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In which, Andrew has a conversation with Santana Perez and Andrew Piovane about the hottest comics on the shelves this fall. Of course, Death of Wolverine is the big one, but there is a lot that is happening in the comic book world. There is also a discussion of up-coming comic book movies–especially Marvel’s Age of Ultron. As always, hilarity ensues. Continue reading →
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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?
The 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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Tagged as Batman, Batman Begins, Caped Crusader, comics, Dark Knight, Superman, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Wolverine, Wolverine and the X-Men
The long awaited sequel to Sin City is coming out at the end of the summer, but not before it makes headlines for butting heads with the MPAA. The issue stems from the new one sheet poster featuring Eva Green in a rather revealing “robe”. The MPAA sites several complaints, including the “curve under the breast”. Dimension Films has stated it is working with the MPAA to come up to a compromise on the poster so we should expect to see a modified version soon. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes out August 22.
It’s Eva Green, so at this point, a quick Google search is way more revealing than this poster. Lighten up MPAA.
If you enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past but are puzzled by the maze that is X-Men continuity, well then Comics Alliance has got some great jumping on points throughout the entirety of X-Men history. Some of my personal favorites are Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men, Mike Carey’s run on X-Men, Chris Claremont’s run on Uncanny X-Men and Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men. To be perfectly honest though, I would recommend any of the listed jumping on points, since they are all awesome stories or runs.
Even the 90’s have some good stuff, you just have to look harder to find it.
Finally, we’ve got a summer reading list from the newest member of Sourcerer’s writing staff, CompGeekDavid. I have read or am currently reading everything on this list, so I can say with confidence that every title is worth your time. I’m especially keen on the Abnett/Lanning Guardians of the Galaxy which provides a lot of the basis for this summer’s blockbuster.
Marvel 1602 was one of the first trade paperbacks I bought at NYCC back in 2007.
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Tagged as Andy Lanning, Astonishing X-Men, Chris Claremont, CompGeekDavid, Dan Abnett, Eva Green, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jason Aaron, Joss Whedon, Marvel 1602, Mike Carey, MPAA, NYCC, Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Sourcerer, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-men
Being relatively new to comics, I’ve noticed several misconceptions that the general public seems to have about comic books. While the reasons for these misconceptions vary from person to person, they really do the industry a disservice. Comics are often pushed to the fringes of pop culture because people who might otherwise be interested in the content are basing their opinions on bad information and missing out. I’d like to take a few minutes and address some of those and see if we can clear things up.
Misconception #1: Comic books are all about superheroes in tights and capes.
Not a cape to be found.
Some of my favorite comic books have absolutely nothing to do with superheroes. Sure, most of the books put out by Marvel and DC involve superheroes (though not all are wearing costumes), but those are not the only publishers of comics. Both Image and Vertigo are publishing great books that feature characters other than superheroes. In fact, Image has been driving a wonderful resurgence in the science fiction comic book. There is a comic book to fit every reader’s tastes; it’s just a matter of finding it.
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Tagged as comics, DC, Green Lantern, Image, Manhattan Projects, Marvel, Satellite Sam, Vertigo, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-men, Youngblood