Comic Books

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Luke Cage

With the Luke Cage series hitting Netflix at the end of this month, it seems an appropriate time to give a little background on the character. If you want a more extensive history, there are plenty of places to find it online (including here), but today we’re doing the “quick and dirty” version. More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Riverdale

If you track these things, you’ve probably heard there is an Archie comics show in development for The CW. A pilot for Riverdale, produced by Greg Berlanti (of Arrow and The Flash fame), is set to air in early 2017. It’s not exactly the Archie you may remember though. More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Cloak and Dagger

Earlier this year, Cloak and Dagger received a full season order and is expected to air sometime in 2017 on Freeform. Of course, knowing what that network is all about, it should come as no surprise that the main characters are teenagers. But if they do things right, it could turn out to be an interesting show. More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing The Runaways

With so many comic book properties in the works for movies and television, I thought it might be a good idea to introduce (in a relatively non-spoilery way) properties that some people may not know much about. I’ll get things started with The Runaways, which was recently announced as receiving a full season order from Hulu. More

Marvelette Missives – Kickin’ It Old School

I recently went to an old school comic con. If you’re lucky, you know what I’m talking about – a bunch of dealers crammed into a hall, maybe a couple of artists selling original sketches, but no celebrities or photo ops in sight. Sure, a few people showed up in costume (I think there was an actual costume contest at some point, though I didn’t stay for it), but it was primarily a crowd of comic book lovers looking for deals. I would say about 80% of the space was long boxes and most of what was on offer was golden, silver and bronze age issues with some current releases thrown in (especially ones with variant covers). More

Marvelette Missives – Another Civil War Begins

Like many Marvel fans, I’m reading Civil War II. There are two issues out so far and considering it’s a limited series, it seems a good time to give some impressions on it. More

Marvelette Missives – Calm Down, Son

Last week there was a major reveal in the new Captain America comic. For geeks living under a rock, the last page of the book had Captain America saying “Hail Hydra”. Obviously a huge twist and could mean major things for the character. So, of course, geeks took to the interwebs immediately to decry the horror of such a phrase coming from a beloved character. (As an aside, it really ticked me off that everyone threw the “no spoilers” cry aside and posted about this from early morning, before the majority of people could even get to their comic shop and buy the issue. Also, the loudest complainers seemed to be those who don’t even read comics!) More

Marvelette Missives – Getting Serious

I am not usually into “serious” superhero comics. Don’t get me wrong, I do read comics that would not be considered “fun” (like Outcast), but when it comes to heroes, I prefer things a little less serious (Deadpool is my favorite character, after all). But there are a couple of books on my pull list that qualify, especially The Ultimates.

Those who know me might be a bit surprised that I enjoy this title enough to buy it by the issue (I read a lot of trades). The Ultimates is a group of science-focused heroes spending the majority of their time in space, who address the “ultimate” problems of the universe. It’s a serious group with a serious mandate. So why do I like it?

First, the characters. When the revamped title was announced last year it caught my eye because Captain Marvel is on the team and she’s in my top five faves. The other members are Black Panther, Ms. America, Spectrum and Blue Marvel. It’s an interesting mix of intellect, powers and personalities.

Second, the problems. Yes, the purpose of the team really is to solve huge problems. The first one they deal with is Galactus and his habit of devouring worlds. Seriously… HUGE problems.

Third, the plot. Al Ewing is a really engaging writer and I like the direction he’s taking the plot. It’s not just a matter of the team solving a problem – he addresses the consequences and repercussions of their actions within the team itself and from the outside.

The Ultimates may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and I’ll admit that it helps to be a Marvel fan who has read some classic storylines and knows the characters. But if the big issue, more serious side of things is what you’re looking for in comics, I would recommend the current run.

Motor City Comic Con 2016. The Nerd Returns Home

This past weekend more than 50,000 geeks descended on the Suburban Showcase and Collection in Novi this past weekend for the annual Motor City Comic Con. It was a bittersweet even with the untimely passing of two of its scheduled guests. Forii WWE superstar Chyna, and seminal artist Darwin Cooke.

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Marvelette Missives – Buy Me a Mockingbird

Thanks to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’ve become interested in the character Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse). As sad as it was to see her and Hunter leave the show (yes, there was weepiness), I’m really looking forward to their spin-off now. She’s actually been around in the comics since 1977, showing up in other hero’s books or as part of a team. Only recently did Marvel give her a title all her own. So, of course, I’m reading it. More