Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3393:
I held off on reading the issues that Publisher Randy Reynaldo gave me at the previous Comic-Con International: San Diego, thinking that since I didn't have all the issues in order, that I should wait to read the series when I had a more complete run. So I set them aside until I could fill in the gap...
My mistake! I just read the last of the issues I received, and found that I've missed reading a really good adventures series comic book run!
The issues were #1 - 4 (published 2000 - 2001), and then issues #9 - 12 (published 2006 - 2009).
I found that even though the individual stories would keep referencing earlier issues, (like Stan Lee did back in the 1960's when first introducing other Marvel titles, as well as the title I was then reading), that each of the issues were stand alone stories.
The history of this series goes back several years. I'm not going to tell all of the storyline, but this series started in Adventure Strip Digest, a fanzine that ran for five issues in the early 1990's before making the transition to a comic-book series of the same name. The first comic book series ran for an additional four issues.
The early fanzine stories, which has since been collected into a 144 page trade paperback called the 'Rob Hanes Archives', was actually funded by a Xeric Foundation grant!
The current comic book series, (which I've read eight issues of so far), has grown to twelve total issues in print.
I found that I truly enjoyed reading the issues that I obtained, because of the 'adventure strip' background this series is based in. The comparisons to Milton Caniff's 'Terry and the Pirates' can't help but be noticed, and Randy himself shows comparisons in the Letters Pages.
Indeed, the publisher recommends it to: "...readers who enjoy classic adventure strips like Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon, Mary Perkins on Stage, and The Spirit, or the work of cartoonists with a strong, retro visual style like Alex Toth and Darwyn Cooke".
In this case, I would have to agree with the above statement! The enjoyment I received in reading these issues were on par with my enjoyment of those strips!
What's this series about? Here's just one of several promos from the publisher:
"High adventure is alive and well in the 21st century! Rob Hanes Adventures is an all-ages comic-book series about a globetrotting private eye and troubleshooter. (A fan recently aptly described it as "Tintin meets Indiana Jones!") Under the auspices of worldwide Justice International, Rob Hanes travels the world on assignment, facing adventure, intrigue and romance at every turn!"
There are several different formats that YOU can purchase from the publisher. Either in 'floppy comic book format' or in trade paperback format, (TPB). So there is a choice for those of you that prefer either of those formats more.
My review rating for this comic book series is a NEAR MINT (NM) 9.4 out of a 10.0 possible comic book grading scale.
To see more on the different formats, including the online versions, please see the following links:
WCGComics.com - the hard copy formats
RHAdventures.com - the webcomic
WCG Comics - Rob Hanes Adventures - the new Facebook Fan Page!
Again... My thanks to Randy Reynaldo for bringing his long running series to my attention! Plus my apologies for taking so long to mention it here in my Blog!
~Michael D Hamersky
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