100 All-Time Greatest Comics… Improved: Part III

We’ll have a comparatively longer update this week, but I won’t keep you long.

Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

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I’ve never quite managed to decide how I feel about the Arkham Asylum graphic novel; don’t get me wrong, it’s an interesting read, I just can’t help feeling that the acclaim it’s garnered over the years is more due to Dave McKean’s art and Gaspar Saladino’s lettering than Grant Morrison’s scripting. Morrison did some great work in the 1980’s, and there are glimmers of some really interesting concepts poking out through McKean’s moody artwork, but for me this never becomes anything more than an interesting curiosity.

The Replacement… Blazing Combat

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Blazing Combat, on the other hand, is arguably the most under-rated series of theĀ  entire Silver Age. Masterfully written by a young Archie Goodwin and drawn by legendary artists such as Al Williamson, Alex Toth and Wally Wood, Blazing Combat only lasted four issues (it fell victim to low distribution after its anti-Vietnam War stories caught the attention of wholesalers who were also members of The American Legion) but every single one of them are filled with powerful and haunting stories showing the true cost of war. Not only are these stories drawn by some of the very best in the business, but they are some of Archie Goodwin’s best scripts.

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