Marvel Misses

I read a couple of recent articles in which Marvel exec David Gabriel stated that issues of Marvel titles featuring women and ethnically diverse characters just weren’t selling well. He was quoted as saying, “people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there.” In effect, titles starring or featuring female characters front and center weren’t selling, and by extension, dragging down overall sales figures for the entire line. Well, it’s starting to emerge that this is pretty much a big pile of horseshit. Marvel has always had a…

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Nostrodumbass

2016 sucked. Apropos of nothing, here are my predictions for 2017. Misty Knight will be the new Captain America. By July, DC will be making noises about rebooting one of their major characters yet again. Bruce Banner will come back from the dead…again. Thanos will continue to be overused. Amadeus Cho will continue to be a tool. Moon Knight will continue to be brilliant…and then be cancelled. Doctor Strange will be cancelled by October. Kamala Khan will experience violent prejudice first hand.  My money says her brother gets attacked or…

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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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