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Injustice vs Masters of the Universe #1

I think it generally accepted that any major inter-property crossover takes place in some alternate universe, out of the continuity of even the commonly accepted multiverse(s). Rarely has it be so blatantly alternate, as Injustice vs Masters of the Universe. So alternate that I’m not even sure what to think.

Lets split this up a bit, shall we?

On the one hand, we have Injustice. It apparently started as a video game, then spawned some comics, and I fully admit to googling that. There was a page of exposition where Batman tells Prince Adam the history of his Earth. For the casual reader, or at least a reader who doesn’t have to write a review, it was a decent enough summery. Although I still have no idea why there are two Batmans (Batmen? Batsmen?).

On the other side of the crossover, this ...

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Portal Bound #3-4

A few months ago I mentioned that one of my more recent comic discoveries is Aspen Comics. (Which is fairly embarrassing, since we often review them here at Geek-o-Rama.) This year marks their 15th anniversary and they show no sign of slowing down. So when the opportunity to review issues #0-2 of Portal Bound, I was quite excited. So much so, that I’m here with issues #3 and 4.

Portal Bound takes us into a new world, or more accurately two new worlds. One is the earth as we know it, as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy, Eli. Eli is hardly hero material, he’s quiet, nerdy, and as unassuming as a teen can get. The second is Havos. In theory, Havos and Earth are the same, like two sides of a coin...

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Usagi Yojimbo Book 32: Mysteries

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again now, and I’ll very likely say it again: I love Usagi Yojimbo. When they started putting out the Usagi Yojimbo Saga omnibus editions I was crushed. I’d been collecting the previous collections since Book 2. The Saga editions are not only longer but also a different page size, which would look terrible on my bookshelf. Happily, they’ve continued to release the older sized collections alongside the Saga editions, so here we are at Book 32: Mysteries. This volume collects issues #159 through #165, which had a lengthy break between issue #160 and issue #161.

The first two stories are self-contained and the third is a two-part story, all seemingly unconnected other than by the location, and the presence of Inspector Ishida, who was last seen a few month...

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Aquaman / Jabberjaw Special #1

Somehow the character of Jabberjaw keeps popping up in cameos for various shows since his meager 16 episode run in the mid-1970s. He’s a talking, airbreathing, shark, who plays drums for a band called the Neptunes. I honestly have no idea why this particular crossover needed to exist, and as often as not either does the book itself.

Paul Pelletier art is really good. He’s taken a 1970’s VERY cartoon shark and made him fit into a more realistic world. Dan Abnett’s writing is also very good. Aquaman doesn’t take himself too seriously, referencing several standing jokes about how the world outside of the story often sees him. I don’t know how true to the original source his Jabberjaw is, but it feels like something that would come from that era of Hanna-Barbera cartoons...

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The Flash / Speed Buggy Special #1

Speed Buggy has an interesting place in Hanna-Barbera’s history. Depending on who you talk to the show was amazing and inspirational, or repetitive and derivative. It directly recycles plots from Josie and the Pussy Cats, it’s often compared to the Scooby Doo gang (or at least the Mystery Machine), and not much more than H-B trying to ride on the popularity of Speed Racer with Herbie the Love Bug. It’s just one of the many, many, vehicles to cross the small screen.

So in this version, the Speed Buggy was created by Dr. M. Blanc, one of the original founders of S.T.A.R. Labs, to allow non-metas to access the Speed Force. Flash eventually agrees to help him test the vehicle, not because he wants to help but because he wants the scientist meddling with the Speed Force alone even less...

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