Chris Fluit's News Posts (168)

The Best of Lost

When this column debuts, I should be enjoying a family vacation in Italy and France.  I’m taking a break from everything- work, softball, household chores and even comic books.  It seems appropriate that “Fluit Notes” takes a break from comic books as well.  Therefore, in this week’s column and next, I’ve written about one of my favorite television shows.  It’s time to get…

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Added by Chris Fluit on June 24, 2011 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Uninspiring Leads

The other day, I watched part of a Burn Notice marathon.  USA was highlighting episodes of its popular series in anticipation of a prequel movie about supporting character Sam Axe.  It was the middle of the afternoon and I had nothing better to do so I sat down and watched for a while.

            I got part of what I was looking for.  Bruce Campbell was a lot of fun…

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Added by Chris Fluit on June 17, 2011 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Trade Paperback Review: Avengers Initiative

Avengers Initiative Vol. 1-4: Basic Training, Killed in Action, Secret Invasion, Disassembled

by Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Stefano Caselli and Steve Kurth

 

There’s a conundrum at the core of Avengers Initiative that the series rarely resolves.  The basic premise is that young heroes are required by the government to train at a special facility in…

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Added by Chris Fluit on June 10, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Retro-Review: Knights of the Old Republic (2009)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 44-50

by John Jackson Miller and Brian Ching

 

Once upon a time, Knights of the Old Republic was one of my favorite series.  I was wrapped up in the adventures of Zayne Carrick, the Padawan learner who was framed for murder by his own Jedi teachers.  I was captivated by his forced exile, enthralled by the cast…

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Added by Chris Fluit on June 3, 2011 at 7:44am — No Comments

Retro-Review: Majestic (2004)



Majestic 1-4

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Karl Kerschl

 

In 2004, Superman took one of his periodic absences from his own titles- he was recuperating in outer space or something like that- and DC took the opportunity to showcase…

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Added by Chris Fluit on May 27, 2011 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Morning Glories and DC’s Trade Paperback Mistake

The February sales charts revealed that Image Comics has a new hit on their hands, Nick Spencer’s Morning Glories.  The sales numbers aren’t so high that Morning Glories would be considered a hit if it had been published by one of the big two companies, Marvel or DC.  But it’s a very respectable number for a creator-owned…
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Added by Chris Fluit on May 20, 2011 at 11:55am — 9 Comments

Points on Point One

Over the past several months, Marvel has been releasing special Point One issues.  These one-shots are supposed to take place between regular issues of their ongoing titles.  For example, Uncanny X-Men 534.1 takes place between Uncanny X-Men 534 and 535.  These Point One issues are supposed to be great jumping-on points for new readers as well.  They’re designed to be single…

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Added by Chris Fluit on May 13, 2011 at 9:15am — 8 Comments

My X-Men Dilemma

I was working on my pre-order list the other week and I ran into a bit of dilemma.  There are so many X-Men books that I’m running out of room for other stuff. 

 

Now I know I won’t get much sympathy from older fans who have been complaining about too many X-books since the late ‘80s when the franchise expanded to five with Excalibur and Wolverine.  Or maybe…

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Added by Chris Fluit on May 6, 2011 at 11:38am — 18 Comments

Childhood Comics and Contemporary Music

Not that long ago, I watched a documentary called “It Might Get Loud.”  The documentary brought together guitarists from three different generations- Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2’s The Edge and The White Stripes’ Jack White.  It was a blast.  It was fun to listen to music from three of my favorite bands.  It was fun to hear them talk about their influences- to see Jimmy Page…

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Added by Chris Fluit on April 29, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Trade Paperback Reviews: American Vampire, Batman & Robin and More

American Vampire Vol. 1

By Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Stephen King

 

They had me at “Hello.”  Okay, that’s not quite true.  They actually had me by the second paragraph of the introduction when Stephen King reminded us that vampires are supposed to be killers.  They’re vicious, literally blood-thirsty killers.  For that reason, vampires…

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Added by Chris Fluit on April 22, 2011 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

100 Greatest Characters of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Part 2

Last week, I started my list of the 100 greatest characters of the ‘70s and ‘80s.  As with the list I did last year for the 100 greatest characters of the ‘90s and ‘00s, I decided to present the list alphabetically.  It’s hard enough narrowing all of the characters down to 100 without having to try and sort them, too.

