Acquired Taste Book Club Week 3!
2019-11-15T20:00:00Z → 2019-11-22T19:59:00Z
Welcome to the Acquired Taste Book Club! This time, we’ll be looking at Charlton Comics! When DC picked up their characters in 1983, they acquired Charlton’s “Action Heroes,” including the second Blue Beetle, Judomaster, the Peacemaker, Nightshade, and our two protagonists for today: The Question and Captain Atom!
The original plan was to deploy the characters in a certain graphic novel by Alan Moore you might have heard mentioned once or twice, but DC pulled them back because Moore’s plot would render them unusable in later stories. Instead, the characters were integrated into the main DC Universe in the-
Yeah, that. And pursuant to the Crisis on Infinite Clubs, that’s just what we’ll be talking about this week.
Shortly after the Crisis, three of Charlton’s characters each got their own solo series, all written by A-list talent. Legendary Batman writer Dennis O’Neil was paired with Denys Cowan on The Question, Superman and Flash scribe for more than a decade Cary Bates teamed up with artist Pat Broderick (and was shortly thereafter joined by co-plotter Greg Weisman) on Captain Atom, and Swamp Thing creator and prolific writer and editor Len Wein worked with Paris Cullins on Blue Beetle. Not to spoil anything, but we’ll be covering the latter series in about four weeks. In the meantime, we’ll be focusing on the former two.
Reading Assignment: The Question (1986) #1-4 and Captain Atom (1986) #1-4
The Question (1986-) #1
The Question (1986-) #2
The Question (1986-) #3
The Question (1986-) #4
Captain Atom (1986-) #1
Captain Atom (1986-) #2
Captain Atom (1986-) #3
Captain Atom (1986-) #4
What do you think of the Question’s reinvention? Is the transition to his new outlook a natural one?
What was your favorite moment?
Do you like the art?
Why hasn’t anybody digitized Richard Dragon: Kung Fu Fighter yet? It’s pretty lamentable, I’ll tell you that much.
DISCUSSION CAPTAIN ATOMS:
Did anything surprise you about this series?
What do you make of General Eiling so far?
If you read The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom with the main book club a week or two back, how do you think this compares?
If you were about to have a nuke detonated underneath you, what joke would you tell?
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Next week: A storm is coming. They tell me it’ll be pretty wild. Did you see what I did there? Were you watching what I did there?