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
I'm bound and determined to get the most out of my Marvel Unlimited membership. When looking for something to review, I looked at the 1980s Defenders that got rid of the "non-team" status of the membership. I also looked at the Marvel magazines of the early 1980s. I took a look at the full list of Marvel titles available on Marvel Unlimited and saw Legion of Monsters catch my eye. That's where I got to here. I didn't know that there was a Legion of Monsters comic. The only memory that I have of the "group" was in a single issue of Marvel Premiere. Actually, it was Marvel Premiere #28 that featured the Legion of Monsters. That sparked me to try and give some of the horror characters that the title gave tryouts. It turns out that aside from the Legion of Monsters, Satana was the only original horror-themed character that got a chance in Marvel Premiere. However, looking at the issues available, the first couple featuring Adam Warlock came to my attention, due to the cover obviously by Gil Kane.
Stan Lee died on November 12, 2018 at the age of 95. Across the internet and in the entertainment industry, everyone is remembering him for his contribution to not only the comic book industry, but also pop culture. Some remembrances are acknowledging the controversial nature of Stan Lee's level of collaboration with artists in creating characters like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. Now is not the time for pondering those parts of the man's life. Now is the time to mourn and ponder the effect his life had on ours.
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.
Before I start reviewing this latest New Mutants series, I want to make one thing clear. I always want to review any comic written by Matt Rosenberg. Since We Can Never Go Home, he's been one of my favorite writers.
Marvel Comics dropped an announcement today about a new direction for Marvel Comics in 2018. My opinion of this "fresh start" is going to become very apparent as this article is dripping with sarcasm. We've all been down this road before, so let's just in this Spider-Buggy and take a ride.
The news broke with a tweet from DC Comics that writer Brian Michael Bendis would be working for DC Comics. Bendis had been one of the driving creative voices at Marvel Comics for almost two decades.
Netflix has dropped the newest trailer for Marvel's Punisher. This looks brutal and I cannot wait to see this!
Marvel has revealed their annual exclusive 6″ Marvel Legends figure for their 2018 Marvel Unlimited Digital Comic Book Subscription service. This year the figure will be of Tony Stark. This figure is a must have and for the price, why not go for it!
I've been a huge proponent of the potential Dazzler has a character. The success of Jem and the Holograms in portraying a music group, complete with performances, shows that it can be done and done well.
Let's try to get these Reviews of Old Comics going again, shall we? As if our Spider-Man: Homecoming Banner wasn't a giveaway, this is Marvel Month at Needless Essentials Online. It seemed fitting to start with a Spider-Man comic. Wanting to pull from the run that featured the art of Ron Frenz, my first instinct was to do a review of the return of his original costume, but that issue featured the "origin" of Mary Jane Watson, and feeling rather disappointed after reading it for probably the first time since I was a teenager, opted instead for the previous issue, which revealed the black costume he sported after Secret Wars as an alien symbiote, which would later become the villain Venom. This series set the stage for a character that has become almost as popular as the one that spawned him.
The news of Marvel’s retreat from diversity after Secret Empire practically broke the Internet. Vloggers, bloggers and news sites went out of their way to criticize and analyze the news and the possible reasons behind the relaunch and the possible directions all of this could go. If you were expecting me to be different, then