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Posted by Seb Patrick at 10:35 on 30 Jun 2015
And so it seems as good a time as any to look back over the past decade-and-a-half of revamped, alternate-universe Marvel stories. And to do so in as much punishing detail as possible, by examining the merits of every single ongoing and mini series published under the imprint.
Posted by Seb Patrick at 20:30 on 27 Feb 2015
This is, of course, the very nature of media publicity in general - but there just seems to be something particularly acute about it in comics. Genuine, industry-shattering hits are rare - and ones that break through into the wider consciousness all the rarer - and so for that reason, the publishers seem determined to make sure that they, and not the readers, are the ones to identify which ones they'll be, so that they can be accordingly prepared to deal with them.
Posted by Seb Patrick at 11:13 on 10 Feb 2015
Posted by Seb Patrick at 20:51 on 28 Jan 2015
To be honest, if anything killed the Ultimate universe - aside from a lot of really, really bad comics by people who weren't Brian Michael Bendis - it was the movies. The MCU Avengers have made the Ultimates look as dated as they once made the original Avengers look. It's hard to say any of them will be missed, now. Especially Ultimate Cap. We hate that guy.
But if you're asking, we'd like to keep Gwen Stacy and Jessica Drew, in addition to Miles. And maybe Ganke, at a push.
Posted by Seb Patrick at 10:04 on 09 Dec 2014
Regular service should be resuming shortly, and we also have some exciting plans on the podcast side of things to hopefully tell you about soon, but in the meantime, I thought I'd catch up with what's been going on in comics in the time that we haven't been posting. So here's a list of every comic I've bought (either on Comixology or in print) since our last new post, and a quick comment on what I thought of each them. I make no apology for the lack of intense scrutiny or in-depth analysis contained within, but at least in terms of sheer volume of comics it's decent value for money... right?
Posted by Seb Patrick at 19:38 on 12 Oct 2014
Posted by Seb Patrick at 10:58 on 07 Oct 2014
While many of the criticisms offered by this kind of article are more than valid, it's long seemed to us to be somewhat unfair that the entire decade gets written off as filled with excessive, gimmick-driven, pouch-laden dross. It could just be that we started reading superhero comics ourselves (mostly) in the '90s, or it could be that there were genuinely some absolutely terrific comics produced in that decade amid whatever fiasco Rob Liefeld was involved with that week. Even putting aside the obvious likes of Sandman and Preacher, if you look specifically within superhero comics you can find things that are capable of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the preceding late '80s age that draws so much acclaim.
So to prove this, we've come up with a list of ten superhero comics that all began publication in the '90s (and ended it, if not within the decade, then close enough to the end of it) that we think are genuine, un-ironic, bona fide classics.
Posted by James Hunt at 10:54 on 07 May 2014
I am a nerd on the Internet, and I had a problem with Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's fair to say I'm probably not the first. But unlike most, I'm not going to complain about the fact that they changed Felicia Hardy's hair colour, or that they made Harry into the Goblin before Norman, or that Gwen Stacy died in the wrong way. My problem is a less superficial one, and it's with the film's primary antagonist, Max "Electro" Dillon.
Posted by James Hunt at 11:17 on 02 May 2014
Posted by James Hunt at 09:34 on 28 Apr 2014