If you are looking for a modern-day comic that delivers a Golden Age feeling, then you’ll just need to get your hands on Larry Blake’s 5 Star Comics. In a comicbook world populated by mainstream sameness and Indie Wannabes, 5 Star Comics is a delightful breath of fresh air. The book delivers 36 delightful pages of material that is a Hail Mary throw-back to a simpler age of comicbook stories, when creators were interested in spinning entertaining yarns about superheroes, magicians, and pure adventure. Issue #1 contains five short stories each of which could very well have originally appeared during this medium’s Golden Age.
The stories in this issue are; Moth Man meets Mothman and Agent of Doom (Terence Hanley), Yesterday and Today (Larry Blake), Flip Falcon in the Fourth Dimension (Jordan Lowe & Gary Gibeaut) and Cave Girl (Blake, Gibeaut, & Hanley). Each of the five stories evokes a feeling of classic comics that this reviewer hasn’t had in years. Everything from the style of art to the storytelling itself evokes such an amazing feel that you wonder why other creators cannot successfully emulate this style and return to simply creating good comics.
In Moth Man meets Mothman a crazed scientist (is there any other kind?) uses magiks to open a doorway to another (more sinister dimension) to tap the arcane forces there so as to acquire power for himself. He is thwarted in this by the appearance of a daemon that unleashes a powerful prediction and the appearance of Mothman, who then tangles with the superhero Moth Man, before flying off. What makes this story work so well is that it occurs on the eve of December 7th, 1941, making the daemon’s prediction even more dire and compelling.
Yesterday and Today offers us a classic meeting of two speedsters across time and generations, no, not the meeting of Jay Garrick and Barry Allen but between Silver Streak and his great granddaughter the Missile. Amy always knew that she could run fast, then one day she discovers a trunk locked away in the attic of her parent’s home and comes to realize that she is the great granddaughter of Silver Streak, a golden Age hero from 60 years earlier. As the tale continues we flash back to her Great grandfather and lean of a battle he had with Chronos, who had constructed a time-control device that inadvertently shoots him forward in time just as it juxtaposes him with his scion. The pair eventually meet, and together defeat Chronos in the modern day, before each returning to their own times.
Agent of Doom has the Mystery girl Marvel Maid coming to the rescue of a pair of young lads who have spotted a rock ship entering Earth’s atmosphere. The ship contains a pair of ETs intent on kidnapping Albert Einstein. Thankfully they are stopped in short order by the lovely Marvel Maid. Flip Falcon has the superhero halting the mad designs of yet another off-his rocker scientist (see what we told you) who breaches the wall to the 4th dimension to secure power for himself. Rounding out the comic is Cave Girl a pre-historic tale where a shapely female protagonist rescues the kidnapped baby of a member of her tribe.
All throughout the comic, the reader is treated to the pure delights of rapidly-told tales that hit the ground running and don’t waste a single panel or line of dialogue. Each story has something to say and does it in a fashion that makes the reading of it quite enjoyable indeed. So, if you are looking for a good read, then you’ll want to check out Larry Blake’s 5 Star Comics, you’ll be glad you did (we certainly were).