“Can you picture what will be / So limitless and free”
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No reviews this week, just some little things that made me smile, because comics are awesome.
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An old Ukrainian proverb warns, “A tale that begins with a beet will end with the devil.”
That is a risk we will have to take. (Tom Robbins, from Jitterbug Perfume)
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The basic superhero touchstones, the ones that stick around for decades, aren’t really very complicated. Over time, various individual writers and artists come along to imbue them with contemporary characteristics for a short time, but because none of these things are set in stone they just do not stick, because they aren’t part of the DNA of the character. There is always space for the next writer to take things in another direction and for the reader to subject our own ideas upon the character and make him or her our own. Continue Reading »
As I write this, I’m slumped on the couch having just returned from New York Comic Convention. This was my second time at NYCC and I can confirm that it is a very different sort of affair from its West Coast counterparts like San Diego International Comic Con. Like New York itself, the convention is a little darker and more crowded, with less physical space for a similar amount of people and moodier lighting, the convention has an engaging urgency to it. Underneath all of the brash fun of the comic books, costumes, toys and games there is a definite New York atmosphere which bleeds through. Meeting up with all of my East Coast and European friends and colleagues in person is quite an experience too, since if we do talk, it is usually only talk online.
It takes a certain kind of character to make a violent, bloodthirsty superhero likable. It certainly isn’t an easy task. There are plenty of superheroes with “codes”, rules which prohibit them from killing and so forth, these are more enjoyably relatable, we all want to think that, even when pushed to the edge of endurance, we would maintain a certain moral code. It is much harder though, to create an empathic, emotionally attractive character who is totally merciless. Continue Reading »
Here’s the deal, I’m way behind on my novel revisions for my agent, work is crazy busy, I’ve been sick and I just can’t seem to catch up, also my planned column for this week got pushed back due to some things beyond my control. So the benevolent Chad Nevett agreed to let me pilfer his column concept (and I should add fearless leader Brian Cronin suggested the idea to me months ago) and so here we are! Did you really want to see how the sausage gets made people? I thought not!
Random She Thought: It’s She Has Random Thoughts Time! Get Excited!
The most depraved and sick comic books are healthy and possibly even necessary. This is a difficult article to write, and I’m not sure if this is going to go down too well, but it needs saying. These comic books are doing us a public service, helping us to live out our most dangerous fantasies in a safe environment which harms no one else. This way, when we can accept our unacceptable selves, we’re able to let go of them and move on. Continue Reading »
She Has No Head! – Ruminations On X-23, Minx, Comics For Women vs. Comics For Girls, Twilight, And The Kitchen Sink
I was genuinely psyched to do a review for the Marjorie Liu X-23 one-shot that came out this past week. I had read CBR’s seven-page preview of the issue and was pretty impressed with what I saw.
In fairness, I know very little about X-23. I know she’s supposed to be a clone of Wolverine, and that on the surface, though not a bad idea in a way, it’s the kind of comics gimmick that generally makes me roll my eyes. I feel like I can actually hear the meeting in which a character like X-23 is created. “No she’ll be totally badass! Hardcore and unstoppable like Wolverine – but a hot young chick!” Plus, while I didn’t read the issues in question, and thus can’t comment specifically on how it was handled, it strikes me as a bad idea to make her a prostitute/victim of sex trafficking. I have a hard time imagining Wolverine (the original male version) being given the same treatment – which seems like a pretty standard example of Women In Refrigerators. I suppose it’s another issue entirely whether an X-Men comic book is capable of dealing with such delicate and important subject matter effectively. Having not read the issues and story in question however, I’ll put that aside for now.
Yeah, this randomer thoughts thing is my shtick. See how long it lasts before I get bored (or Nevett internet sues me for ripping him off (even if I did the random thoughts thing here first)(first!!!!)). Continue Reading »
Seven more days have passed us by, and it’s time for another foray into the series of tubes that is the comics internet! If you’re itching for dumb puns and wordplay with lots of links to cool stuff, look no further!
Hey, remember when Dirk Deppey reviewed a bunch of X-Men comics that one time? This is sort of like that, but without the dripping disdain for Chris Claremont, so some of you may want to leave now. Continue Reading »
What a novelty! You have certainly never seen this before, I bet! Continue Reading »
The definitive word on the quality of comics you can no longer obtain. I believe President Obama would call it “The Horse Is Already Out Of The Barn Comics Review”. Continue Reading »
Probably not. I’m going to talk about Ennis’s Punisher: War Zone, Detective Comics #853, Irredeemable #1, some relaunches Marvel has the temerity/balls to slap a $4 price tag on, and whatever else I’ve read lately that I feel like writing about anyway. Well, except for The Chronicles of Solomon Stone #1, whose greatness really should go without saying beyond, “Hey, Sims finally put the last part of the Chronicles of Solomon Stone #1 up”. Continue Reading »