Friday, March 20, 2015

Smart Comics: This Guy Presented His Dissertation in Comic Book Form

Harvard University Press is boldly going where it has never gone before, comic book publishing. They aren’t exactly getting into the superhero game, though. The press will soon be releasing the first dissertation ever presented in comics form. It was created by Nick Sousanis, and is titled Unflattening. I say “created”, because to write “written and illustrated” seems almost counter to its intended point – that words and pictures are inextricably linked in our minds when it comes to how we process and construct knowledge.

Read more about this unique academic work after the jump.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reviews: Strong Second Issues from Princess Leia and Silk

A few weeks ago I reviewed the first issues of Darth Vader and Spider-Gwen. Both were really strong debuts, leaving me excited for what was to come, and both have since released second issues that were, well, not as good. That's not to say they were bad – certainly there were superb moments in both – but it felt like both series hit a lull in their second parts. Everything that was great about Darth Vader was present in issue two, but it felt like a detour rather than the continuation of the story set in motion in the first issue. The same can be said about Spider-Gwen. That book seems like its still trying to decide what it's about. It hasn't found a distinct trajectory to carry it forward, or, at least, it hasn't gotten to it yet.

Again, neither of these were bad books, and in the case of Spider-Gwen, Letour and company have a whole alternate universe to set up, so I can understand if it's taking their story a little longer to get moving. It was just interesting to see that two books whose intro issues I really enjoyed seemed to lag on their second outings.

This week sees two more second issues from titles I really enjoyed upon their respective releases, Princess Leia and Silk. Unlike the titles mentioned above, though, these books managed to avoid the second issue slump.

Read more after the jump.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Descender #1 – Blade Runner meets Battlestar Galactica in this Fantastic New Sci-Fi Series

Descender #1, the new sci-fi comic by Jeff Lemire (Trillium) and Dustin Nguyen (Batman Beyond 2.0), was released today. It’s set in the distant future and follows a young boy android named Tim-21, who has awakened after 10 years to discover some unsettling things about his kind, and a down-on-his-luck robotics expert (you know the type) who has been tasked with unraveling the mystery surrounding this newly reactivated robot.

So, how is it? Read more after the jump.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Spider-Gwen #1 – The Spider-Character We Didn't Realize We Needed

It's one of those ideas that, once you hear it, you're forced to wonder, Why the hell hadn't anyone done this before? An alternate reality take on the Spider-Man story in which it's Gwen Stacy – the first, great, and ultimately tragic love of Peter Parker's life – who gets bit by the fateful spider. Brilliant. Add to that a simple, but stunning, character design and Marvel had a sure-fire hit on its hands.

Now, Spider-Gwen #1, spinning out the ultra-popular Spider-Verse story, has arrived, giving readers a further look into the world of Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman.

Read more, with one minor, but marked, spoiler after the jump.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review: Uncanny X-Men #31 – How Scott Summers (Potentially) Gets His Groove Back

Uncanny X-Men hit the shelves today, and if you follow Brian Michael Bendis on Tumblr (as you should), you know there’s a jaw-dropping ending to this issue. I won’t spoil it here, or after the jump, but suffice it to say it marks a serious turning point for the book.

Read more about it, spoiler-free, after the jump.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Video: The Comic Book Tag

I'm experimenting with some other forms of media, so here is the first episode of what I intend to be a weekly video addition to this site. In this first installment, I answer 10 questions about comics in response to a video posted by Movie Pilot writer/YouTuber/comics fan, Catrina Dennis.

Check it out after the jump.

Friday, February 13, 2015

3 Reasons Miles Morales should be the MCU Spider-Man

Last week the bomb dropped that Marvel Studios had finally negotiated a deal with Sony Pictures that would allow Marvel to use Spider-Man in their shared cinematic universe. There was at the time of the announcement, however, some suspiciously absent details. Spider-Man was mentioned. Peter Parker was not. Nor was Amazing Spider-Man star, Andrew Garfield. What did this mean? Was Garfield out? If the role of Peter Parker was to be recast, who would take over the webs?

Or could Marvel have something completely different in mind? There was a very vocal contingent, including myself, who speculated, or perhaps we simply hoped, that Marvel would bring in a Spider-Man we haven't seen before – Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man. It has since come out that Marvel is indeed sticking with Peter Parker, but without Andrew Garfield. Those of us who cried out for a bold, new direction can only lament what could have been.

After the jump, read three reasons why Marvel should have chosen Miles Morales to be the MCU Spider-Man.