Too Heavy A Mantle

Marvel has had a string of victories, lately, in the Diversity War.  Ms. Marvel, with its plucky heroine Kamala Khan, has been an unqualified success, both commercially and critically.  The Ultimates continue to plow deeper into the regions of Ditko Space with nary a white male among the crew.  Jane Foster is still doing a bang up job as The Mighty Thor. Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new Black Panther is showing real promise and Power Man and Iron Fist hit the ground running and hasn’t looked back.  But the title that had…

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True Grit

In 1986 industry giant John Byrne wrote and penciled a six issue series for DC Comics titled The Man of Steel.  DC had just wrapped up the Crisis on Infinite Earths and had entrusted Byrne with the task of rebooting Superman.  Byrne responded by producing an instant classic; at once groundbreaking and timely yet reverential of the character’s deep roots and history.  It was a great time to be reading DC Comics. In Byrne’s saga, Clark Kent/Superman comes to Metropolis and very soon finds himself embroiled in a tense hostage…

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Captain America To Be Honored In Bronze.

This is a busy news day.  Brian Truitt of USA Today reports that Captain America will be getting his own statue in Brooklyn, in honor of his 75th anniversary.  The 13′ bronze sculpture is scheduled to be dedicated in Prospect Park on August 10th.  San Diego Comic-Con fans will get a sneak peek at the sculpture, July 20-24.  The sculpture will feature the quote, “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn”a featured in Captain America: The First Avenger.  It also appears that Chris Evans’ likeness from the film will be used. This…

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News Round-Up.

Principal shooting on Thor: Ragnarok began this morning.  The cast for this flick is awesome and we finally get to see Planet Hulk on the big screen.  Huzzah!   In other news, Marvel announced that Tony Stark would be replaced as Iron-Man by Riri Williams, a 15-year-old African-American woman.  This is outstanding news because A). Michael Bendis will be writing it… and B). Racist fucktards all over the world will be pounding on their keyboards (with both hands, for once) non-stop in protest.  It sure does make things simple when these…

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What We Need Is Guy Gardner…No, Really.

It’s all rainbow flags and pink unicorn farts at Marvel Comics, these days.  Diversity is in full vigor at The House of Ideas.  Captain America is a black man.  Ms Marvel is a Muslim of Palestinian descent. Gays and lesbians are represented on most of the major super teams.  There are no white males on The Ultimates. A-Force looks like it might devolve into a Cinemax soft-focus pillow fight at any moment.  Everything is hunky dory.  So why am I griping? *  I’m griping because things are too perfect.  There’s…

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Send In The Capes.

I haven’t written anything since Orlando.  Comic books just didn’t seem that important for the last week.  Brightly colored escapism seemed vapid in the face of all this hate and vitriol.  With the whole country pointing fingers and scapegoating, reading about heroes in tights seemed almost in bad taste.  But now, I’ve had a weekend to think and drink and reflect and I’ve come to the conclusion…fuck all that noise.  This is exactly when I need, some uplifting escapism.  You probably do to. I was in Chicago when the coward…

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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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DC Comics: Stillbirth

So DC comics is again relaunching their entire line this month with another “universe-wide” change that “will affect every character” in their stable.   Speaking of stable. DC Comics’ books, stories and all that haven’t been “stable” for years. They promise one thing, and deliver something else, and it’s either late, not what was promised or just… plain… bad. Ten years of this.  Ten. Years. And people still ask me, “did you see this-thing happen with Superman” or “did you read the latest–” NO I DID NOT. I have a ton…

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