Happy New Year, and welcome to Sequential Reaction! I’m T. Andrew Wahl, editor and publisher of this online celebration of American comic-book history. Thanks for stopping by.
As with it’s predecessor – the now-defunct Comics Bronze Age – SR’s emphasis remains squarely on the medium’s Bronze Age, a period lasting roughly from 1970 to 1985. From the loosening of the Comics Code to the rise of the comic-book store, the Bronze Age pushed the boundaries of the medium and laid the foundation for the geek-saturated culture we live in today.
In 2016, my goal is to spend more time in this bygone era, revisiting four-color friends. As such, expect a fresh review of an old comic every weekday throughout the year. A quick preview of what’s in store:
- It’ll be Mantlo Mondays, as I alternate reviewing runs of underrated writer Bill Mantlo’s sci-fi toy epics, Rom and the Micronauts.
- Tuesdays will focus on DC’s premiere Bronze Age superteams, The New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, then Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen’s The Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Wednesdays will be a potpourri, featuring single issues and short runs from a variety of publishers.
- Thursdays feature a look at two long-running auteur offerings, John Byrne’s classic stint on Fantastic Four and Mike Grell’s always-fun Warlord.
- Finally, we’ll wrap up each week with reviews of first issues and first appearances, as I stockpile future installments of my “Bronze Age Fantastic First” column for Gemstone Publishing’s Scoop e-newsletter.
As the year rolls on, the plan is to add additional goodies to the site: interviews, essays and multimedia elements. But, to get us started, I hope you’ll enjoy the walk down memory lane with SR’s daily reivews. Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think via comments, email or Twitter.