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Subj: Re: Anybody read the 90s SPECTRE?
Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 at 12:48:49 pm EDT (Viewed 603 times)
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Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 at 08:54:01 pm EDT (Viewed 631 times)

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I didn't; don't recall it being popular.

Maybe it was ahead of it's time. It was a few years early before Starman and then JSA caught on to truly revive these Golden Age characters.

Anybody read it? Any good?

My brother bought the title, I read most of the issues. It was pretty good and I think it was critically well praised at the time. I don't know how well it sold but it lasted 63 issues (0-62) so it must have done well enough.

As I recall, parts of it dealt with Corrigan sort of resuming a role of police detective, solving murders by talking to the ghosts of the deceased. He also went back and explored his own murder in more detail.

Then they explored his role in Christianity with his boss being the Archangel Michael. Corrigan wrestles with the Spectre entity being a tool of violence and destruction and it is sometimes sought by evildoers to further their causes, such as when the Spear of Destiny is used to control the Spectre and make him do evil bidding.

They tried to tie into what was happening in the Eclipso comic with Eclipso being said to be the first spirit of vengeance for God who was then replaced by the Spectre. That whole Eclipso retcon, while I liked it at the time, didn't make much sense in the context of the Spectre nor with all of Eclipso's history before that as a caribbean island demon.

And then they gave Corrigan a sendoff, saying he had done enough good and finally got his final reward in Heaven. I kind of hate when they do that. These creators put such a final stamp on it that no one ever wanted to undo it. But retiring a character just takes a toy out of the box for everyone else. Then the Spectre gets passed around like a joint at a party. Let's give it to Hal Jordan, or Crispus Allen, or whomever.

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