Jul 27, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 883: Johnny Raygun Quarterly #1, 2004

https://www.comics.org/issue/956122/

As I read through today's comic, I couldn't help but think that it would make great sense if Johnny Raygun and the Raygun Agency existed in the same universe as Spacepig Hamadeus, whose adventures we looked a couple of months ago. There's the same feeling to the Raygun comics, mostly due to the pulp science fiction genre both inhabit, but also the style of art and the obviously love for old-school sci-fi comics of the 1950s.

As this issue is the beginning of what was an ongoing series, we're introduced to more characters and given more background than in the previous, inaugural issue. More Raygun agents show up to quell the threat of Moog(!), as do others who oppose the methods of the Raygun Agency. We're also given some context for this team of adventurers, given that the series is ostensibly set in the present but it seems that the world at large is not aware of the sorts of threats and challenges the agency deals with. Though today's issue seems to fly in the face of it, the agency seems to be a clandestine one, keeping ties with alien lifeforms and threats secret from the general population.

Or, at least, that's how it seems after two issues.

Unfortunately, I don't have the next five issues of this series, but I do have a couple of FCBD releases that have a bit more of Johnny's adventures. We'll have a look at those over the next couple of days. What I'll say about them now is that, unlike many FCBD offerings, these ones did their job well, at least in the case of yours truly. I'm sure that the issue we'll look at tomorrow, the 2004 FCBD comic, was the first Johnny Raygun I read, and if the price tags still on the bags for today's and yesterday's comics are any indication, I was moved to track down some more issues after reading the free one.

To be continued.

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