Last spring, for our Fiction’s Fearless Females series, I wrote a piece about Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor. In it I said she had officially taken the top place in my heart from David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. But that doesn’t mean I still don’t adore Ten with all my heart! I just love Thirteen more. So last week, as both Jodie Whittaker and David Tennant joined James Cordon (who was also on Doctor Who with Matt Smith!) on The Late Late Show, I was in heaven. Then I started thinking about how AMAZING it would be if we could see these two together on screen, side by side, both playing their respective Doctor. And, while I trust showrunner Chris Chibnall to pull it off far better than I could, I contemplated how I’d do it. So, as far as I’m concerned, this is how these two Doctors could meet. Continue reading
Marvel Rising – A Miniseries Deserving Of An Ongoing Title!
Did you know Marvel has an incredible new miniseries out right now by Devin Greyson, G. Willow Wilson, and Ryan North staring Ms. Marvel AND Squirrel Girl?!? Did you know I wrote about that very same series in a guest post for Graphic Novelty2?!? Well, whether you knew or not, you know now! So you’re welcome. I’m super excited about this series and about having the chance to talk about it on Nancy and Kathleen’s fantastic site. So there’s not much else for me to say outside of please click this link and give it a read! I had a lot of fun with this one and I hope you enjoy it too. Continue reading
Miles + Gwen = One CLASSIC Team-Up!
For Lent this year I’ve given up making sassy/snarky comments while driving. I’m a pretty positive guy…but I can be an impatient driver. Now, when I feel I’m about to say something in that vein, I offer a prayer for the other driver instead. It’s a prayerful effort to cultivate loving-kindness in my own thoughts and deeds and put more positive energy out into the world. In that spirit, I can be cranky about needless crossovers (*cough* Civil War II *cough*) so I wanted to write about the recent six-part “Sitting In A Tree” crossover between Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen. I really enjoyed it! In addition to showcasing two amazing spider-people, it reminded me how much fun a good, old fashioned team-up can be. For all my complaining (which I stand behind!) about crossovers forged in the service of Mammon, I’m giving a little love to one that was worth the cover price of admission. Continue reading
Humanity’s GREATEST Literary Work
With slight modifications for genre, the sentiments legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy once applied to the band Survivor applies with as much truth to Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham’s 2014 IDW miniseries masterpiece Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters – “I’ve often said that the [comic book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters] is the best that ever was. In my opinion, they put [classic literature] to bed. Everyone else is an imitator. That’s right, you heard me [Shakespeare], [Rumi], [J.K. Rowling], [John Grisham], you guys suck…dong.” But to be as honest as possible, I must take my praise a step further, slightly modifying Ron Burgundy once again, “This [comic book] is quite simply the greatest composition in human history. If you disagree, I will fight you.” Continue reading
Team-Ups, Guest Stars, and Guest Writers
One of the greatest parts of comic books is the superhero team-up. Right?? As a kid, I loved picking up a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man to find DAREDEVIL on the cover too! The fact that all these characters live in the same world, often cross paths and work together is one of the medium’s most enduring and exciting experiences. I think one of the reasons The Fantastic Four was always my favorite team book growing up was because the FF were a family…but the family kept growing! You had Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben but you also had Spidey, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Ant Man, Storm, Black Panther…and on and on and on! I loved that idea – one big, ever inclusive vision of family working toward a common goal. Continue reading