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Fantastic Four Remix, Part Four: Fear and Loathing in the Baxter Building

January 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

So I think I’ve created a monster. Every time I sit down to polish up my Fantastic Four notes, they keep getting bigger. Too big, really. I keep having more ideas, which inspire other ideas, and ripple backwards to change stuff I’ve already written. So it’s self-perpetuating, I’m having fun, and the posts are proving popular. Which I suppose means I should just keep doing [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Three: Fiendish Plots

January 3, 2017 // 1 Comment

So here we are, three chapters deep in my self-indulgent imaginings about how I’d reboot the Fantastic Four. After spending some time pondering the basics of the series, and working out who the various characters are and where they’ve been, we finally come around to the meat of the thing: the stories themselves. When I was figuring out how to launch this theoretical reboot, it struck me that [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Two: A Matter of Character

December 13, 2016 // 2 Comments

So here we are again. Nobody burned the nerd farm down after last week’s excursion into fan fiction (in fact, I appreciate the kindness a few of you showed it). So we’re back for Round Two. But if you were fortunate enough to have missed that first part, you can go here to read it now. The gist of it, though, is that a discussion I ran across of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part One: The Basics

December 6, 2016 // 5 Comments

So I was reading, a few weeks ago, about the most recent Fantastic Four movie. You know, the Josh Trank one that everybody hated so much. Now, I haven’t seen that movie. But this piece I was reading about the production, Trank’s original intentions for it, and how it got turned into the film that was actually released, was fascinating. I’d link out to it, but it was one of those [...]

THINGBEARD: Staring into the Abyss

February 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

Beginning an irregular series, in which we look back at one aspect or another of the nerd farm’s favorite super-team, The Fantastic Four! This week: the first five issues, and the incredible importance of that time the Thing became a pirate… The Greatest Moment in Funnybook History occurred in 1962, in the pages of Fantastic Four #5. And it looked a little like this: Clearly, some [...]

To Erase All Our Legacies: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, Part Three

May 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (duh!) and a Multitude of Artists And we’re back again to continue our discussion of what I’ve called the defining super hero comic of the decade (and don’t think I’ve forgotten that bold claim, either; I’ll be coming back to it before we’re done). Part One of our discussion can be found HERE, and Part [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super-Villains of All Time, Part Five

September 26, 2013 // 8 Comments

So here we are at last. The Top Five, and the end of our countdown of the 25 Greatest Super-Bastards of All Time (click here to check out the whole list). I’m not gonna lie, this has been an exhausting blogging experience. It’s completely eaten my life, or at least the portion of it I set aside for entertainment. I haven’t read a book or watched a movie since I started this [...]

The Droll Sport… of DOOM!

December 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

Jim Steranko‘s work on Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD is a high-water mark for funnybook art, mixing pop-art style with Kirbyesque grandeur and an unbeatable graphic design sense. Any number of images from this run have been reproduced and homaged half to death, but one of my all-time favorite Steranko SHIELD spreads isn’t seen that often. So I thought I’d share it with you [...]