Issue Tagline: An Exclusive Advance Look at Marvel's ''Epic'' Magazine! See ''Newswatch'' Shade! Steve Ditko's Weirdest Superhero! New from Marvel: She-Hulk and Disco Dazzler! Behind the Scenes at Heavy Metal! (Is the Staff as Strange as the Magazi
This issue features a wealth of comics news followed by insightful (and oftentimes inflammatory) letters; reviews of current comics; a lengthy interview with HEAVY METAL"s John Workman and Julie Simmons, followed by an evaluation of HEAVY METAL magazine; a look at Steve Ditko's short-lived SHADE THE CHANGING MAN series; an exhaustive examination of Claremont & Byrne's tenure on THE UNCANNY X-MEN; and a review of the film ALIEN.
This issue's BLOOD AND THUNDER lettercol includes letters from KURT BUSIEK, MARTIN L. GREIM, JACK C. HARRIS, FRED HEMBECK, CAROL KALISH, BOB McLEOD, GARY KWAPISZ, ROGER SLIFER, ALEX TOTH and JAMES VAN HISE among others. (JIM KORKIS and CAT YRONWODE append responses to two letters).
Synopsis: ED VIA looks back on and laments the cancelation of STEVE DITKO's unique series SHADE: THE CHANGING MAN. The article is accompanied by two beautiful illustrations of SHADE characters by DENNIS FUJITAKE paying homage to Ditko (as does Dennis' cover to this issue).
Synopsis: RICHARD HOWELL and CAROL KALISH critically analyze THE X-MEN under Claremont & Byrne over the course of this exhaustive 11-page essay, considering each character individually. Thorough and thought-provoking writing that should provide readers a new perspective and appreciation for this now iconic era of the title. Co-author RICHARD HOWELL also contributes six cartoons that accompany the essay.