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Welcome to a very different world, where a nuclear-powered hero's debut ushered in an age of hi-tech invention, an atomic conflagration destroyed both Cuba and Florida, and the covert organization Nightwing has eyes and ears in every home. Welcome to a very different world, where a nuclear-powered hero's debut ushered in an age of hi-tech invention, an atomic conflagration destroyed both Cuba and Florida, and the covert organization Nightwing has eyes and ears in every home.


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Welcome to a very different world, where a nuclear-powered hero's debut ushered in an age of hi-tech invention, an atomic conflagration destroyed both Cuba and Florida, and the covert organization Nightwing has eyes and ears in every home. Welcome to a very different world, where a nuclear-powered hero's debut ushered in an age of hi-tech invention, an atomic conflagration destroyed both Cuba and Florida, and the covert organization Nightwing has eyes and ears in every home.

30 review for Tangent Comics, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    execrable. so one of the definitions of "tangent" is "a completely different line of thought or action" and I suppose that's what this is. characters named "Flash" and "Green Lantern" and "Hawkman" and organizations named "Nightwing" and "Metal Men" - just a few of at least a couple dozen examples - that have literally nothing to do with their historical antecedents. literally nothing. not powers nor appearance nor history nor anything whatsoever. so what was the frickin' point of this? the brie execrable. so one of the definitions of "tangent" is "a completely different line of thought or action" and I suppose that's what this is. characters named "Flash" and "Green Lantern" and "Hawkman" and organizations named "Nightwing" and "Metal Men" - just a few of at least a couple dozen examples - that have literally nothing to do with their historical antecedents. literally nothing. not powers nor appearance nor history nor anything whatsoever. so what was the frickin' point of this? the brief bit of frisson felt at seeing an instantly recognizable name attached to a completely different person was fun while it lasted... until it happened so many times, and to such little purpose, that it began to slowly kill me. until I died. from a combination of boredom and aggravation. the worst way to go! the stupidity of these one-shots infected two of my favorite writers, James Robinson and Kurt Busiek, who turn in some of the shoddiest work I've ever seen by them. in general the writing is horribly laughable. as far as the multiple artists are concerned, for the most part their efforts are unremarkable. although I will give the usually inspiring J.H. Williams some credit: he does his best to turn the piece of trash he was handed into gold. he didn't succeed, but at least his particular piece of trash is a bit prettier than the rest of the slag heap.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zachary King

    For the most part, I liked this more than I thought I would! Reminded me a lot of Stan Lee's "Just Imagine" line of reimagined DC heroes. THE ATOM is maybe the best of the bunch. A classical Dan Jurgens yarn about a third-generation legacy hero coming to terms with the truth about his grandfather. METAL MEN is a war comic for people who don't like war comics. President Schwartz details his background in the military. GREEN LANTERN is almost a "Tales from the Crypt" episode. This earth's GL reani For the most part, I liked this more than I thought I would! Reminded me a lot of Stan Lee's "Just Imagine" line of reimagined DC heroes. THE ATOM is maybe the best of the bunch. A classical Dan Jurgens yarn about a third-generation legacy hero coming to terms with the truth about his grandfather. METAL MEN is a war comic for people who don't like war comics. President Schwartz details his background in the military. GREEN LANTERN is almost a "Tales from the Crypt" episode. This earth's GL reanimates the dead so they can finish their business. Would have liked to see her in a role other than storyteller, but the JH Williams art is irresistible. THE FLASH is a spunky lady of light, with a delightful sense of humor and some nostalgic Gary Frank art. Lastly, it's SEA DEVILS, which I didn't dig as much. Seemed a little overlong but it pulls together a pretty compelling conclusion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    good stuff wish more was coming

