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THOUGHTS AT THREE A.M.
by editor I forgot my name

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I hope you enjoyed this month's comic book quote, which was from Action #642. If you haven't read it, it's a fantastic tale in which Hal Jordan lies near death, prepared to hand over his Green Lantern ring to another individual without fear. One of those summoned, Clark Kent, urges Hal to fight for his life. Another, Deadman Boston Brand, counsels him to surrender to death. Deadman believes rather strongly that Hal should die a hero's death while he can and take his place in heaven with the other great men and women of the past.

I just bought this issue last week. Reading it for the first time now, after all that happened during Emerald Twilight, is rather creepy! It brings an all-new level of intensity to Elliot S! Maggin's story, as though Deadman knows Hal's future. Could it be that Deadman knew Hal would not get another chance at a true hero's death?

If you get a chance, pick it up. It truly is an enjoyable issue, with several different art teams contributing. My only complaint about it is the needless sexism of the "fearless" men assembled at Hal's selection. Elliot S! Maggin seems conscientious of it, which is odd since he's the writer and could easily have added a few females to the choices. Instead, he has Clark Kent make a comment about the Guardians being backwards in their thinking, which has never been the case.


As I've raided the back issue bins of my local comic shop, I also discovered the series Damage. It's an enjoyable series. Not great, but it has its moments. If your shop is having a sale, that would be a good one to pick up (especially issues 8-15). Another series that's good if you're paying less than cover price is the slow-and-uneven-but-it-has-its-moments Primal Force.
One last thing, completely off the subject of comics: my Sanyo CD player motor just gave up the ghost. One of my technically-minded friends tells me that these things usually die from two things: either a busted motor or a busted laser. If that's the case, someone out there must have one with a busted laser and a good motor, right? So, does anyone out there have a Sanyo CDP-55 motor, or know where I could find one? Just click the e-mail graphic below!

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