The GeeksverseFlash Back Review: Silver Streak Comics #24

Flash Back Review: Silver Streak Comics #24
Published on Thursday, November 11, 2010 by

One of my favorite types of reviews is the flash back review, where we peek inside of the back boxes and see what lay nearly forgotten and review it. However, I’m not sure if Silver Streak Comics #24 truly qualifies. Despite appearances Silver Streak Comics #24 is from December 2009. Luckily the Image logo in the corner of the comic helps identify it as a more recent creation.
Silver Streak Comics #24 is part of the Next Issue Project, a semi-regular series of one shot comics by a variety of creators. Each issue utilizes features and characters from titles published during the 1930s and 1940s. The overall oversized comic is a throwback to a bygone age. However, despite immediate assumptions the modern writers still deviate from the 1930s appropriate script from time to time. Overall this is a fun homage.

The page count, dimensions, story lengths, ads and art styles are completely retro to the golden age of comics. One of my favorite parts of flash back reviews, and dipping into the back stacks in general, are the ads. Silver Streak Comics has absolutely retro ads including a tacky tie and Charles Atlas LTD. This is the second offering of the Next Issue Project, following the Feb 2008 Fantastic Comics #24. The creators are completely fanatics about comic history. Erik Larsen spearheads this barely annual annual one shot publications.

story Erik Larsen, Paul Grist, Steve Horton, and Michael T. Gilbert
art Erik Larsen, Paul Grist, Alan Weiss, and Michael T. Gilbert
cover Erick Larsen

THE GOLDEN AGE DAREDEVIL! SILVER STREAK! CAPTAIN BATTLE! THE CLAW! Some of the greatest creations from yesterday brought back to life by some of the greatest creators of today! Back at last! Golden Age greats revived for a modern audience! THE NEXT ISSUE PROJECT is an ongoing series of comics that continues a classic canceled title! All stories are complete, self-contained and cool as all hell! All books are Golden Age sized, but these aren’t simply an homage to Golden Age comics: They’re updated classics for a new generation by modern masters!

Erik Larsen pulls golden age characters into his Savage corner of the Image Universe frequently. Daredevil and his side kicks are semi-regular Savage Dragon supporting characters. Daredevil and sidekicks are the first story in this issue. It is a funny take on the character which presumably happens sometime in the 1930s or 1940s (before the appearance in Savage Dragon).

The Silver Streak feature is fairly campy and fun. A speedster with an unoriginal chest logo speeds to the rescue faster than a local access television studio.

Another feature is fairly heavy with orientalism that would make Edward Said wince. Luckily the humor is very self aware and the stereotypical orientalism that is problematic in the golden age comics is the joke. I’m fairly certain that the second feature is set in the modern day with the golden age characters. Self awareness will probably keep it off of

The final story happens during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Captain Battle has a great patriotic character exploitation.

In true 1940s style the cross over event on the cover never happens. Each of the stories are separate in plot, setting, and time period.

Daredevil is a great character that I’m glad exists beyond this issue. I wish Captain Battle would make pop ups around the Savage Image Universe because I want to see more of the jet pack wearing star spangle hero. Like Robert Kirkman’s Marvel Max miniseries revision of Destroyer (2009), the characters of Daredevil and Captain Battle have a lot of room for modern reinterpretation.

This is a fun $3.99. Perhaps this isn’t a comic I’d want to pick up monthly, but luckily it doesn’t come out very often at all. Given the infrequency this is an easy comic to miss on the comic book shelves, however, I highly recommend digging into even the more recent back boxes. After you check it out discuss on the forum.

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