Sunday, January 1 1995
With many superhero comics, it is senseless to look for any depth or meaning beneath the blood and thunder because it's usually not there. With some books, there is an exploration of what it means to be a superhero in today's world and our own search for the lost meaning of heroes. Kevin Smith's 'Green Arrow' is not a magnum opus, but it does do something that is very difficult these days: entertain while making the reader think at the same time.
Spider-Man has experienced a noticeable revitalization in the past year.
Every week for years, the cartoonist known as Kaz has doled out an Underworld strip to his readers. There was a time when an Underworld collection was the only place to see this little-known strip outside of a few big-city alternative tabloids, but thanks to the Web and the Fantagraphic collections, it is reaching a new audience.
Canadian David Collier likes to root around in the dusty corners of his country's history, resurrecting lives that virtually no one outside of Canada has ever heard of, and which many Canadians may be unaware of themselves.
A very interesting commentary on reality, our perceptions, and the nature of existence itself.
And that, in the end, is the problem of 'El Diablo'. It's the new breed of western that we've already seen before. The 'adult' western has already become tired and needs a new sun-kissed wrinkle to distinguish it again.
As a superheroine comic book, 'Promethea' brandishes the requisite amounts of action, but Moore also lays a solid intellectual foundation that's only heightened as the series progresses past this first collection.
With the Punisher series, Ennis suffers no illusions that he's making any statements on society or culture. After all, if the primary appeal of Superman is to see a man fly, then, at its most fundamental, the draw of the Punisher is to witness the 'punishment' of the predators and parasites of modern civilisation.
'User' depicts just one of the many forms in which this ancient quest can reveal itself in the modern age an age in which we find ourselves continually creating new identities to cope with an sometimes disappointing existence.
In the end, 'Where Is Thy Sting?', which desires to convey the humanity of Superman, succeeds only in proving what an alien freakball he is. Watch your back, Lois.
With New God Orion regaining a sense of elevated profile through his membership in the popular 'Justice League of America', the DC Comics suits figured that Orion would be the best bet for a Fourth World revival. They turned to Simonson to helm it. So, would Simonson be able to succeed where so many before him have failed? In a word: yes!
Women with weapons, men with pens it's a trend that recurs heavily in modern comics. Frequently, the minds behind today's strong, female characters are none other than men. While in general that may be a counter-intuitive relationship, women written and drawn almost exclusively by men, it's practically a given in the comics industry. Girls with guns, boys with brushes.
PopMatters Comic Book Feature by John Burnson - Marvel is succumbing to the
Despite its flaws 'Midnight Nation' could very well prove to be a good series. It has a fresh twist on the detective thriller which should play nicely into the current state of pop culture.
PopMatters Comic Book Feature by Anne Thalheimer - Doucet's work is not for the faint of heart . . . she does not shy away from the strange, the grotesque, the self-scathing . . . or the bodily. More often than not, she manages to mix them all up into one frightening, surreal, fabulous sequence.
'Lifeline' fulfils its function admirably a competently fashioned Spider-Man tale with awesome Steve Rude supplied eye candy.
When millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne first began his career as the Batman in 1939, it was mentioned several times that, 'He always works alone.'