The Comic Column #145: Re-reading the Age of Apocalypse

x_men__age_of_apocalypseAfter years of not missing an issue, some time around 1997 I had an epiphany and stopped reading all X-books. The epiphany was that I didn’t like these books at all anymore, hadn’t in fact liked them for quite some time, but what I now call “Fan Inertia” kept me dolling out the money to follow at least half a dozen books for years after I had checked out. When I go back and look at the X-books from that era, their style and presentation, content 0r lack thereof, I wonder how I ever continued past the first year or two after Chris Claremont left. Remember Magneto becoming Joseph? Or Eric the Red? Even the at-first intriguing tension between Bishop and Gambit wore out its welcome after too long a build up and, frankly, a contrived and fairly anti climatic revelation*.

Thee Comic Column #128: Let’s Talk About Joss Whedon’s Avengers

Avengers-Age-of-Ultron-PosterWell, I suppose it’s a bit of a no-brainer that I would be writing about Avengers: Age of Ultron today as pretty much any card-carrying geek on the interwebs is sure to feel the call to do so. That said, I want to talk about something beside plot points or how great everybody’s performances were; the effects; and juxtapositions between this and the Brian Michael Bendis comic story by the same name which just so happens to be VERY different. No, I don’t want to talk about any of that. What I really want to talk about is how Joss Whedon essentially brought a Chris Claremont comic from the 80s to life.

Thee Comic Column #119 – Inferno!

Could you pass the mustard please? I believe slathering my words – which I am about to eat – may go easier with a nice stone ground brown or perhaps even a lovely champagne dill atop them.

Thee Comic Column #82: Larry Hama’s Wolverine

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It hardly ever rains in Southern California. It’s one of the more irritating things I’ve had to acclimate to in the nine years since I moved from my Midwestern birthplace, where every spring and every fall thunderstorms would roll in and punched out the sky, replacing ho-hum reality with a charged and ethereal atmosphere that perfectly complimented the many late night comic book reading sessions of my early adolescence. One of the most vivid memories I have of an example of this was reading two very specific issues of Larry Hama, Marc Silvestri and Dan Green’s run on the original, on-going Wolverine solo book.

Thee Comic Column #79: Chris Claremont Documentary

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Last month the good folks at Sequart’s documentary about Chris Claremont and his classic run on Uncanny X-Men became available. Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men is something I’ve been waiting for since I found out about it some months ago and now that it’s out I heartily recommend all X-fans out there follow the link at the tail of this article and grab it. If you need some convincing just hope over to Sequart’s youtube page and subscribe to their feed – there’s so much promotional footage for the film that you will almost instantly become pleasurably overwhelmed by it.

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 #16: The Xmas Buying Guide

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In honor of the consumer frenzy and gift-buying insanity of the season, I thought I’d throw up a little guide to some of the collections and graphic novels that I feel would make great gifts for any discerning fan of graphic fiction. I figured to help you match like-minded material with potentially varied interests of those on your lists I’d break them up into three categories.

 

 

The Super Hero/action fan – defined as those who may or may not be familiar with comics but are fans of big budget movies based on them, ie – Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, Christoper Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy or flix like Kick Ass, Super or the brilliant Chronicle.

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