Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Old Guard Comic Zone is back for another round of great reading. This time around it's "The New Old Guard." You know, those old time comic shops where everyone knows the store owner and the last remaining subscriber is always bragging about being number one in town. This time around, the comic shops themselves have put together a reading schedule that will give you all the Old Guard goodness you could hope for. It starts with a bang and goes on till the end of time. Let's hope you don't miss out on this awesome series of Old Guard Comic Panel comics.
"The New Old Guard" starts with batman meeting the super villainess batwoman. Batman's past is revealed and it's revealed that he has been Batman's secret identity for quite some time now. Now he has to face the day that he has to kill batman to keep any secrets that he has kept hidden. The events of this comic series are just unbelievable. They lead off with issue #1, the first in the "New Old Guard" series where batman has to deal with an explosion at the Chemical division of Wayne Enterprises.
The chemical explosion sends batman into the past where he teams up with the future hero, The Phantom. They must defeat the evil villainess, batwoman, who has been inspired by the bat suit. The fight leads them to an impenetrable dome. The interior of this dome is where the fight happens. Issues #2 through #6 reveal the back story behind The Phantom and how he became The Phantom.
The Old Guard Comic features a team of very well known characters. Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Robin and Wonder Woman are all featured. There is a new character introduced to the team called Shreck, who has a strange, animal like appearance. He is half human, half animal and like Batman, he has a passion for justice. Two new characters are also introduced to the team; The Riddler and Catwoman.
The Riddler is like many of the characters in this type of comic. He is very smart, he plans schemes, he is a thief like character and he uses his intellect to get what he wants. He is obsessed with word games and with puzzles. He is obsessed with getting the attention of the female population of Gotham.
The Riddler's real name is Jack Openshaw. He was a child when his parents were killed in a plane crash. He was raised in the orphanage and learned early on to be a great criminal, but was sent away as a kid to live in the city like his parents. He was trained by the same men who trained Batman. He later becomes one of Batman's closest allies.
Catwoman is another crazy woman. She is crazy like a fox and she is also a very good fighter. After her husband was killed, she decided to live an easy life and thus retired to a small farmhouse. One day, her cat, a feral doggie, was found wandering the streets and she took care of him. Later on, she discovered that the cat was actually Batman.
Both of these characters make for great comic book heroines. Both are well written and draw the audience in. It is definitely a new look at the old origin. I give the writer credit because he took a character who was mostly just mentioned as an old man in a Batman comics and turned him into something new and interesting. These are two reasons why I think the Old Guard Comic Books have a bright future ahead of them.