Beyond Rebirths and Civil Wars, there are whole worlds to explore in the pages of comics and graphic novels. While DC has its Rebirth, Marvel slogs through its second Civil War – an interesting story, but one that’s been buried by tie-ins. (See below for one really stand-out moment.) Meanwhile the ‘indie’ scene is knocking out of the park. Take a look at some of my new and old…
When Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released, the same weekend I graduated from high school, I waited in line at midnight. And waited again, two years later, for Half-Blood Prince. But after the midnight release of Deathly Hallows, just prior to my final year of college, I started to close the Harry Potter chapter of my life. So when Scholastic released the script to the ‘8th Harry Potter story,’ nine years later, I didn’t rush to Amazon or my local book store. I waited. I forgot. I didn’t know if I wanted to read it at all. And then eventually, because friends wanted to talk about it, I cracked the spine on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
A plea to forgive and forget the mistakes of the New 52 is the message behind DC’s Rebirth – a largely positive move, with one unfortunate design flaw.
Since it all began in June of 2008, this blog has been many things: a place to vent, an archive for commentary on television and comic books, the occasional crafting tutorial, advertisement for my various entrepreneurial enterprises, and a chronicle of my ongoing war with the responsibilities of adulthood.
After months of delays, scheduling problems, and continuity confusion, Marvel is wrapping up the recent Secret Wars event with Issue #9, but they’ve already launched more than a dozen new titles in a post-Secret Wars world. I’ve been pretty pleased with what they’ve delivered so far – despite my fears, Marvel is continuing to make good on their promise of diversity, nurturing break-outs like Spider-Gwen, the new Thor, Sam Wilson as Captain America, and the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, among others. As for the new debuts…
They call my generation ‘Boomerang Kids’ – Millennials who left the nest for college, then turned right around and moved back in with Mom and Dad post-grad because the wider world is terrible, and depressing, and an empty nightmare of struggles to find affordable healthcare.
I’m thirty years old, and there’s almost nothing adult about me.
Are the fires of Limbo truly ‘must-see’? What’s the best way to cross the desolate Wastelands without getting torn to shreds? Let me be your guide to Battleworld.
With 41 territories made up of alternate universe fragments, exploration of Battleworld can be daunting, even to experienced travelers. In this guide I hope to help you navigate the perplexing landscape and make the most out of your journey. If you get lost, you can always call on the Thors for assistance; just keep in mind that Doom’s Law is absolute, and the Thor Corps exists to enforce it. Have fun!
Long, long ago, back in ye olde 1980s, the Mattel toy company decided that superheroes were going to be the next big thing. But if they were going to team-up with Marvel to sell epic play sets, then they wanted a big comic book event to go with it. The keywords coming out of the focus group were ‘secret,’ ‘wars,’ and ‘everybody,’ and so the Secret Wars (where heroes and villains from around the world were sent to an alien planet to fight to the death) was born. Now Marvel’s throwing everything into a new blender with months of comics featuring alternate universe versions of the characters we love, and seeing what sticks to the sides. It’s complicated, it’s confusing, it’s bananas. Hopefully, it’ll also be fun – because I’m determined to read every single issue.