ReviewTitle: “Captain Victory and His Galactic Rangers!!”
Synopsis: Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers destroy an enemy hive world – but evil Insecton survivors flee to Earth!
Writer: Jack Kirby
Inker: Mike Royer
With this debut of Captain Victory, Pacific Comics (PC for short) helped usher in the post-Bronze era. While still chronologically falling in the Bronze Age range, a new breed of titles from publishers like PC, First and Eclipse melded ground-level and mainstream sensibilities to create books for the emerging direct market. It’s fitting Jack Kirby would be one of this new age’s pioneers. The King – already a key player in the Gold, Silver and Bronze ages – serves up strong but familiar concepts here. His dialogue is starting to border on parody, but his art, though increasingly abstract, remains quite powerful.
Cool factor: Jack Kirby returns to comics to deliver a creator-owned property. How cool is that?
Second opinion: “The visual variety alone lends excitement to the book. Unfortunately, that is about the only excitement in it, and while the graphic maneuvering rescues the book from being bad comics art technically, it cannot rescue the story.” – R.C. Harvey, The Comics Journal #67, October 1981.
Notable: While there were earlier PC comics – including 1977’s The One, Captain Victory was the company’s first regularly published series. … First appearance of Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers.
“Heroes used to die only once – but in this day of identity transfer and plentiful clones, our idols can die with magnificant regularity!”An unnamed medic, restoring Captain Victory to life
CAPTAIN VICTORY AND THE GALACTIC RANGERS #1
Published by PC and © by Jack Kirby, November 1981
Cover by Jack Kirby
Collected EditionsCaptain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.
Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Feb. 3, 2009.