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Black Panther

The Importance of Being the Panther

February 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I went to see that Black Panther movie. As long-time readers may remember, this is not the norm for me. I won’t go into my full Kirby Rant ™ right now (if you want to read it, go here). But in short, I don’t like the way Marvel Comics treated Jack Kirby when he was alive, so I choose not to support their efforts at making millions of dollars off his work on the big screen. The whole thing makes me quite angry, to be honest. “Disgusted” wouldn’t be an inaccurate word [...]

Frog Variations

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Sorry about the lack of updates this week. Had some family business to take care of. By way of apology, though, here’s a spiffy funnybook cover featuring the Black Panther engulfed in the psychedelic power of King Solomon’s Frogs! Not sure of the artist; I saw it attributed to Natacha Bustos, but it doesn’t look like her style to me. But I dig any reference to Jack Kirby’s 1970s Black Panther run (where the Frogs first appeared), so it’s a double treat for me. [...]

Just Another White Guy Talking About Feminism and Race

April 13, 2016 // 1 Comment

What an embarrassment of funnybook riches last week: Grant Morrison’s long-awaited Wonder Woman: Earth One, the comics debut of journalist Ta-Nehesi Coates on Black Panther, and the latest issue of Alan Moore’s Providence. So… That’s a comic about a feminist icon, a comic about the first black super hero, and a comic about a massively influential horror author who never wrote about women and was a noted racist. Sometimes, these things just write themselves… Wonder [...]

Evolution, Apocalypse, and the Arrogance of Kings: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, Part One

May 20, 2015 // 5 Comments

Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (duh) and A Multitude of Artists So I’m finally getting around to the defining super hero comic of the decade: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers. Modern comics being modern comics, of course, his run’s not confined to just one book, but two: the core Avengers title, and New Avengers. The former book deals in themes of evolution and growth, while the latter trades on apocalypse and moral dilemmas. While Avengers has lots of [...]

Spandex and Realpolitik: Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers

January 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

New Avengers #1 & 2, by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting I already declared that I wouldn’t be following Jonathan Hickman’s run on Avengers due to its four-dollar price tag and bi-weekly publication schedule. It would take a truly spectacular run to make me shell out eight bucks a month for corporate spandex, I declared, and Avengers‘ first issue, while entertaining, definitely wasn’t that. And I had pretty much decided that New Avengers, though only shipping [...]