Thee Comic Column #111: The Real John Constantine

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 12.30.20 AMHoly cow. Now this my friends, this is John Constantine. I mean, if you can hold in your mind’s eye the *eck* movie version from 2005, add to it the current NBC version and then watch this short made with a super small budget and barely any effects at all, well, I think you’ll agree that this isn’t just John Constantine done right, this is John Constantine done probably as close to perfect as we’re ever going to get in our lifetime by a video production company.

Thee Comic Column #95: Zak Snyder’s Wonder Woman

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Thee Comic Column #87: The Doom That Came To Gotham

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Let’s talk about reading habits. Several weeks ago I was firmly entrenched in my weekly floppies, marveling at the usual monthly awesomeness by Remender, Kirkman and some new stuff by Ennis. However, one thing that this column does not reflect, for obvious reasons, is that I do not only read comics. Literature is also a love of mine, from F. Scott Fitzgerald, to Bret Easton Ellis, David Foster Wallace, Donna Tartt – the list goes on and on. In short if we were to talk about my reading habits they are, in a word, habitual.

Thee Comic Column #57: Sandman Overture

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Last year when Neil Gaiman first announced that he would be returning to Vertigo to pen a new story about The Lord of Dreams I was instantly elated. While it’s true that in 2013 most everyone is a bit burned out on sequels, prequels, spin-offs and the like, Mr. Gaiman’s classic series Sandman – which ran for approximately eight years from 1989 to 1996 –  is a complete epic that, in my mind at least, retains all of the power that it had over me from the first time I read it and remains unsullied by time – a remarkable story that effortlessly weaves the nuances of the beauty, tragedy and triumphs of life into a fable for the ages. Sandman has remained pretty much pure as the driven snow for many of those that have carried it through two subsequent decades since its realization, two decades that have given it time to live and breathe in our hearts and minds.

Thee Comic Column #49: Collid…er… I mean Federal Bureau of Physics

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After waiting for most of July due to erroneously published release dates for Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez’s Collider I finally had it in my box at the Comic Bug the last week of the month and whisked it home with fairly high expectations.

It did not disappoint.

It’s hard to see exactly where the story is going from the first issue – think of reading Ex Machina #1 the day it came out and having no idea the heights it was setting itself up to soar to – but that’s not what really got me excited by the book. What did get me excited is the world that Collider #1 established. And oh, what a wonderful world it is!

Thee Comic Column #25: China Mieville’s Dial H for Hero

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Ever since I came across China Mieville’s short story “Reports of Certain Events Around London” in McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, circa 2004, I’ve been in love with the man’s writing. “Reports” is kind of half-Lovecraft, half-Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol and it led me to seek out King Rat, Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council – basically all of Mr. Mieville’s published novels at the time. Since then he’s a buy-it-the-day-it-comes-out favorite of mine, so when I found out last spring that Mieville would be writing a comic for DC’s New52 I was excited. I’d never heard of Dial H for Hero before although this was being touted as a re-launch, and frankly it sounded a bit second or third tier. However, I figured that was probably a good thing. More room for the man to do what he wants than have to live up to a rabid fanbase’s demands via a strict editorial demands.

Thee Comic Column #22: Karen Berger

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I think it’s appropriate to dedicate an episode of TCC to Karen Berger, who until December 3rd of last year was the Executive Editor & Senior Vice President of DC Comic’s Vertigo imprint, when she announced she would be stepping down.

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