Over 20 years ago, Stan Lee reimagined the entire DC Universe.
A criminal turned nocturnal warrior for justice, a champion from the Brazilian Amazon, an intergalactic lawman, and more sprang to existence from Stan’s mind with the help of Michael Uslan.
To celebrate the legendary comic book icon’s 100th birthday, dive into 10 new adventures featuring his version of the DC Universe! Batman faces down a villainous new threat, the Choker! Green Lantern digs deep when Nekron arrives to consume the World Tree! The Justice League teams up with a familiar face in order to save the day! Shazam ventures into a top-secret facility to face off against a mind-blowing (and brain-burgling) enemy! The Flash uses her time-bending speed abilities to attempt to reverse the tragedies of her past, but may rob herself of her powers in the process! Chaos ensues when Wonder Woman becomes the editor of the National Exposer!
First Comics NewsBack in 2001, DC brought in Stan “The Man” Lee to come in and reinvent their most popular heroes so now, on what would have been Stan’s 100th birthday, DC honors the legend himself by returning to those characters that may have been forgotten until now. Right away the creative teams for this special really did a wonderful job of honoring Stan’s creations, From Michael Uslan and Lee Weeks’ Batman story to Mark Waid and Kevin Maguire teaming up for Superman to Jerry Ordway revisiting the Justice League of America, this is a special that not only brings the nostalgia factor in full effect but shows enough love and respect for the ingenuity that Stan brought to the table when he was crafting the stories for these characters many years ago. This was by far one of Stan Lee’s most well-known projects that were met with some mixed reviews but after you read this special, there’s a good chance you may find yourself going back to re-read the original stories with a huge ounce of wonder and excitement. Happy Birthday, Stan.
The Comicbook DispatchOverall, Tales From Earth-6: A Celebration of Stan Lee #1 is jam-packed with more entertaining stories than not, cluttered with some outstanding artists, legendary writers, and all for a pretty manageable price. Comic fans will definitely get more bang for their buck as the plethora of artists and writers pay tribute to the Godfather of comics… and at DC to boot. Sure, a few of the character renditions are a bit too weird. However, many were wildly fascinating and kept this reviewer quite interested from start to finish. I highly recommend giving Tales From Earth-6: A Celebration of Stan Lee #1 a fair shake, especially with some of that extra Christmas cash you got from your parents this holiday season.
Batman-NewsThese stories are all incredibly short. Most of them use their time to deliver incredibly concise and captivating combinations of solid art and writing. Personally I really like the fact that I can pick this up and immediately feel either horrified or uplifted depending on how I want to feel that day. There are definitely some weaker links in here but almost all are above average and it's always refreshing to at least see these familiar heroes be presented with a unique twist and an incredibly talented roster of writers and artists!
But Why Tho?Tales from Earth-6: A Celebration of Stan Lee #1serves as both a tribute to one of the most influential comic book creators and a peek into a DC Universe brimming with promise. Hopefully, this isn't the last we've heard of Earth-6, as I'd love to see this world's take on icons like the Teen Titans.
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Geek DadOverall, there are some good stories and fun characters in this, and it’s great to see DC paying tribute to one of the GOATs. But these versions of the characters didn’t catch on when they were released, and I can sort of see why.
Comics Nexus by Inside PulseAn entertaining read by top creators, but inconsequential in terms of the broader DC continuity it would seem. Happy birthday Stan.
ComicBook.comReaders seeking reminders of what Stan Lee contributed to comics or an enjoyable superhero anthology will be best served looking elsewhere.