Good News, Bad News

If you aren’t reading Steve Rogers: CAPTAIN AMERICA, you probably should be.  Like many of you, I was incensed at the whole “Cap is an agent of HYDRA switcheroo.  Initially, I thought, as did everyone else, that it was just a cheap publicity stunt. Well of course it was!  Happily, it is so much more. In the hands of Nick Spencer* (words) and Javier Pina (pictures), this title is not just a joy to read but a feast for the eyes.  Taut storytelling and crisp, vibrant visuals are the norm…

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A Short Season To Mourn.

WARNING:  HERE BE SPOILERS!    I bought the first issue of The Savage She-Hulk off the rack when it was first released.  Yes, I am that damn old.  I was a kid.  I loved the character instantly.  I always have loved Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk.  She was a lovely blend of compassion, toughness integrity and irreverence.  She defended the oppressed in the courtroom and she defended the planet with her mighty, green fists on a hundred battlefields.  She gave her life, this week, fighting Thanos and I’m going to miss her…for a…

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When Titans Clashed: The Greatest Fight of All Time and Space!

By the time you read this, you will have already heard the news about Muhammad Ali. I won’t go into the details of his long and storied career. I’ll leave that to people who know his whole story better than I. But, even though he was an international icon, known the world over simply as “Ali”, to me, he was still one of our own. A hometown boy made good. I was, and still am, proud to say I came from the same town as he did. And growing up,…

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No, Steve Rogers is NOT an Agent of Hydra.

By now everyone has seen the odious images of Captain America hailing Hydra.  Right now, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby are spinning in their graves while Marvel makes money off of this cynical, shortsighted maneuver.  Plenty of people, myself included, have already raked Marvel over the coals for this soulless, witless, mercenary bit of harlotry.  ‘Nuff said.  That’s not why I’m here.  I actually have some good news.  You see, that douchebag in the red white and blue togs, hailing Hydra and desecrating our beloved hero, that’s not Captain America.…

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Give Us Back Our Heroes!

“If we’re talking about mainstream comics, I think there have been a lot of real tactical errors made in this century. I can’t really read superhero comics anymore because they’re not about superheroes.”   Darwyn Cooke   When did we surrender all forms of entertainment to the morass of moral relativism?  Can we no longer acknowledge right and wrong?  We live in troubling times and the response from media seems to be surrender.  While people march in the streets for their rights, their jobs and their daily bread our costumed…

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Why So Serious? It’s Just The Holocaust.

Later this weekend, when I have calmed down and can be rational…when I am not running on pure, seething emotion…when I can be behave like an adult, I will write my official response to Marvel’s “creative” decision to turn Steve Rogers/Captain America into an agent of Hydra.  When I have regained my professional composure, I will not use phrases like “Fuckwitted, click-bait pushing pimps” nor will I throw around such disparaging slurs as “Soulless mercenary smut peddlers”. I will, instead, deal only in the facts as I see them.  In…

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Oh Captain, My Captain…

For as long as I can remember, I believed Captain America was my hero.  When  I was a kid my mother used to buy me Captain America Comics.  I was mesmerized.  Cap had started life as Steve Rogers, a literal 98lb weakling with a figurative giant heart.  He risked everything to enter the Super Soldier program and, once he received his gifts, he represented what was best about America.  Courage, justice fair play, those were his hallmarks.  If he looked like a poster boy for the Aryan ideal while he…

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This Ain’t No Fiddle Faddle!

“Isn’t fun the best thing to have?”  Arthur Bach, Arthur.   As the old Marvel Universe was in its death throes a few of its titles went into overdrive trying to spin yarns worthy of the end of all things.  It’s a tall order, to be sure.  Still, Iron-Fist, with it’s quirky art and humor coupled with an irreverent story line really fit the bill for me.  So, I’ve been more than a little psyched about the return of Power Man And Iron-Fist.  Thus far, my optimism has been rewarded.…

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T’Challa Reigns…But does He Rule?

 Black Panther is finally returning with his own monthly title (again) and Marvel has been hyping the event pretty seriously.   No small wonder.  They brought in Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic to Pen the Panther’s comeback  and Brian Stelfreeze to handle the pencils and inks.  With an African American creative team at the helm it appears that Marvel are serious this time around.  Serious about putting out a quality title and serious about doing right by the African American community in general and comic readers of color in particular. Besides…

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Is It Really The Marvel Universe Without The Fantastic Four?

Fifty plus years ago, Benjamin Grimm piloted Reed Richards’ prototype spacecraft on what turned out to be a disastrous and miraculous flight.   The covert mission itself was a stunning failure but the resulting collateral damage was the birth of The Marvel Universe.   Triumph after triumph seemed to follow in those heady days so it’s no wonder that everyone wants to take the glory for being the genius who thunk it all up.  Was it Stan Lee?  Was it King Jack Kirby?  They both took the credit but I think it’s…

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