Category Archives: Comics

The superhero gig is a high-risk lifestyle

In honor of the release of The Wolverine tomorrow, I present this conversation between myself and Boy Detective, back when he was three: Boy Detective: Wolverine’s mad because someone (indistinct) his beer. Me: Someone drank his beer? Boy Detective: Someone TOOK his beer. Me: Well that would make him mad, that’s for sure. Boy Detective: (indistinct) Me: What? Boy Detective:… Read more »

3 Awesome Zombie Comics (with ass-kicking female characters!)

Who doesn’t love a good zombie story? Aside from people who are scared of zombies, I mean. If you’re one of those people, please stop reading this post! Everyone else, read these books! They’re awesome. They’re all graphic novels, a.k.a. comics bound in larger book format – though some graphic novels were not originally published in comic book or web… Read more »

What X-Men: The Last Stand can learn from Mega Man

This is Famke Janssen as Jean Gray, from X-Men: The Last Stand. Once resurrected in the film, she’s supposed to be the Dark Phoenix, but the Dark Phoenix in the X-Men comics ate a planet and then rampaged around trying to kill everyone on Earth. The movie Jean/Phoenix mostly stands around and looks vacant and/or depressed. This is Roll, from… Read more »

Chewbacca speaks English as well as my 5 year old reads it

Boy Detective: I don’t like this book. Me: What? Why? What’s wrong with it? Boy Detective: I’m just not interested in it. Me: You haven’t even had a chance to find out the story. Boy Detective: But I was looking at it, and Chewbacca, they have him TALKING WITH REGULAR WORDS. Me: What? Give me that…. Oh. Okay, kiddo, on… Read more »

Chicks Dig Comics: An excellent love letter

Comics is a passion I flirted with in junior high (Elfquest), got serious with in college (Sandman, Hellblazer, Strangers in Paradise, the Invisibles), and quite possibly married about two years ago when I read X-Men books for the first time. (Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men, followed very closely by Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men, and X-Men: Supernovas by… Read more »

X-Men: First Class – When “What If?” Fails to Impress

I’m sorry, this is full of spoilers. Can’t be helped. X-Men: First Class felt like a big “what If”? What if, instead of the way they told it in the comics, the X-Men had been formed like this? What if Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Raven (Mystique) had grown up together? What if Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) was hunting Nazis on… Read more »

Kick-Ass: Which should have been called “Hit Girl”

I did not intend to see Kick-Ass, the film based on Mark Millar’s comic of the same name. I have never seen Wanted. I read the comic, which was written by Millar, and came to the conclusion that he is probably not the kind of person I would enjoy spending time with. That impression was further reinforced by reading some… Read more »