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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 134

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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at issues #1-15 of Walter Simonson’s Orion series, a storyline we’ll call, for the lack of a better name, “The Rise and Fall of Red Orion”…

Enjoy!

What if I told you that there was a 15 part storyline that began with this…


had a major turning point with this…






saw things go so poorly that we saw scenes like this…


and the concluded with the following pairing up against Orion and a whole boatload of mind-controlled minions…




and the artwork and writing would be done by Walter Simonson. You would be into that, right?

As well you should be, as the first 15 issues of Simonson’s Orion sets up a brilliant look at what happens when Orion’s whole world is turned upside down and ends up succeeding where his father, Darkseid (IS he Orion’s father?), never could – but is success where Darkseid failed really something you would WANT?

I heard something once about absolute power – I hear that it might have some sort of corrupting effect. Orion would likely agree.

Only the first part of the story is in trade collections, but you should be able to pick up the individual issues without spending TOO much.

And it’s well worth the money spent – Simonson is at the top of his game (and this is not even mentioning the awesome BACK-UP stories in many of the issues, including work from Frank Miller, Howard Chaykin and Jim Lee!), and the two “fill-in” issues in the run are by John Byrne, so the quality is top notch all the way through!