Captain Comics's News posts – December 2009 Archive (7)

'Happy New Year' or: 'A quick way to get everyone to read this important message!'

Happy New Year, Legionnaires!



There are several things happening on the board that I want to draw everyone's attention to:



1) Two valued Legionnaires, Jeff of Earth-J and The Baron, are having trouble getting on the site from certain computers. I'm no expert, so I'm not sure what to advise. Those of you with computer smarts, please go to the Is Anyone Else Having This Problem? thread and… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on December 31, 2009 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

'The Unwritten,' 'Air' bring smarts to the table

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Dec. 29, 2009 -- The Unwritten, a new series by Vertigo/DC Comics, is one smart comic book.



The surface narrative follows Tommy Taylor, a young man who was used as the basis for his father’s popular series of books about a boy wizard, also named Tommy Taylor. Taylor… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on December 30, 2009 at 1:09pm — 4 Comments

'Sub-Mariner': Why I read Golden Age comics

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Dec. 22, 2009 -- One of the reasons I like reading collections of old comic books is the historical insight one can glean from these bits of pop-culture flotsam. The latest collection of World War II era comics, Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Sub-Mariner Vol. 4 (Marvel Entertainment, $59.99), is a prime example.…



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Added by Captain Comics on December 23, 2009 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

'Some New Kind of Slaughter' might be kind of daunting for casual reader

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



I enjoyed the graphic novel Some New Kind of Slaughter – or – Lost in the Flood (and How We Found Home Again): Diluvian Myths from Around the World. But the book (and, obviously, the title) nearly wore me out.



Slaughter (Archaia, $19.95) is by A. David Lewis… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on December 19, 2009 at 1:05pm — 5 Comments

'Persepolis': An academic approach

Here's a new thing: A paper I submitted on a graphic novel. It's an academic approach, not often seen in our discussions. I hope you folks will enjoy it.



Introduction



Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a memoir. But it is evident from the 2002 “Introduction” that author Marjane Satrapi had higher aspirations than just a coming-of-age story:



Since (the revolution) this old and great civilization has been discussed mostly in connection with… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on December 16, 2009 at 10:10am — 4 Comments

Reviews: 'Mouse Guard,' 'Who Is Superwoman,' 'Things Undone'

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Dec. 8, 2009 -- “It’s Lord of the Rings with mice.”



So said my wife and sidekick, the vivacious Video Vixen, about Mouse Guard Vol. 2: Winter 1152 (Archaia, $24.95). And, yes, it is set in a quasi-medieval fantasy world with its own history, languages,… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on December 9, 2009 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

Reviews: Sgt. Rock's 'Lost Battallion,' Marvel in the '60s, 'Menace'

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Dec. 1, 2009 -- Sgt Rock: The Lost Battallion is what people are talking about when they say “labor of love.”



This hardback (DC, $24.99) collects the six-issue miniseries of the same name, written and drawn by Billy Tucci (best known for the female samurai story… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on December 2, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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