Overview: Invincible #100
When Invincible touts itself as being the best superhero comic in the universe, it rarely feels like an overstatement (well, maybe just a little). For the past 100 issues, Robert Kirkman has created, introduced, and established a world with weight, substance, and genuine consequence. It’s difficult, frankly, to write about a book that has been so consistent in its quality because...
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman →
I had no idea there was a Superman musical but here it is. Running for (only!?) five days in March (20-24), it’s a part of the Encores! revival series. The series is actually responsible for the revival of the musical Chicago that’s now the longest running American musical so who knows what this could do for the man of steel. This is very cool and very exciting and I can’t wait...
Review: All New X-Men #1 and #2
Relatively speaking, I’m new to the X-Men. Of course I’m well versed in the cartoons from the 90’s, as is most of my generation, but the comics? No way. If there was ever a poster child for continuity keeping new readers at bay, then the X-Men are it. Between clones and parallel reality future children, Marvel’s merry mutants are a tough one to crack indeed. With this new title, do Bendis and...
On the subject of "fake" geek girls
Really? Like really this is a thing? Why this is even a gender issue I do not understand. Whenever any sub-culture is subjected to “mainstream” exposure, there is always the probability that people will join it simply because it is the flavor of the week or because it adds something to their “social resume” (insomuch as they have yet another hobby to make them appear...
Review: Wolverine and the X-men #17
This comic is, beyond a doubt, one of the best on-goings coming out right now. Period. Month after month Jason Aaron crafts a story that wonderfully manages to combine equal parts action, comedy and spirited character interactions all the while deftly working in the rest of the goings-on in the Marvel universe. With this issue, we get a break from AvX and the Hellfire...
Review: The Dark Knight Returns: Part One
The Dark Knight Returns is easily one of the, if not the, most important story in the entirety of the Batman mythos. If you don’t see it or don’t agree then either you haven’t read it or just don’t get it. It isn’t my favorite addition to the character (I’d probably cite Year One as that) but various iterations of Batman have repeatedly made use of the ideas Frank Miller presented in...
Review: Batman #0
There may or may not be spoilers so you may or may not be warned. (No really there probably aren’t any but better safe than sorry.) [[MORE]] Zero month continues at DC (whether you want it to or not) and, as last week proved, some of the zero issues really add a nice bit of depth to the new 52. Some, however, simply are. Though I’ve loved Snyder’s Batman run so far, this issue was just...
Quality Replicas and Props
My friend Paul has started making video game and comics inspired props and replicas for fun. He’s someone I’ve always known to be particularly crafty and handy which is something that shows in his work. Combined with his solid work ethic and enthusiasm for what he does, he is churning out some high quality, carefully constructed, pieces. He’s always looking for a new project and...
Avengers back in theatres for Labor Day weekend →
… But the question is: would I do it all again? Yes. Yes I would.
All Doop Wolverine and the X-Men
http://www.comicsbeat.com/2012/08/04/doopdate-doop-returns-for-an-all-doop-issue-of-wolverine-the-x-men-in-september/ With art by Mike Allred? Between this, next month’s Daredevil and his taking over FF, I feel spoiled. Nothing against FF but kinda wish they put him on something else. Not that it won’t, probably, be amazing but still. To the point though: this issue will complete me.
Book Review: Supergods by Grant Morrison
When I started getting back into comics, the name Grant Morrison was inescapable. Inevitably, someone would eventually have to touch upon the writer. Some would praise him for his ambition, for telling stories that fully utilized the rich and varied history of a given character, while others would deride the complexity of his story telling and how it could get wrapped up in itself,...
Preview: Daredevil #17
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/07/24/daredevil-17-preview/ I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am for this. Would have been great if Allred stuck around a bit longer but something’s better than nothing after all.
Review: The Dark Knight Rises
A short review (impressions mostly) of The Dark Knight Rises. There are spoilers so don’t read this until you’ve seen it. If/when you have, please, carry on. [[MORE]] To call The Dark Knight Rises a “highly anticipated” film seems like an understatement. There’s a fervor to cult of Batman that is palpable in the air, it creates the feeling that, somehow, you’re watching...
Review: Superman vs. The Elite
I used to hate Superman. I mean, a real eye-rolling, cringe inducing kind of dislike for the character. How could you possibly love Superman when you had other, ‘cooler’ characters to choose from? With the Batmans’, Punishers’ and Wolverines’ of the world, how could one argue for Superman’s unwavering, if unrealistic, goodness? Moreover, how could one even craft an interesting story about a...
A Quick Reflection on Race and Gender in DC Comics
While I appreciate any effort to make comics more inclusive and the determination to represent everyone (of any given race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.) in them, I still believe there is a right way to do it and a wrong way. The right way should feel organic and natural, and should create the feeling that, in spite of everything, the character was always heading towards a given...
Jack Kirby: The Man
A touching and rather sweet article by Neal Kirby, Jack Kirby’s son, talking about his memories of his father. It’s interesting to read about a legend of a man through a radically different perspective than what he’s usually shown as. Growing Up Kirby
About a year old or so at this point but boy do I wish this were a real thing. Art is spectacular (no pun intended. really… sorta?) and the writing feels very spot on. I’d love to see Marvel green light a project like this. Considering Spider-Man was age appropriate to enlist during that time, it was be a great What-If?! style story to explore. Spider-‘Nam! - Comics Alliance
night-light-wisteria-deactivate asked: What's your favorite comic right now? What do you recommend for someone new to comics? What character would you dress up as? O uO
Art and Superheroines: When Over-Sexualization... →
beeftony: This is a really good article, and I thank David Brothers for writing it. Sex isn’t the problem; it’s the fact that so many artists focus on it even when it doesn’t make sense. And that tends to make things less sexy.
Review: Batman #6
The team of Snyder and Capullo are doing some wonderful things on Batman. While I greatly enjoyed Morrison’s Batman epic, it’s nice to see the character be returned to something a bit more appropriate for him. Don’t get me wrong, time traveling Batman was a great romp but, ultimately, he’s more street level than that. While putting the character on a larger, cosmic, scale is fun, he...
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I’ve just recently started grad school so any (see: all) posts I want to do have become a fight to try and get out. hopefully I’ll get this “time management” deal under control and actually, ya know, do stuff. the moral here is: damn the man!
Review: Walking Dead #93
I love this series but come on, can something a bit more substantial kick in already? By and large, this series has been going at break neck speeds since issue one but ever since Rick and the other survivors made it to their current living arrangement, it’s been a very slow progression. I appreciate Kirkman giving us time with the characters, letting them evolve and grow, it really is, not...
Review: Justice League #5
I’m enjoying this series so far. I really am … I think. It hasn’t been bad by any stretch but, until this issue, it’s been a little hollow. As pure entertainment, it’s phenominal and really hits the mark in that respect; plenty of big action sequences and cool one liners to go around. But, ultimately, that’s all we’ve been getting. It’s slowly...
Not So Secret Origin!
My name is Gabe and I love comics. I’ve found myself increasingly into them in the past few years and, so it seems, its culminated in this: a blog. I’m no industry insider but I know what I like so I’ll be talking about it all here. I’ll mostly (90% of the time .. promise!) keep it on comics and comics related what-have-you (games, movies, awesome products) but I’ll...