the young girl whose bedroom just happens to have been built above Weapon Kosher's secret lab, is just trying to keep the cute boy down the street from seeing her in her footie pajamas. Antics ensue.
  3. Chronos by John Francis Moore, Paul Guinan, and Steve Leialoha - Whenever talk turns to series that should never have been cancelled, I always have two stock answers: Chase, and this book. Cam Chase still gets a lot of love, though, and has been seen off and on since her book's demise (and is now part of the Manhunter cast). Last time anyone saw Walker Gabriel, the star of Chronos, he was getting all dead-like over in JSA. Too bad. This was a good book, and the start of a great time travel story that would have traversed the entire range of the DC Universe. It was cut down far too early, though (either low sales, editorial interference, or Moore's desire to end it, depending on which account you read), and had to be brought to a quick, unsatisfactory conclusion. It could have been worse, though; at least we got a conclusion. OMAC didn't even get that, originally, and that was a Kirby book.*

*You have to love that last caption of OMAC #8, which is essentially the '70s DC equivalent of "Poochie died on the way back to his home planet."

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