Not Just a Man in a Bat Costume

The day came when I refused to go back to CCD classes. I knew every Sunday when I learned about how mad God was at me my sister was home watching Batman. The unfairness rankled. I put my tiny foot down (I was a truly small, itty kid) and my mom shocked my by agreeing. Joy! The day I asked her why the bad guys didn’t just shoot Batman instead of coming up with all of these bizarre contraptions, I learned an important life lesson. “Because,” she answered patiently, “then the show would be over.” My life long love of all things Bat had began. An older still not tall me was hand fed comics by the not quite as patient but still rather wise...

CRIMINAL 10th Anniversary Issue Reviewed

CRIMINAL: The 10th Anniversary Issue Image Comics 2016   Having spent the winter moving to a new house, I came across a poster tube with a beautiful print of the Criminal #3 cover that’d I’d been misplacing on and off again for years. The shipping label had a date that was hard to believe and I shrugged it off until a few days later when I saw an announcement that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips were celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Criminal with the release of a new issue. How has it been a decade of looking for extra wall space and a reason to frame the poster, and how has my favorite series been around that long?   To...

Unfollow, Wonder Woman and Grayson Reviewed May20

Unfollow, Wonder Woman and Grayson Reviewed

UNFOLLOW Vertigo Comics Vertigo has over the years put out some amazing comics. Some of them don’t make the big splash I would expect them too and seem to fall through the cracks for some reason. I’m hoping this one really grabs people because it’s a great idea and a lot of fun. Using the popularity of social media this story has the founder of a Twitter like network messing with people on his deathbed. Eighteen million dollars will be dived between 140 randomly picked people. If any of them die, their share goes to the survivors. Human nature being what it is of course the 140 are all on a hit list, because who wants to share when you can...

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK

Black Mask Studios 2016        I’m a sucker for a good title. A good title can make your book stand out from the crowd. It can serve as a memorable hook to draw in your reader. A good title can live in your brain and make you smile whenever you hear it. Here, try this. I bet you can’t stop smiling: STAR WARS. See? THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Right? A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. So good! All great titles that provide a catchy, solid hook to draw in the customer. A catchy hook that is snagged in your brain, so that whenever you hear it, you smile. And now we can add 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK to that list. But like the other titles on this list, 4 KIDS is...

The New Archie & Jughead Reviewed Apr09

The New Archie & Jughead Reviewed

Archie, the classic of all classics…rejuvenated. Mark Waid in the new Archie takes all the greatness of the last 75 years and adds nuances for the modern era, for instance, using cell phones to add effect to the breakup of Betty and Archie in the beginning of the story, a break up which sets the emotional stage at Riverdale High. The series starts with the huge fight that has gone for ages, Betty vs Veronica. Archie has just broken up with Betty after the “Lipstick Incident”. The school tries to get them back together through prom but Jughead is wise enough to thwart that plan because it would be forced. Now the Lodges have moved in...

WONDER WOMAN EARTH ONE Volume 1

WONDER WOMAN EARTH ONE Volume 1 DC Comics On Sale Date: April 6th A number of years back Marvel comics launched a line of comics under the heading Ultimate. Spider-man, E-Men, Fantastic Four and a new version of the Avengers all rebooted in a separate universe with no continuity baggage or history to bog down story telling. It was cool and exciting and the first few years felt really hip. Of course over the years it developed its own continuity issues and baggage and this past summer was folded into the regular Marvel Universe. DC Comics has established multiple earths within the DC Universe and each is designated a number. Earth One is now...