So Sayeth the Odinson: The Odinson Celebrates the Limited-Series: Part 6 – DC: 1987-1989 (1 of 2)

Greetings from the Odinson,

The Odinson’s Maxi Series celebrating the Limited Series continues.

The Odinson Celebrates the Limited-Series: Part 6 – DC: 1987-1989 (1 of 2)

Amethyst (1987)Format: 4 issues.  Plot:  20 years have passed since Amethyst gave her life to save Gemworld.  Now, the forces of Chaos have returned and they have brought the villain Mordru with them.  How can Gemworld survive when their savior is dead and gone, or is she?  The Odinson’s Thoughts:  This tale has ties with the future of the DCU and the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Centurions: Power X-Treme (1987)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: When the cyborg terrorist Doc Terror threatens the free world only one force can stand in his way – The Centurions: Power X-Treme!  The Odinson’s Thoughts:  This limited-series was based on the toys and cartoon of the same name.

Demon (1987 2nd Series)Format: 4 issues.  Plot:  When an evil force kidnaps the woman he loves, Jason Blood will have to release the monster that lives within! The Odinson’s Thoughts:  This tale was written by Matt Wagner, the creator of the cult classics Mage and Grendel.

Doc Savage (1987)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: The son of the legendary pulp hero takes up his father’s mantle and brings the exploits of the world’s first super hero into the modern era.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: A legendary hero needs a legendary creative team and this one’s got Denny O’Neil (The Question, Wonder Woman) and early Andy Kubert (X-Men, Captain America) and Adam Kurbet (Wolverine, Hulk) – two guys also following in the footsteps of a legendary father – Joe Kubert – and two guys that would go on to become legends in their own right.

Doctor Fate (1987)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: A neophyte Doctor Fate is all that stands between order and the Lords of Chaos!  The Odinson’s Thoughts: Guest-starring the Justice League and the enigmatic Phantom Stranger, this tale introduces the Post-Crisis Doctor Fate to readers and the DCU.

Phantom Stranger (1987)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: Investigating a murder in Gotham City sends the Phantom Stranger on a harrowing journey into the darkest corners of the DCU where he will learn terrible secrets that could even destroy an immortal! The Odinson’s Thoughts: This tale features some absolutely amazing artwork by Mike Mignola and P. Craig Russell.

Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters (1987)Format: 3 issues.  Plot: A plot to murder puts Oliver Queen and those he cares for in danger.  Plus, who is the mysterious assassin known as Shado, and is she friend or foe? The Odinson’s Thoughts: This tale was part of the trend in the mid to late ‘80s that let readers and fans know that comic books were not just for kids anymore.  Longbow Hunters is writer/artist Mike Grell at his best.

SHAZAM: The New Beginning (1987)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: Orphan Bill Batson’s world is forever changed when he meets a wizard.  With one word – SHAZAM! – he is transformed into the earthly avatar of Olympic might!  The Odinson’s Thoughts: Captain Marvel’s origins are reimagined for a Post-Crisis DCU.

Underworld (1987)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: Follow the cases and drama of New York City’s 8th Precinct night shift.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: From fantasy (Arak and Amethyst) to humor (Casper and Richie Rich) to even police dramas like this, artist Ernie Colon proves he can excel in any genre.

Wild Dog (1987)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: Meet DC Comics answer to Frank Castle.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: Wild Dog actually makes an appearance in the live action TV series Arrow.

World of Krypton (1987)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: 1,000 years of Krypton’s history unfolds before our eyes.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: Modern Masters John Byrne and Mike Mignola team up to pull the curtain back on the Post-Crisis history of Kal-El’s doomed world.

Batman: The Cult (1988)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: While investigating a case, the Dark Knight Detective discovers a death cult below the streets of Gotham City, a cult led by a charismatic man that may or may not be immortal, and a man that will push the Caped Crusader to his physical and mental limits, and beyond!  The Odinson’s Thoughts: The Cult is a true classic delivered by a true master of his craft – the great Jim Starlin.  Some elements from this seminal tale were even used in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.

Black Orchid (1988)Format: 3 issues.  Plot: When a woman is murdered she is reborn as a goddess and embarks on a mystical journey that will take her from the maddening walls of Arkham Asylum to the majestic Amazon rainforest.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: Yet another tantalizing yarn from Neil Gaiman and this time he includes a lot of DC toys like Poison Ivy, Swamp Thing, Lex Luthor and even Batman and the Joker make appearances.

Blackhawk (1988)Format: 3 issues.  Plot: The World War II hero Blackhawk returns to take on Nazi criminals that plan to detonate a nuclear weapon in New York City! The Odinson’s Thoughts: Howard Chaykin delivers an action/adventure aimed at a more mature audience using classic DC characters.

Cinder and Ashe (1988)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: Private investigators with jaded pasts try to find a kidnapped girl.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: Another fantastic creative team – Gerry Conway (Batman) and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Jonah Hex) – get a chance to shine in the limited series format. 

Cosmic Odyssey (1988)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: The heroes of Earth and the New Gods of New Genesis and Apokalips form an uneasy alliance to attempt to stop a cosmic threat that none of them can hope to stop alone.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: One word: Masterpiece.  In a decade that gave so much greatness this is a stand out Must Read sci-fi gem by two true masters of their craft – Jim Starlin and Mike Mignola.

The Crimson Avenger (1988)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: In the days leading up to World War II, a masked vigilante sets out to make sure the Allies don’t lose the war before it even begins.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: Making his first appearance in Detective Comics #20 the Crimson Avenger predates Batman by seven issues. 

Deadshot (1988)Format: 4 issues.  Plot: John Ostrander pulls Deadshot from the ranks of the Suicide Squad to go on a quest to save his estranged son.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: I have always thought that Deadshot was one the visually coolest looking villains in comics and he has rarely shined brighter than while under the watchful eye of writer John Ostrander. 

Flash Gordon (1988)Format: 9 issues.  Plot: Dan Jurgens has had an illustrious career on such characters as Captain America, Thor, and, of course, Superman, and in the 80s, when he wasn’t creating fan favorites like Booster Gold, he was updating sci-fi classics like Flash Gordon.  The Odinson’s Thoughts: The first time I ever met Dan Jurgens at a con as a teen, we discussed this series.

Forever People (1988)Format: 6 issues.  Plot: Jack Kirby’s Forever People return to take on hopelessness itself!  The Odinson’s Thoughts:  J.M. DeMatteis (Kraven’s Last Hunt) adds an extremely interesting retcon to the origins of the Forever People.

In the last 3 years of the 1980s DC Comics went nuclear with limited series.  There’s a lot to get through, so the Odinson actually had to split this one into 2 parts.  Be sure to tune in next week when the Odinson presents The Odinson Celebrates the Limited-Series: Part 6 – DC: 1987-1989 (2 of 2) 

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell     

NOTE: Be sure to check out my book – The Survivors: A Glen Haven Tale.  Available in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook

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I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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