I first became familiar with George Pérez’s artwork in the pages of The Avengers comic book. This was the mid to late 1970s, and Pérez would become my favorite Avengers artist until John Byrne took over the penciling duties on the title. When Pérez became a recurring artist on Marvel’s flagship series, Fantastic Four, I […]Read more "George Pérez: Losing a Comic Book Legend"
My street cred as a comic book geek is mostly nonexistent. My personal slice of the space/time loaf—the timespan in which I actively purchased and collected comic books—was in the 1970s until the beginning of the ’80s. There was some Silver Age influence, especially on the DC Comics side of the equation where I cut […]Read more "Hawkeye: Season 1 — a review (Disney +)"
My personal pursuit of happiness involves several variables, two of the most important being looking forward and looking back. The looking forward component involves the planning for—and anticipation of—future events or activities. This can be special moments, such as birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or vacations. Or, it could be the release of an anticipated movie, book […]Read more "Tiger-Man, Tiger-Man…Does Whatever a Tiger Can? (or: a brief digression about the pursuit of happiness, Steve Ditko, and how memories sometimes resurface without warning)"
As soon as I watched the first episode of this series, “What If . . . Captain Carter Were the First Avenger?” I knew that I was going to like it. Although the movie Iron Man was the official kickoff of the MCU, it was the first Captain America movie that really set the tone […]Read more "What If …?: Season 1 (Disney +) — a review"
The finale of this series aired back at the beginning of March 2021. I was still quarantining with my wife back then, with a lot of extra time on my hands. Still, I never watched an episode of WandaVision the same day it aired, even though I was watching them soon after, perhaps even just […]Read more "WandaVision: Season 1 (and only?) — a review"
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 )"
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"
I took a brief hiatus from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Season 5, which I think of as S.H.I.E.L.D. in Space, or, alternately, as Cracked-Egg Earth with Kree. It ended with what I think was the first live-action appearance of Graviton, who was soundly defeated by Daisy/Quake, which made the Earth future we just lived through […]Read more "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 7 — a review"
As should be apparent from the series title, this show has been another comic-book-to-television adaptation. (Although, come to think of it, IMdB lists the series without the “Marvel’s” prefix—maybe I have the title wrong.) In the Marvel comics, S.H.I.E.L.D. was a fictional espionage, special law enforcement, and counter-terrorism agency created by Stan Lee and Jack […]Read more "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 6 — a review"
After I watched Captain Marvel (great movie: you should check it out), I had completed all of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In point of fact, I had watched every MCU motion picture released to date. That’s a lot of movies, over a lot of years. 23 movies, in fact, over 11 years. […]Read more "10-List: Firewater’s Top 10 MCU Movies"