It's really sad when I want to review an old Marvel comic like The Eternals and I can't use my Marvel Unlimited membership. I wanted to review this from the first time I read it and saw that it drew inspiration from Erich von Däniken's book Chariots of the Gods. I don't buy the "ancient astronauts" theory. It is a little entertaining to watch how proponents work evidence to meet their theory. I watch them ignore basic elements of artistic representation to make ancient works of art literal interpretations rather than rich, symbolic visual poetry. I find the thought that a lack of modern scientific discoveries made ancient man less intelligent almost offensive.
In the past month there have been two comic book weddings that were touted a little bit. One moreso than the other. In X-Men Gold #30, We had the wedding of Colossus and Kitty Pryde. In Batman #50, we had the wedding of Batman and Catwoman. I'm going to compare the two, as they are very similar tales. In doing so, there will be spoilers.
I'm really enjoying Comicbookgirl19's Epic History of the X-Men video series, so I decided to something similar with the Legion of Super-Heroes. I have a love for the Legion that goes back to the point where I truly fell in love with comic books. I have tried to chronicle this through my Reviews of Old Comics, but I can only go so fast, and I try to only do a Legion comic once a month, if I'm updating once a week, which schedules sometimes just can't allow.
Steve Ditko passed away last week, and his death was just announced by the New York Police Department. They found his body in his apartment on June 29. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he was dead for two days. The early reporting is that he died of a heart attack brought about by cardiovascular disease. Ditko was a reclusive person, shying away from publicity, and eschewing attention.
Fans of Jodie Whitaker's Thirteenth Doctor should be looking forward to more than just the next season of Doctor Who. Titan Comics' many Doctor Who series chronicle many incarnations of the Doctor, but always chronicle the current Doctor's adventures outside of the television series. Jodie Whitaker's Doctor will be no different and explore her character.
I'm all for making comics more affordable. Sometimes that's reprints of key issues for a dollar. Sometimes it's collections like Marvel's Essentials and DC's Showcase Editions. The value format is great for collectors that try to stretch their budget to get as much as they can. BOOM! Studios has just announced a new format for their collections that makes them affordable for new readers to try out a title for collecting.
With this column, I try to highlight comics before the year 2000. I also try to switch up the comics I review in a order by publisher, DC, Marvel, and Independents. Of course, I throw Legion comics in there at roughly every fourth review because I'm a huge Legion fan. I wanted to tell you that because I'm going a little more recent with this week's review. The last time I did this, I called it a Review of an Old-ish Comic. Of course, that was four years ago, and the comic was the same vintage as this week's comic, The Walking Dead #1. I don't care for zombies. Zombie stories tend to be a series a cheap horror, jump scares, and showing off how good a zombie you can create. The Walking Dead TV show looks to be a lot of that, and given much I hate jump scares, I've admittedly never watched a single episode. I started watching the pilot, but the first scene looked to be building up to a jump scare. I wasn't having it. Today the thought reached me to try to read the comic. Jump scares are a little less jarring on the page, Tony Moore's artwork also doesn't have that style that urges the over-rendering of dead and undead bodies. I also want to be fair when criticizing zombie comics, so here we go.
It’s true. My five year old daughter knows more about comic books than I do, and I have been married to a former comic book broker and all around comics encyclopedia for almost a decade now. My husband has been grooming our little girl to be a next gen comic book geek since birth. It
BOOM! Studios has given us a first look at the upcoming Giant Days #40. Nominated for the Eisner Awards, Giant Days is loved for its strong characterization, and a fantastic visual style that's appealing to a broad audience. It's also known for being a wonderful book for female readers, looking for something with a positive depiction of female characters.
This week, BOOM! Studios Archaia imprint published a new hardcover graphic novel, About Betty's Boob. It's one of those comics that may not appeal to everyone, but if you love good comics, especially a variety of comics, than you should give it a try. Because of the subject matter, it is for mature readers only, not because it's pornographic, but it does deal with topics that require a little maturity to understand. I'm going to try not to spoil anything, but just in case, I want to give the obligatory spoiler warning.
When Karen Berger left DC Comics in 2013, it seemed like the end of the Vertigo line. Gerard Way seemed poised to take up the mantle with his Young Animal imprint. Some of the characters he used were previously associated with the Vertigo imprint. He also gave the books the feel of the old Vertigo titles. Fans of the Vertigo imprint got a glimmer of hope last year. DC Comics announced that there would be a new Vertigo line coming this August. Now the publisher has announced the titles and creators for the new Vertigo, run by editor Mark Doyle.