Relevance is often something that big companies have a hard time maintaining. Keeping a “finger on the pulse” of pop culture and current events proves difficult when planning large scale, long term projects. This definitely applies to the realm of comic books, and Marvel may have made the rare misstep, if social media is to
Comic Books- When to Slab? Anything worth having, is worth protecting. This simple statement can be applied across a variety of collectible niches, such as comic books. Like never before, comic books and superheroes are at the forefront of pop culture. This has led to new opportunities in the form of financial gains for collectors
It might be safe to say that the most popular LGBTQ couple in mainstream comics is Batwoman and Maggie Sawyer. Okay there is the on again - off again relationship with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, but people genuinely miss Batwoman and Maggie Sawyer. They were engaged and suddenly DC Editorial passed a blanket edict that none of their heroes were going to be married. As everyone knows, that ruling changed some time ago, which is perfect for their Valentine's Day special, Crimes of Passion.
I came to this particular Legion fan theory while listening to the Legion of Substitute Podcasters talk about the "Five Years Later" Legion. Fan Theories are something that gets really interesting as we have the natural wait between issues or episodes. I recall a scene later in the 5YL series where Chlorophyll Kid mentions that the Dominators' technology is plant-based. That brings to mind the first appearance of the Subs and what ever was up with the alien invasion that they thwarted.
After a two week delay it's time for another Legion issue. There were a lot of questions last time, so let's hope that there are some answers this issue. Yeah, I'm not optimistic, either.
Doomsday Clock, Geoff Johns' Watchmen sequel that brings back the Justice Society and Legion of Super-Heroes has finished after numerous delays. As Gerald Ford put it, "Our long, national nightmare is over."
The Judas Contract is one of those super-hero stories that consistently make the list of best comic stories of all time. It's amazing that it really hasn't seen a lot of alternate ending tales. Of course, it gets adapted into animation. With DC Comics suddenly embracing the concept of a multiverse, it has finally happened.
Before I get started, I have to do the rare spoiler warning, because some of you might not have read X-Force #1 and/or know about what happened there.
I struggled with writing this article on online piracy. I've written an article before my time here at Needless Essentials Online on the topic. However, in the past week, it's jumped to the forefront on Twitter.
I didn't expect to be doing another one of these so soon after covering The Last Avengers Story, but Spider-Man: Life Story started showing up on Marvel Unlimited and I really enjoyed the first couple of issues. I've had the crazy idea to have characters to age in real time. It's apparently not that crazy of an idea, because we've gotten a view of the Marvel Universe if characters aged in real time. It's all centered around Peter Parker.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently did an interview with Rolling Stone and said something that a lot of comic fans can take issue with. Regarding the future of the franchise, Kennedy said, "There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels." She added, "We don’t have anything other than passionate storytellers who get together and talk about what the next iteration might be." Well, here's four comics they could use.
With Marvel Studios releasing a little bit of footage for the upcoming What If? series on Disney+, I wanted to draw attention to the original series that started it all. Well, there were "imaginary stories" from DC Comics in the Silver Age, but this was the first time that Marvel crafted a series around the concept of alternate earths. We highlighted a cover gallery some time back, but this time I thought we'd go a little more in depth on why these stories matter. Essentially, these are mini-reviews of old comics. I'll acknowledge that, but feel like most of these individual issues may not get a proper review.