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The Twilight Avenger Returns (Volume 2) Paperback – May 20, 2016
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Clearly based on pulp and movie serials and set in the 1930s, he is now being reprinted by Pulp 2.0 Press. The first volume reprinted the first set of issues from Elite Comics. The second volume reprints the first four issues from Eternity Comics, a black & white imprint of Malibu Comics.
Created by John Wooley and Terry Tidwell, The Twilight Avenger is really ex-college football star Reece Chambers.
When his fiancee is injured and put into a coma by gangsters, he teams up with his future father-in-law to fight back. Dr. Herth outfits Reece with a variety of items, including a gas gun that shoots both gas and gas grenades, a blinding chest light, and more. He wears a cloak, hat, and a mask with goggles that includes a gas mask.
They are joined by reporter Joan Casey, who knows their secret, but keeps it quite to get stories she can publish. She seems a potential love interest, which starts in these stories, though we also see Reece visit his comatose fiance.
Unlike the first volume, each of the four issues in The Twilight Avenger Returns have standalone stories. We have a possible zombie outbreak. Then giant vampire bats. A hypnotist goes bad. The final story is a sad story of love and revenge.
Like the first volume we get extras, including an article on The Twilight Avenger movie serial that never was.
There are four more issues from Eternity, so I'm hoping we'll see a third volume in the near future.
Most of the comic books were pretty bad, and so a very large number of titles (and publishers) came and went.
As a comic book fan I was a little more discerning about what I got, especially as I didn't have a lot of money at the time. One title I did notice, and would have liked to have gotten, was the short-lived The Twilight Avenger created by John Wooley and Terry Tidwell. It was, to me, a character clearly inspired by both pulp and movie serial heroes. And now thanks to Pulp 2.0 Press, we can once again check out this character.
The Twilight Avenger is really ex-college football star Reece Chambers. When his fiancee is injured and put into a coma by gangsters, he teams up with his future father-in-law to fight back. Dr. Herth outfits Reece with a variety of items, including a gas gun which shoots both gas and gas grenades, a blinding chest light, and more. He wears a cloak, hat, and a mask with goggles that includes a gas mask. They are soon joined by reporter Joan Casey to fight against the mysterious Centipede in the first storyline.
The first storyline saw print from Elite Comics in what was supposed to be a four-issue series. Instead they came out with two issues in 1986, with the third issue and concluding issue being more or less self-published as Miracle Comics.
After that in 1988-90, a second series was published by Eternity Comics that ran eight issues. I never got those issues, so don't know what storylines ran in that one.
The Pulp 2.0 Press edition contains the first Twilight Avenger story from Elite/Miracle. In addition is information on the creation of the character, we also get the creators' "adventures" getting him published and extra artwork. There is a short prose story, and a mock up of what a Twilight Avenger serial might have looked like, with possible actors from the movie serial era. Overall, it's a very nice collection. I do hope they will be doing a second volume to collect the rest of the Twilight Avenger material.
There are too few original pulp-inspired comic book heroes, and this one is pretty good. Check him out.
UPDATE: Pulp 2.0 Press is working on the second volume, will will reprint #1-4 of the followup series fro Eternity Comics, hopefully a third volume will reprint the remaining 4 issues.
As for the story itself; it is pure pulp-fictional joy! Just very well done all around. Tidwell is an artist's artist. No rob Liefeld-esque half-assed absurdities here. Wooley is a writer who knows and truly loves the genre he works in. In my opinion the regular series issues (there were 8 published by Eternity) were superior to the original series collected here but this TPB is astoundingly good! Itwould be worth the price just to have the entire series in one volume but this also includes some very cool pieces within.
This collection by Pulp 2.0 Press collects the entire original series (3 issues, not "4" as I have seen some on here claim) and also features some very entertaining and informative articles by Wooley. And for the first time ever the original penciled pages from the original Twilight Avenger concept are printed! Trust me that you do not want to miss out on this.