The second season of Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys—based on the celebrated graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson—has made me thirsty (in the original sense of the word) for Fresca. It also made me wonder if Amazon and Coca-Cola weren’t somehow in collusion to drive up the sales of the carbonated grapefruit-based beverage […]Read more "The Boys: Season 2 (Amazon Prime) — a review"
You have to know what you want when you’re ordering an X-Men omnibus collection. This “Essential” volume collects the first twenty-four issues of The X-Men, which didn’t become Uncanny until issue #95, after a five-year hiatus between 1970 and ’75, when no new X-Men stories were published. The “Essential” volume that contains issue #95 is […]Read more "The Essential Uncanny X-Men: Vol. 1, featuring Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (Marvel Comics)"
I’ve written about Firefly on other occasions. Like all fans of the show, I’ve bemoaned the fact that this science fiction series, created by patron-nerd-saint Joss Whedon, was cancelled after only a single season. The show was so richly drawn, with compelling characters and potential plotlines that could have easily sustained five additional seasons, perhaps […]Read more "Firefly: The Story Continues . . . (adventures in other media)"
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was released in 2003, but I didn’t watch it until sometime after it came out on DVD. I was an avid fan of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video in those days—a card-carrying member. Broadband and streaming videos were being talked about, even then, but that felt like talking about flying cars […]Read more "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — a movie review"
This trade paperback collects issues #1 through 6 of The Boys, by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson. These were the first six issues published by Wildstorm, a DC imprint, prior to the series being cancelled by DC. Ennis and Robertson would move the series over to Dynamite Comics. The series would continue through […]Read more "The Boys, Vol 1: The Name of the Game, by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson — a comic book review"
What follows is my list of favorite comic book superheroes. In no particular order: Batman (DC) — The Batman that I love isn’t necessarily the original Bob Kane (with Bill Finger) Batman or the 1966 Batman with his campiness and go-go vibe. Nor is it the Frank Miller “old man Batman.” It’s definitely something in-between. […]Read more "10-List: Favorite Superhero Comic Book Characters"
I’ve read Jeph Loeb’s work before. He wrote Batman: Hush, an excellent Batman story drawn by Jim Lee. I liked that one a lot. He also wrote Batman: The Long Halloween, with art by Tim Sale, the artist in the Spider-Man limited series. I didn’t hate this one, but I didn’t like it as much […]Read more "Spider-Man: Blue, by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale — comic book review"
I’ve written about my personal history with comic books before. As far back as I can remember (I can remember kindergarten quite well, and perhaps things that happened before then), comic books were a part of my life. At first, it was books such as Baby Huey, Little Lotta, and various Disney characters, including Scrooge […]Read more "In Memoriam: a belated remembrance of Stan Lee (1922-2018)"
This trade paperback collects Strange Tales 151 – 168 & Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 – 3, 5. All of these individual issues, as you may have guessed from the title, feature the art of Jim Steranko, from the period 1966 through ’68. I never read any of these when I was a kid, […]Read more "S.H.I.E.L.D., by Steranko — a comic book review"
Doc Bruce BannerBelted by gamma raysTurned into the HulkAin’t he unglamo-rays!Wreckin’ the townWith the power of a bullAin’t no monster clownWho is as lovableAs ever-lovin’ Hulk! HULK! HULK! These were the lyrics to the theme song for the 1966 cartoon, an Incredible Hulk segment on The Marvel Super Heroes show. I dig the way the […]Read more "The Immortal Hulk: Vol. 1: Or Is He Both?, by Al Ewing & Joe Bennett — comic book review"