  4. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    DC Comics 1990's attempt at rein-visioning their characters just for fun, not for any kind of permanent change. I usually like this kind of thing, especially with what DC did under their Elseworlds line or there more current Earth One series. Here everything is so much different that what they've done before. It really isn't reinventing characters so much as it is creating whole new characters and slapping familiar names on them. Each story is a one-shot issue focused on one character or group. T DC Comics 1990's attempt at rein-visioning their characters just for fun, not for any kind of permanent change. I usually like this kind of thing, especially with what DC did under their Elseworlds line or there more current Earth One series. Here everything is so much different that what they've done before. It really isn't reinventing characters so much as it is creating whole new characters and slapping familiar names on them. Each story is a one-shot issue focused on one character or group. There is a subplot which runs through all the stories. I think that was part of the problem for me. Because these were written as one issue each, there isn't much time to get to know the characters and then it's even less when pages concerning the subplot have to be worked in. I had no interest in the Metal Men or the Sea Devils. The Atom felt more like Superman and spent too much time on back story. I'm undecided about this version of the Green Lantern, who has become more like a story telling version of the Spectre. I did enjoy the Flash, even if it was too cartoonish. I could have seen her getting a shot at her own book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Tangent comics is probably one of my favorite things to come out of DC Comics in the time that I have been reading them. It is a series that has a very unique way to reinterpret characters that were made famous throughout its long history. To see characters be so drastically different, like the version of Green Lantern that has more characteristics from Asian culture than many comic books allow. It created a new world in an interesting manner that resonated with many fans of DC Comics, which is Tangent comics is probably one of my favorite things to come out of DC Comics in the time that I have been reading them. It is a series that has a very unique way to reinterpret characters that were made famous throughout its long history. To see characters be so drastically different, like the version of Green Lantern that has more characteristics from Asian culture than many comic books allow. It created a new world in an interesting manner that resonated with many fans of DC Comics, which is why they were able to produce the later mini-series. This world was created masterfully and had such a rich history woven in that you could feel the universe in ways that DC is unable to do in their main universe. This has been a long time favorite of mine and will remain so because it is one of the stories that showcased that if you go outside of the box you can create something truly wonderful.

  6. 4 out of 5

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  7. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    I realize this was an experiment. Maybe it was just too caught up in setting things up. Maybe it was just the style of the time. Either way, this was miserable.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A fun, revisionist take on DC heroes, taking them in a decidedly Marvel direction. Fun stuff.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chad

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zak

  11. 4 out of 5

    A.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pete

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paul W.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Khedron Frank

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brannigan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alger

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark Bourne

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Morgan Sandquist

    So much potential totally squandered. The premise here is somewhat of an homage to the transition between golden ange and silver age. Several Dc heroes are reimagined; becoming completely new characters. Theoretically, if you enjoyed Elseworlds, you would enjoy this work. However, I just don't think that's the case. In my mind, it fails in two distinct ways: I. The writers are given near-complete freedom, not just writing the stories but also designing the characters. To that end, they make amateu So much potential totally squandered. The premise here is somewhat of an homage to the transition between golden ange and silver age. Several Dc heroes are reimagined; becoming completely new characters. Theoretically, if you enjoyed Elseworlds, you would enjoy this work. However, I just don't think that's the case. In my mind, it fails in two distinct ways: I. The writers are given near-complete freedom, not just writing the stories but also designing the characters. To that end, they make amateur errors. Most beginner writers are told to take an additional 20% off their stories to find the true beginning, as people tend to believe a larger amount of set-up is relevant than truly is. (That is the case in this book.) Moreover, the writing is incredibly passive and plots tend to involve a large amount of character / premise establishment, only to peter out with a muted whimper. (Green Lantern is likely the most interesting character, bringing people back to life to carry out a final task and rest their souls but the tasks themselves are of minuscule importance, totally random and uninteresting.) II. The one-note sycophantic patriotism is not only trite, it's a bit disturbing. (The Atom is created after a succession of soldiers are bombarded and murdered via radiation by the army as part of their duty. this is of course Just and Good and all-American in a quiet-background-dignity sort of way.) The entire anthology takes place against the backdrop (is foredrop a word? it should be) of wwii through the cold war and continuing through imaginary conflicts with the soviets, nazis and the charmingly referenced "japs". The 'my country, right or wrong, narrative is never questioned or made muti-dimensional despite the actions and implications involved in it. Ultimately, I wanted to love this but I ended up not even being able to like it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dovile

  27. 4 out of 5

    James Bowman

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Whitworth

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kenny Brinks

  30. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

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