Forward Into The Past

Well, this is one crowded cover: the Atomik Komix Krossover that nobody asked for. We see our heroines and a dog fleeing on a motorized trike from a giant mechanized Nazi. The art’s not bad, but the muddy, muted colors and the Photoshop lighting effects don’t exactly make it pop.Like the first Miss American cover we saw back in September, this is not the work of a female artist; it’s by Thom Zahler, another Ohioan (maybe Ohio is a “thriving hotbed of Golden Age comic book activity” after all).

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30 responses to “Forward Into The Past

  1. CRM114

    What the H is under the canopy? It looks like a mishmash of heads and faces.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    So lazy and unimaginative. Even his wildest comic book fantasies are boring.

  3. William Thompson

    Oooooh, a Nazi Transformer! This is so dumb, not even the most ardent Luftwaffe ’46 moron would buy it. And of course the icky gorls are fleeing and whining, rather than planning how to defeat der Eisenarsch.

  4. William Thompson

    Which is the new character being introduced? Wayback Wendy or Miss American?

  5. Gerard Plourde

    So are we to assume that Miss American will be a title set in World War 2? That should get a really big fan base.

    Also, what is the target audience for Wayback Wendy? A hero with a dog sidekick is usually associated with a pre middle school (up to 4th grade max) crowd. Unless TomBa is directly appropriating Mr. Peabody, which would add to the absolute stupidity of this crossover.

  6. You know, the word “terrible” should be used more often. This is just garbage.

  7. Gerard Plourde

    I also have to add this to my comment on yesterday’s thread regarding his Flash Fridays takedown of Cary Bates’ s story in Flash #245 (1976). Cary Bates was born in 1948, so he was all of 18 at the oldest when that story was published by DC. I kind of expect simplistic characters from a teenage writer who’s beginning his career.

    • Doghouse Reilly

      Actually, he was 28 (1948 + 28 = 1976). Bates did begin his comics career as a teen in the mid-’60s at DC (much like fellow writer Jim Shooter), and by 1976 he had written stories starring Superman (in “Action Comics” and “Superman”), Supergirl (in “Adventure Comics”), “Legion of Super-Heroes” and “Justice League of America,” among others.

  8. billytheskink

    Great Goggle-y Moogly!

  9. Banana Jr. 6000

    Am I to understand Miss American and Wayback Wendy are in this cover somewhere? We’ve seen them before, and they don’t look like any of these characters!

  10. Paul Jones

    This is so ugly and incoherent, it could be filed under “Comic book covers that impress me” on his blog.

    • Another pet peeve I have with Batiuk. He regularly features (non-The Flash) comics covers on his blog, in most cases without providing any context or even attribution.

  11. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    It looks like WBW is about to pull an Isadora Duncan.
    Is it just the art school drop-out in me, or would anyone else like to see explosions and flames behind the robot to separate him from that drab background (which he blends into).

    • William Thompson

      I’d rather see the explosions and flames around Chester and Rubella. I’d also rather see a cover that looks like it was drawn by an American artist during WW II. “Miss American” looks like a little girl. Whoever perpetrated this would have done a lot better to check out the “Private SNAFU” cartoons on YouTube. The art was worlds better than this garbage.

  12. Chyron HR

    Dr. Wayback Wanda never returned home.

  13. Scott J Lovrine

    What’s with the Comics Code Authority (which ended in 2011) seal appearing in the upper right corner?

  14. Count of Tower Grove

    This great! Rubella in the splash panel is Les punchable!

  15. spacemanspiff85

    It takes a special kind of clueless (or jerk) to do a storyline all about “women can make comics, too” and not actually get a female artist when you have guest art, multiple times.

  16. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    1972 – Light hearted and fun comic strip about whacky high school kids. A dorky guy who gets stuck on the rope. A stoner who plays pizza on the stereo. A paramilitary band director.

    2020 – Nonstop comicsturbation.

    Incredibly, this is what BatHack thinks his non-ironic readers want.

  17. Professor Fate

    You know i used to like comic books. Really.
    Anyway this as noted is not a good cover – it’s confused and the colors are as noted muddy. Really when you are introducing a ‘new’ character don’t you want to feature that character? So the reader can SEE the Character? Really would someone seeing that cover in the comic book store
    To be honest this flat and disappointing cover provides the perfect end note to this stupid time waste of a story arc.
    Blech.

  18. Banana Jr. 6000

    Also, why would they need to “introduce” a character who, by all accounts, has a long and well-known history in this universe? Re-introduce, maybe, but why do that in a crossover with a character for little girls? This is like Scooby Doo Meets The XFL. Who the hell is your target audience?

  19. Batgirl

    Poor decision to colour Miss American’s motorcycle the same grey as the Nazi robot. Are they fleeing the bubble-head or sitting in its lap?
    I zoomed in on the bubble, and it looks a bit as if the driver (pilot?) has a little helmet-wearing dog or other animal on his knee. I guess we’ll never learn that backstory.