Wednesday, March 3 2004
Marshal Law is the literal anti-hero, not just a flawed hero, but a hero-hater. Marshal Law is the poor soul who was conned by the typical superhero and cheated into screwing up his life.
Alan Moore, a master of meticulously structured plots of dizzying complexity, has produced what is arguably his simplest, most personal work.
Judge Dredd has had a profound effect on US comics in the past two decades. More important however is how Dredd influenced the so-called 'grim and gritty' trend of superheroes.
Thursday, February 5 2004
It's not the best solution all the time, but when you have someone who will not stop their inappropriate behavior, sometimes permanent methods need to be addressed.
I'll take this lighthearted version of fantasy any day over the rest of a too-serious-for-its-own-good genre that has long since worn out its welcome.
Takes an analytical look at the mysteries and mythologies of life and requires a bit of prerequisite reading and patience to be appreciated.
There is a great deal we can learn from the Bosnian War in our understanding of conflict and how to control it.
Neil Gaiman's Endless Nights is the first full-blown set of adventures starring the entire bizarre family of the Endless.
Wednesday, January 14 2004
PopMatters Comic Book Feature by Michael David Sims - PopMatters' Multimedia Editor examines the recent tumult surrounding the firing & subsequent rehiring of Mark Waid, writer for Fantastic Four.
This is the kind of wish fulfillment that orphans dream about.
The 'Alternate Universe' concept has gone from a novelty to a requisite in modern comics.
The only thing that made this endeavor worthwhile was the fantastic art.
It's a story about superheroes without many of the usual trappings.
Wednesday, December 3 2003
Batman is no different than you or me: he adapts to survive in a constantly changing world, and there aren't many superheroes out there who can boast the same.
Flipping through the book, you may finish and wonder just what it is you've been reading.
Thompson's work is fluid, with broad sweeping lines that capture the childhood and dreamlike elements of the book magnificently.
Monday, September 15 2003
Removes Batman from his modern context and sizeable mythology, and drops him into Edgar Allen Poe's oeuvre.
After tackling family, Hurd's latest project moves on to the next logical subject: friends.
It is probably the world's first comic by someone with a cartoon-character side persona. In this case, that would be Montreal DJ Kid Koala, probably best known for being part of the animated pop super-group Gorillaz.
J. Michael Straczynski's Supreme Power #1 could be the perfect comic book. That's not to say that it is the best comic ever, or even the best comic released this week. But, it is near perfect, for a plethora of reasons.