So the last time I talked about Crossover for the site, I ended things with a cliffhanger about the fascinatingly horrifying final page. A page that invoked such a great amount of cosmic dread in me, I couldn’t help but laugh like a maniacal lunatic at the sheer scope of its wrongness. I laughed and laughed at every single element of it, because it was just… W O W. Now that the first volume of Crossover has reached its end, I think it’s time I shared with you the final page of that first page. [Read more…] about Crossover by Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw Vol. 1 Review!
- 60s Marvel, the company’s first rebirth full of hope and wonder
- 90s Marvel, where Cates’ love for the medium seems to begin (or at least cement)
- And Cates’ own, personal story, with all of its second chances
These elements return again and again in Cates’ work. They’re also why he’s such a natural fit for Marvel’s cosmic lines; his voice is so big, he really benefits from that scale. It seems only right he have a tome to match: Marvel Cosmic Universe by Donny Cates. [Read more…] about Marvel Cosmic Universe by Donny Cates Omnibus | Nothing the Matter with the Stars
The problem with writing about Crossover #1 is that the most interesting aspect of the book occurs on its final page. It’s a combination of text and image that retroactively changes how the issue is read. The implications of the page would require thousands of words unpacking (among other things) why Mark Waid is editing this book, the rise of conservatism within superhero comics since 1986, the tendency to distort ideas into mere buzzwords, one of the many reasons why I no longer have any faith in humanity, a truly wretched and distasteful Tori Amos analogy about the difference between Donny Cates and Mark Millar, why the Captain Marvel cameo was recolored despite him being a public domain character, the acronym DSHKBAWKA, and the time no one noticed Superboy gruesomely (if accidentally) killing a cat.
And this would all make for a pretty damn good review if not for the ethics of explicitly talking about the final page in a review not only predating the comic being released, but also one provided by the publisher of said comic (Ed: Thanks, Image!). It can be implied, sketched around, but it cannot yet be stated. As such, the task at hand must be focused squarely on what is known to the public. What can be talked about. And, in fairness, there are things to talk about beyond that final page. [Read more…] about Crossover #1 Advance Review!
The first six issues of Donny Cates, Nic Klein and Matt Wilson’s relaunched Thor are now out, and the final issue is the strongest of the bunch, salvaging a meandering and disappointing back half with enormous Marvel Cosmic implications.
Today I’ll answer:
- What does the “Devourer Herald” mean for Galactus in the Marvel Universe?
- What insanely exciting Marvel Cosmic tease is revealed in Thor #6?
- Where does the first volume of Donny Cates’ Thor fit into his Marvel Universe works?
*Spoilers For Discussed Comics Will Follow*
Since late 2017, writer and comic book creator Donny Cates has been one of the fastest rising talents at Marvel Comics, making particularly strong Infinity War infused waves with the story “Thanos Wins.” With big, bold fearless approaches to the Marvel Universe (and all the coolest toys in the toolbox), Cates is quickly one of the most recognizable young voices at Marvel.