In this week’s “Previously On,” I list my favorite comics channels on Youtube. [Read more…] about Previously On #99: My Favorite Comic Book Youtube Channels (2021)!
Even during the promotional build to Jonathan Hickman’s takeover as the “Head of X,” there was theorizing that Charles Xavier – if that even was our once and future Professor X, adorned in his Maker-esque Cerebro helmet at all times – and the X-Men would be taking on a more sinister, antagonistic role in the Marvel Universe.
I see this thinking and question pop up with virtually every new episode of Krakin’ Krakoa and given the persistence – and the degree to which this progression clearly bothers some readers – I think it’s worth laying out the case for why readers would think this, and why I ultimately wholeheartedly disagree with the assertion.
Spoilers for comics in the Dawn of X may follow!
This question comes courtesy of The Cerebros Podcast, who asked what you’d pick as the best 10 year run in Marvel’s history. I find this appealing because it moves us outside the arbitrary constraints of Marvel’s “Best Decade,” and allows you to spread the wealth!
Here are the contenders, based on my review of the My Marvelous Year reading lists, and obviously my own rarely debated tastes. Take a look, and then let me know what ten years of Marvel you’d pick for your collection! [Read more…] about Previously On #114: What’s the Best Decade-Long Stretch of Marvel Comics History?
Update Feburary 2021: Since posting, DC and Milestone have fortunately digitized and added more of the Milestone Universe comics to various platforms including Comixology and DC Universe Infinite. Better yet, the “Dakotaverse” is returning with all new comics, and I’ll be tracking and updating the reading order on this page below.
Today I’m looking at the history of Milestone Comics (the home of Static Shock), and particularly this big question: Why do Milestone comics remain so terribly inaccessible in 2020?
Milestone Comics was founded in 1993 by exclusively African-American creative voices, Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek Dingle (Christopher Priest also had a very early role prior to launch). The creators built their own shared superhero universe (the “Dakotaverse”) with a focus on underrepresented minorities in their stories. Milestone was distributed via DC Comics, although technically Milestone retained editorial control. The company published in the vicinity of 250 comics across around 8 monthly series until closing comics publication in 1997 (Milestone Media remained, though, and went on to ensure a home for the animated Static Shock series – which notably crossed over with DC’s Batman Beyond – from 2000 to 2004). [Read more…] about Previously On #112: Missing Milestone Media Comics!
This week on “Previously On,” I explore Marvel’s “X-Men Milestones” collections, considering the selected events and whether they provide an adequate exploration of X-Men comics history. The inspiration for the column is inspired by the following question.
Joshua asks via the X-Men reading order:
This guide is incredible, thank you for putting it together! i’m interested in reading the messiah complex storylines and subsequent related arcs; do you think the three new milestones trades (messiah complex, messiah war, and second coming) do a good job of covering the necessary material? and should i also read the necrosha milestones trade in the middle of there somewhere?