Chris Fluit's News Posts (168)

Super Summer Reviews

As I read my new comics the other week, I was struck by how many of them were really good.  Some amused me.  Some left me awestruck.  But they all made me happy, as comic after comic was great.  So here’s my surprisingly sunny set of summer reviews. 


Avengers Academy 34: The best Avengers book has been on autopilot lately with guest-stars and event…


Added by Chris Fluit on August 12, 2012 at 7:40pm — 12 Comments

The Best of Chuck, Part II

Welcome back! Last week, I started ruminating about the best episodes from NBC’s spy comedy Chuck. This week, I finish the job by reflecting on the best moments from seasons three, four and five.

Season Three

Chuck vs.…


Added by Chris Fluit on August 2, 2012 at 10:29pm — No Comments

The Best of Chuck

I have a small Fluit Notes tradition: during vacation, I like to take a corresponding break from comic book articles and write about genre TV shows instead. In the past, I’ve written “Best of” lists for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Farscape, Babylon 5 and Lost. This year, I take a look back at five seasons of Chuck, the spy comedy that recently came to an…


Added by Chris Fluit on July 26, 2012 at 10:37pm — 2 Comments

Vampires Go to Hollywood

I was reading a couple of new comics the other night and I noticed some fun coincidences between American Vampire #28 and Angel & Faith #11.  Both issues were the start of a new story arc, "The Blacklist" for American Vampire and "Family Reunion" for Angel & Faith. 

Both issues featured a return to Los Angeles, complete with a prominent shot of the Hollywood sign.  That's not unusual.  Angel was set in LA for all five seasons of the television show and for every previous… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on July 6, 2012 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Lost Diamonds: Sword, Exiles and MI: 13

The X-Men line is often accused of being too extensive and bloated. And, honestly, sometimes it is. Yet, especially in the last five years, the X-Men line has also been the source of some surprising gems that for one reason or another went overlooked by the comic book audience. These excellent titles flew under the radar and were soon canceled- too soon, if you ask me. But…


Added by Chris Fluit on June 29, 2012 at 2:41pm — 6 Comments

Recent Disappointments and New Favorites

I’m usually on the lookout for interesting new comics and this past spring seemed especially promising with a number of new projects by familiar creative teams. Indeed, some series exceeded my expectations and are quickly becoming new favorites. However, others didn’t click right. They’re not horrible comics; they’re even well crafted to some extent but, for one reason or…


Added by Chris Fluit on June 15, 2012 at 7:30pm — 14 Comments

100 Greatest Characters of 30s and 40s, Part II

Last month (Sorry about that folks, I (anacoqui) have been much too busy!), I started a series on the 100 greatest comic book characters of the ‘30s and ‘40s. I’ve been progressing…


Added by Chris Fluit on June 5, 2012 at 8:30pm — 15 Comments

100 Greatest Characters of 30s and 40s, Part I

The genesis of this column began a couple of years ago when I compiled a list of the 100 greatest characters of the past 20 years. Since then, I’ve worked my way back through the decades two at a time, presenting a new list every six months or so. Now, I’ve finally arrived at the beginning. Comic books were created as a format in the 1930s, though their artistic roots go back…


Added by Chris Fluit on May 13, 2012 at 9:30pm — 22 Comments

Reading Project Reflections: Domino and Magneto

For the past couple of years, I’ve been reading all of the X-Men comics in historical order. Along the way, I picked up a few odds and ends that I hadn’t purchased the first time around.

The project itself has been a blast. I’ve enjoyed reading so many of my favorite stories over again, whether it’s Roy Thomas and Neal Adams, Joe Madureira and Scott Lobdell or…


Added by Chris Fluit on April 19, 2012 at 9:25pm — No Comments

The Adaptation Game

I’ve been fascinated by adaptations for a long time.

