Captain Comics's News posts – August 2009 Archive (9)

Disney Buys Marvel Comics!

It's The Mouse that roared. Not a hoax, not a dream, not an imaginary story. Disney Inc. is in the process of buying Marvel Entertainment for a reported $4 billion.

It's too early to say what this will mean -- heck, it's such big news I think my brain just short-circuited -- but some obvious questions jump to the fore.

  • This creates some obvious conflicts with other big players like Sony (which has the Spider-Man movie franchise) and Twentieth Century Fox (X-Men).…

Added by Captain Comics on August 31, 2009 at 2:30pm — 33 Comments

Reviews: Vikings, time-traveling mice and Boris Karloff

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

Aug. 25, 2009 -- I love Vikings. And the existence of Northlanders, a series from DC’s mature-reader Vertigo line, tells me I’m not alone.

Northlanders doesn’t have a continuing storyline or characters. It’s just a series of disparate stories set during the Viking era, all written by Brian Wood (DMZ) and each drawn by a different artist.

The first Northlanders story was… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on August 27, 2009 at 11:30am — 17 Comments

Iron Man: Comeuppance?

For everyone who developed a grudge against Tony Stark in "Civil War," it looks like they're getting their wish to see him humbled. Not only has he lost everything -- his company, leadership of SHIELD, the Avengers -- he's erasing his own mind so that Norman Osborn can't extract the secret IDs of every superhero on earth. In the last few issues, during the "World's Most Wanted" storyline, he's been getting dumber and dumber, as he runs from safehouse to safehouse just ahead of Osborn, going… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on August 24, 2009 at 5:30pm — 41 Comments

Maggie, Jiggs and myths about our myths

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

Aug. 18, 2009 -- Occasionally I recommend a book without pictures, and such is the case with Brian Cronin’s Was Superman a Spy? And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed! (Plume, $14).

Cronin began writing an online column in 2005 exploring the myths and legends surrounding comic books. I’ve been reading it off and on, because as a newspaperman I can say his research and sourcing are generally excellent.… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on August 20, 2009 at 2:19pm — 16 Comments

Vertigo's new crime line is arrestingly good

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

Aug. 11, 2009 -- I was working the night shift when two gorgeous lookers appeared at my desk. They looked like trouble, but as Sam Spade said, “I don’t mind a reasonable amount of trouble.”

These tomatoes weren’t dames; they were the first two graphic novels in DC’s new Vertigo Crime line. Filthy Rich and Dark Entries ($19.99 each) are roughly digest-sized, B&W hardbacks due Aug. 19 (in… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on August 13, 2009 at 1:38pm — 1 Comment

Zuda hits print with 'Bayou'

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

Aug. 4, 2009 -- If you crossed To Kill a Mockingbird with Alice in Wonderland, what you’d get is something similar to the remarkable graphic novel Bayou ($14.99).

Bayou follows Lee Wagstaff, a little black girl in 1930s Charon, Mississippi. The Magnolia State in this era is not only a land of Jim Crow and lynchings, but also one of swamp monsters and bayou fairies that only Lee… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on August 7, 2009 at 3:48pm — 9 Comments

Frankencastle: Will The Punisher be a cyborg?

A series of press releases from Marvel indicate big changes for The Punisher, changes that don't lend themselves to being undone. See if that's how you interpret these:

July 21, July 28 and Aug. 5, 2009

Punisher: Rest In Pieces

Dark Reign: The List brings the most dramatic changes ever to Punisher! Dark Wolverine… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on August 6, 2009 at 7:00pm — 13 Comments

'Strange Tales' -- again!

Here's a press release from Marvel about an upcoming Strange Tales miniseries, which raised a thought in my head:

Strange Tales Take Over The Mighty Marvel Podcast

You’ve never seen your favorite Marvel characters like this before! The Mighty Marvel Podcast ( gets quirky for its 83rd episode as Strange Tales gets the spotlight!…


Added by Captain Comics on August 2, 2009 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Madame Xanadu: Finally, an enchanting story

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

July 28, 2009 -- It’s the golden age of reprints at DC Comics. But which titles are hidden gems – and which should just remain hidden? Here are some quick picks:

* Madame Xanadu: Disenchanted ($12.99, Vertigo): I took my time getting around to the latest incarnation of DC’s mysterious, sexy, Tarot-reading, second-string magician. Because that’s all she’s every really been in her 31-year history; a…


Added by Captain Comics on August 1, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments


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