Marvel traditionally does suburbs much better than D.C. as part of writing "relatable" teenage super-heroes. Marvel's heroes populate real cities (mainly New York, but not as much as the movies will have you believe), and their teenagers populate real suburbs. Peter Parker lives in Queens and commutes (flies) into Manhattan for work at the Daily … Continue reading Carry Me Back to Virginia – Vision (2015)
Most mainstream American comics are collaborative projects. Writers and artists push and pull each other to create something unique. Frank Miller is one of the figures who breaks this mold in the early 80s, moving between artist, writer-artist, and writer in Daredevil. Miller works great as a writer and writer-artist, but his art overpowers and … Continue reading Wolverine’s Internal Conflict – Wolverine (1982)
Nextwave is a hilarious insane book. It's full of jokes of all kinds, puns, slapstick, parody, hints of satire, absurd designs and concepts, and much more. It's also a deep cut Marvel nerd book, with fun references to every era and every style of Marvel book. This includes a lot of Kirby characters and concepts … Continue reading Angular Action in Nextwave
Going underwater is a strange idea. Going beneath the sea is progress - scientific achievement, discovery, invention. Yet going deeper is also horror, uncertainty, violence, pressure. Matt and Sharlene Kindt propel Dept. H forward on this sense of horror. The plot has the possibility for different perspectives on water and the sea, but it's felt … Continue reading The Underwater Menace of Dept. H
The sensibilities of 1970's Marvel Comics were largely shaped by Steve Gerber. He created a unique tone that mixed comedy, anarchy, and adventure. This was only possibly through comics' ability to collect and comment on different types of people and characters through quick visual and textual signifiers. His Man-Thing cannot speak and must only observe … Continue reading Comics Cultural Craziness – Mantlo and Mignola’s Rocket Raccoon
Tom King's Batman has caused controversy with critics and readers alike challenging his attempts at reshaping the Batman mythology. His overly structured narratives with large casts of characters challenge readers. Reading "I Am Suicide", the reader must question every character's background and motives, constantly thinking forward and backwards in time. In contrast, in Batman 14, … Continue reading Batman and Catwoman Run Out of Time in Batman 14
I study English Literature and Russian. I've read Gravity's Rainbow for fun. (Twice.) Yet I also read comics. I've read comics on and off since I was a kid but the amount has multiplied intensely in college. The more I'm assigned to read Chaucer or Tolstoy, the more I find myself reading Stan Sakai or Jack Kirby. … Continue reading What is this?