Pastiche Perspective is a new monthly column taking a look at pastiches of popular works, ideas, and characters in pop culture, and how they reflect back on their roots. We’re going to be exploring various works, from superheroes to superspies, and more! This first installment kicks off by taking a look at Barbalien: Red Planet by Tate Brombal, Gabriel Walta, Jordie Bellaire, and Aditya Bidikar. Part of the Black Hammer-verse owned and curated by Jeff Lemire, the mini-series explores its titular character, who is an explicit pastiche of DC Comics’ classic Martian Manhunter. [Read more…] about Pastiche Perspective: Barbalien and The Mechanics Of The Martian Manhunter
I’m joined by John Galati to discuss our picks for best comics of the year to date![Read more…] about Best Comics Ever #43: Best Comics of 2019 (So Far) Pt. 1
The world of Black Hammer, created by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (and published by Dark Horse Comics), is my favorite addition to superhero comics of the 2010’s. [Read more…] about Black Hammer Reading Order!
I’ve been thinking lately about what it is that makes shared superhero universes work, especially those launched in the wake of Marvel and DC’s Silver Age. I find analogue (or “mash-up”) universes particularly interesting, sparked by recent dives into Black Hammer, Copra, and the Image Comics mini written by Alan Moore known as “1963.”[Read more…] about Previously On #51: Analogue Superhero Universes & Marvel’s Digital Sales!