I’m a big GI Joe fan. I grew up playing with the action figures and watching the cartoon- complete with the moral at the end of the story “now you know… and knowing is half the battle.” I wasn’t aware of the comics at the time or I would have immersed myself in them too. I’ve also spent a lot more time thinking about GI Joe than is probably healthy for a grown man.
In my view, the…Continue
Two years ago, Dynamite launched a limited series to great fanfare. Kirby: Genesis would feature characters from Kirby’s late career foray into independent comics, like Captain Victory and Silver Star, and even a few discarded ideas that had never seen publication before, like Tiger 28 and Midnight Swan. Kurt Busiek, whose history with Jack Kirby’s characters goes…Continue
I finished reading your book, Of Games & God, this week.
First of all, great job. Your book was very readable. I started it on the flight home and finished it a couple of days later. I liked the way that you broke down the various…Continue
We never really get over high school, do we? Those old cliques and old resentments still rear their heads in the most unlikely places. Jocks still pick on nerds, making them the target of their jokes and their ire. Nerds, however, now fight back. Freed from the fear of being shoved into a locker, nerds are as likely to sling insults at jocks as vice versa.
I’ve always been a team guy. Ever since my childhood love of the Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans, I’ve been drawn to superhero teams. But lately, my interests have become decidedly solitary. More and more, I’m following solo stars.
It’s not like I’ve been averse to solo heroes in the past. I’ve always had a solo star or two on my radar, whether it was…
I was filling out my pre-order list for March when I noticed something unusual. My DC entry was extraordinarily low. Of course, this didn’t happen overnight. My interest in DC’s output had been steadily shrinking for some time but the March preorders revealed that I’d passed a tipping point. I noticed it first when I checked off more comics from Dark Horse than DC. But it…Continue
I’m kind of confused by the Buffyverse right now. There are four Buffy related titles right now- the two ongoing series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel & Faith plus the two mini-series Spike: A Dark Place and Willow: Wonderland. None of them are bad but they aren't what I expected. They are lot more… fantastical than what I had been told to…Continue
This isn’t a review column. Rather, it’s a survey of some of my favorite lines from recent comics. It’s also a reminder of why I love comics in the first place.
“Keep getting the feeling that I’m forgetting something. Like there’s somewhere else I’m supposed to be. Teaching school? Really? Can that be right? Guess I’m better off having knives thrown at my face.”
-Kitty Pryde after the faculty of the X-Men’s new school have been abducted…Continue
Last week, I wrote about the best sidekicks in comic books. As I was working on my list, I remembered a lot of great sidekicks that have appeared in other media. Instead of tossing them all into one big list, I decided to split them off with a second list. So here you go, my list of the best sidekicks in movies, television, cartoons and classic literature.Continue
I’ve always like sidekicks. Maybe it was because of a lack of self-confidence. I had a hard time imagining myself as Batman. But I could easily imagine I was Robin riding alongside the Caped Crusader. Maybe it was because of my affinity for the underdog. Sidekicks seemed to be mocked more often than not and I liked to see them prove themselves to their mentors, their foes and…Continue
Halloween is a happy time of the year for me. It usually brings back fond memories of past costumes. Of course, there have been a few recurring themes over the years. Science fiction and fantasy. Classic horror characters. And, naturally, comic books.
My first comic book costume was Batman. I was probably 10 at the time. My mom sewed a homemade costume for me and I cut a Batman logo out of yellow cardboard. My brother dressed up as…Continue
I’d read most of them before. In fact, I’d read most of them more than once. But this was the first time that I would start in 1963 with X-Men #1 and systematically read right up through…
It was the biggest story of the year: DC started over. They canceled their entire line of comic books and, in September 2011, started over with 52 new titles. It was a bold, unprecedented move in the history of comic book publishing. Of course, DC didn’t exactly start from scratch. A number of the new titles were relaunches of old favorites like Justice League and Superman. A…Continue
Fear Itself, Uncanny X-Men 540-543, 2011: The last couple of years have been somewhat crossover heavy for the X-Men, especially following the success of Messiah Complex. And yet, these crossovers have generated some very good stories- especially on the periphery. The X-Men aren’t featured stars in the Marvel crossover fear itself, but they do join in for a…Continue
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Angel: Revelations, 2008: I missed this mini-series when it first came out. I was intrigued by the stylish Adam Pollina art but I was skeptical about an Angel origin story. My first impression was wrong. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa pens a compelling tale of Angel’s prep…Continue
Age of X, X-Men Legacy 245-247 and New Mutants 22-23, 2011: I’m a sucker for good alternate universe stories and Age of X is one of the best. Mike Carey takes the Utopia setting to its dystopian, violent extreme. The island is an armed fortress from which the X-Men repel an invasion day after day every day for a thousand days. They’re living in a warzone;…Continue
Five years ago, I embarked on an epic series of columns in which I recounted the best X-Men stories from every decade. It took me more than a year to complete my intermittent examination. With the X-Men about to be reconfigured in the fall, it seemed like a good time to pick up where I left off. So here are my thoughts on the best X-Men stories of the past 4 years. It may…Continue
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Some time ago, I wrote an article about the trade paperbacks on my bookshelf. I thought it would be fun to reprise that exercise, but this time with the actual books on my bookshelf. What does a comic book fan read when he isn’t reading comics?
The Top Shelf: This is my George R.R. Martin shelf. I became a big Martin fan over a decade ago when my…Continue
I recently read the Stan Lee- Steve Ditko Spider-Man for the first time. It was an interesting exercise, to say the least. This is one of the revered hallmarks of comic books, the foundation of Marvel and the beginning of modern storytelling. At times, I caught glimpses of the greatness everyone else had seen at the time. I appreciated the way in which Peter Parker’s personal…Continue
There’s nothing quite like a comic book legacy. I enjoy watching the passing of the mantle from one character to another. I admire the interaction between different generations and appreciate the contrast in characters. I know I’m not the only one. Comic book writers often invent legacies for characters that didn’t previously have them. They introduce predecessors, distant…Continue