It seems so obvious, doesn’t it? Marvel has a long history of replacement heroes–we’ve seen Rhodey step in to be Iron Man, the mantle of Captain Marvel has been passed down, both Falcon and Winter Soldier have been Captain America. Right now we even have Doctor Strange’s wife Clea subbing in to lead her first solo series. But none of those characters have the reach, history, or cultural cachet of Elektra Natchios. It seems so obvious to have Elektra become Daredevil, but it has never happened before. As with the rest of Chip Zdarsky’s Daredevil saga, the most obvious story ideas are the most satisfying.
Moon Knight by Lemire and Smallwood is the definitive take on the character.
We’re lucky to have Moon Knight by Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood. The character of Moon Knight is fractured. He can be, and often is, many different things at the same time. That makes it difficult to come up with a definitive take on the character. After all, how do you define the essence of someone that constantly reinvents themselves? Lemire and Smallwood deliver an answer for this question in three parts. [Read more…] about Moon Knight by Jeff Lemire & Greg Smallwood Review!
I know The Walking Dead has its fans, but for my money, there is no better supersized run of Robert Kirkman comics than Invincible. While it doesn’t rewrite the rules of superhero stories, Kirkman’s passion for the genre crackles on the page. The ideas and characters beg the question, “How has nobody ever thought of this idea before?” The story of Mark Grayson becoming the young superhero Invincible isn’t a Watchmen-style deconstruction, but a celebration of all the goofiest parts of the genre. I was a big fan of the comic when it was coming out, and I’ve returned to it a few times since the series concluded in 2018. Even with all of that in mind, Invincible the cartoon is a major step up from the comic. [Read more…] about Invincible the Show Is Better Than Invincible the Comic!
In a word, Doctor Doom by Christopher Cantwell and Salvador Larroca is propulsive. It kicks off quick and does not stop. The hook is simple: an international tragedy has occurred, and it looks like Doom is the culprit. This makes ol’ Victor the world’s most wanted fugitive, and puts him at a severe disadvantage. Good pitch! Doom is indisputably the best villain in the Marvel universe, possibly of comics in general, and conceivably the entirety of fiction. And the comic is good… but not perfect! To better understand the quality of this series, we are going to turn to three men. The first is series writer Christopher Cantwell. The second: main series artist Salvador Larroca. And finally, we will consider Victor Von Doom himself, in all his armored glory. [Read more…] about Doctor Doom by Christopher Cantwell & Salvador Larroca Review!
Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu, has been punching and kicking his way around the Marvel universe since 1973. Despite being a year older than the likes of Wolverine, he’s never really led an ongoing series (with his name on the cover). Well, if you’ve ever wondered what a Shang-Chi ongoing would look like, there’s a pilot of sorts: a propulsive miniseries by Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops, Superman Smashes the Klan), Dike Ruan (Black Cat), and Philip Tan (Batman and Robin, Spawn). Shang-Chi shows us exactly what makes Marvel’s premiere martial arts hero stand out from the pack. [Read more…] about Shang-Chi by Gene Luen Yang & Philip Tan Review!