Comic Books

Marvelette Missives – Making Frenemies

What is one thing that is just about guaranteed to bring enemies together? Love. (I didn’t say it was the only thing – we all know that it’s more likely to be money, but I digress.) No, I’m not talking about the enemies falling in love (that cliché outlived its welcome years ago). I’m talking about two people who are both in love with a third person who just happens to be in a bit of trouble. More

Marvelette Missives – Do Ratings Matter?

On Geek Watch One this week, we briefly touch on the now-defunct Comics Code and the MPAA and the seemingly arbitrary manner in which comics and movies are rated. Yes, this stems from a discussion of Deadpool and R-rated comic book movies. But obviously it’s larger than that. It did, however, get me thinking about whether these ratings or designations really matter at all anymore. More

Marvelette Missives – Digging Up the Past

I believe that if you are truly a fan of something, you should gather as much knowledge about it as you can (and, as a fan, you’re going to want to know everything anyway). This is particularly true of comic books characters, especially those with a long history. Sure, you can get origin stories and details on wiki sites or, sometimes, through a publisher’s website. But whenever possible, reading the actual stories is the best way to immerse yourself in the character. More

We Be Geeks Presents the 1st Ever WeBe Awards

If you are reading this then welcome to the 1st ever WeBe awards. For this the first year, our only category is comics. We gave WeBes for the following: Top Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback, Top Mini Series/One-Shot, Top Monthly Title from the different publishers and from those winners Top Title of the year.   So on to our winners! More

Marvelette Missives – Absolutely Marvel-ous

Over the past year I’ve become a fan of the current incarnation of Captain Marvel. Why would I phrase it that way? Well, most people would guess I’m a Marvel fan (don’t look so shocked), so I’m obviously not talking about the DC hero. But the Marvel version has had a half dozen or so folks carrying the mantel. It’s not to say I’m not interested in the earlier Captains, but thus far it’s Carol Danvers who has me hooked. More

Marvelette Missives – Heavy Petting

As a geek and an animal lover, I’ve always loved seeing the sidekick pets on page and screen. Now I’m not talking about a dog or cat who happens to just be around and has no part in the story except for a brief mention. Nor am I referring to the anthropomorphic talking animals that are partners to the main characters. I mean the true sidekick pets, the ones that provide an assist as a real sidekick but also live with the heroes, at least part of the time, and have a connection to them. More

Marvelette Missives – Hero or Heroine?

I recently finished reading volume 1 of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye (My Life As a Weapon). Outside of reading up on things related to the movies, I’ve never been very into any of the Avengers comics. But I’ve heard such good things about this particular run of Hawkeye since it debuted a couple years ago that I wanted to give it a shot (I have no idea if I intended that pun). More

Marvelette Missives – Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

A couple months ago there was word that a Damage Control television series was in the works. For those who don’t know, Damage Control is the name of the company that cleans up after the heroes of the Marvel Universe save the day. It was originally owned, 50/50, by Tony Stark and Wilson Fisk. It has appeared in a few main Marvel titles and has also had a couple of short-run comics series of its own. More

Marvelette Missives – The One About Deadpool

My favorite comic book character (can’t exactly say superhero) is Deadpool. For some reason, this seems to take many people by surprise (mostly male, mostly those who don’t know me very well). Admittedly, Deadpool is not a “girly” character, nor are the majority of his plotlines what would be considered female friendly (in other words, they’re usually violent as all get out). So why is he my favorite? More

Interview with Joe Eisma

eekYou cageek happeningsThis past weekend thousands of pop culture fans converged on the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Michigan, for the Motor City Comic Con. There were hundreds of media guests, comic professionals, and vendors crammed into the convention center. I was lucky enough to get a few moments to chat with Joe Eisma, the interior artist and co-creator of the smash hit from Image, Morning Glories. It is described by Nick Spencer as “Runaways Meets Lost.” We talk Marvel, DC, and of course Morning Glories. We talk the pros of working on a creator owned books, and the good and bad of social media. Here is how it went.

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