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Eclipso: the series.

Actually never got around to reading this one til the other night, though I had read the Eclipso: The Darkness Within crossover when it came out and thought it was pretty sweet. Just never had the time. Boy did I miss out, because this is some pretty great Suicide Squad style stuff here. Really makes me wish Keith Giffen had been given a better shot at his run on that title. There’s even art on a couple issues by original SS artist Luke McDonnell…

The gist of the story arc is that Eclipso has taken over an entire South American country, and it’s up to his arch-nemesis and former host Bruce Gordon and his fiance to convince the heroes of the DCU to stop him. But because it’s a sovereign nation, none of the big guns or the US government will help. Which of course leads him to every one’s favorite black ops mastermind, Amanda Waller. Along the way we get the new origins for Eclipso (The Darkness Within had taken him from generic super villain to ex-God of Vengeance), which include a skirmish with Sherlock Holmes. While not an actual Suicide Squad story, it might as well be, as along with the Wall we get regular appearances by notable Squad members Major Victory, Nightshade, and Nemesis, as well as characters who appeared in the book off and on like Manhunter and Peacemaker. Meanwhile a mysterious Stranger (yes that’s a hint) is collecting the black diamonds that Eclipso uses to spread his power through out the world…

It’s seriously one long 18 issue story, which alas fails to meet a satisfying conclusion. Everything feels rushed and it wraps up with a literal deus ex machina courtesy of the Spectre. Still, the journey is a good one, and it’s cool to see Giffen work in things from Eclipso stories past like his feud with the Phantom Stranger.

Recommended.

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“Recomendations Based On Items You’ve Viewed”.

I have never read a single issue of Omega Men.

I have never searched for any issues of Omega Men, or anything even remotely related to it. I haven’t even searched for Lobo or Keith Giffen, or even done a generic science fiction search.

Yet these are eBay’s recommendations based on items I’ve viewed:

Clearly, someone is trying to tell me something.
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What’s good?

I was about to write about how this would be something on my list of “to check out” for anyone who’s been away from comics for a minute.

Then I remembered what I’m about to dive into. 

So rather, I’d like to say this is a great series for people either into comics now, or who have at some point been knee deep in comics, because the ANNIHILATION series isn’t really a starter kit to hand to your little brother.

For the casual fan, I’d say this is STILL a great read. You need to really read up to follow however. This is a definite sci-fi space adventure that while light on continuity is heavy on characters, from obscure to uber-obscure. Let’s be real – when Adam Warlock, Nova, Ronan the Accuser, and the Super Skrull are your big names, you might go over the heads of some weekend readers. (Okay, okay… this guy named the SILVER SURFER shows up for a minute too…) However I would plead that this is a well paced, nicely developed cosmic story that has a great flow – particularly the first part of this epic, the “ANNIHILATION” proper section.

 

Keith Giffen gets and deserves the credit for crafting the story the redefined the Marvel cosmic universe, and eventually passing that torch along to the creative team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, who are the architects of all things cosmic at this point it seems. 

As a long time science fiction fan on top of the whole comic obsession, Marvel has rarely done a top notch job with their journeys into space. They’ve developed some excellent characters but outside of a really solid run of Silver Surfer from Jim Starlin and Ron Lim, there has never been a concise nook for this realm in the Marvel U. Even admirable attempts such as Operation Galactic Storm, an early 90’s Avengers crossover, failed to hit the mark. I have a lot to say about the Infinity Gauntlet, War, and Crusade, but that’s for a later post. Up until here, if you wanted a solid space odyssey, you’ll have to pull out some Chris Claremont X-Men with a solid Shi’ar appearance. 

While “CONQUEST” doesn’t really have the same power as the original series, it still a worthwhile read. I felt as though the appearance of Ultron weakened the series, but at the end of the day it still worked. I mentioned the plethora of obscure characters who appear – on top of that any number of quality new characters pop up, and that’s always a fresh breath of air to long time readers.

While each of these collections will cost you over $25 off the shelf, you can save about $10 a pop by scooping them up here. Hey, while we’re at here’s ALL of the posted books for $35. Wow.

Highly recommended. Great mix of artists work on over 1500 pages of cosmic action, with a great and mutlifaceted storyline. 

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