The first three episodes of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" have arrived on The CW, part of the five-episode crossover featuring characters from "Arrow," "Batwoman," "Black Lightning," "The Flash," "Legends of Tomorrow" and "Supergirl." It has lived up to its promise as the biggest TV crossover ever done -- in characters, scale and ambition -- but ...Read more
New graphic novels come out all year long, but they take on extra significance during the holiday season. Here are a few that crossed my desk recently that could find a place on your gift list:
"Chasing Echoes" (Humanoids, $19.95): Will Eisner's "A Contract with God" and Art Spiegelman's "Maus" are significant milestones in the creation of the ...Read more
'Tis the season of Thanksgiving, and as it happens, I do have a lot of people to thank. The public relations folks I deal with all the time are often unknown to the public, but they make my column, and the work of many another ink-stained wretch, orders of magnitude better. Let's do some shout-outs:
Thanks to Anthony Blackwood of Marvel Comics....Read more
"Dawn of X" has arrived at Marvel Comics, and the morning light has revealed the contours of a new world for the X-Men.
Here's how it began: Back in July, superstar writer Jonathan Hickman launched two related, six-issue miniseries: "House of X," and "Powers of X." Despite starring the X-Men, both books were pronounced as if the "X" in each ...Read more
I'm talking about the streaming wars. Yes, they've been going on for quite a while: behind-the-scenes rumors, buyouts, public announcements, cancellations, transplants, some actual premieres, the works. But it's really begun now, because two heavyweights have taken the field: Apple and Disney.
(Also, "it's begun" is a really cool ...Read more
How do you find your voice?
It's a question that each of us must answer on our own, usually in adolescence. But when you're a 13-year-old Dinah Lance, it has a more literal meaning, because her voice is the famous sonic weapon used by the superhero Black Canary. That's the concept behind the latest outstanding young adult graphic novel from DC ...Read more
The Geek-O-Tron 1000 News Ticker has been working overtime. Let's take a look at the whats, and then discuss the whos, whys, wheres and the sometimes how muches of the latest developments:
ITEM: "Cloak & Dagger" Smothered and Knifed!
Yep, after two seasons on Freeform, the show starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, adapted from Marvel Comics...Read more
"Watchmen" arrived on HBO Oct. 20, to rave reviews, viewer excitement and ... well, honestly, a lot of anxious confusion. Let's deal with that.
For those living under a rock for the last 33 years, "Watchmen" was a 12-issue comic book series published by DC Comics in 1986. Based on a line of C-list superheroes that DC had just purchased, the ...Read more
"Batwoman" has arrived on The CW, filling the bat-shaped hole in our hearts left by the cancellation of "Gotham." And not a moment too soon!
Premiering on Oct. 6, "Batwoman" stars Ruby Rose as Kate Kane, a.k.a. the eponymous crime fighter, taking the place of Batman, who has been missing for three years. Gotham has gotten even worse in the ...Read more
Warner Bros.' "Joker" made $96 million at the box office in its opening weekend, making it the biggest October opening of all time. But it also raises a lot of questions, both in-story and out here in the world, which your humble narrator will seek to answer.
Q: Is this the real origin of The Joker?
A: Sure! And so are all the others.
The ...Read more
On Sept. 25, People who gave the debut episode of "Stumptown" a try met an unusual woman, one whose life is a mess, but whose ability to manage violent, unpredictable situations is nonpareil.
Dex (it's short for Dexedrine, which is a hint of how odd her life has been) Parios is a combat vet, in her mid-30s but acts younger, takes care of her ...Read more
Summer's over, school's begun ... but the drumbeat of genre material on screen, in print and on TV continues unabated. Fall will be (in some cases literally) fantastic. Let's preview:
AT THE MOVIES
"Joker" is the first to arrive, and the one we know the most about -- most of it really positive. Premiering Oct. 4, "Joker" has won the Venice ...Read more
Alex Segura, the co-president of Archie Comics, has been telling an entirely non-comics story for many years. Starting with 2013's "Silent City," Segura related the travails of Miami P.I. Pete Fernandez through four novels.
And now with a fifth, "Miami Midnight," that story might be finished. Segura says he's wrapping up the Pete Fernandez ...Read more