I had a strange experience with “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which premiered in theaters and on HBO Max March 26: It reminded me of lessons learned from a 43-year-old comic book story.
“Let There Be Battle!” was published in “Tales to Astonish” #100, an example of a 1960s phenomenon called a “split book.” Every month, half the pages of ...Read more
Welcome to Who Are These Guys, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” edition!
The third episode, “Power Broker,” introduced some people and concepts that are a little farther off the beaten path than usual. Let's get to it, then:
I didn’t want to jump in without revisiting our main characters, whose comic book background ...Read more
We’ve just wrapped up Women’s History Month, but the importance of women in comics is pretty much a year-round thing. Case in point: Three female-centric graphic novels this month that come highly recommended.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Vol. 2: Something Wicked
Archie Comics, $14.99
One of the best aspects of Sabrina is that unlike the ...Read more
I managed to make it through the entirety of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” Here’s what I learned:
NOTHING EVER ENDS
And by that, I don’t mean the movie, which clocks in at 4 hours, 2 minutes. Although sometimes it did feel like it would never end. (My partner went to bed halfway through.) The epilogue alone was almost 20 minutes!
It’s a big week for comics fans, only not in print. All the excitement comes from the small screen, where “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” both make their premiere.
If you don’t know what “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is, or how it’s different from the “Justice League” that came ...Read more
So did you watch “The Series Finale”?
Q: Which series finale?
A: You know what I mean. “The Series Finale” is the title of the last episode of “WandaVision.” Don’t pretend you didn’t watch it.
Q: I did, but I have some questions. Like, now that it’s over, can we say what “WandaVision” means?
A: It was Wanda’s vision ...Read more
So, DC Comics has rebooted its superhero line again. Except not really.
Through much of last year, the DC superheroes battled through something called “Dark Nights: Death Metal,” in which pretty much the whole multiverse was destroyed.
And then, of course, reborn. The nice thing about being a comics fan is knowing that, no matter how ...Read more
Graphic novels have become an essential part of our entertainment consumption, especially in the kids and young adult categories. In addition to be entertainment, though, they can also be important. Here are some that achieve that distinction:
I’ve often wondered if there was any sort of German resistance to the ...Read more
We are lucky to live in the era of Peak TV. But, as with every explosion of light, there are shadows. A dark side. And in the case of Peak TV, it’s the ending.
The TV landscape is littered with formerly favorite shows that failed to stick the landing, and thus remain bitter in memory. “Lost.” “Dexter.” “Seinfeld.”
There is no ...Read more
After “WandaVision” episode 5, Agent Jimmy Woo is gonna need a bigger whiteboard for all the new questions. Here’s a Q&A exploring those issues:
Q: “On a Very Special Episode …” riffed on 1980s sitcoms like “Family Ties” and “Full House,” complete with period wardrobe. Can even attractive people like Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) ...Read more
Now that you’ve watched Harry Vanderspeigle on Syfy’s “Resident Alien,” you should read about him in Dark Horse Comics. I think you’ll like the comics version better.
Not because the TV show isn’t good — from what we’ve seen so far, it is. But that’s mainly because of the comic timing of Alan Tudyk, who plays Vanderspeigle.
My Teetering Tower of Review Stuff is in danger of toppling over, so let’s cover as much ground as we can:
“Batman: Curse of the White Knight” (DC Comics, $39.99): It’s not your Daddy’s Batman! Come to think of it, it’s not even your older brother’s Batman.
A couple of years ago, comics multi-hyphenate Sean Murphy wrote and drew ...Read more
“WandaVision” is delightfully strange, isn’t it? But, believe it or not, the comics that may (or may not) have inspired it are even weirder.
Take the Vision. Unlike most superheroes, you can’t sum up his origin with a single phrase. He wasn’t rocketed to Earth from a doomed planet, for example, or bitten by a radioactive spider. His ...Read more