Posts Tagged ‘Marvel’

The Thanos Imperative #3

Posted by on October 28th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

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Headache at the edge of the universe.

Thor: For Asgard #1-2

Posted by on October 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

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Is it any good? Not really. Marvel’s wool-mouthed version of Shakespeare is always heavy going, and no other kind of speech is provided here. Sometimes the writer connects. I liked this well enough: “Each has attracted a faction of similar minds from whom they hear nothing but the merit of their own words.” Neatly expressed, I think. But you don’t read a comic, or anything, to find one neat expression of a secondary idea.

American Son #1

Posted by on July 27th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

A decent cover followed by a whole lot of nothing. On display this issue: civilians with pointlessly dynamic postures, a black kid getting helped, unremarkable moments splashed across the page bigger than they should be.

Al Williamson Interview conducted by Steve Ringgenberg (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 12:05 AM

In this second, and final, installment of his 1982/1984 TCJ interview, Williamson ponders comic-strip reprints, praises collectors and talks about his film and music influences. Oh, and he tackles the are-comics-Art question.

False Starts, Part Three of Three: Dazzler #1

Posted by on June 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Of the small set of comics I’m reviewing in this series — all of them, current Marvel #1s — the Dazzler one-off is actually the best.

The comic is, at least, in touch with its own kitsch.

False Starts, Part Two of Three: Astonishing X-Men #1

Posted by on June 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The first issue in the new Astonishing X-Men series doesn’t manage to astonish in the least.

False Starts, Part One of Three: Avengers #1 and Secret Avengers #1

Posted by on June 14th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

In the abstract, one might assume that the first issue of a new series would represent a fresh start, and that one might pick it up and simply read it, without wading into a morass of back-story dozens of titles wide and hundred of issues deep.
In the Marvel Universe, at least, that assumption would be wrong.

Trina Robbins: Valerie Barclay 1922 – 2010

Posted by on March 11th, 2010 at 10:01 AM

In 1947, readers could mail in one dollar bill to Timely Comics and receive back in the mail a wonderful (and today priceless) little book called “Secrets Behind the Comics,” by Stan Lee. Along with such brief articles as “Who is Stan Lee? And why did he write this book?” and “Startling Facts About the Comics!” are snippets about pencilers, inkers and letterers like Ed Winiarski, Ken Bald, Morris Weiss, Syd Shores and George Sekowsky. There is exactly one woman mentioned in this little book: Violet Barclay, “Glamorous Girl Inker.”

Assault on New Olympus #1, Incredible Hercules #140

Posted by on March 10th, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Crossovers: Big and dumb, so why don’t kids like them?

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of 4

Posted by on December 30th, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Strange Tales is a thoroughly mixed bag as a whole, yet one that pretty much assures there’s something, somewhere, for everybody, particularly those familiar enough with the Marvelous Marvel Manner to get a laugh out of the abuses.

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