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Subj: Re: Anybody read the 90s SPECTRE?
Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 at 04:28:17 am EDT (Viewed 652 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Anybody read the 90s SPECTRE?
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 at 06:01:18 am EDT (Viewed 696 times)

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    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.

I didn't read it but it sounds interesting.

    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.

I would have liked that part. It sounds like a good premise for a TV series.

    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.

I don't think I would have liked that part. I generally dislike when Christianity is brought into the comics. The emphasis always seems to be on angels being destructive, coercive or both.

    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.

I vaguely remember Eclipso but only vaguely.

    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.

I didn't like any of that. The story of the Specter was always the story of two entities, one of whom was Jim Corrigan. Take away Jim and you take away half the reason anyone cared in the first place.

Well I was interested at first in Hal becoming the new Spectre host.

However I also knew it was a major step in getting him back as Green Lantern and undoing or repairing the damage that was Emerald Twilight.

Now THAT was a half baked story, though not as bad as the past few years of Thor

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