User Reviews Want to Learn About History

It can’t all be about fun, but who says learning can’t be interesting and relevant?  This week, User Reviews will delve into the best we can learn from our history while also talking about what good comics there were.  In this way, we can come together in much the same way the state governments of the United States agreed on a bicameral legislation at the core of the US Constitution.

Grayghost thinks some of the best issues are like Walking Dead #62, where we just spend time with the characters getting to know them.  Had we spent more time learning to live with the Native Americans instead of passing the Indian Removal Act of 1830, things might have turned out better.  Story 4 / Art 4

I like Kirkman issues where not much happens. He is very good at letting the characters evolve into what they naturally would be. All of the characters have a sort of break. Sure there is a Zombie dust up, but when isn’t there. There is just a quiet pause as we watch what happens when these people have a night when they are not on the run. A night when they are just amongst each other. No huge developments, no big speeches, just the group interacting with each other.

jstump is with me in making GI Joe Origins #4 the best book of the week.  Yet one of the best things in the history of western democracy is the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.  Story 4 / Art 5

This book was the pick of the week for me, because out of two books this week it was the first to get me to actually laugh out loud and show my friend the scene of Snake Eyes jumping out of the plane, get up, and start running. Oh wait I’m sorry the events were jump out of the plane, BOUNCE for 3-4 panels, and then start running after taking a breather on the ground for a panel.

Let’s take this brief moment to remember the firebrand Patrick Henry, who gave such a fiery and bracing speech at the Continental Congress on March 23, 1775, proclaiming loudly to one and all that it was to be unrestricted independence for him.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Ironically, Henry, from Virginia, owned many slaves.

JohnVFerrigno very much enjoyed Sherlock Holmes #2.  Did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed he was knighted mainly for his authorship of
The War in South Africa: Its Cause and Conduct, a pamplet justifying the UK’s position in the Boer War in South Africa in 1902.  Story 5 / Art 4

I thought the first issue beautifully set up the situations and with issue two, we really got into more of the meat of the story. There is obviously much more going on here than what it appears to be at first glance. The familiar characters are all handled very well, and the art is strong. The mystery is also not some second rate puzzle tacked on, it looks so far to have required real thought.

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Bedhead expressed some disappointment an the mundane offering that was Anna Mercury 2 #1 from Warren Ellis.  Disappointment would be an understatement when concerning the feelings of the men left on the beach to die during the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in 1961.  Story 3 / Art 3

Anna Mecury was perfectly fine and perfectly generic. It read like third rate Rucka, and even third rate Rucka is not bad Rucka. It’s the story of a spy (a space spy, because why not?) who gets caught behind enemy lines on a poorly defined planet. It’s told in that classic and classicly overused style of showing the action first and then giving the back story. This all would be perfectly acceptable for any other writer, but Ellis’s work is now haunted by that thumping thought as you read through another page of mediocrity— couldn’t he have put this idea away and given us another few pages of Fell or Planetary?

Did we learn anything here?  User Reviews certainly hope so.  Learn more in the rest of the reviews, and we’ll see what new information is available next week.


  1. You’re telling me you couldn’t find a shirtless Patrick Henry to compete with Estrada? For shame, Josh. 😉

    Let’s read some reviews… 

  2. i liked the constitution, but it was too laden with continuity. if you didn’t read the articles of confederation, it made no freaking sense.

  3. @TehDave – Well played.

    I am with PraxJarvin.  Give me shirtless Patrick Henry.  SERIOUSLY.  @Josh – If you dig up a shirtless Patrick Henry pic I will consider buying another $4 monthly donation for the site.

  4. I want one about the battle of Hastings!

  5. I want a shirtless Patrick Henry fighting a drunken Benjamin Franklin.

    A man can dream though…..a man can dream.

  6. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    More Mad Anthony Wayne!  

  7. Thanks for the plug!

  8. Wow, thanks guys.