Thursday, March 4, 2010

Since when did punctuation in comic book titles become a bad thing?

Another comic book Wednesday has come and gone, but this one had with it it's fair share of chuckles with ridiculous sounding comic book titles aplenty.

Some of these may actually be good (although don't count your chickens just yet Mr. Loeb), but that's not the point. Vote in the poll for your favorite ridiculous, tongue-twisting title of the week.

What was the most ridiculous sounding comic book title of the week?

In all seriousness, what's going on over at Marvel?

Is this some secret plot by the Illuminati to confuse the hell out of us to the point that we'll buy anything as long as it's got a #1 on the cover?

Or maybe someone let the assistant editors run things this week?

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts, but that's enough fun and games for now. How about we see if the Randomizer can pick a random book for us to review that sounds even more ridiculous than these. Take it away Randomizer...

...and that book is Tangent Comics: Tales of the Green Lantern #1 from September 1998, published by DC Comics!

While it has a long title, it's not too obnoxiously crazy or ridiculous. There are, however, a couple of things that strike me as interesting with today's pick.

First off, for not owning more than 4 Green Lantern books before Geoff Johns got his hands on the character, the Green Lanterns have shown up here a bit more than I would expect them to thanks to Action Comics Weekly, and now Tangent Comics.

Secondly, this issue features multiple stories and it's surprising how many issues we've reviewed with second and third features. My back of the napkin calculations puts it at a little over 20%. I'd be shocked if 20% of my collection featured issues with multiple stories, but I may have to revisit that assumption.

As far as the actual content of the book itself, the Tangent Green Lantern is the only character from this imprint that I can still vividly recall with some clarity. Overall, Tangent Comics was an interesting concept that never seemed to amount to anything greater than the sum of its parts. With that being said, this one I remember as being the most enjoyable of the different titles that did come out under the Tangent banner.

See you in a day or two for the review and we'll see how it reads these days.


  1. Less than 10 hours to go on the poll and it's Loeb vs. Loeb in the final stretch.

  2. Wow my comment on this, another great blog... Is that you just depressed me with your statement that you owned only 4 books before GJ! While I don't have any love for Geoff Johns's work, what's more pressing is all 50 issues of Gerard Jones that are some of the best comics I own. I am still missing about five issues of the run. Plus, with Lantern, you have Emerald Dawn and MOSAIC, which is the most artful non-vertigo DC title ever produced. I can even hold most of the older GL books as better than its competitors, with more than just a little EC science fiction.

  3. It's funny, as there were two DC properties that (for whatever reason) held no fascination for me in the first two decades of my collecting, and that was Green Lantern and Flash. Coincidentally, both now helmed by Geoff Johns.

    I can't explain why, especially with Green Lantern as I was (and still am) a bit of a sci-fi nerd and you figure that would be a match made in heaven. I do remember buying the first issue of Emerald Dawn II and Mosiac when they came out, but then never following through with the rest of 'em.

    Maybe Mosaic needs to be bumped up on the ebay watch list for the future. Thanks for the tip, and for stopping by and joining the conversation.

    One of these days I'll go back-issue hunting for them, but my Superman collecting takes up most of my comic book funds these days.