Saturday, October 19, 2013

Moon Bullets

"Moon Bullets" from The Spectre vol.3 #1 (DC, 1992) by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake
The Spectre was back to his omnipotent self in the 90s series, which was a huge step up in every way. John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake, who had worked together on Firestorm, did almost the entire run of 62 issues. Despite the Spectre's near-infinite power, he was plagued by moral dilemmas and doubts about the divine motive behind his mission. Ostrander didn't shy away from uncomfortable subjects, and Mandrake was great at nightmarish retribution gags. Ostrander even brought the priest from Suicide Squad into it. Oh, and the three glow in the dark covers are pretty neat, and probably made sure readers sampled the comic early on, contributing to its success. Man, I gotta read this again some time (indeed, the entire 80s-90s Ostrander oeuvre, which all ties together somehow).

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