Saturday, October 16, 2021

 

Acer Bloodgood:
Untold Tales of the New Universe: Nightmask + Tales From a Forgotten Planet

 

Marvel’s gone but not forgotten New Universe got a second life with Warren Ellis’ plans to launch a new and improved version called Newuniversal. Untold Tales of the New Universe: Nightmask ties up the loose threads from the orignal series for the new launch. Then, Tales Trom a Forgotten Planet is an anthology of short science fiction stories covering a wide range of narrative interests and styles from new publisher Narwain.

 

 

Untold Tales of the New Universe:
Nightmask

 

Marvel’s gone but not forgotten New Universe, a continuity spearheaded by former Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter during the late 1980s, got a second life with Warren Ellis’ plans to launch a new and improved version called Newuniversal. Vague early news of Ellis’ plans call for a complete revamping of the line with some attention paid to characters from the original New Universe run, including Nightmask. With plans possibly afoot for Nightmask, what better time to tie up loose narrative threads from the original series?


Nightmask ran for twelve issues before ending in 1987. For whatever reason, a major narrative shift occurred in Nightmask #5 that completely overlooked the cliffhanger ending of Nightmask #4. Nightmask fans who’ve lived in a state of narrative frustration for 19 years can now get relief because this volume effectively serves as Nightmask #4.5 by completing that broken story arc.


Nightmask, a kind of warrior of dreams, wades in to the dream world of his sister Teddy to confront the madman who killed their parents in Nightmask #1. Writer Fred Van Lente borrows heavily from dream-related pop psychology and neurophysiology to get the job done.

 

 

Tales From a Forgotten Planet


This anthology series of short science fiction stories from Narwain presents a range of narrative interests and styles.

Stories veer between the classic Twilight Zone formula to the more post-modern. Creators on the series include Bryan Talbot (The Adventures of Luther Arkwright), Amber Greenlee (Modern Tales Comics), Moreno Burattini (Sergio Bonelli Publishing) and Leo Leibelman (Savage Sword, Vampirella).

Each book is forty-six pages long with some stories in full color and others in black and white.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acer Bloodgood is the pen name of a longtime ComicBase writer acquired from a family of maple trees. There is some worry that this sobriquet is “too goth-weenie.” For the record, Acer grew up in California’s suburban sprawl and now lives in San Francisco where he whiles the nights away in dingy dive bars. He drinks whisky with seltzer and lemon.

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