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Thursday, 22 October 2015
WALTER SIMONSON'S ORION COVER GALLERY - PART ONE...
No matter how many times DC COMICS have tried to revive
JACK KIRBY's NEW GODS characters, none of their attempts
at following in the King's footsteps ever lasted for long. True, there
have now been far more issues of non-Kirby Fourth World mags than
produced by their creator, but the only ones I found even remotely
interesting were JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD by JOHN
BYRNE, and ORION by WALTER SIMONSON.
It was ambitious of them to try, because, to be frank, if Jack
himself couldn't keep the magazines going, the odds were stacked
against anyone else doing it. I never found either the characters or
concepts of the original series particularly inspired, 'though there
was the occasional gem amongst the 40 issues (55 if you include
JIMMY OLSEN) that DC published in the '70s.
The recent 9-issue series of INFINITY MAN And The
FOREVER PEOPLE was immensely underwhelming (surely a
contradiction-in-terms, but you know what I mean), not helped by
the fact that certain liberties were taken with the players. DC have
messed around with their continuity too many times for readers to
know (or care) precisely who's who or what's what anymore, and
it's well-past time DC realized that the characters work better as
supporting figures than major heroes who can carry their
own titles. (Feel entirely free to disagree.)
It's likely that the nostalgic affection for Kirby comicbooks
read in their youth will ensure that some writers will continue in
their attempts to revive the Fourth World heroes in mags of their
own in the future, but I can't help but think it's that nostalgia for
a vanished age which compels them, rather than any obvious
inherent merit in the characters, as a whole, themselves.
However, John Byrne and Walter Simonson have carried the
torch higher, longer, and brighter than anyone else thus far, so
let's take a look at the first 7 covers of the latter's 25 issue series
from around 15 years ago. Another 3 parts to follow, so don't
dare miss 'em or DARKSEID will bite you on the bum!
Posted by Kid at Thursday, October 22, 2015