Axel-In-Charge: Navigating the "Civil War II" Landscape, Bringing DMC to Marvel
The name of DC Comics’ latest publishing initiative, National Comics, is a reference to the publisher’s long history–National Comics was the name of the publisher before becoming DC Comics. It was also the title of an anthology comic series published by Quality Comics in the 1940s, which featured characters that would eventually be purchased and absorbed into the DC Universe.
Speaking of which, one of the characters that DC bought from Quality was Kid Eternity, who debuted in Hit Comics #25 in 1942. A young boy killed 75 years before he was supposed to die, the powers that be sent him back to Earth to fight the good fight, giving him the power to summon historical and mythological figures to aid him in his mission. DC has revived the character a few different times and retconned his history–at one point he was Captain Marvel Jr.’s brother; at another point the historical figures he was summoning were revealed to be demons. Most recently Kid Eternity appeared in the pre-New 52 Teen Titans title.
This time around Kid Eternity is revived by Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner, in a one-shot that came out this past Wednesday. Is it a concept worthy of revival–and your money? Here are a few reviews from around the web to help you decide:
Stussy showed us the first wave of Marvel shirts they’re doing back in April, which used “classic” Marvel artwork. I have nothing against a John Romita Jr. Wolverine shirt, not in the least, but throwing a Stussy logo behind Logan and charging me $36 for it doesn’t get me excited.
More tempting, though, is the second wave, which features new artwork by Will Sweeney (whose Eternity shirt is seen above), David Shrigley, Bill Plympton, Gary Panter, John K., James Jarvis, Todd James, Mister Cartoon and Noah Butkus. Check them out for yourself on the Stussy site.