Long ago, I composed the philosophy that the primary duty of the adaptor is to make a great film (or depending on the outlet, a great television series or comic book). That philosophy is at odds with many fans who would hold up faithfulness to the text as the primary virtue. Yet a good director recognizes that…


Added by Chris Fluit on April 14, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Trade Paperback Review: Captain Canuck and Wally Wood

Captain Canuck: The Complete Edition

by Richard Comely and George Freeman

(collecting Captain Canuck #1-15 and Summer Special, 1975-1981)

Captain Canuck isn’t a superhero. I know he looks like one, with the red and white costume and the symbol of Canada on his forehead. I know he sounds like one, with his codename and secret identity. But those are only…


Added by Chris Fluit on April 6, 2012 at 8:38pm — 3 Comments

Trade Paperback Review: Scrooge McDuck and Wolverine

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Volume One

by Don Rosa

(collecting Uncle Scrooge #285-290, 1994-95)

In the mid ‘90s, Don Rosa took up the monumental task of illustrating The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. He wrote a 12-issue epic that covered the pivotal moments from Scrooge’s younger days before he…


Added by Chris Fluit on March 29, 2012 at 9:01pm — 12 Comments

Trade Paperback Review: Wonder Woman and Captain Britain

Wonder Woman Chronicles Volume Two

by William Moulton-Marston and Harry G. Peter

(collecting Wonder Woman #2-3, Sensation Comics #10-14 and Comic Cavalcade #1, 1942-43)

I have a confession to make: this was my first extended exploration of the Golden Age Wonder Woman. I’d read her first appearance and origin story in a couple of…


Added by Chris Fluit on March 22, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

My Wish List Never Gets Shorter

I have a problem. My wish list never gets shorter. I buy a bunch of back issues- maybe a complete run from eBay or an assortment of odds & ends from and soon my wish list is just as long as it was before the purchase.

I guess the real problem is that I like comics. I like a lot of comics. And I like a lot of different comics. I like the…


Added by Chris Fluit on March 15, 2012 at 10:23pm — 2 Comments

The Best of Friends

We read comics for the action- the fistfights and the big explosions.  We read comics for the superheroes- the bright costumes and the capes.  But we also read comics for the relationships- the romances, the mentors and students, the close-knit team.  Over the years, comics have given us some great friendships.  Here are ten of the best of them. 


10. Gambit…


Added by Chris Fluit on March 9, 2012 at 3:31pm — 9 Comments

The State of Star Wars

35 years after Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star, Star Wars is a multi-billion, multi-media empire.  Cartoons, novels, video games and comic books stretch from the beginning of history to the distant future.  They explore places and races that are both new and familiar.  This year, Dark Horse is giving a big push to their line of Star Wars comics with new titles and…


Added by Chris Fluit on March 2, 2012 at 6:09am — 13 Comments

What’s In a Store (Reprise)

Five years ago, when I was in the midst of a move across the continent, I wrote about my experiences looking for a new comic book store.  I eventually found one that suited my needs.  It happens to be on the other side of town- I live in an eastern suburb and my regular shop is just north of downtown- but it has a good selection of comic books, great customer service and a…


Added by Chris Fluit on February 16, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

A New Look at New X-Men, Part III

We’re getting close to the end.  Over the past two weeks, I’ve written about Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men.  I wrote about some of the problems I had with his tenure.  But I wrote even more about the things he did right.  So here’s the third and final installment, dealing with the last three trades.  And feel free to take a look at…


Added by Chris Fluit on February 11, 2012 at 2:00pm — 28 Comments

A New Look at New X-Men, Part II

Welcome back.  Last week, I began an overview of Grant Morrison’s New X-Men.  I tried to bridge the debate divide by discussing the series’ strengths and weaknesses.  And now I’m back for more, looking at the third and fourth collections, New Worlds and Riot at Xavier’s. 


New Worlds

(Issues 127-133: Of Living and Dying, New Worlds, Fantomex,…


Added by Chris Fluit on February 2, 2012 at 6:30pm — 23 Comments

A New Look at New X-Men

          A decade later, Grant Morrison’s tenure on New X-Men remains one of the most hotly disputed eras for Marvel’s band of mutants.  There are runs that pretty much everyone agrees are great: Claremont and the combination of Cockrum, Byrne, Smith or Romita, or more recently, Whedon and Cassaday.  And there are runs that are widely considered to be inferior: Claremont’s…


Added by Chris Fluit on January 26, 2012 at 6:30pm — 34 Comments


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