POWER COMICS

THE T-BIRD CHRONICLES #1 (1986)
PUBLISHER: M.E. COMICS
STORY & ART: PIERRE R. MCNEIL
B/W
COVER 4.5/5
ART 4.5/5
STORY 4/5
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Unshaven and unstoppable, Thomas Bird is “the head of a one-man super security agency.” His futuristic computer The Mother Chamber aids him on his adventures, as he whizzes around Atlanta suburb Silver City in his modified classic T-Bird. Strapped to his side is the Ultra-Sonic Bren Liberator, “a gun that won’t kill.” Dang. Anyway, at the nuclear energy plant across town, Dr. Leornodis Von Crock mixes steroids and cocaine in the core reactor, creating a monster narcotic named The Bad Thing. Bird intervenes to bar the shipment from hitting the streets, and ends up in a pulse-pounding non-lethal shoot-out. In a fit of panic, Von Crock ingests a tremendous quantity of the drug and becomes “atomicized, super steroidized!” It’s a race against the clock before the reactor explodes! Can T. Bird get back to his trusty T-Bird before… wait a minute! His name is like what his car is called too! Hey!! -ZC

ULTRA FICTION #1 (1987)
PUBLISHER: PERETTI PRODUCTIONS
STORY & ART BY: MEL & SALVATORE PERETTI
COVER 4.5/5
ART 4/5
STORY 4/5
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A deeply home-cooked anthology showcasing the wildly unique talents of the mysterious Peretti family. The first story, Daydreamers, explores the chronicle of an indestructible sword called Mankiller. A young warrior from the magical medieval land of Utope is assaulted by the henchmen of evil three-eyed Oculus Treis. Our hero awakens thousands of years later as a human vigilante in a mechanized society. He’s confronted by a robot guard that says: “No personal aloud out after curfew!” Someone hand that android a goddamn dictionary. Next up is a nine page adventure starring the Cosmic Force of America Team, a group of four firemen who are transformed into elemental superheroes by a space beam: “Maybe the Air Force can help us if we turn ourselfs in!” Last is All American, in which a pinstriped crimefighter beats two thugs into a coma: “Whoe! Cool it man!” The back cover promises that issue # 2 will be on sale the last week of September. But which September?! We’re waiting!! -ZC

BANYON OF THE HIGH FORTRESS
ISSUE: #1
YEAR: 1988
PUBLISHER: MILLER PUBLISHING COMPANY
STORY BY: BILL W. MILLER
ART BY: BILL HOLLOWAY
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COVER 4.5/5
ART 3.5/5
STORY 3/5
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Fearless medieval warrior Banyon decides that his kingdom The High Fortress should remain devoid of magic, as the power it provides will only spell man’s ultimate ruination. This revelation of course upsets the local hexcasters, as well as a “dawn demon” which has just been banished from its own dark dimension. Banyon sets off on a mission to eliminate all supernatural practices, and will face powerful enemies and vengeful beasts. NOTE: This comic book isn’t really a comic book at all, but rather a periodical illustrated fantasy novel. There is art — and it is sequential — so this does rightfully qualify as a Power Comic, but do be aware that 80% of the content is type-written text, i.e.”I am glad you are a no-nonsense sorceress!” -ZC

ADAM & EVE A.D
ISSUE: #1
YEAR: 1985
PUBLISHER: BAM PRODUCTIONS
STORY: BILL MURRAY, ART BY: SHAWN SHARP & TIM ZIMMERMAN
B/W
COVER 4/5
ART 3.5/5
STORY 3.5/5
BUY: $1.75 FINE
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The earth is decimated by the follies of science and war. Eons later, the human race begins to rebuild in a sub-neanderthal state, and is aided by a race of hyper-intelligent humanoids from another galaxy who deliver advanced lifeforms Adam and Eve to assist in the reconstruction. However, progress is barred by the evil Lucifer, who manifests as a large snake with arms and then a leatherbound cyclops. Adam & Eve battle Lucifer to a standstill, discover evidence of a race of intelligent man-dogs, and eventually stumble across a giant mutant buffalo. The series — created by a Pennsylvanian named Bill Murray — would enjoy an uncommonly robust ten issue run, and is largely based on some outlandish mythology called “christianity.” -ZC

VICTIM
ISSUE: #1
YEAR: 1987
PUBLISHER: SILVER WOLF COMICS
STORY: KRISTOFFER A .SILVER, ART BY: PAUL SCHULTZ
B/W
COVER 4/5
ART 3/5
STORY 3/5
BUY: $1.75 FINE
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A rogue hero prowls the midnight skyline of San Francisco, searching out and eradicating the darkness of man. His name: VICTIM. Meanwhile, wealthy young Casey Lockley is a magnet for trouble. Every time he steps outside, he’s witness to a mugging, a police shooting or worse. But his luck may have changed, as he suddenly finds himself stalked by a beautiful, mysterious woman. Nearby, spiked mandroid Deathborg unleashes his anti-human rage in a hail of automatic bullets. Victim emerges from the fog and chaos to bring this automated murder machine to its steel knees. Can Deathborg be destroyed? How does Casey fit in? These and many other questions will be addressed in the next issue, titled “The False Egg.”

