That a movie can intelligently reflect big picture racial politics and simultaneously have me turn to my wife mid-battle and squeal “THEY BROUGHT RHINOS” is nothing short of miraculous. Nonetheless, that in a nutshell is Marvel’s Black Panther from director Ryan Coogler, the third straight perfect game in his cinematic ascent (following Fruitvale Station and Creed), and the third straight gem released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. [Read more…] about Black Panther Review! All The Stars Are Gold
When it debuted in 2003, the hook for Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona’s “Runaways” was the beautifully simple line, “Everyone thinks their parents are evil. What if yours really were?” [Read more…] about Marvel’s Runaways Season One Review: So This Is Prestige Comic Book TV
It’s been over two years since Marvel’s Black Panther relaunched with the fresh creative team of Ta-Nehesi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze. In that time, McCarther Genius Grant winner Coates and associated creators have crafted Marvel’s most stable and thoughtful All-New All-Different era comic. [Read more…] about I Can Legacy Clearly Now #19 — Black Panther #166: Klaw & The New Gods
If you’ve invested years into Justice League comics and Justice League Unlimited (the animated series), it’s hard not to feel like 2017’s Justice League is designed directly for you.
Unlike Marvel Studio’s (declining) obsession with overlaying their movies with “true” film styles (Winter Soldier is a “political spy thriller”; Thor: Ragnarok is a pure comedy), DC’s Justice League is a Comic Book Movie heart, mind and soul. [Read more…] about Justice League Movie Review: I Believe In Justice
Admittedly, I’ve always been terrible at rivalries. I’m a Bears fan who grew up as a Packers fan. I’m a Cubs fan who remains entirely ambivalent about the White Sox. When waiters ask “Is Pepsi Ok?” after I order a Coke, I tend to say things like “Yep.”
The same trend has always applied for Marvel and DC Comics. I’ve always been more of a Marvel fan, but that’s really more a result of time-invested than deep and unwavering preference. At the end of the day, I just like good comics. Despite an obsessive dedication to Marvel continuity over the life of Comic Book Herald, my pull list these days is about 70% DC. [Read more…] about Holiday Reading Review — Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle Between Marvel & DC