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Review: Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #3

Review: Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #3 cover
Cover by Jack Kirby with Neal Adams

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #3
Published by PC and © Jack Kirby and Neal Adams, March 1982

Title: “Encounters of a Savage Kind”
Synopsis: Despite grave danger, Captain Victory and his crew explore an Insecton hive, hoping to save the Earthlings within.

Writer: Jack Kirby
Penciler: Kirby
Inker: Mike Thibodeaux

Review: At this point in his career, Jack Kirby’s work can be an acquired taste. His dialogue ranges from tinny to abstract, and his concepts aren’t quite as sharp. The art here also lacks the crisp pop of his earlier Bronze-era work. But even B-list Kirby retains that special something.

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Title: Untitled
Synopsis: In her debut adventure, Ms. Mystic lets a group of poachers know that it’s not nice to hunt bald eagles.

Writer: Neal Adams
Artist: Adams

Review: While the art is nice on this Neal Adams short, the heavy-handed message makes Kirby’s story seem subtle by comparison.

Grade (for the entire issue): B

Cool factor: It’s neither man’s best work, but you can’t go too wrong with a pair of industry legends cutting loose on creator-owned work.

Notable: First appearance of Ms. Mystic.

Character quotable: “It’s too bad they’re going to get their cosmic education the hard way!” – Captain Victory, educator

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on March 19, 2009.

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