In their mining of Kirby’s work portfolios, creators that know the history of comics much better than I, have found some raw materials from which to forge new stories. Specifically, Alex Ross, a creator for who I have a lot of respect, has brought us Captain Victory, published by Dynamite Entertainment. Captain Victory is a reboot of Captain Victory and the Galaxy Rangers, a title originally written and drawn by Jack Kirby in the early 80s.
Captain Victory, set in distant galaxy of alien races, reads exactly like the few classics I know. There is a core hero with a conflicted background who is surrounded by a mixed bag of teammates with various talents and abilities. Their uniforms are colorful and the decisions they make, no matter how difficult they may be, are for the good of everyone, the entire galaxy. It’s a good read – I’d even say that it is exactly what I think The Big 2 should be doing in comics. But, I could be wrong but I feel like we’ve already flown through this space.
I’m the odd man out. I read a lot of recently created and published stuff so I’ve never had much time to check out what most see as the classics. In fact, I haven’t read what most everyone calls The King of Comics, Jack Kirby. Yeah, I know, I must be some kind of horrible person. But that’s not really it. I get the idea of reading one’s history, the canon, the foundation of a medium – I can understand its importance. But I’m not really interested in old books or styles, I’m just excited about what creators are doing now and what we will be doing in the future.