A New Age Cometh!

This month’s Previews carries an infrequent Marvel cover (now that they have their own Previews magazine), which one can read simply as a story development or as a signifier of the already heralded potential alternate reality to undo the damage delivered by Ultron. Of course, Marvel is no stranger to alternate realities, or reality re-writes, […]

Justice Leagues – Who’s Your Favorite?

I don’t think that anybody would argue that Grant Morrison produced the quintessential Justice League in the first series titled just with the initials JLA. With enormous concepts and world-shaking threats nearly every storyline, this is what we expected from DC’s big seven. Character development of the major players was reserved to the pages of […]

Aping The Trends (Or Is It Time For The Inferior Five Again?)

Last week, DC announced the revamp / relaunch / re-imagination for the New Age of the Green Team; four unbelievably rich teenagers with a mission to make the world a better place. Meanwhile, taking the themes of the Occupy Movement, with the (now not so very fresh and new) narrative of the 99% and the […]

Even Nostalgia Gets a Revamp!

And what a coincidence, just in time for Christmas. One has to wonder if comics will ever get over its love affair with the Thirties, or if indeed it should. It was the Thirties after all that gave birth to the longest surviving comics company, along with a host of other well-established characters that we […]

Keeping Up The Numbers

January solicitations reveal that another four titles of the DCnU will be joining December’s issue of G.I. Combat in carrying the ‘Final Issue’ tagline. It’s a mixed bunch, and the NYCC has done little to confirm what will replace them. The latest round of casualties are Legion Lost, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Grifter and the […]

Losses And Gains

So, now we know. In the wake of the creator re-shuffle at Marvel, Rick Remender confirmed on Monday via Twitter that he is leaving the Uncanny X-Force and the Secret Avengers. With his departure, the former of the two will cease publication. With a full thirty-seven issues, it has been an enjoyable ride, combining the […]

But With My Power Of Super-Entitlement…..

Newsarama have done a phenomenal breakdown of the complexities of the current executor of the Shuster estate attempting once more to claim the rights over Superman. I would not want to repeat it here, nor compete, but I do have a lot of thoughts to share. The first thing I notice is that the new […]

Inspiring Loyalty?

There’s providing a service, and then there is gouging. Cover price has long been a point of contention within the comics industry, never more so on the advent of the digital market. Comic stores felt threatened (rightly so) and after much discussion, a policy was hammered out that ensured that the local physical stores did […]

The Art Of The Franchise Crossover

While there is little on this week’s shipping list that fills me with enthusiasm, this is by far made up for with the news that IDW are releasing another of their franchise crossovers. As a science fiction fan since a small child, then this is a landmark event. What are the two biggest names in […]

Permanence

How permanent are our comic book universes? Even as I ask the question, I find myself wondering what that very word means. With DC’s recent announcement of the return of Earth 2 and the Shazam family of characters, we know the enduring characters and settings will return again and again. The recent (and thoroughly enjoyable) […]