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Pop Culture Pick Me Ups

imageIt’s been a tough week, to say the least. Without going into things, we’re all in a weird spot as a country, and a lot of us are genuinely confused as to what to do next. In times like these, a lot of us turn to different things that remind us of good in the world, or that we remember from our childhood. Comics, movies, toys, even video games can all help to take the sting off of reality for a little while, and it doesn’t hurt to remind people of this every once and a while. So here’s a few of my “Pop Culture Pick Me Ups” if you need some inspiration on where to look. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Spawn Resurrection and Batman: Arkham Knight!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

10492043-870052116372205-5316965131268739082-n-111694Spawn Resurrection #1 (Image Comics)

 Like any child of the 90’s, I loved Spawn. However, like many people, I haven’t read anything featuring the character in years. In fact, the last issue of Todd McFarlane’s demonic superhero that I read was issue 200, which was pretty much incomprehensible to a lapsed Spawn reader like myself. Well, in steps Spawn Resurrection, a special one-shot issue by the new creative team of Paul Jenkins and Jonboy, designed to bring readers up to speed for the return of Al Simmons, the original Spawn. And I have to say, while it’s a very exposition heavy book, Spawn Resurrection succeeds in getting me interested in the character again. Read the rest of this entry

The Return of Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man(?)

torment1So Todd McFarlane recently said he’d be up for drawing Spider-Man again. Naturally, this lead me into a nerd frenzy, immediately thinking about how awesome it would be to see my favorite Spider-Man artist back at Marvel again.  And it would be awesome. It would be so, SO awesome. But the more I think about it, the more wary I become. There are countless examples of famous creators returning to the characters that made them who they are and completely and utterly failing at them, and I certainly don’t want to see McFarlane added to that list.

In a weird way, this “news” reminds me of Neal Adams’ big return to Batman a few years back. Now, I was not alive during his career defining run on the character, but I was well aware of his impact on the Batman post-Adam West TV series, and had read a few collections that contained his art. So, when the announcement was made that Adams was returning to the character with the miniseries Batman: Odyssey, I was pumped. Read the rest of this entry