Monthly Archives: October 2014
It’s Halloween (or close to it), and that means it’s time for one thing: monsters! Specifically, one of my favorite monsters: Dracula. The Prince of Darkness is no stranger to the world of funny books, and has crossed paths with a surprising number of comic book heroes, from Spider-Man, to Superman, and even Zorro. There’s a lot of Dracula stuff to sort through, but not all of it is good. For every Tomb of Dracula or Captain Britain and MI-13, there’s an Apocalypse vs. Dracula. But these two stories stand out as my favorites of the Count’s appearances in the big two. Read the rest of this entry
AXIS is now in full swing, which means it’s time for Marvel to do what it does best with their events: spin-offs! This time around good old Cletus Kasaday is getting the spotlight, and surprisingly, AXIS: Carnage, by Kevin Spears and German Peralta, does a better job of explaining the whole “villains become heroes” switcharoo than AXIS did last week.
The entirety of this opening issue finds Carnage trying to make sense of the strange urges to do good that are plaguing his mind. As a witness to the inversion spell that Scarlet Witch and Dr. Doom performed to try and free Professor X from the Red Skull, Carnage knows the “why” behind his actions, but he doesn’t truly understand how to control it. At the same time, there’s a new version of the Sin Eater targeting news anchors, which quickly catches the attention of the psychotic symbiote. Read the rest of this entry
It’s been a busy week for Warner Bros. Not only have they released their slate of the upcoming DC superhero movies (leading into 2020), they’ve also potentially let slip that yet another superhero may be making an appearance in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: Robin.
Not just any Robin though. Rumor has it that we’ll be seeing Carrie Kelly, the Robin from The Dark Knight Returns pop up in the film, played by Suckerpunch’s Jena Malone. If this is true, it’s another cue that Zack Snyder is using from Frank Miller’s classic to influence the film, and it also brings up a lot of different questions, like “does this mean there have been other Robins”, “is Batman REALLY this old”, and “Carrie Kelly, really?” Read the rest of this entry
The second Batman title for October has been released, and while it’s more Bat-Centric than Gotham Academy, it’s probably going to have its work cut out for it to stand out from the pack. Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal’s Arkham Manor has a pretty intriguing plot, but this first issue doesn’t do much with it. In fact, its opening page tells you to read Batman Eternal #30 before reading Manor, which is interesting because Eternal #30 isn’t coming out until next week. Read the rest of this entry
New York Comic Con has wrapped, and when compared to this year’s San Diego Comic Con, we‘ve got quite a lot of news to ponder, freak out about, and stress out over for the next few months. Thankfully, a lot of this news is extremely positive, and makes me pretty excited for what’s in store for us in the coming year in the world of comics and geekdom. So, let’s take a look at some of the big news to hit from the con! Read the rest of this entry
After some delays, it’s now time to put the man known as Logan to rest. Charles Soule and Steve McNiven’s Death of Wolverine comes to a close this week, and while I’ll try to keep this review spoiler free, that’ll be easier said than done.
Much of this issue focuses on Wolverine’s final battle with the man who created him, Cornelius. Yes, the crazy professor from Weapon X is back, and given a name. Apparently he wants to try and perfect the experiment that gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton, albeit with more stable test subjects (ones that aren’t “animals”). It’s during his attempt to defeat Cornelius that brings about Wolverine’s demise, and… Read the rest of this entry
If Variety is to be believed, Robert Downey Jr. is close to signing on to reprise his role of Tony Stark. No, it’s not for Iron Man 4. No, it’s not for Avengers 3 either. It’s for Captain America 3. Which will allegedly have the subtitle of Civil War. Read the rest of this entry
Marvel Studios has been having “talks” with Sony about using Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to IGN, these talks are in very early negotiations, and while it’s entirely possible that this could all fall apart, it doesn’t make me any less excited. After the heartbreak that was Amazing Spider-Man 2, really the only thing that could get me excited about another Sony Spidey movie would be if he was allowed to work with the MCU, and it seems like it’s something that Sony is open to. Read the rest of this entry
The latest Marvel event is here, and it’s off to a pretty rocky start.
Wait, I should be clearer. Avengers & X-Men: AXIS is a good start to an event comic. It builds on writer Rick Remender’s stories from not only Uncanny Avengers, but Uncanny X-Force as well. However, the place this book really falters in is in the art, which was not what I was expecting from someone as well known in the industry as Adam Kubert. Read the rest of this entry
Recently my Facebook feed has been exploding with people listing ten books that have affected them in some way throughout their lives. I was recently tagged in a friend’s post, and while my response includes a healthy smattering of paneled pages within it, I’ve decided to try and start up my own spin on this social media movement, except this time focusing exclusively on comic books. IF there’s ever been a time to argue for the legitimacy of comics medium as a source of literature, it’s now. We’re currently in the middle of a comics renaissance, with books that have the potential to stand alongside classics like Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s early Spider-Man work. IF you follow my on Facebook you’ve already seen my list, but if you don’t, here’s an expanded list of the ten comics that affected me, shocked me, and shaped me into the person I am today (oh, and give me an add on Facebook too if you feel so obliged). NOTE: Wondering why there’s now Walking Dead or Snyder/Capullo Batman? Those runs aren’t done yet. Read the rest of this entry