I read a FOR REAL horror comic book that was super scary and everything. It was IDW’s beyond brilliant Locke & Key series by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, and Jay Fotos. It was recommended to me with the highest of recommendations by Nancy (of Graphic Novelty² fame). She digs this comic. It took me months to marshal the courage needed to actually read a for real horror comic series. But I did it! After surviving, I wrote this post for Kalie on her blog Just Dread-full. Listen, this was a big moment for me. I read something super scary and survived! Also, the comic had a powerful message at it’s heart. As if that wasn’t enough, I also wrote it to mark the three year anniversary of the day Kalie and I met. I know…awwwww. So, um, why haven’t you clicked the link yet?? C’mon people! Time’s a wastin’! You should read this thing!
I’m about to write a line I never expected to write. Are you ready? Gerry Duggan, Mike Hawthorne, and Matteo Lolli’s Deadpool is the best Secret Empire tie-in I’ve read. By far. Without question. No contest. Now, I love me some Deadpool! But with Sam Wilson: Captain America and Steve Rogers: Captain America and Champions and all the one shots (Uprising, Underground, and United) being on my pull list, I never thought ol’ Wade Wilson’s tale would be the best. But it is! Deadpool presents the everyman’s tale inside this massive, emotionally-heavy crossover event. It shows Secret Empire from the perspective of the “regular person” trapped within this system, struggling against the banality of evil growing around them while having no choice but to play their part in the new regime. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, word broke that Marvel had finally cast their Squirrel Girl for Freeform’s upcoming 2018 TV series New Warriors. Never a part of the team (to my knowledge) in the comics, Squirrel Girl will join Night Thrasher, Speedball, Microbe, Debrii, and Mister Immortal in this “live action scripted comedy” about “young people learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.” As someone who loves The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, I’ve been chatting with family and friends about what I hope will carry over from the comics to the live action version of Doreen Green. Then I thought, Hey Michael! You should write this down and turn it into a post too! So here are those very hopes and dreams for Milana Vayntrub’s Squirrel Girl! Continue reading
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
Of the many tropes to regularly wind their way through the Spider-Man comics over the years, the one that always wears on me is when some chain of events cause the “friendly neighborhood” attitude to drop from Spidey’s modus operandi and we see Peter become a dark, serious vigilante. What can I say? I like my Spider-Man to be a light, happy, inspiring character. If I wanted glum and grim I’d read more Batman. However, Dan Slott (who I’m learning more and more is nothing if not an inventive writer (who really loves Spider-Man)) upended this approach with The Superior Spider-Man. One of the many things to happen to the web-head during the nineteen years I wasn’t reading his comics was Doctor Octopus stole his body and life for a time. With Ock wearing the webs, we find our angrier Spider-Man but wrapped inside a tale of transformation and redemption. Continue reading
I’ve written a piece for the Star Wars fansite Future Of The Force! It’s about Marvel’s Lando miniseries and how it adds depth and beauty to the character of Lobot and his relationship with Lando. I also talk about how I love all these additional Star Wars stories – be they from the Expanded Universe or the new Disney Canon – because they continue to expand the universe George Lucas created in so many ways. I’m excited to be contributing to Future of the Force and I’d appreciate your clicking this handy little link and bouncing over there to give the piece a read. Please and thank you!
I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming last Thursday. Then I went to see it again Saturday night, for my birthday movie. (YAY!!!) But for some reason I still hadn’t written about it. When I saw Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 it took me over a month to be able to process my emotional experience and figure out what I wanted to say. That wasn’t the case here. When I saw Wonder Woman I was so in awe I had to write about it immediately. That wasn’t the case here either. Last night I realized why this post hasn’t been flowing and, in so realizing, I found the post. So, are you ready to talk Spider-Man: Homecoming (in a spoiler-free environment)? Are you ready to learn what caused my writing freeze? Continue reading