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Ultimate X-Men--The Tomorrow PeopleMark Millar’s Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1: The Tomorrow People

Mark Millar’s take on the X-Men is one of the most polarizing comics of the last decade. How does the debut of his reboot of the X-Men hold? [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]

Miracleman 13 02-03The Art of Miracleman: Olympus—Praising John Totleben

John Totleben’s artwork on Miracleman: Olympus is the single most influential art on superheroes since Neal Adams. It is also a rare case of art being “better” than Alan Moore’s writing. [more]

UWvH-Hulk tears Wolverine in halfHulk Rend Wolverine!!!: Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk #1-2

Damon Lindelof is an unabashed nerd in Hollywood. Lindelof’s purported first conversation with JJ Abrams was mainly a discussion about Star Wars[i]. His enjoyment of comics lead him to recruit Paul Dini, Jeph Loeb and… [more]

Ex_Nihilo_(Earth-616)_from_Avengers_Vol_5_1_001The Marvelous Sci-Fi Villains of Jonathan Hickman

When the Avengers are known as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” they should face off against something so powerful that it takes the combined might of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and others to be… [more]

chitauriThe Avengers Versus the Space Lizard Conspiracy

May 4th was Avengers day here in the states, and I actually managed to see the film three times in the first 24 hours of its release.

starkMark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 8: The Grand Exit

A word of advice before going into this series: ignore the “Death of Spider-Man” banner at the top and you’ll be just fine.

Nerd_Hulk_(Earth-1610)_0002Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 7: The One About Vampires

With the release of each new issue of Ultimate Comics Avengers 3, I would call up my friend Caleb (fellow contributor to Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide) and we would laugh about how far… [more]

Ultimates (2011) #1On Hickman and Ribic’s The Ultimates #1: Yet More Stories for Boys

On the evidence of Messrs. Hickman and Ribic’s The Ultimates #1, the fundamental concerns of feminism haven’t yet become a matter of public concern and debate on Earth 1610, or (it needs to be said) in… [more]

UA 2Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 6: And Now for Something Completely Different

If Ultimate Comics Avengers was a departure from Millar’s previous Ultimates work, then its sequel goes completely off the rails.

ultimate_avengers_2_020Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 5: The Return

After Ultimates 2, Millar stepped away from the Ultimate universe for a couple of years. During his absence, Jeph Loeb took over forUltimates 3 and while it was a more traditional super-hero story, it still had… [more]

The_Ultimates2_issue1Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 3: Saying Something

Volume 2 of The Ultimates (sometimes referred to as Season 2) is not only vastly superior to the first, but I would argue that it is the best work of Millar’s career. It’s a fascinating… [more]

ultimates012_23Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 2: Something More Traditional

After the first six issues of Millar’s The Ultimates had established the team as a group of celebrity soldiers with little ethical or moral backbone (except for Thor who is considered insane by the others),… [more]

Ultimates1Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 1: The Anti-Comic

With the ten-year anniversary of Mark Millar’s The Ultimates coming up next year, and with an all new line up of Ultimate books coming from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer later this year, there’s no… [more]

ultimates 1The Ultimates: Super-Human

The Ultimates Volume 1 #1-6 As a fledgling comic book reader, I took notice of the New Avengers only because of the writer attached to it, Brian Michael Bendis. I remember reading the Disassembled arc… [more]

Nausicaa-nausicaa-of-the-valley-of-the-wind-33111658-1010-1222Every Atom Belonging to Me as Good Belongs to You (He self-indulgently rambles once again and then finally talks about Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)

In the words of Frederick Schodt: Manga! Manga! We all love manga. It’s replaced ice cream as that thing we all scream for. It’s just fun to say. Come on and say it with me:… [more]

406px-The_UltimatesSex Scenes, Orson Welles, and Other Matters

Greetings, and welcome to another edition of New Comics Day. As usual, New Comics Day winds down at O’Malley’s Pub on Lincoln where the beer is cheap but the comics reviewers are cheaper. This week,… [more]

Batman Child of DreamsComics Published on 12 March 2003

Batman: Child of Dreams DC Comics – Kia Asamiya (w/a); Max Allan Collins (trans.) The key to a good Batman story, in my opinion, lies in the use of imagery. The notion that criminals are… [more]

The Filth 7Comics Published on 15 January 2003

Optic Verve makes its triumphant (or generally unnoticed, depending on your point of view) return to the Internet, having taken the holidays off due to lack of Internet connectivity and a general plague of viruses… [more]