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 #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 #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.

Thee Comic Column #10: The Uncanny Avengers

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Just like last week, this week on Thee Comic Column I’m dealing with something that I had really high hopes for but unfortunately let me down. However, the difference this week is that I AM going to give this book a second, third and forth, fifth and sixth chance, because I believe in Rick Remender THAT much.

I didn’t read Avengers Vs. X-Men, haven’t in fact read any Avengers or X-Men book in years other than Remender’s Uncanny X-force, which was introduction to the man and his wonderful writing. Still, I’ve tried to brush up on a little bit of the set-up for this new series via various websites and I think Remender has a pretty good chance to make something big and bad here.

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