Posted on: July 25th, 2012 REVIEW: X-Treme X-Men #1

X-Treme-X-MenI’m not big on the space-time continuum. I’ve discussed my reasons before. Because of that, I’m not a fan of multiverses, but it’s just a thing in comics so I carry on. I don’t care for things that label themselves as “Extreme”. It’s just a hang-up of mine that has no real reason.

I picked up X-Treme X-Men #1 today. And it is a story labeling itself extreme with the cute play on words, telling of a problem in the space-time continuum in which the multiverse is falling apart. So I hated it, right? Ah…I didn’t tell you the most important parts. It’s written by Greg Pak. And Dazzler plays a big part. So…no. No, I didn’t hate it. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: July 18th, 2012 REVIEW: Captain Marvel #1

Captain Marvel 1 coverI assume if you take on the stance of “I’ll never read a chick comic” you simply do not care how stupid you sound. Nobody can rid you of that stupidity. I can talk until I’m blue in the face and you’ll still be an idiot. Then I’d be an idiot since I was fighting a losing battle to begin with. So if that’s your stance, nothing I’m about to say will change your thought process. Go on back to being a fool.

For the rest of you, let’s talk Captain Marvel #1.

I ranted and raved about Marvel’s inadequacies when it came to female title characters. They didn’t even exist for a while. How can Deadpool carry more titles than all the women of Marvel combined? Didn’t seem right. So, although the numbers are painfully low given their competition’s books, Marvel has not only released a new Carol Danvers title, they’ve announced that Jeff Parker will be offering his talents in writing Betty Ross for Red She-Hulk #58. It’s a start. And if these books will be anything like Kelly Sue Deconnick’s Captain Marvel, it’s going to be a great time to be a Marvel fan again. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: July 11th, 2012 REVIEW: Revival #1

Revival1First I sat with my mouth open. Blinking. I had goosebumps. I got cold. I was wickedly uncomfortable. I was freaked the hell out. Revival by Tim Seeley. Art by Mike Norton.

This book is creepy. Like super creepy. Like I never want to go to Wisconsin creepy. So good.

Revival is the story of a small town in rural Wisconsin and a group of dead folks didn’t stay dead. They aren’t zombies, they just brushed themselves off and carried on. Now the local police (and the nation) is trying to deal with all the craziness surrounding this incident. We follow Dana specifically. Police officer in a district where her father happens to be sheriff. Issue one is our introduction to key characters and a feel for the hysteria. It also exposes us to one of the revived. And…um…wow. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: July 4th, 2012 Dear Comics: I’m So Bored of Grit

Angry SpidermanSo here I am. Reading comics. Like I do. And expressing my scattered opinions on stories to my brother. Like I do. And I start noticing a trend. Primarily in the books from Marvel and DC, but that’s just because I read a lot of those.

Why do characters have to be jerks to pretend they’re compelling?

Do they actually need to be that way? Or is it just easy for the writer to create the facade of depth when they’re mean and angry? Let me explain: Read the rest of this entry »