Comic Book Confidential is a cool documentary from 1988 about the history of comic books. I recommend it just to see a young Frank Miller with hair. Otherwise, you already know the stuff in this documentary. Superman, EC Comics, Dr. Frederick Wertham, underground comics—nothing really new. But, there are a lot of filmed interviews with […]Read more "What Stan Lee Said (Or: Not a Review of Comic Book Confidential )"
I was looking back through my posts and discovered something I had forgotten. I never wrote reviews for Supergirl: Season 4 or The Flash: Season 5. I remember what happened. I did watch all the episodes of both of those seasons, growing increasingly dejected as I did so. I’ve described this before as DC-on-CW fatigue. […]Read more "Supergirl: Season 5 — a review"
You don’t have to tell me that this review is waaay late. Or that Season 7 is playing right now, as we speak. The truth is that I put the CW’s The Flash on a non-COVID-related hiatus after I watched the fifth season of the series. It’s not that I hated the season, because it […]Read more "The Flash: Season 6 — a review"
At the conclusion of Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead, I announced—in typical, over-dramatic fashion—that I was stepping away from the television series for a while. Actually, I may have said that I was done with the series, implying that this was a permanent type of situation. It had become popular to threaten to […]Read more "The Walking Dead: Compendium Four, by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano & Cliff Rathburn — a review"
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"