This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics is an all-female non-Secret Empire-exclusive bunch. Meet me after the jump for my reviews of Mighty Captain Marvel #4, Elektra #3, Hulk #5, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18, and Mighty Thor #18… be warned, there be spoilers…
This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics include the continuing battle between Kang and the Avengers, the aftermath of Inhumans Vs. X-Men and another chapter in the Captain Hydra saga. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Avengers #6, Royals #1, X-Men Gold #1, and Captain America Steve Rogers #15… warning, spoilers ahead…
We have been bereft of new Doctor Who for an entire year (“The Power of the Daleks” doesn’t count), since the last Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song,” a madcap and bittersweet conclusion to the River Song saga. To trump that adventure, showrunner Steven Moffat pulls a new rabbit from his hat – Doctor Who does superheroes. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”
Created by John Byrne in 1989 in the West Coast Avengers comics series as comic relief, the Great Lakes Avengers have bounced around the Marvel Universe in different forms ever since. From emulating other teams like the Thunderbolts and the X-Men to eventually becoming a government-sanctioned superhero team after the first Civil War, the Great Lakes Avengers have always been great fun, and now they’re getting their shot at being real Avengers. More after the jump!
Marvel Comics’ Second Civil War continues this week with at least two comics, but is Marvel really all in on this event, or has it spread itself too thin with other current and upcoming events? Nevertheless, my reviews resume this week with Uncanny Inhumans #11 and Captain Marvel #6, as the side stories continue to shine more than the main series itself. Check them out, after the jump.
When most folks these days think of X-Factor, they think of that failed Simon Cowell talent show that ran for three seasons on Fox. I think of the short-lived teaming of the original X-Men that first encountered the mutant Apocalypse. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on X-Factor: Countdown to X-Men: Apocalypse.
Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected – Just a Kid from Brooklyn: Captain America, American Memories of World War II, and the MCU, Part II
In the first part of this essay, I briefly sketched the construction of American memories of World War II that began slightly before the war and continue into the 21st century. In many ways the war has become a defining part of American identity, and the dominant, triumphal memory narrative we have created about it serves to elevate American participation in the war almost to the level of the sacred, and certainly to the realm of the simple black and white, good v. evil duality that is much more comforting than any messy and contradictory reality might be. The character of Steve Rogers/Captain America is one of the more perfect cultural artifacts to illustrate this process of memory construction, and the ways in which counter-memories, which challenge the dominant narrative, inevitably influence the national mythology.
The film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t be the first time the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel have met for the ‘first’ time, and be assured it won’t be the last either. I’m going to talk about one of those first times, one that dates back to when Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne were teenagers. It’s not in continuity now, and quite honestly, probably wasn’t then either, but join me after the jump for a tale of fate and destiny, and what happens when you mess with it – Batlad v Superboy: Silver Age Dawn of Justice.
So while other DC Comics superheroes, who shall remain nameless, are fighting amongst themselves at the box office – some are making friends and teaming up. I’m talking about Supergirl and the Flash, who crossover from their competing networks to battle the combined forces of Livewire and the Silver Banshee in the current episode of “Supergirl.” Meet me after the extra-dimensional jump for my thoughts on “World’s Finest.”
Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.
This week we once again have the pleasure of having Ensley F. Guffey share his love of War Comics, but this time on a more specific period and set of characters – Johnny Red and the Falcon Squadron.
As I think the last Ensley F. Guffey On… War Comics showed, my love of the genre began early, and Sgt. Rock and the rest of DC’s war line are some of the very first comics I read and obsessed over. To this day I maintain that DC was the preeminent publisher of war comics in the US, and that very few comics have matched, much less surpassed DC’s work, particularly in the period 1960 – 1975.