Cosmic Man #2

Reviewed by R. Krauss

Cosmic Man #2
Review by R. Krauss

Publisher: Jim Main
Editor/Writer: Steve Keeter
Artist/Letterer: Tony Lorenz
Cover: Scott McClung
Production: Richard Sullivan
Spring 2009, Main Enterprises
$4.45 (postage paid), $1 for PDF
Published through the Self Publisher's Association (SPA)

In the early days of comic fandom people like Jerry Bails, Richard "Grass" Green, Biljo White, and others created their own superheroes and published their own limited-edition comics.

In many ways, the second issue of Cosmic Man reminds me of that era. It's jam-packed with heroes with names like The Acrobat, The Simian, The Spy, Nightman, K'barr the Phoenix, The Raven, Sunwing, The Titan and of course Cosmic Man himself. They're all resurrected from fanzines like OM, *PPFZT!, and Spectrum, that were first published in the 70s and 80s.

Of course, the production takes advantage of today's digital workflow and the print quality is considerably improved over some of those early zines, but the spirit remains intact.

The story concerns an alien invasion that's threatening the future of our home planet. These are the same villains that previously destroyed the Cosmic Man's homeworld. As The War Begins, the superheroes of a begone era begin to appear as if drawn to each other to join forces to combat the hostile invaders. Meanwhile, an old super-villain named the High Commander, plots to join the aliens and insure their success.

Keeter's script is fast-paced and loaded with so many superpowered characters I think even he had trouble keeping track of them all. Lorenz' artwork is ambitious and complements the tone and feeling of Keeter's story perfectly. Of course, this epic is too big for a single issue so it's continued just as things start exceeding the boiling point.

If you've ever pined for fan fiction in the spirit of fandom's golden era, Cosmic Man may be just the ticket you've been waiting for.

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Reviewer Bio

R. Krauss reviews small press and mini comics on Midnight Fiction, Poopsheet Foundation and Comic Related.

Name: Richard Krauss

Been reading comics: since I started reading Marvel comics in Junior High School.

Review Bio: After several years I discovered titles like Zap and Bijou at a headshop and was seduced by the freedom and variety they offered. When the new-wave comix era sprouted from the seeds of the undergrounds, I quickly joined the ranks of other struggling cartoonists with phenomenally low print runs. After almost a decade of small press comix, I retired and made a solemn vow never to return. Several years later the Internet happened and over time many of my favorite new-wave cartoonists got online. The bug bit again and I started exploring the new crop of small press cartoonists. Today's explosion of small press comics is more exciting than any time I've ever seen.

Favorites: Papercutter, Not My Small Diary, Slam Bang, Comic Eye, stuff from Main Enterprises and Weird Muse, to name a few.


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