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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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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Who Would You Rather Marvel At?

Well, the news broke that Brie Larson is in early talks to play Captain Marvel in the upcoming movie. I’m going to go on at length as to what the actual reason is for this seemingly out-of-the-depths-of-space choice, why this is probably a mistake, and why another – fan-favorite – actress should be given the nod. Oh, man… where to begin… Okay, let’s talk physicality to start with. When I was thumb-wrestling RTK to see who’d get to write this, we discussed the idea that fit, healthy (or, as Hollywood…

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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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