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The Odinson’s Maxi Series celebrating the Limited Series continues.
The Odinson’s Must Read Limited-Series: Part 4 – DC: 1980-1984
Tales of the New Teen Titans (1982) – Format: 4 issues. Plot: Each issue shines the spotlight on and tells the origin story of the then new members of the Teen Titans – Cyborg, Raven, Changeling (past and future Beast Boy), and Starfire. The Odinson’s Thoughts: In 1980, legends Marv Wolfman and George Perez launched The New Teen Titans, a seminal series that would go down as one of the single greatest comic book series in history. Original Teen Titans – Robin, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl – were joined by the Doom Patrol carryover Beast Boy and three brand new original heroes – Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire. This lineup would go on to become one of the most iconic teen super teams in history, even at one point rivaling the popularity of the X-Men.
The Phantom Zone (1982) – Format: 4 issues. Plot: Superman is trapped in the Phantom Zone while three super criminals escape and cause all sorts of havoc on Earth, even defeating the Justice League and Supergirl. The Odinson’s Thoughts: It’s pretty safe to say this mini-series was inspired by the 1980 film Superman II that starred the late, great Christopher Reeve.
Masters of the Universe (1982) – Format: 3 issues. Plot: The mighty warrior He-Man sets out to stop the evil machinations of the warlock Skeletor. The Odinson’s Thoughts: Based on the iconic 1980s toy franchise, this was a truly inspired take on the Masters mythos that featured fabulous writing and artwork and really highlighted the science fiction/fantasy aspects. NOTE: The Masters of the Universe made their first appearances in the DC multiverse in the pages of DC Comics Presents #47 and continue to pop in from time to time even to this day.
Green Arrow (1983) – Format: 4 issues. Plot: Somebody wants Green Arrow dead! Oliver Queen sets out on a globetrotting caper to discover the identity of this mysterious attacker. The Odinson’s Thoughts: No longer just the partner of Green Lantern or relegated to the back-stories of Detective Comics, Ollie really gets a chance to shine in a solo series.
Power Lords (1983) – Format: 3 issues. Plot: A man from Earth suddenly finds himself swept up in an intergalactic campaign where he finds out that he may be the key and the only one that holds the power to save the universe. The Odinson’s Thoughts: This limited series was based an obscure, short-lived toy line from the early 1980s. I had them. They were basically to Masters of the Universe what Gobots were to the Transformers. The Power Lord figure was actually pretty inspired and unique as it had a cool feature where the character’s torso would twist and transform the normal man into the Power Lord.
Ronin (1983) – Format: 6 issues. Plot: A disgraced samurai sets out to destroy the shape-shifting demon that murdered his lord. It’s a journey that will take this masterless samurai from the distant past to a Blade Runner-like future. The Odinson’s Thoughts: This is Frank Miller at his creative best. I am a little shocked Ronin has never been made into a movie. It would not surprise the Odinson at all to learn that the creators of the animated series Samurai Jack were fans of this highly underrated sci-fi adventure.
Sword of the Atom (1983) – Format: 4 issues. Plot: After finding his wife, Jean Loring, in the arms of another man, Ray Palmer shrinks away and leaves his life behind. He soon discovers an amazing new world that exists and can only be seen by those that can grow very, very small. The Odinson’s Thoughts: I actually really enjoyed this take on the Atom. Plus, Gil Kane’s amazing art didn’t hurt. This limited series led to three follow up Annual-size Sword of the Atom Specials. NOTE: Ray Palmer’s unfaithful wife would go on to play a major role in the modern day, game-changing limited series Identity Crisis.
Nathaniel Dusk: Private Investigator (1984) – Format: 4 issues. Plot: A noir murder mystery set against the backdrop of gritty 1930s New York City. The Odinson’s Thoughts: Any project that the great Gene Colan (Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula) is a part of is well worth your time and money.
Super Powers (1984) – Format: 4 issues. Plot: When Darkseid and the DCU’s most dangerous super villains team up, not even the Justice League may be able to save the day. The Odinson’s Thoughts: The New Gods and the DCU collide in this gem by industry legend Jack Kirby and it is based on the beloved toy line from the 1980s – The Super Powers Collection. Not only were the Super Powers some of my All-Time favorite toys from my childhood, but the Super Powers comics are what comic books are all about. They are bright, colorful, and filled with mind-blowing action/adventure that sparks the imagination and leaves the reader satisfied issue after issue.
Be sure to tune in next week when the Odinson presents his Must Read Limited Series: Part 5 – DC Comics: 1985-1986.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell
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