It seems like the 80s are all the rage today. You have Stranger Things which is set in the 80s and Stephen King’s It which originally came out the 80s and the 2017 movie was based in that decade.
I’m not saying the Comics Misremembered.com is responsible for all this 80s nostalgia that’s been going around recently but is it a coincidence our podcast came out almost 3 year ago focusing on many 80s comics and then Stanger Things, The Goldbergs and It all came out after? Hmmmmm. Makes you wonder.
Well, we keep the 80s nostalgia going with a look at the Longshot miniseries which was produced by Marvel and published originally in 1985.
Longshot was an original character created by Ann Nocenti and Art Adams.
We really wouldn’t call this a review. It is more of a study on a comic that tried to do something more that heroes and villains. This comic was trying to expose people to much headier concepts like Existentialism, Metaphysics and Free Will vs Fate. Jon and I missed the philosophical concepts as kids but we appreciate them years later.
Jon and I also talk about Existentialism and the Metaphysics of Luck at the end of the podcast.
We had a great time misremembering everything about Longshot and getting the chance to read it again.
Today Jon and I talk about comic characters that are either Over hyped/Over saturated or under appreciated.
Starting with the Over Hyped! Over Saturated characters:
Cable – The mysterious mutant man that makes for mediocre monthly mythos. We both have a litany of problems that we have with this character and why he should not be brought back in October.
Superman – Yes, it may be a bit sacrilegious to not like Superman if you like comics but we can’t help ourselves. He may be the most boring character ever created and we will give you many reasons why this is true.
Batman and Deadpool spin-offs – Marvel and DC! Enough of these spin-off books!! We can’t take the over saturation of the excessive cashing in on these popular characters. If you keep this off – there will be a backlash in the market. The tipping point right now is Gwenpool. Really, Gwenpool!? Are you kidding me? Obviously not.
Now on to characters that are under appreciated and we would like to see more of (preferably in their own monthly titles):
Aquaman– The Superfriends cartoon made him a joke and recent comics have tried to change that. Comic fans know that Aquaman is a good character and if he was back in a monthly book, he could be a great character. Jon gushes about his man crush on Aquaman and explains why we need to have him more prominently placed in the DCU and DC You.
“I’m the reason why everyone hates Aquaman.”
Longshot (Marvel) and Firestorm (DC) – These are my 2 picks.
Longshot is a mutant alien with the powers of “luck” and he is a slave in a universe controlled by Walking Nightmares called Mojos that force him to compete on reality TV shows for their amusement. How relevant is this character today!! Give him his own series, Marvel!
“Longshot is the template for every Rob Liefeld character ever!”
Firestorm – DC character that is probably one of their most powerful characters ever created and no one knows what to do with him. Give him another chance, DC!
“Lose the flamehead and shoulder pads, Firestorm”
Give a listen to the podcast for the reasons to love and hate these characters.