Comic Books

Marvelette Missives – The Hellblazer

Constantine is definitely one of those characters that people either love or hate. He’s a smarmy, smart ass, dark magic Brit looking out for himself who falls into doing the right things for others… and often saving the world from dark forces. The Hellblazer is a comic for those into the paranormal side of heroes – plenty of catastrophes to avert, but no one flying in with a cape flapping behind. Instead, you get a sometimes drunk couch-surfer in a trench coat who just happens to know what he’s doing.  More

Marvelette Missives – Black Lightning

If you’re into comics and superheroes, you have probably heard about a new addition to the CW superhero lineup of shows. It was announced last month that DC’s Black Lightning has received a full series order and will likely show up as a midseason replacement. And though he has been around since the late 70s, he’s not a very well-known character.  More

Marvelette Missives – Books on Comics

About a month ago, Book Riot posted an article that recommended books about comics. It featured seven books that serve as introductions to the comic book world, studies of comics as an art form and look at subgenres, such as Manga. The writer admits it is not an exhaustive list and there are a few we would add to it.  More

Motor City Comic Con 2017

This year was the 28th year of the Motor City Comic Con. Every year the con has gotten bigger. This year was no exception. At the con that took place from May 19th to the 21st, thousands flocked to the Suburban Showcase in Novi to meet their favorite actors and comic creators. Not to mention the exhibitor’s that sold everything from graphic novels to props from your favorite movies and TV shows. The guest list read like mix of 80’s nostalgia to some current heavy hitters like Ron Perlman from Sons of Anarchy, and Michael Rooker from The Walking Dead, and more recently Guardians of the Galaxy Volume’s 1 and 2. For the Whovian’s in attendance there was Billie Piper who played Rose Tyler in  Christopher Eccelston,  and David Tennant’s run on Doctor Who. She also plays Brona Croft on Penny Dreadful. John Barrowman was there also. You will remember him for playing Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood, as well as Malcolm Merlin on CW’s Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. You also had Sean Astin from The Goonies, Rudy, and of course The Lord of the Rings movies. There were also comic luminaries Like Dave Gibbons of Watchmen Fame, as well as Neal Adams who drew pretty much everything in the 70’s and 80’s, but is probably best know for his run on Green Lantern\Green Arrow. Ed Mcguiness of Superman\Batman fame was there as well.

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Marvelette Missives – Battlestar Galactica: Six

At the end of last year, a trade collecting a miniseries covering an important piece of history in the Battlestar Galactica universe was released. Battlestar Galactica: Six is the story of Number Six, the human-like Cylon, before we meet her in the main BSG series.  More

Marvelette Missives – I Hate Image

Comic fans know that the first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, also known to many as Merry Comics Day. Comic shops everywhere have lines out the door as people swing by for the freebies (and to grab deals on other comics and items that many shops put on sale that day). Many publishers re-release a previously published comic as a free book or combine stories from a couple of their titles to introduce to readers. But a few release books created specifically for FCBD. This year, one of the best was I Hate ImageMore

Marvelette Missives – The Misplaced

What if you died and went to your promised paradise, but it wasn’t quite what you were expecting? And what if obstacles kept being placed in your path when you decided to search for the true happiness everyone claimed you deserved? That’s the general premise of The Misplaced, a four-issue miniseries available as a collected edition.  More

Marvelette Missives – Marvel Knights: The Inhumans

The volume Marvel Knights: The Inhumans covers a 12-issue miniseries from an updated version of the Inhumans of the late 90s (of course, there have been a couple more versions since then). As such, it gives a good introduction to the main characters of the series without being an origin story.  More

Marvelette Missives – Kennel Block Blues

Kennel Block Blues is a short run comic that tells the story of Oliver, a good dog sent to Jackson State Kennel, and how he befriends fellow inmates and helps to plan an escape. And when I say inmates, that’s what I mean – the kennel is depicted as a prison, with multiple types of animals incarcerated therein. But mostly it’s cats and dogs and, not surprisingly, they don’t get along.  More

Marvelette Missives – We Stand on Guard

We Stand on Guard is a miniseries with a premise that a lot of people have joked about – what would happen if the US decided to invade Canada? Set in 2124, that’s exactly what has happened, as the US has invaded Canada to control its water supplies.  More