Staff Picks (February): Big Bang Universe #1

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AC Comics have always been a mix of homage to the classic heroes and heroines of yesterday with a bit of updating for today. The folks behind AC Comics are respectful to their characters, and now they're helping to reintroduce Big Bang Comics, complete with its own universe of characters that are very much an homage to the classic heroes of the Golden, Silver, and Bronze Ages.

Back in the 90s, creators Gary Carlson and Chris Ecker initially offered Big Bang Comics through Caliber Comics and then through Image Comics, putting a spin on the heroes we grew up with keeping them safe from the dark and gritty world other publishers assumed their readers wanted.

In Big Bang Universe #1, we are reintroduced to the Knight Watchman in the 48-page story “Skeletons in the Closet” with a 70s feel written by Carlson with art by Kerry Talbott. There is also a very 60s-feeling Knight Watchman story by writer Bobby Nash and artist Jeff Austin, a long time contributor to the AC Comics/Femforce universe as well. A solo Galahad story, featuring the introduction of a new Galahad, helps round out this 80-page collection of unpublished stories with two covers a traditional Knight Watchman cover and a digitally painted Galahad/Lady-in-Waiting cover only available through Diamond.

Having been a fan of the Big Bang Comics from their inception (as they offered a counter-balance to the dark and gritty heroes of the mid to late 1980s) I’m hoping this is just the start of their return. Sometimes you just need heroes that are heroes and storylines that don’t require going into debt to keep up. Sometimes straightforward is better—and when done right, it's done best. Just don’t miss Big Bang Universe #1 under AC Comics in this issue.

—Steve Leaf

Publisher: AC Comics
Item Code: FEB150901
Release Date:
4/29/15
SRP:
$9.95
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