 

51. Lilith (Marvel, 1974): One sign…

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Added by Chris Fluit on April 15, 2011 at 9:28am — 6 Comments

100 Greatest Characters of the ‘70s and ‘80s

Last year, I wrote a pair of columns about the greatest characters of the past 20 years.  I had a lot of fun coming up with the list and discussing it with everyone here.  It was so much fun I’m going to do it again.  This time, I’m looking at the 20 years before the past 20 years: otherwise known as the ‘70s and ‘80s.  Sit back, read along and have fun.  After all, that’s…

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Added by Chris Fluit on April 8, 2011 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Flashpoint vs. Fear Itself

Last December, the big two comic book companies both dropped the first hints of their major events for this year.  DC would run Flashpoint while Marvel would launch Fear Itself.  For some fans, it was like a Christmas bonus- the next big story to get excited about.  For other fans, it was a lump of coal in their stocking- another huge company crossover to complain…

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Added by Chris Fluit on April 1, 2011 at 8:30am — 27 Comments

Reviewing the New CrossGen

Sigil #1 by Mike Carey and Leonard Kirk

Ruse #1 by Mark Waid and Mirco Pierfederici

 

Sigil #1 is a brand new title with a long history.  The good news is that you don’t have to know that history in order to enjoy Sigil.  Mike Carey and Leonard Kirk craft an immediately accessible story for all ages. 

 

That’s what…

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Added by Chris Fluit on March 25, 2011 at 10:06am — 9 Comments

The Top Fifteen Titles of the Past Decade

As always, when I devise a list of the top anything, it’s according to me.  As you might often find in the small print, your results may vary. 

 

1. Fables (2002)

 

The single most consistently excellent comic book of the ‘Aughts.  Fables became the face of Vertigo and defined the imprint as much as Swamp Thing or Sandman.  It introduced…

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Added by Chris Fluit on March 18, 2011 at 5:45pm — 11 Comments

My Most Memorable Moments

Fellow Legionnaire, Culture Vulture (Mike Williams), iscompiling a list of the top 100 most memorable moments in comic books.  I figured that if I’m going to do all of the work in submitting a list, I might as well get a column out of it.  It’s comparable to a baseball reporter…

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Added by Chris Fluit on March 11, 2011 at 12:28pm — 9 Comments

Jack Kirby is Not Coming through that Door

It’s no secret that comic book sales are in trouble.  After a high in 2007, sales have been slumping for several years.  And practically everyone seems to have noticed.  You don’t have to travel very far on the internet to come across a discussion about the state of the slump, the cause or the cure.  Of course, having some interest in the topic, I haven’t exactly attempted to…

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Added by Chris Fluit on March 4, 2011 at 1:34pm — 41 Comments

The Best and Worst of SeaQuest

Watching SeaQuest started out as a slightly nostalgic pleasure for me. 

            SeaQuest first came out when I was in college.  I saw a few episodes here and there but I was too busy with school work and dorm life and everything else to follow it regularly.  So I was interested in watching the complete series.             

            SeaQuest was similar to…

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Added by Chris Fluit on February 25, 2011 at 7:27pm — 2 Comments

Harry Potter and the Quality of Imagination

Recently, I started re-reading the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling. For most of the books, it’s the first time I’ve read them since they were originally released. It’s been a very enjoyable experience.



For one thing, my daughters are now of an age where they can read and enjoy them too. Harry Potter has become a family project with books- both actual and… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on February 19, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments

Trade Paperback Reviews: District X, Lobster Johnson and More

  District X by David Hine, David Yardin, Lan Medina and Mike Perkins

 

There’s a reason why I skipped District X when it first came out.  There was a trend in comics at the time- and particularly in X-Men comics- to wallow in the ugliness of life.  I know that our world includes prostitutes and drug addicts.  A comic book universe which never…

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Added by Chris Fluit on February 12, 2011 at 8:59am — 2 Comments

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