It's nice to see the 1985 Longshot limited series being given the deluxe hardcover treatment. This was one of my favorite Marvel limited series when I first started collecting comics, and I still have a soft spot for the character (even though with his leathers and mullet he looks like he escaped from a Europe or Def Leppard video). It doesn't hurt that this series was the "big league" debut of Art Adams.
Longshot is better known for his membership in the Uncanny X-Men (in the late `80s), but his mutant teammates are nowhere to be found in the limited series that introduced the character. We do get guest appearances by Spider-Man, She Hulk and Doctor Strange. The series essentially dumps Longshot, an amnesiac refugee with a charming naiveté and the power of incredible luck into the Marvel Universe with a host of strange baddies on his tail. Longshot has to figure out both who he is, who's chasing him and why, not to mention the way our world works.
Writer Ann Nocenti does a terrific job here, and tells a quirky, charming story that's definitely not the typical `80s Marvel tale. Her later work on Daredevil is better known (if still underrated), and you can see some of the seeds of that in this series. It's fun, action-packed, and there's an element of social awareness that's surprisingly relevant all these years later.
And of course there's the artwork. Art Adams is one of the best artists to emerge in the `80s, and he was an undeniable influence on an entire generation of illustrators (especially the Image gang). He had this great combination of dynamic storytelling, hyper-detailed penciling and wonderfully expressive faces that obviously drew from a manga influence. And this was before his more cartoony phase. Throw in the fact that he's inked here by none other than a young Whilce Portacio and the results are even more eye-catching.
Between the fun story, amazing artwork and all the previously unseen bonus material, the Longshot hardcover collection is well worth checking out if you're a fan of the character, the `80s Marvel era, or just high quality comics in general.