REVIEW OF PEARL #1

Jinxworld/ DC Comics October 2018   After more than a decade of working exclusively with Marvel Comics, Brian Michael Bendis’s move to rival DC Comics earlier this year proved to be a seismic shift in the pop culture landscape. Bendis not only had a massive impact on the four-color pages of Marvel comics with lengthy runs on Daredevil, the Avengers, and Ultimate Spider-Man, but also the creation of the Miles Morales Spider-Man and ex-super-hero/current PI Jessica Jones. But while Bendis was creating havoc with Marvel’s company-owned characters, he was also continuing his love of crime stories in the pages of his creator-owned Jinxworld...

Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim

POWERS: THE SECRET HISTORY of DEENA PILGRIM Brian Michael Bendis with Neil Kleid 2016 Thomas Dunne Books I often tell my son, a 13 year old comic book fan, that he is living in a golden age—that the glut of high quality comics-inspired movies and TV he takes for granted was not always so. Until the waning moments of the 20th century, there were few occasions on which film could do justice to the storytelling gifts of a Frank Miller, an Alan Moore, or a Neal Adams. Now that moviemakers have the technology, they can bring the unique aspects of the comic book medium convincingly to life. No modern writer better embodies the link between...

THE PULSE, Issues 1 – 5 with Kate (and Dan) Jul03

THE PULSE, Issues 1 – 5 with Kate (and Dan)

K: What’s a Jessica Jones? D: About $2.99. Why? ::snicker:: K: You know I hate that joke. D: Whatever. ::holds up fist for a bump that never comes:: Oh, just leave me hanging, why don’t you?! K: Deal with it. But really, with the buzz about the Netflix shows coming up? I know Daredevil. I’ve seen the Luke Cage and Iron Fist cosplayers at C2E2. So what’s a Jessica Jones? D: Fair question. Remember when we reviewed ALIAS awhile back? That was the book that introduced Brian Michael Bendis’s former-super-hero-now-private-eye-all-around-screw-up Jessica Jones. ALIAS was published under Marvel’s MAX imprint and lasted 28 issues. K: I liked that...

The United States of Murder, Inc. with Kate (and Dan) Jun05

The United States of Murder, Inc. with Kate (and D...

::Our scene opens with Kate (and Dan) wrapping up their semi-annual, only during the eclipse that coincides with the equinox viewing of GOODFELLAS and SCARFACE:: K: Ch… chainsaw? They used a ch… chainsaw on that guy? D: You say that every time we watch this movie! K: It was really splattery. It’s always really splattery. D: But then the mob guys slip up, and Johnny Law ends up busting up all the fun. These guys? These guys are just trying to get their piece of the Dream. And those government dopes end up spoiling everything! What do those jerks know about honor? Pfft. That’s what. K: Pfft? D: Pfft. K: Say it, don’t spray it. D: Shut up....