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Risk imageTake on the Risks: Why a Risk-taking Attitude is Necessary to the Future of Comics

Is it worth the risk? Industry professionals ask themselves this question whenever they are about to embark on a new project. Most of the time it is answered in a variety of ways, with creators… [more]

Jessica-JonesNetflix Looks to Expand Super Success with AKA Jessica Jones

Earlier this April, Netflix and Marvel collaborated to create Daredevil, one of the most acclaimed Superhero series on recent television. The show became an instant hit, collecting a hefty 9.1/10 on IMDb, 9.4/10 on TV.com,… [more]

avengers-for-fbx-largeHow The Avengers Became the Center of the Marvel Universe

From 1961 to 1965, in a white-hot blaze of publisher demand and creativity, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, John Romita Sr. and others hammered out the entire Marvel Universe. In the process, they made… [more]

thor-insaneThor is Not a God, He’s a Lunatic: Realism in Ultimate Marvel

As the Ultimate Marvel Universe is reaching it’s conclusion it is worth looking back at the magnificent alternate universe. So much of the Ultimate Marvel Universe has helped to define both the Marvel Cinematic Universe… [more]

2Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 1 #67

Last Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

thumbGoing Old School: A Review of Nightcrawler #1-2

According to Urban Dictionary.com, “old school” is defined as: “Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect. Can be used to refer to music, clothing, language, or anything… [more]

USM13Ultimate Spider-Man #13 Uses Art and Dialogue to Add Depth to Its Characters

There are no masks, tights, or supervillains in Ultimate Spider-Man #13. There isn’t a fight scene. No one gets hurt. The whole comic is about a teenager having a conversation with his girlfriend and aunt.… [more]

USM10Ultimate Spider-Man #10-12 is a Coming of Age Story with Tights, Crime Lords, and High School Girls

The coming of age story is one of the most enduring story types in Western literature. From Telemachus in the Odyssey to Huckleberry Finn and more recently the boy wizard Harry Potter, readers young and… [more]

USM8Ultimate Spider-Man #8-9 Uses a Variety of Character Perspectives to Show Spider-Man’s Development As a Hero

After the editorial mandated origin story, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley get to cut loose and tell their first official Ultimate Spider-Man story. The name of the story arc is “Learning Curve”, which signifies… [more]

UltimateSpider-Man005Ultimate Spider-Man #5-7 Has an Abrupt Ending, but Transforms Peter Parker into Spider-Man

Unlike the previous four issues which have played extremely fast and loose with Spider-Man’s origin in Amazing Fantasy #15, Ultimate Spider-Man is surprisingly faithful to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s story. The plot is virtually… [more]

USM4Ultimate Spider-Man #4 Uses Language to Explore Peter Parker and Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man #4 primarily consists of conversations, inner monologues, and characters running away from each other. No one throws a single punch. Some of the events, like Peter’s foray into wrestling and arguments with Uncle… [more]

GrowingPainsUltimate Spider-Man #2-3 Reveals the Perils of Power without Responsibility

Unlike the first double-sized issue of Ultimate Spider-Man, the second and third issues move at a much slower clip. At the end of Ultimate Spider-Man #2, Norman Osborn tells his scientists that he is testing… [more]

Ultimate_Spider-Man_Vol_1_1Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Introduces Peter Parker, his “Fathers,” and Hints at a Rich Supporting Cast

Ultimate Spider-Man #1 is one of the most important comics issues of the 21st century. The  series was the brainchild of Marvel publisher Bill Jemas, who wanted to create a Marvel universe that was accessible… [more]

from Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1, page 11Eight Thoughts on Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1-2

The right-wing media went apeshit over Peter Parker being replaced by Miles Morales, based on a single seven-page sequence (really its own short story) in Ultimate Fallout #4. Lots of people were perfectly prepared to… [more]

1-4Ultimate Fantastic Four: The Fantastic

Ultimate Fantastic Four #1-6 In my collection of DVDs I have a bootleg copy of the 1994 movie Fantastic Four. Simply put, there is nothing fantastic about it. Fast-forward to 2005 and I am sitting… [more]

002-bUltimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility: Part 2

Ultimate Spider-Man #2-7 The second issue is titled “Growing Pains”. It could have been called “The Longest Day” and fit just as well. It starts off with Peter in class. Coming down with the shakes,… [more]

Avengers #502You Can’t Go Back Again

An unfortunate trend seems to have taken hold at Marvel Comics, which has slowly convinced me to give up reading my favorite super-heroes.

ultimate spidermanUltimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility: Part 1

Ultimate Spider-Man #1: “Powerless” I’ve got a confession to make: I’ve never been a big Spider-Man follower before. Yes, I did see the movies, the sequel literally brought me to tears, and I consider it… [more]

HouseOfM6Your Guide to Civil War: Disassembled, House of M, and the Road to Civil War

As we get ready for the start of Civil War, I think it’s time we take a look at some of the events that, while not directly related to the storyline, have brought us to… [more]

C.C. Banana and Joe QuesadaJoe Quesada on Various Fruity Topics

Editor’s Note: C.C. Banana is a comedian. The following interviews are provided for entertainment purposes only. Last weekend I went to the premiere New York Comic-Con at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, intending to snag… [more]

House_of_MOn House of M

Welcome to “Trade Waiting,” where we wait till comic book arcs are collected in trade format so that we can study and analyze the story on a whole. We will focus on character arcs, plot… [more]

HOUSEOFMThe “M” is for “Mediocre”

House of M #1 Marvel Comics – Brian Michael Bendis (w); Olivier Coipel (p); Tim Townsend (i) Well, I guess this means summer is officially here. DC started its tent-pole summer event about a month… [more]

Avengers 500“Lacking on Every Level”

Avengers #500 Marvel Comics – Brian Michael Bendis (w); David Finch (p); Danny Miki (i)I almost didn’t review this, for a couple of reasons. Here’s the score: No matter what I say, for good or… [more]

The_Spectacular_Spider-Man_Vol_2_8A Day at Borders

Greetings, and welcome back. I just got back to Chi-town on an Amtrak train, just in time for the inaugural edition of New Comics Day 2004, the first after our holiday hiatus. Good to see… [more]

Ultimate Spider-Man #49Tremble in Fear, Hollywood!

Hey, gang — welcome to another New Comics Day. I’m screwing around with the format of the column (again). Look for some more changes in the coming weeks. If you hate the new format and… [more]