Almost Hidden – The Rise and Fall of Red Orion

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Almost Hidden – The Rise and Fall of Red Orion

Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted (I’d say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So every day this month I will spotlight a different cool comic book that is only available as a back issue. Here is an archive of the comic books featured so far.

I want you folks to e-mail me at with your suggestions for comics that I should feature this month. I’d like to see what you all would like to see get more attention.

Reader Tim G. wrote in to ask for, ” Walter Simonson’s Orion 7 and on.” Only the first six issues of Simonson’s run have been collected. This is a pain because #1-15 form one large storyline that I like to call “The Rise and Fall of Red Orion.”


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.

As I mentioned, only the first six of the fifteen issues is currently in a trade, but #7-15 shouldn’t set you back TOO much. And it’s well worth the money spent – Simonson is at the top of his game in this series.

Buying the issues also gives you access to all of the back-ups, including work from Frank Miller, Howard Chaykin and Jim Lee!). There are also two “fill-in” issues in the fifteen issues, but they are by John Byrne, so the quality is top notch all the way through!

This would really fit well in an over-sized trade (because you could cut out the back-ups).