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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 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 [...]

Zombies, Monsters, and Fabulous Babes: The Art of Bill Everett

February 23, 2016 // 1 Comment

So I’ve been spending some time recently studying the artwork of comics legend Bill Everett. Everett got his start in comics near the end of the 1930s, leaving behind a struggling career in advertising to join the fledgling comics industry. Soon thereafter, he created the character he’s probably best-known for (and who’s one of my particular favorites): Prince Namor, the [...]

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 [...]

I Hate It When You Guys Fight: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, Part Four

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (duh!) and a Great Many Artists Alright. So this time, we’re gonna finish this bitch. So far, we’ve discussed crisis, betrayal, and set-up (PART ONE); art and foreshadowing (PART TWO); and (in PART THREE) escalation, doppelgangers, and doing the unthinkable. Now we move on to conflict, fascism, and the end of all things. And [...]

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

May 20, 2015 // 3 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 [...]

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, [...]