Batgirl 5: One of my favorite new titles. I love the combination of action and introspection. I like Barbara’s combination of confidence and fragility- “I know how to do this, but I haven’t done this in a long time.” I like that Gail Simone is trying to give Batgirl a Rogues Gallery of her own (The Mirror in the first arc, Gretel in this issue). And, oh yeah, I…Continue
I’ve been reading Jay Faerber’s new crime noir series, Near Death. (Full disclosure: I’m a big Jay Faerber fan from his earlier series Noble Causes and Dynamo 5.) The premise is that a killer for hire named Markham has a change of heart after a vision in which he sees all of his previous victims. He doesn’t suddenly become an altruistic do-gooder or a pacifist. Rather, he…Continue
I wanted to like the new Dynamite series, Kirby Genesis. It’s written by one of my favorite writers, Kurt Busiek. It features covers and art direction by the incredible Alex Ross. And it contains all of Jack Kirby’s crazy creations from late in his career: Captain Victory, Silver Star and so on.
Last week, I started a two-part column on the greatest comic book characters of the 1950s and ‘60s. These kinds…Continue
I’m not the Silver Age expert on this site. We have Captain Comics, Commander Benson and Mr. Silver Age for that. Hey, I wasn’t born until almost halfway through the ‘70s. But I thought it would be fun to put together a list of the best characters from the ‘50s and ‘60s anyway. Consider it an outsider’s perspective on which characters were interesting, timeless,…Continue
I read an article last week on Grantland.com in which editor Bill Simmons tried to challenge the conventional thinking on film star Eddie Murphy. He argued that Murphy had one of the greatest runs ever for a comedian and that a swoon later in his career doesn’t take that away. He claimed that Murphy’s later work, while inconsistent, hasn’t been entirely bad (Bowfinger and…Continue
There’s a saying in the comic book world that every fan wishes they were a comic book writer. Supposedly, the axiom is exponentially true for comic book columnists. Those who write about comics wish they wrote comics themselves. However, lately, I’ve gotten the impression that the reverse is also true. I think that a lot of comic book writers secretly wish that…Continue
Spider-Island has been a ton of fun. It’s possibly my favorite story of the year. I especially appreciate the story’s wit. It’s even demonstrated in clever covers with J. Jonah Jameson and Mary Jane Watson displaying their newfound spider powers (Amazing Spider-Man 670 and 671). …
More than 20 years in the making, Marv Wolfman and George Perez have finished their New Teen Titans original graphic novel. For a long time, Games was one of those lost projects that comic book fans fantasized about. But now, the Titans have defeated writer’s block, artist’s burnout, other creative obligations and a…Continue
Last week, I relived some of the famous failures in comic book history. Now, it’s time to look at the other side of the coin. Comic books wouldn’t have lasted for more than 70 years without a few successes. Many of those successes are well documented such as Superman originating the superhero genre or Flash sparking the Silver Age. I’m going to take a look at some of the…Continue
DC’s new 52 is one of the most ambitious endeavors in comic book history. While I wish them all of the success in the world, the launch has also got me thinking about the other side of the coin. Namely, failure. So here, for your reading pleasure, is a short overview of some of the famous failures in comic books.
This is supposed to be a high point for team-up titles in general and Marvel Team-Up in particular. This was the year that Chris Claremont and John Byrne worked on the series, which led in turn to their magical pairing on Uncanny X-Men. In retrospect, these issues reveal the limitations of a team-up title more than the possibilities.
Before Claremont and…Continue
The bulk of the story takes place in Berlin. As a reference point, this is several years before the Berlin Wall was torn down when Berlin was still on the frontlines of the Cold…Continue
It’s been interesting to watch the reactions since this ambitious endeavor was initially announced. At first, there was an equal mix of cynicism and enthusiasm. That tells us more about fandom- and humanity in general- than it…Continue
I like reading a good review.
Let me clarify that. I like reading a well-written review. A well-written review can be a positive review or a negative review. Negative opinions can be interesting or informative. Positive opinions can be edifying or appealing. In either case, a well-written review can be an enjoyable experience on its own.
But there is an art to writing a good review. A review, whether negative or positive, should enlighten the…Continue
I’m also caught up writing about catching up on comics. I was on the road (or in the air) for most of June and July so when I finally got home, I had a huge stack of comics waiting for me. That’s a treat, although it can be a little intimidating too. On the bright side, I was able to read multiple issues of most series and get a real good feel for them. So here are my…Continue
Last week, I started a review of the many comics I read after returning from my travels in June and July. It was kind of fun to read two or three issues at a time. And it’s been just as much fun to review them that way as well.
GI Joe: Real…Continue
I was travelling for roughly 6 out of 7 weeks in June and July. Among other things, that means I fell way behind in my comic book reading. I still managed to make it to the shop occasionally and pick up whatever was sitting in my pull box. But I simply couldn’t keep up with that many comics while on the road.
On the bright side, that meant that I had a…Continue
Last week, I started an article about the best episodes of the television series Lost. It’s a vacation tradition for me to write about my favorite television series, having previously written about the best of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Farscape and Babylon 5. This week, I pick up where I left off, starting with the strike-shortened season…Continue