NEW BEGINNING
ISSUE: #1
YEAR: 1988
PUBLISHER: UNICORN COMICS
STORY: TERRY KALKANIAN, ART BY: BRUCE WHITE
B/W
COVER 5/5
ART 4/5
STORY 3.5/5
BUY: $1.75 FINE
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Bullied obese man named Terry devotes himself to extreme physical fitness until he becomes the perfect male specimen. Now reborn in his new masculinity, he joins the armed forces and ends up imprisoned after gunning down a fellow soldier who has gone on a blood-crazed rampage. Terry is soon released and accepted back into society, just shortly before World War III breaks out and civilization is reduced to rubble. A large portion of the story follows the bickering of ten people locked safely away from the armageddon outside. Though the content of this origin issue doesn’t exactly live up to the promise of the incredible cover, the story is told well and several wealthy caucasians are violently murdered, which is always heartening. -zc

DAMLOG
ISSUE: #1
YEAR: 1987
PUBLISHER: PYRAMID COMICS
STORY & ART: RAGNE NAESS
B/W
COVER 4.5/5
ART 4.5/5
STORY 4/5
BUY: $2.50
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A post-mutated snapshot of the alien-colonized earth, viewed through the blazing lens of lazer espionage. Damlog is an escaped government experiment who now earns his living as an “assassinator,” employing futuristic weaponry to take down amphibious military commanders and other non-human targets. Every character is hyper-overdeveloped, with their abdominal muscles, anti-gravitational breasts and strained codpieces battling for prominence in each panel. Creator Ragne Naess (whose name is possibly a clever anagram for several phrases that include the words “rage” and “ass”) has a fascinatingly claustrophobic approach to both his linework and plotting, creating a tense/dense tale of interplanetary mercenary survival. Unfortunately, this 5-issue limited series ran only one issue. -zc

MISSING LINK
ISSUE: #2
YEAR: 1987
PUBLISHER: GATOR GRAPHIX
WRITTEN BY: “DUGGINS”, ART BY: “WALES”
B/W
COVER 5/5
ART 3/5
STORY 3/5
BUY: $2.00 VF
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The year is 1999. Adolph Hitler has survived due to a bionic faceplate, and secretly rules the seas from an uncharted oil barge. He demands the death of mighty fishman Sargos, whose heroics have repeatedly decimated the fuhrer’s plans for world domination. Unfortunately, Sargos only appears in one panel of the entire story. In back-up feature “Jena,” several half-dressed fashion models must face off against airplane terrorism. Finally, corkscrew-shaped new wave lawman Mr. Digit gets wrapped up in two pages of intergalactic cowboy antics. Also!: Don’t miss the Gator Gallery pages, where we learn the origins, facts and stats of Gator Graphix’s up-and-coming stable of superheroes, including Mako (“…a self-styled mercenary who operates in the greater New Orleans area…”) and Edwin the Pelican! -ZC

DREAM WEAVER
ISSUE # 1
YEAR: 1987
PUBLISHER: ROBERT LANKFORD
STORY & ART BY: ROBERT LANKFORD
B/W
COVER 4.5/5
ART 4/5
STORY 4/5
BUY: $1.50 VG
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Wrongfully imprisoned Lance Valor agrees to take part in Project Dream Weaver, an experimental medical process that actually injects him into the sleeping subconscious of others. His first assignment is to infiltrate the brain of a man terrified by relentless visions of demonic centaurs. Lance fearlessly faces off against the hoofed beasts, though the danger is very real; any damage he sustains in his host’s mind will result in his actual death. Our hero eventually faces off against Satanic overlord Abbadon in an attempt to save a complete stranger from his own devilish nightmares. -ZC

TITLE: NEW YORK CITY OUTLAWS
ISSUE: #2
YEAR: 1985
PUBLISHER: OUTLAW COMICS
CREATOR: STEVE KAPELONIS, PENCILER & INKER: KEN LANDGRAF, WRITER: ROBERT HUSZAR
2-COLOR
COVER 4.5/5
ART 5/5
STORY 5/5
BUY: $1.50 VG
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A book-length story following the Outlaws as they strengthen their alliances while destroying wrongdoers. Much focus on mohawked black vigilante Thunderclap Jones and his wrathful hatred of nemesis Shark. This is the first and final NYCO issue to incorporate two-color printing, released in black, white and red. Thus, more blood in the combat segments, and also when a man walking a poodle gets crushed by a falling desk. 3-page back up comic about real life rock group Battalion, billed here as “New York’s No. 1 Heavy Metal Band!!! For booking, call Charlie: 982-3538.” -ZC