Jennifer Walters is one of the best late Bronze Age character additions to the Marvel Universe, popularizing an intelligent, team-friendly Hulk before Peter David and Todd McFarlane made it cool. It would be easy to underestimate Jen as a mere copycat of her cousin Bruce Banner, but She-Hulk is a powerful, fascinating individual, blending charisma, a legal degree, and powerhouse strength across the landscape of Marvel Comics. [Read more…] about She-Hulk Reading Order
It’s a special kind of comic book hero that enters as a teen outsider and ultimately becomes a mainstay and leader of the supercrew. DC Comics is more frequently referenced for legacies passed on to the likes of Nightwing or Wally West (Flash). Kitty Pryde is a similar comp for the X-Men, progressing from inexperienced adolescence to principal of the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters. [Read more…] about The Essential Kitty Pryde Reading Order!
Hard to believe but Marvel has just turned 80 years old. While that’s certainly a milestone calling for celebration and reflection, it’s also a great opportunity to cast an eye to the future.
Sure, the just-released, oversized Marvel Comics #1000 special does a great job of demonstrating what’s old is new again, underscoring in many ways that time is perhaps more cyclical than it is truly linear. However, for as much as the past often serves as prologue, life is also random, unpredictable and chaotic – throwing chainsaws into the mix you’d never expect to see coming in a million years. [Read more…] about Journey Into What If: Marvel’s Next 80 Years!
Nimrod – named for the Biblical “mighty hunter” – is the ultimate manifestation of the Sentinel dream, a near all-powerful intelligent machine created to destroy mutants. Whereas mutant villains like Magneto or Apocalypse mean the X-Men have a fighting chance, Nimrod shows up to indicate the entire mutant race has all but lost the war. [Read more…] about Nimrod (X-Men) Reading Order
The Phalanx hold a strangely prominent place in my heart due the techno-organic alien invader’s involvement in the last season of X-Men the animated series. Since X-Men TAS did such an amazing job of adapting “Classic” X-Men stories like the Dark Phoenix Saga, I generally assumed the Phalanx Covenant was from an earlier 70’s or 80s story arc, at least until I put together the My Marvelous Year reading club and realized the comics and animated Phalanx were basically released in lockstep! [Read more…] about Phalanx Reading Order!