…..really?? – Marvel Legacy Edition

I enjoy writing impassioned pieces here.  There is a special sort of joy that comes from something born of your heart and soul taking shape in your writing.  I also like to pride myself on writing informed and researched pieces.  I’m not one to rant emotionally with nothing to base it on.  However, one of the early posts on this blog was titled “…..really?” and it dealt with my shock and frustration over the (now infamous) Hydra Cap reveal.  I’ve come to deeply respect what’s come of the story and I’ll openly admit I was wrong.  Buuuut sometimes you just need to rant so I’m taking the title of that piece – “…..really??” – and turning it into an occasional series where I react to an idea before I really have any idea what’s up :).  Today’s focus is Marvel Legacy! Continue reading

Fitting Spider-Man and the Spider-Verse Inside the Multiverse

This post marks a personal milestone!  For someone who loves Spider-Man as much as I do, I haven’t really explored Peter Parker’s current exploits since returning to comic reading.  I’ve followed his adventures with Deadpool, read a lot of Miles Morales, and flirted with vow renewals…but no Amazing stories.  THAT CHANGES NOW!  I’ve taken my first real steps into the world Dan Slott’s created for Peter Parker over the last ten years with his “Spider-Verse” storyline.  To make this occasion as special as it should be, I figured I’d read Brian Greene’s The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos and see if there was any connection between Spidey’s multiverse jumping and what actual scientists are exploring in regard to multiverse theories. Continue reading

The Funkos Have Hooked Me (or Jeff Read This Before Buying Me A Present)

The genesis of this post came from two sources.  First, for reasons that are still unclear to me, I have found myself (like much of our culture) enthralled with these odd, bobbly-headed, blank-faced little characters.  Second, last Christmas Jeff surprised me with two of them (which two? you’ll have to read on to find out!).  He then told me I should do a post about them, a post I update from time to time, so if he (or any other family member or friend) wanted to get me one for my birthday or Christmas or something they’d know which I had and could surprise me without fear of duplication.  So, for a little light reading, let’s see if we can figure out why I’m hooked on these things. Continue reading

X-Men Gold: Will We Seek the Original Over the Familiar?

The idea of X-Men Gold and the whole “Resurrection” (I refuse to spell it with that stupid “X” – I get what you were going for Marvel but it’s dumb and I’m not playing) reboot seemed pretty exciting.  After years on the periphery of relevance, Marvel was returning the X-Men to the spotlight.  They were going to be battling super villains!  Teaching new mutants!  Symbolizing those rejected by society as they fought to protect a world that hated and feared them!!!  The tropes that made the X-Men a cultural juggernaut in the 80’s and 90’s were coming back baby!  X-Men Gold delivers wonderfully…but that’s all it seems to deliver.  In being so familiar at the expense of pushing new ideas, X-Men Gold has come to symbolize a major cultural problem for me. Continue reading

Free Comic Book Day and My Guardians Of The Galaxy Sampler!

Yes, it’s the first Saturday in May and that means FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! This is the sixteenth year this event’s been a part of our pop culture experience.  Personally, this is only the second time I’ve participated as someone picking up free comics, having just come back to reading them recently.  This year I waited in line (in my Star Lord garb from the movie on Thursday night) ready to take home my free comic and celebrate my favorite independent book store/comic shop – Books Galore.  On the costume note, special thanks to Green Onion who pointed out to me on Twitter Thursday that my Star Lord costume was missing a Walkman!  How did I let that slide by?!?  Thankfully I had time to go home after work to get my old Walkman before the movie so I was good to go on Thursday night and this morning.  Thanks man! 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

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