Remember, remember the Fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot.
I know of no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
A growing tradition in recent years has been for many who worry about tyranny to watch V For Vendetta on November Fifth. It’s something of a fad, but many have taken it as a time to look into their rights. I’ve had an annual viewing for a few years, but this year, I’ve held off.
A hero is only as good as their villain. That’s a line I use when I look at a story that leans on an action hero, especially in science fiction and fantasy. Dune has the Harkonnens, distinct greedy psychopaths all looking for to satisfy their personal desires. Star Wars has Darth Vader, with all his heavy breathing and cold menace.
After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, I found another villain who embraces the unrepentant nature of the true villain. Ronan the Accuser.
With X-Men: Days of Future Past coming in a few days, I’m going to take a moment and share some of the reasons why I love these characters.
I’ve heard this one a few times. A friend gets to a shocking scene, a tense moment, something that makes a splash in a book. Then–WOOSH!–the book flies across the room.
A lot of times, this isn’t actually a bad thing, it’s just a shock, a big shock. Sometimes, it’s something much worse. Continue reading
I’ve talked before about the first box of comics I ever got and my fascination with a reprint of part of the Phoenix Saga. One of the few things that book had that most comics don’t have any more, is a moment, in the issue, to see the team together.
This issue had such a team shot.
As I find myself at the nexus of three projects, all featuring at least one strong female, I’ve been reminded more and more of one of my biggest influences when it comes to characters and building tension.
Greg Rucka is a fantastic writer, noted (or notorious) for his female characters and putting them through as much hell as his male characters. You only think Joss Whedon torments characters; Rucka does worse and usually leaves them alive.
In the face of Avengers vs. X-Men about to hit comic book stores, there has been speculation that Cyclops, leader of the X-Men, will die. His cause has been saving the mutants, his religion has been restoring those like him to a point of viability instead of extinction. Stoic, stalwart leader, the first mutant to join the X-Men.
Most people think he will die. His cause will be complete, his life sacrificed as a martyr to his cause. Cyclops will die, just as his wife, Phoenix, might actually return.
But Cyclops can’t die, he just can’t.
It isn’t often where I feel compelled to talk about specific comic books. In an age where most comics appear to be going back over the same material again, be it Civil War or writing/drawing like it’s still 1994, finding something new and fresh is a true rarity.
Brian K. Vaughan is one of the modern masters of comic book writing. His tales are always unique and engaging. Aside from The Sandman, Vaughan’s Y the Last Man is the most acclaimed book DC’s Vertigo imprint has ever released; Y is easily the best comic of the past decade. He started a truly original teen comic for Marvel in the form of Runaways, which is about the children of a supervillain organization. Vaughan’s even written for the acclaimed TV series Lost.
With that kind of resume, hearing about a new series written by Vaughan is enough to get a lot of people to buy at least an issue. Thus, we have the new series Saga.
I was checking twitter earlier, and saw something @BrianReed said:
“If B&N didn’t have lousy customer service, & if Nook weren’t a train wreck, AND if it wasn’t $50 more than Kindle, they might have a shot.”
He’s clearly referring to the announcement that Marvel would be supplying exclusive digital content to the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and Nook Color. That, of course, is a counter-offensive in response to DC offering exclusive content to the Kindle Fire.
And as a writer and a book lover, Brian Reed’s comment just pisses me off.
After hearing the news about the upcoming DC 52 book relaunch/reboot/regurgitation, I got excited to see a few things. Like some of the WildCATs and a solo book for Mister Terrific. Wonder Woman wearing pants still is a good thing and she still looks iconic. Superman, however, is…. It’s so stupid, I don’t fell like typing it. But I will copy/paste! Continue reading