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Silver Streak Comics #24 (The Next Issue Project #2)

December 19, 2009

Silver Streak Comics #24/The Next Issue Project #2 (Image Comics)
By Erik Larsen, Paul Grist, Joe Keatinge, Michael T. Gilbert, Steve Horton & Alan Weiss

It’s been quite some time since we saw a book from The Next Issue Project, so if you’ve forgotten what that is, here it is in a nutshell. Erik Larsen is taking old, Golden Age comics that have fallen into the Public Domain (which means no one owns the copyright and anybody can do whatever they want with the characters) and he’s literally making the “next issue,” resurrecting the dead book and its characters. In Silver Streak Comics #24 we meet the original, Golden Age Daredevil and his teen sidekicks in battle with a real witch. The titular Silver Streak shows up in a kind of goofy televised adventure. Kelly the Cop’s page is weird — it looks like Joe Keatinge tried to mimic a printing error, making an already bleak strip a bit more surreal. Michael T. Gilbert takes one of the great Golden Age villains, the Claw, and tells a really funny story re-casting him in the 21st century, and the book ends with the sad tale of Captain Battle. I really like this idea, bringing back these old characters that have languished and gone forgotten, and while Larsen isn’t the only person playing with these characters these days, he is doing it in a very original way.
Rating: 8/10

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