New Reviews of Old Comics
It’s kind of amazing to think that in 1980 there was a title that had 472 issues under its belt, but Adventure Comics did. That’s a long way from when the Legion of Super-Heroes debuted within its pages. This particular issue features Starman and Plastic Man. Not surprisingly I wish it was a Legion story. Oh well.
“…And Only One Shall Survive!” is the Starman story, written by Paul Levitz (known for his Legion stories) with art work by Steve Ditko (please leave the site if you don’t know what he’s known for). This nine pager has Starman fighting some aliens looking for his (I guess) girlfriend and finding her. Then he takes off looking for someone else (an empress), which brings him to a space cluster that looks a lot like a large intestine. Since it’s near the end of the story Starman finds the empress, but the empress’ followers think she’s dead which leads them to think war is necessary. This was just OK for me and not much better.
Next up is an untitled eight page Plastic Man story by Martin Pasko with Joe Staton on art. I started reading this, quickly became bored and didn’t finish reading it so I have no idea what’s going. Moreover, I don’t care what’s going on. This is annoying because I’ve read Plastic Man in the past and I’ve liked those stories, AND he’s the reason bought this issue in the first place! Disappointment is so much more enhanced when you’re looking forward to a good comic and wind up being bored into apathy..
In the interest of full disclosure, I read this issue months ago and I’ve been avoiding writing the review because it’s just so damned blah. I even tried re-reading it before I started this, but couldn’t bring myself to do more than flip through it. I certainly don’t love it, but I don’t care enough to make fun of it either. It’s just there. Quite frankly I’m tired of seeing this comic every time I go through my stack of to-be-reviewed comics, and that’s the only reason I’m writing about it. I’ve since seen a few other Adventure Comics with Starman and Plastic Man in the bargain bins, and I’ve quickly passed them by. Maybe this is one of the reasons DC eventually stopped publishing Adventure Comics; lack of interest. Someone pass the pillow.