Captain Comics's News posts – February 2013 Archive (9)

'New Deadwardians' presents both a clever world and an absorbing story

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

If you thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a clever idea, have I got a book for you!

 

The New Deadwardians (Vertigo, $14.99) is like a mash-up of Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead, with a sprinkle of True Blood. If that seems a preposterous combination, rest assured that it is not – in fact, it’s blood-suckingly, zombie-bitingly,…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 23, 2013 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

'Web-Spinning Heroics' examines Spider-Man from all angles

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man (McFarland, $40) is a remarkable new book on Marvel’s wall-crawler for a variety of reasons.

 

Fair warning: Your humble columnist has an essay in the book (on whether J. Jonah Jameson is a hero or a villain). But other than that it’s really very good. Web-Spinning covers a variety of genres and approaches, offering…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 22, 2013 at 3:34pm — 2 Comments

Even minor comics turn into movies these days

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

Hollywood is raiding comics for ideas so much these days that even obscure properties are making it to the big screen. Two such are in theaters now.

 

Bullet to the Head, based on the French graphic novel Headshot, premiered Feb. 1 and stars Sylvester Stallone. From the trailers – I haven’t seen the movie, nor do I intend to – Bullet looks to be a typical…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 14, 2013 at 10:31am — 2 Comments

CBG #1699: Crossovers Command 2013

Major events, new creators and more

 

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

 

Hints, rumors, and portents continue to rumble in for what’s to come this year, and if there’s one thing we can expect, it’s lots of crossovers – and a few from unexpected precincts. That’s not all 2013 offers by a long shot, but it’s a good place to start.



ARCHIE COMICS

 

If you think…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 12, 2013 at 10:12am — No Comments

CBG #1698: Updating a classic

 A Modern-Day 'Art of War'

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

 

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War has been a classic for centuries, and has been adapted to comics by a number of creators. But none have taken the approach of first-time graphic novel creators Kelly Roman (writer) and Michael DeWeese (artist). Their The Art of War (Harper Perennial, $22.99) not only marries an SF narrative to the ancient classic, but imagines the…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

CBG #1698: 2012 Year in Review

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

If you ever hear a comics fan whine about “the good old days,” Comics Buyer’s Guide gives you permission to swat them with a copy of The Standard Catalog. Being a comics fan just keeps getting better and better, as evidenced by the big stories of 2012. Here are some stories that caught our eye:

 

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED

Not content with devouring The…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

CBG #1697: Happy Birthday, Stan!

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

 

 

When writing about a legend like Stan Lee, one whose career is as long as the history of comics, you have to narrow the focus to just a few of The Man’s many accomplishments. For that I turned to Legion of Superfluous Heroes and asked for what they remember most fondly about Lee’s contributions to planet Earth. Their answers, as usual, were both surprising and satisfying.

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Added by Captain Comics on February 12, 2013 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Capeless wonders entertain with six-guns, SF and young detectives

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Tired of super-heroes? There’s plenty of good stuff out there without capes.

 

One of the best is DC’s All-Star Western, a book featuring the ongoing adventures of bounty hunter Jonah Hex, with back-ups starring other DC Western characters. The first collection, All-Star Western Volume 1: Guns and Gotham ($16.99) is out, and I’d recommend it to just about…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 2, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments

'Pogo' returns and he is ours -- in classy hardbacks

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

 

That famous quote is from the comic strip Pogo, and truer words were never spoken – even though they were spoken by an anthropomorphic opossum. That little fella, Pogo, was the star of a comic strip written and drawn by Walt Kelly (and his heirs) from 1948 to 1975, and is well remembered for its whimsy, political satire, sociological…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 2, 2013 at 1:46pm — 2 Comments

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