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TSR Comic Spark: Forgotten Realms and Spelljammer Arrivals!

A couple weeks back, I posted about my "TSR Comics Spark 2021"; and the other day I included the Birthright issue in with my Weekly Haul: Week of January 27, 2021 post.

But now I also have the (I believe!) full run of Forgotten Realms from DC back in the day, as well as a chunk of Spelljammer…which leaves the remainder of Spelljammer as well as Dragonlance to snag!

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Forgotten Realms #s 1-9;

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Forgotten Realms #s 10-18;

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Forgotten Realms #s 19-25.

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TSR Worlds annual that apparently brought Spelljammer into things from Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance; and Spelljammer #s 1-2, 4-5, 7-8;

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Spelljammer #s 9-11, 13.


I don’t know if there are any "variant" covers in the mix with these…they certainly were never on the level as Man of Steel #1, and I believe otherwise pretttttty much pre-dated the ’90s stuff of variants, alternate editions, and "enhanced" covers or "Collector’s Edition" vs. "Newsstand Edition" crap.

But that makes it a loooot easier for me to intend to stick to this DC line of TSR comics without pursuing into the modern iterations and such.

Time will tell ultimately, though!

I’m grateful to be able to hit this large a chunk of the issues simply by ordering online. Especially if conventions aren’t likely to be much of a "thing" this year, similar to last year. Plus, I don’t know that there are any particularly-pricy issues overall; no major first-appearances or other "firsts" or "keys" in the grander scheme and TV/Movie/Streaming "optioning" or such. These may not be particularly plentiful in back-issue bins and such…but at least they’re not exactly "hot items" in general beyond smaller communities.

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Revisiting Dakkon Blackblade – A Magic: The Gathering Legend

Writer: Jerry Prosser
From a story by: Steve Conard & Jeff Gomez
Pencils: Rags Morales
Inks: Barbara Kaalberg
Letters: Bryan Dresner
Color: Atomic Paintbrush
“The Dragon War”: Jack C. Harris & Alex Glass
“Magic: The Untold STory”: Sharon Claire Mitchell
Graphic Design Edtorial Pages: Kenny Martinez
Assistant Editor: Jeof Vita
Armada Line Edtor: Jeffrey Artemis-Gomez
Published by: Armada/Acclaim Comics
Cover Price: $5.95
Cover Date: June, 1996

This is another of Armada‘s MTG projects that I’ve actually just read for the first time. I’m not sure where I got this volume–whether it was new at the time, from a bargain bin, or from a friend. Whatever the case–it’s one of the later books, and not one I’ve found to be all that common.

This issue has art by Rags Morales–something I found to be very interesting, as he’s been an artist whose stuff I’ve had an eye on since 2004’s Identity Crisis from DC. The art works really well–the issue looks like good fantasy to me. The style has something that I haven’t noticed in the other MTG books that at the same time is obviously fantasy but also looks like mainstream comic art.

The story itself doesn’t impress me all that much, as it seems to be a bit of a legend within a legend. While we learn a bit about Dakkon and how he gets his blade, and I’m not entirely sure what I did expect…this wasn’t it. The cover, I suppose, put me in mind of Dakkon being on some quest to track down/fight the Swamp King, and I just thought this would be a bit more “epic” than it proved to be. However…I got a huge kick out of learning the origin of the Carthalion line.

Given contemporary MTG comics are $4.99, for another 96-cents, this is a “prestige-format” one-shot with plenty of story pages, a notable absence of advertising, and PLENTY of “back-matter” which makes it quite worthwhile at the cover price by today’s standards. I’m not sure it would have seemed as worthwhile 15/16 years ago…but this is absolutely worthwhile if you find it for cover price or under, anywhere.

I had to force myself to read the prose story in the back–something about the larger-than-a-book pages and double-columns put me off. In the end, it was an enjoyable story, and definitely a “compressed” thing–it could easily have been a mini-series in itself if it was put out in non-prose comics format. The essay “analyzing” the various Armada comics wasn’t all that informative, though I read it all the way through without too much trouble, once finally in the mindset to read pages of text in a comic. These definitely packed a lot more time and value into the issue as I probably spent–all told–at least an hour to read everything cover to cover, which beats pretty much any other comic out there.

As said above, I’d not read this before, so no real sentimental value on this; no particular memories of when it came out and all that. It’s another MTG comic, that I enjoyed reading as I read it, had to force myself to read the prose, but generally it was a good read.

Other Revisiting Magic: The Gathering posts:

Action Comics #900 [Review]


Full review posted to cxPulp.com.

Story: 3/5
Art: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1 [Review]

Full review posted to comixtreme.com.

Story: 3.5/5
Art: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

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