Thursday, October 30, 2008

Randomness: "Zero Month" Promotional Flyer

You'd be amazed what you can come across cleaning out all your junk from when you were a kid. Case in point, this promo piece for the "Zero Month" gimmick spinning out of Zero Hour. Judging from the card stock and the fold, I believe this was stuck between pages of a comic as an insert, but I don't remember for sure. It's really amazing to me to look at the kinds of books DC was pushing back then, everything from Deathstroke, The Hunted to R.E.B.E.L.S '94. Most bizarre to me are solo series for both Damage and Gunfire. Even more bizarre is that I liked Gunfire based on his appearance in Showcase (either '93 or '94), but had decided to go with Fate instead as the new title to read after Zero Hour -- a decision I do not regret!
I count four dead guys on the right hand side.Primal Force?  Anima?  Gunfire?!

I have more like this, so get used to this feature for a little while, nyah!


Diabolu Frank said...

That was a comic shop giveaway that also got polybagged in Wizard and/or Hero Illustrated. Possibly the Beyond Zero Hour special with the Alex Ross cover.

R.E.B.E.L.S '94 was an excellent series, by the way. Damage was okay. Gunfire and Deathstroke, not...

Luke said...

R.E.B.E.L.S. '94 was like a spinoff or L.E.G.I.O.N. wasn't it, or something along those lines? As a young teen the name always cracked me up, like, what kind of group would pick that as an acronym?

Damage's solo book recently got footnoted in the new JSoA, with Damage not being allowed to enter to the city of Atlanta because he blew up part of it in the 90s! And I want to say, didn't Gunefire die by charging his own ass with kinetic energy or something?

Diabolu Frank said...

L.E.G.I.O.N. wasn't half as silly a title as R.E.B.E.L.S., and both make Gunfire sound like Maus.

L.E.G.I.O.N. was one of the few books Alan Grant wrote that I could enjoy at all, but the series took a turn toward greatness in the demented hands of Tom Peyer during its last year. Peyer was a more logical and satisfying Mark Millar on those titles, and it was a real shame he never got the attention he deserved. R.E.B.E.L.S. lasted barely over a year, which was just about right for the story he told.

Damage was well drawn and had great support from guys like Baron Bedlam, Iron Munroe and Vandal Savage. The problem was Grant Emerson was such a tool, and it was DC's first salvo in the coming age of glacial decompression. It took seven issues just to tell his lousy origin.