Writer: Alan Moore
Artists: Kevin Nowlan (Jack B. Quick), Rick Veitch (Greyshirt), Jim Baikie (F.A.), Melinda Gebbie (Cobweb)
Colors: David Baron (Greyshirt + F.A.), Ben Dimagmaliw (Jack B. Quick), Wildstorm FX (Cobweb)
Lettering: Todd Klein
Cover date: November 1999
GREYSHIRT: How Things Work Out
A story spanning over six decades: in 1939, a man and his son move into a house owned by criminal businessman Katz, the man taking up his job as a janitor. After his father's death, the son becomes the new janitor and is finally taking revenge for the bad way Katz treated his father. At the same time, he saves Greyshirt's life.
This strip uses a fantastic stotytelling technique: each page consists of four panels representing a floor of the house. The top panel takes place in 1999, the next one in 1979, then 1959 and the bottom one in 1939. The dialogues are written in a way which makes them readable from top to bottom as well as from the left to the right. A work of genius!
JACK B. QUICK: The Unbearableness Of Being Light
Jack is thinking about the phenomenon of light and concludes that photons must be drunk. And of course they are moving at the speed of light, which is much too fast for Queerwater Creek! Together with the village's police officer, Jack arrests the photons. They are convicted and sentenced to move just at 30 mph from now on.
Surrealistic and funny - that's Jack B. Quick!
THE COBWEB: Waltztime
Cobweb is exploring an alien planet and nearly falls victim to siren-like hallucinations. Her assistant Clarice can save her last minute.
A very short (just 4 pages) and not very exciting story.
THE FIRST AMERICAN AND U.S.ANGEL: The Curse of the Reverse!
Today's super villain uses a weapon called Nostalgitator, by which he can set his surroundings back into the 'Zeitgeist' of gone decades. So F.A. and U.S.Angel are hunted through the decades, from the 1930s to the 1980s.
This time-traveling story is dealing with lots of clichees and fashion of past eras in a funny way. Even our heroes' costumes are drawn in the style of the respective decades.
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