web stats

Marvel Archives - Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

What I bought – 25 March 2015

EPSON MFP image

what the fuck is the sense of hiding under a desk and dying on our knees instead of rising up to cut off the teacher’s mindless head (Tommy Trantino, from Lock the Lock)
Continue Reading »

What I bought – 11 March 2015

EPSON MFP image

Critics are like medical students: they always think a writer is suffering from the very disease they happen to be studying at the time. (Milorad Pavić, from A Landscape Painted With Tea)
Continue Reading »

What I bought – 4 March 2015

EPSON MFP image

I do not remember where I read that there are two kinds of poets: the good poets, who at a certain point destroy their bad poems and go off to run guns in Africa, and the bad poets, who publish theirs and keep writing more until they die. (Umberto Eco, from The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana)
Continue Reading »

Flippin’ through Previews – March 2015

HCRIMES-HC-FC-SOL-4x6-e5498 (2)

What could possibly be in Previews #318 that I could want, you might ask. Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out!
Continue Reading »

What I bought – 25 February 2015

EPSON MFP image

Another time Billy heard Rosewater say to a psychiatrist, “I think you guys are going to have to come up with a lot of wonderful new lies, or people just aren’t going to want to go on living.” (Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse-5)
Continue Reading »

What I bought – 18 February 2015

EPSON MFP image

“At the end of the twentieth century, we are trying to separate inseparable strands, to divide this one from that one, because this one may be Macedonian and that one may be Bulgarian … Here the men sit back like the old men of Crete, talking about nationalism and hate while the women do all the work.” (Robert Kaplan, from Balkan Ghosts)
Continue Reading »

What I bought – 11 February 2015

EPSON MFP image

In the suburbs people rarely dreamed of striking out for happiness. It was all familiarity and endurance: security and safety were the reward of dullness. (Hanif Kureishi, from The Buddha of Suburbia)
Continue Reading »

What I bought – 4 February 2015

EPSON MFP image

Another poet compared his beloved’s upper-lip hairs to the feathers of a parrot feeding a pistachio to the beloved’s lips. To help me appreciate the richness of this poetic image, Diloram drew a picture of it in my notebook. It was terrifying. (Elif Batumen, from The Possessed)
Continue Reading »

1987 And All That: Daredevil #239-240

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

Daredevil1Daredevil #239-240 (Marvel) by Ann Nocenti, Louis Williams, Al Williamson, Geof Isherwood (#239), Max Scheele (#239), Bob Sharen (#240), Petra Scotese (#240), Joe Rosen, Ralph Macchio

Though not a great story by any stretch, there were two dominant themes in this pair of Daredevil issues that I always like to see explored, even if they’re not handled especially well. The first is the notion of superheroes being as bad for the world (or worse) as the villains they fight. This was not a new idea in 1987, and it’s been discussed many times since, but for any consistent fan of superhero stories (not just in comics but across all media) it’s a point that bears repeated examination, because there is no wholly satisfying answer. Are the protagonists of these narratives really deserving of the title of “hero,” or are they merely super-people fighting against other super-people in a self-fulfilling and never-ending cycle of violence begetting violence? The truth likely falls somewhere in between, and attempting to uncover it is a worthwhile activity. Continue Reading »

Flippin’ through Previews – February 2015

scarlett_couture_promo_art_a_p (2)

Hey, you know what’s going on with DC in Previews #317 this month? Why, it’s a … Convergency!!!!

(Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your servers!)
Continue Reading »

1987 And All That: Captain America #325-336

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

Cap1Captain America #325-336 (Marvel) by Mark Gruenwald, Paul Neary (#325-329, 331), Tom Morgan (#330, 332-336), John Beatty (#325-327), Kent Williams (#326), Vince Colletta (#328-329, 331), Sam de la Rosa (#330), Bob McLeod (#332), Dave Hunt (#333-336), Ken Feduniewicz (#325-330, 332-334), Bob Sharen (#331, 335-336), Diana Albers (#325-332), Bill Oakley (#333), Ken Lopez (#333-334), Jack Morelli (#335-336), Don Daley (#325-334), Ralph Macchio (#335-336)

In some respects, this is a tricky run of issues to review, because they include the beginning but not the ending of the “Captain America No More” saga in which Steve Rogers turned in his shield, his costume, and the moniker that comes with them, and John Walker was appointed to replace him. Rogers’ retirement occurs in issue #332, and Walker becomes Captain America in #333, so while there are a few issues from 1987 exploring that new status quo, the resolution wouldn’t come until February 1989’s Captain America #350. In that sense, then, the issues I’m covering here represent something incomplete, the start of an epic storyline that doesn’t yet finish. But there is still plenty to discuss in terms of what these issues have in common, and how they lead up to and deliver the rather bold, shocking, and powerful moment of Rogers’ decision to give up his Captain America persona. This is a comicbook about the downside of idealism, the strain that any rigid belief system puts on those who follow it, as well as the dangers and evils which that kind of extreme thinking can engender. It’s not necessarily a cautionary tale, but it does warn against believing in anything too intensely or blindly, and shows the readers and characters alike how impractical and unpleasant it can be to try and live life according to a strict set of rules. The world is not rigid or simple enough for any idealism to be a perfect fit, and that’s a lesson learned many times in many ways over the course of these issues. Continue Reading »

She Has No Head! – Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 Is Criminally Cute And That’s A Great Thing

So, I had the honor of reading an advance copy of THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 (releases this week – 1/7/15!) and I am here to tell you that it’s criminally cute and MUST be purchased by anyone interested in variety in their big two comics, or anyone just interested in great fun comic books period. I wrote a few weeks ago for CBR about Bitch Planet #1 being a “perfect first issue” and the power of such a thing. There are few “perfect issues” in a year of comics and yet here I am, first week of January writing about another one.

Squirrel Girl being adorbs Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 364: Joe Kubert, Part 4 – Detective Comics #500, Batman #400, and Tor #3

EPSON MFP image

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Kubert, and the issues are Detective Comics #500 and Batman #400, which were published by DC and are cover dated March 1981 and October 1986, respectively, and Tor #3, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 1993. The Tor scans are from Tor by Joe Kubert volume 3, which was published by DC in 2003. Enjoy!
Continue Reading »

Flippin’ through Previews – January 2015

MiamVice-Remix-Cover-Previews-FLAT-01-a916e (2)

The new Previews is out, and we all have to get used to writing “2015” on everything! Can you handle it?!?!?!?
Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 358: Wallace Wood, Part 3 – Daredevil #6

EPSON MFP image

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Wallace Wood, and the issue is Daredevil #6, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 1965. These scans are from Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil volume 1, which was published 2003. Enjoy!
Continue Reading »

Categories

Review Copies

Comics Should Be Good accepts review copies. Anything sent to us will (for better or for worse) end up reviewed on the blog. See where to send the review copies.

Browse the Archives