Friday, April 23, 2010
Big Bang Comics
The idea behind BB was to create homages or pastiches of classic characters and present them in the style of bygone eras. Unlike The Golden Age, these weren't just stories that took place during a certain time period, presented with modern sensibilities; the writers and artists took great pains to make the stories presented therein feel like they were stories FROM those days gone by. The first three issues presented Golden Age style stories, and the results were amazing. The art styles, characters, colors, everything truly envoked those old yarns. More importantly, they reminded my angsty, teenage self of why I started reading comics to begin with- because they were fun! Big Bang was all about the fun. They didn't set out to reinvent the wheel as so many of their contemporaries at the time were attempting to do; they were just taking those wheels out for a spin, and I enjoyed the ride.
still around, though the complications of independent comic publishing makes the schedule erratic. However, they still manage to pay tribute to the greats of a bygone era- men like Will Eisner, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jack Cole, CC Beck, Otto Binder, Jerry Seigel, Joe Shuster, Joe Simon, and of course, Jack "The King" Kirby. Unlike many of the books I bought in the '90s, Big Bang still holds up. They weren't trying to be "timely" like their contemporaries and in doing so achieved a sort of timelessness.