Thee Comic Column #141: Jeff Lemire’s Moon Knight

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I’ll be the first to admit I’ve not read anything Jeff Lemire has written except for the first few issues after Justice League Dark passed from Peter Milligan to him. I didn’t stick around, not because of anything Lemire did, it had just become abundantly apparent to me that the editorial staff was crafting the direction of that book more than the writer. Milligan bounced, Lemire probably received a call asking if he could take it and wah-la. Justice League Dark became considerably less Vertigo-lite (at that point any Vertigo flavor seemed a good thing) and considerably more JLA.

Thee Comic Column: Goodbye Marvel Universe Hello… Battleworld?

NEOeY2HqTwZgSS_1_3It is not a coincidence that my previous column outlined my plans to leave Marvel Comics as a monthly reader and then a scant two weeks later we get the massive announcement that the House of Ideas is destroying their 75 year-old Universe – as well as their 15 year old Ultimate Universe – in a major continuity upheaval come May. No, that was not a coincidence at all. My inner comics circle know I kinda called this after juxtaposing second hand information about Jonathan Hickman’s current “World’s Collide” storyline in his Avengers books with the very ‘real’ sentiment Marvel editorial staff seemed to be approaching the recent Death of Wolverine storyline with. However, though leaving the Marvel fold so to speak, I do not do so with the vitriol some have bore this world-rending news. I simply see this moment as what my friend Louis has called a perfect “jumping off point”. Am I upset? Outraged? No, not really. Am I skeptical? Perhaps, but maybe more than anything else I am actually quite confused at how I have interpreted the news and intend to use this week’s column to jot down my own thoughts for the first time and really get to the bottom of how I – an essentially life-long Marvel fan – feel about the company razing all that has come before and carrying on in a new direction.

Thee Comic Column #67: My Favorite Comics of 2013

Yes indeed I am a little late with this, but things have been heating up the last few weeks what with the holidays and a crazy work schedule so I’ve not had the ample time to reflect on all the absolutely amazing comics that were published last year. Yeah, I know – excuses excuses. After doing a similar column last year with a ‘best of’ moments snapshot I thought I’d do another but focus more on the books that blew me away in 2013, as it was a grand year for comics all around. Below is a short list of some of my favorites.

Thee Comic Column #61: Rick Remender & the Future of the Marvel U-SPOILERS

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Okay, you saw the big SPOILER in the title bar, right? I implore you, if you read Uncanny Avengers or even causally follow what’s going on in the Marvel U don’t take the easy way –  take the awesome way! Go pick up the books and read them as they are meant to be read. That said…

He’d been setting it up for thirteen issues – longer when you consider a lot of this is seeded in his Uncanny X-Force run – but last week when Rick Remender tweeted that November 27th’s Uncanny Avengers #14 was going to have a big impact on the Marvel Universe (tweet below) and that he was “looking forward to the hate mail” I got excited and began to re-read Remender’s entire UA run as a run-up.

Thee Comic Column #34: Bendis’ All-New X-Men

Brian Michael Bendis X-Men

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When I first heard Brian Michael Bendis was jumping from writing Avengers to X-Men I was pretty interested. However, I learned early on with his Avengers run that I just could not keep up. I’ve gone back and read the first few trades of New Avengers and really dig it, but BMB writes A LOT of the Marvel Universe and I’m weary of books/arcs that are too close to the main continuity, as when you read them you tend to get pulled into crossovers. And although I trust Bendis I don’t 100% trust the overall editorial department at Marvel. Sorry, but I have my reasons, chieft among them dating back to around 2007. At that time I had disavowed crossovers for well over a decade but with all the run-up on Civil War at the time I truly thought things had changed (i.e. the crossover formula: a major, world-or-universe-threatening menace that is defeated in the last few pages of the last issue so that status quo can be re-instated). I decided to give Civil War a chance and though I enjoyed most of it the end left me walking around mumbling the old, “Fool me once,” parable, and that made me look crazy.

Thee Comic Column #24: The Return of Bendis & Maleev’s Scarlet

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Thee Comic Column #12: What’s in a year? 1991

UGh! 90’s comic art is the equivalent of tight-rolled jeans! Image courtesy of Marvel wiki.com

Good lord, does that picture say it all or what? This is the state of the mainstream comic book world in 1992, when Rob Liefeld’s X-Force was all the rage and Mr. Liefeld and his contemporaries were on the cusp of breaking off from the Big 2 and forming their own company, the now-twenty year old Image Comics. Looking back on the 90’s I largely remember it as the WORST time in mainstream comics and the BEST time in left of center, indie books. I’ve talked about the indie stuff at length and recently, but the mainstream stuff…

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