Monthly Archives: July 2014

Name That (Comic) Character, July 2014

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It is time once again for Name That Comic Character. We provide the clues, and you guess the character’s identity. It doesn’t get any more straight forward than that.

1) S/he was created by an English (from England) writing duo.

2) Shares a vocation with Star Trek’s Lt. Worf.

3) Loosely based on an “astronaut”.

4) Despite appearances, s/he is a powerful telepath.

5) S/he has brown hair.

6) Has been a character in storylines involving Thanos, the Starjammers, Kang, the Inhumans, the Kree and the Shi’ar (not all at the same time though).

Did you figure it out? Remember, if you think you know the answer, leave it in the comments section. We will announce the answer Saturday morning, so be sure to check back and see if you were right.

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The Duality of Comic Characters

What I like to refer to as the duality of characters, in which long standing characters are often defined in two very different, and in some instances opposite, manners has existed in comics for many decades. It’s still the same character and yet they can be very different. So what’s the deal?

batman_Adam_WestThe most well known example of this is Batman.  Most comic fans, and in fact many non-comic fans will recognize “The Dark Knight” and “The Caped Crusader” as nicknames for Batman. Not only are these nicknames, but they have become a large part of the Batman mythos. Most people will associate the Caped Crusader with the old Adam West 1966 Batman television show. The show was definitely about Batman, but it was campy, goofy and generally light hearted fun. Since then, the Caped Crusader has come to represent the kinder, gentler Batman who carries shark repellent on his utility belt. The Dark Knight on the other hand, lives up to his name. In my lifetime this has been exemplified by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises), but this version of Batman is closest to the original. Until the Comics Code, Batman had a decidedly dark and gritty feel to it, taking much from its Depression era roots. This Batman is far more aggressive and is willing to go to much greater lengths if it enables him to take down the villain. Continue reading

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Editorial | Have You Seen This (X)man?

Yes, I actually own this book.

Yes, I actually own this book.

As many of my readers who regularly follow the blog know, I really love Marvel’s blue, furry X-man Beast.  I’ve written poems about him, and even my local comic book store regularly puts aside issues in which he appears for me to pick up.  Seriously, it doesn’t matter what the book is about, I will buy it if Beast is in it.  About a year ago I decided that I wanted to find a Beast statue, so I enlisted Andrew to help me look.  I had no idea what I was getting us both into.

The first place I looked for Beast was, naturally, New York Comic Con.  Conventions are often a great place to get hard to find collectible items.  Lots of times comic book store owners will bring comics and collectibles that have been sitting in their stores for a long time, and they are willing to strike a bargain to avoid taking them home again.  So I enthusiastically started at one end of the floor and headed toward the other.  I have to be honest; I didn’t scour NYCC for a Beast statue.  That was my first convention and I was pretty overwhelmed with the shiny things on both sides of me.  Besides, how hard could it possibly be to find a statue of one of Marvel’s more popular characters?  That was probably a poor choice of rhetorical questions. Continue reading

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Saturday Review: Thor & Loki, The Tenth Realm

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This summer, as with every summer for the last seven years, I have found myself eyeballs deep in the latest comic book event. This year it is Marvel’s Original Sin, which to my surprise has been pretty enjoyable. What is even more surprising is how much I’m liking the tie-in, especially this week’s Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #2.

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