Making My Peace With The Force Awakens

There was no way to control my excitement and anticipation as the release date for The Force Awakens drew near at the end of 2015.  I tried but this was the first time in thirty years Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, Artoo, and Threepio would be together again in a new adventure on the BIG SCREEN.  As the credits rolled and the lights in the theatre came up…I wasn’t feeling what I wanted to feel.  David, Kalie, Jeff, Hannah, and I all stood around in the parking lot after our initial screening staring at each other until Hannah finally said what I was feeling too, “I kind of hated it.”  It didn’t feel like Star Wars to me.  The absence of Lucas’ vision was painfully evident.  BUT I’ve carried this resentment long enough.  It’s time for me to let go and celebrate what’s right with The Force AwakensContinue reading

Secret Struggle with Secret Empire

I’ve spent the last week in Italy with the other Theology teachers I’m blessed to work with and some of our students (and parents) exploring the religious history (and pizza!) the country has to offer.  The trip was amazing.  But now I’m back baby!  As I’ve only begun to catch-up on all the news that happened while I was away, I’m nowhere near ready to do a New American Resistance piece yet.  Still, I wanted to write something after being gone for so long and Marvel’s latest universe-wide crossover event Secret Empire seemed like a good place to start.  I guess a guy can’t even leave the country for one week without Marvel launching into another mega-event… Continue reading

Spider-Man at the Movies

Dear Readers (especially Sony Pictures),

I like to write about how much I love Spider-Man on this site.  I also like to write about how much I love reading Spider-Man comics.  But do you know what else I enjoy?  I love to watch Spider-Man movies.  Sony Pictures has been the steward of the web-slinger’s big screen adventures since 2002, giving us three movies with Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, two with Andrew Garfield, and now Tom Holland has taken over the webs as Spidey’s swung over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Yay!!!!  But Sony has made it clear there’s no set plans to keep Spider-Man in the MCU after the two Avengers movies and the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming.  They’re also insistent on building a Spidey-centered interconnected movie universe of their own…starring his villains (?) in solo films.  Don’t worry though, I’ve got this figured out.  Continue reading

Marvel’s Diversity Is One Of It’s Greatest Strengths

I’ve started writing this post four or five times.  After I read Marvel’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing David Gabriel’s comments about diversity hurting their sales last week, I wanted to say something.  I write about my love/the importance of Legacy Characters on this site a lot.  I also passionately defend their cultural, mythic, creative, and symbolic importance.  But my impassioned challenges to the system seemed contrived (as I wasn’t super angry since the internet rightly chastised Gabriel pretty quickly) and my outlines for what really hurt Marvel’s sales seemed irrelevant (as those points had already been well made).  So I finally decided to just simply speak about the personal importance of Marvel’s diversity to me, as a fan. Continue reading

Logan: A Fitting End

By Nancy of Graphic Novelty²   (This article contains some spoilers.)

Already a fan of Wolverine, when I heard the movie Logan would be inspired in part by the outstanding graphic novel Old Man Logan I had to give it a go. The movie exceeded my expectations in every way! Continue reading

“By The Power Of Grayskull…”

So Rob invited me to do a guest post for his brilliant site My Side Of The Laundry Room.  I was so excited!  I love Rob’s work and the way he walks us through his memories of everything fantastic and geektastic from his youth, bringing the past alive in authentic, hilarious, and poignant ways.  In so doing, he illustrates both the power and importance of memories in shaping who we are and the fun we can find when we bring the past into the present.  So what would I write about?  Well it had to be He-Man.  I loved He-Man growing up!!!!  When it comes to He-Man I…well, for anything else you’ll have to click over to Rob’s site.  This ended up being one of the most personal and rewarding pieces I’ve written so I’d appreciate your bouncing over to give it a read.  I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading

GASP…the story of how I’ve come to enjoy DC more than Marvel!

Okay…this is a big one.  This is a post I never thought I’d write.  The simple idea of saying I’ve come to love DC comics more than Marvel comics is something that makes the seven-year-old version of myself cringe and feel betrayed.  It’s something that the thirty-four-year-old version of me has a hard time believing too.  But…here we are.  I couldn’t hold back any longer.  This is just something I have to say.  Are you ready? Continue reading