Author Archives: Drew Bradley

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Remembering Amalgam: “The Exciting X-Patrol”

By | Sep 21, 2020 | Reviews

Shatterstarfire! Dial H.U.S.K! Beastling! Niles Cable! X-Patrol was so popular in 1996 that it received a spin-off, “The Exciting X-Patrol”, in 1997, and it’s the next stop on our journey through Amalgam. The Mash Up Just like “X-Patrol” in wave 1, this comic pulls from a huge number of teams from both universes, but most […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: September in Comic History – Comics for Girls, Bloody Ink, Wizard, and McFarlane

By | Sep 21, 2020 | Columns

Multiversity’s history column returns with new items from 1941, 1977, 1991, and 1995. SEE! The first comic for girls. SEE! A comic printed in blood. SEE! The debut of “Wizard” magazine. SEE! Todd McFarlane made to look bad on national TV. Enjoy! September 1941 In 1941, the Parents Magazine Institute decided to take a stand […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “Challengers of the Fantastic” #1

By | Sep 14, 2020 | Reviews

The retro review journey through Amalgam continues today with “Challengers of the Fantastic”, a team teased in 1996’s “Spider Boy” and featuring a kinda-sorta sub-plot crossover with 1997’s “Spider-Boy Team Up”. The Mash Up On one side, you have the four-person team created by Jack Kirby for DC in 1957, the Challengers of the Unknown. […]

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Remembering Amalgam: Spider-Boy Team-Up

By | Sep 7, 2020 | Reviews

This review kicks off the second half our journey through Amalgam. I rather enjoyed the 1996 ”Spider-Boy” #1, so I had high hopes going into “Spider-Boy Team-Up”. It ended up being very different, but it didn’t disappoint. The Mash Up Obviously, we’re sticking with the Spider-Man and Superboy combo, but this issue introduces the Legion […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “JLX” #1

By | Aug 31, 2020 | Reviews

The journey through the Amalgam Universe hits its halfway point today with a review of “JLX”, the last book from the 1996 Amalgam event. The Mashup Any members of the X-Men and JLA that weren’t already used. The series also combined writers, as it was co-written by Mark Waid of “X-Men” and Gerard Jones of […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “Doctor Strangefate” #1

By | Aug 24, 2020 | Reviews

The summer journey through the Amalgam Universe continues today with a review of the worst selling issue from the first wave, “Dr Strangefate”. The Mashup Obviously, you get a combo of Doctor Strange and Doctor Fate. Not so obviously, you get a surprise third character mixed in on the final page when Strangefate takes off […]

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Ghost of Comics’ Past: 2000

By | Aug 24, 2020 | Columns

Multiversity’s history column returns to examine pivotal events from the year 2000. We start with a basic overview of the state of the industry before taking a closer look at Gorilla Comics, CrossGen, and Ultimate Marvel. Overview The comic industry was in recession in 2000. Total US sales for the year were a paltry $265 […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “Assassins” #1

By | Aug 17, 2020 | Reviews

The summer journey through the Amalgam Universe continues today with a review of “Assassins”. This issue tried to take advantage of the Bad Girl trend, but it ended up being a nonsensical mess. The Mashup In a twist on the normal process, the lead characters are intracompany combinations. Daredevil and Elektra are smooshed together to […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “Speed Demon”

By | Aug 3, 2020 | Reviews

The summer journey through the Amalgam Universe continues today with a review of “Speed Demon”, one of the stranger Marvel/DC combos. The Mashup Here’s the process I believe was behind this Amalgam: “Hmm. Flash is popular. Obviously, we should mix him with Marvel’s speedster, Quicksilver. We can put them in the Judgment League Avengers or […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: August in Comics History – An Early Superheroine, a Racial Slur, and Misty

By | Aug 3, 2020 | Columns

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for Multiversity’s history column. This installment will look at the first costumed superheroine, a racial misunderstanding put to good use, and an effort to make comics appeal to young girls. August 1940 I’ve been writing this column for almost two years now, and I’ve […]

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