April 5, 2010 |
Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada has gone on record saying "The Siege" is a story that will leave you wondering "How can they ever top that?" Hype? Sure. But after reading three of the four installments, Comics Guy has to ask "How are they going to top it?" - especially if the fourth and final issue gives us a conclusion and payoff worthy of the first three. This is great, epic stuff - on page after page and panel after panel. Those who are picking up a comic for the first time in a while will instantly understand the players and stakes involved - while longtime readers will see "The Siege" as a satisfying payoff to seven years of twists, turns and mayhem in the Marvel Universe and a nice setup to the company's upcoming "Heroic Age. " Indeed, this series marks the first time in nearly a decade that Marvel's Holy Trinity of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor are working together and that the majority of Marvel's heroes have put aside their differences to unite against a common threat.
November 10, 2008 |
"Project Superpowers" was one of the industry's biggest hits this year and exceeded even Dynamite's most optimistic expectations in terms of both buzz and sales. What is refreshing is that it is a comic that deserves its success and the accolades bestowed upon it. Once it was announced that artist extraordinaire Alex Ross would be co-plotting the book (along with frequent collaborator Jim Krueger) and doing painted covers for the series, it was certain to stand out from the pack on the racks, as all the Ross comics tend to do. What makes this "Project" truly special, however, is that Ross designed every new character in its pages.
September 29, 2008 |
Comics Guy often finds comics based on genres other than superheroes to be disappointing. Why? Because a lot of the time they are attempts to do stories, like crime dramas, that are done repeatedly on TV and in movies - and often done better. Usually, such projects are attempts to have comics taken seriously in a medium dominated by superhero genre fare - a genre that Comics Guy thinks comics do better than anyone else. So when Comics Guy kept hearing how great Ed Brubaker's "Criminal" was, my gut reaction was, "Great.
March 7, 2008 |
There's war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Worries about nukes in Pakistan and Iran. Economic uncertainty and soaring gas prices. Isn't it time America had a new superhero? You know, just in case that whole Messiah for Change thing doesn't work out in the presidential campaign? Well, a couple of local storytellers, Darius LaMonica and Sleet, and Atlanta artist John Cox, have created a comic-book hero for our troubled times. They have combined their admiration for the U.S. military with their worries about Islamic fundamentalism and their studies of previous clashes between Muslims and the West.
February 22, 2008 |
Daniel Johnston is a 47-year-old troubled soul who plays through the pain of mental illness with a quirky pop sound that takes on the terror of unrequited love and Captain America. The Capitol Years is a bunch of age-30-and-younger Philadelphians whose Lennon-meets-Beck eclat makes for nervously contagious pop concentrating on loss, luck and doom. That might not make them ready-steady partners. But tonight, not only will the Capitol Years open for the dicey genius, they'll be his backing band for Johnston faves like "Speeding Motorcycle," as well as a few Beatles songs, both acts' most lasting love.
February 18, 2008 |
America and the world needs Captain America more than ever. That seems to be the overwhelming sentiment of not only the Marvel Universe and comic fans but many in the "real world" such as Bill O'Reilly who lamented the death of Steve Rogers and his star-spangled alter-ego last year. Surprisingly, "Captain America" has not only continued without its title character but with the superb scripting of Ed Brubaker, has actually gotten better. Brubaker sees the "Death of Captain America" as a story with three acts.
November 12, 2007 |
FOUR MONTHS after Marvel Comics killed off Captain America, he's back - in a story before his "death," and made exclusively for U.S. soldiers (collectors, comic dealers and eBay). One million copies of "The New Avengers: The Spirit of America," the fifth in Marvel's series for the military, became available this Veterans Day weekend at military base stores worldwide. "If you really, really want one, you need to know someone in the military," said Jim Skibo, director of support for the Dallas-based Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which is distributing the comic.
October 8, 2007 |
When it was first announced that Marvel had asked David Morrell - the man who introduced John Rambo to the world in the novel "First Blood" - to write a Captain America story, there was instant buzz: The man who created what became one of cinema's most popular soldiers would be telling a tale starring the character many believe to be the symbol of the ultimate American soldier. Once it was announced that Morrell would set his story in present-day Afghanistan, many in the overwhelmingly liberal comics community started dismissing the book.
July 9, 2007 |
Only Tony Stark - and Marvel - would do this. While much of the advance press for the fifth and final issue of "Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America" has centered on Cap's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, the end of the issue offers a surprise twist. This is one of writer Jeph Loeb's better efforts in this series. There are a few powerful and poignant moments, the highlight of which is the eulogy given at Arlington by Sam Wilson, Cap's longtime partner, the Falcon.
July 5, 2007 |
HOUSTON - Philadelphia is a city that infamously threw snowballs at Santa Claus and venerates Ben Franklin. That never really warmed to Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt while embracing the fictional Rocky as a symbol of its gritty spirit. But what will the city of cheesesteaks and scrapple make of Captain America? Captain America is the gee-whiz, red-white-and-blue comic-book hero who stands for all that's good and right. It's also what people who have been around Joe Savery call the 21-year-old lefthanded pitcher who was the Phillies' No. 1 draft choice out of Rice University.