4/30/11 IS THE NEW NUMBER OF THE BEAST

“…For the female of the species is more deadly than the male”- Kipling Comics have long been considered a “man’s world”, with regard to both the writing as well as the art. There are, of course, exceptions to this (Amanda Conner, Katie Cook, Gail Simone, Allison Sohn, Cat Staggs, Jill Thompson…just to name a few).  As of April 30th, 2011 there will be some more names in those hallowed halls….well maybe I should say those damned halls. The long anticipated, and highly clandestine, Teenage Satan project is finally being unveiled at the 2011 Boston Comic Con!  This lovely piece of

Last Week’s Comic Book Reviews

Comic Reviews: Week of March 28th Action Comics #899 (DC – writer: Paul Cornell; art: Jesus Merino) I’ll be damned if Paul Cornell doesn’t write the best Superman stories. We haven’t seen Superman in about nine issues, and I couldn’t be happier. Paul Cornell has made Lex Luthor beyond interesting as a lead character. We know he’s a genius, and we know he’s evil, but Cornell reminds readers that Lex is also ruthless and calculating, and just plain awesome. The story so far has centered around Lex’s attempts to control the power of the black rings introduced in “Blackest Night,”

Last Week’s Comic Book Reviews

Comic Reviews: week of March 23 Batman: The Dark Knight #2 (DC — writer: David Finch; art: Scott Williams) Parts of this comic work very well, especially for Batman. The main story involves Killer Croc and Penguin, and while I enjoyed the very . . . painful . . . interactions between Cobblepot and Batman, I was disappointed by the traditional kidnapping plot involving Bruce’s childhood friend, Golden Dawn. It’s reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, specifically the Joker kidnapping Rachel Dawes. And while Batman’s interrogation of the Joker in the movie is stunning, here his attack on the

Dare To Enter The Vault of Horror

When most people think of Tales From The Crypt I’m sure they think of the zany Crypt Keeper puppet that frightened throngs of “kiddies” staying up past their bedtimes through the ’90s, or maybe they think of that Billy Zane movie that followed the memorable HBO show in which the aforementioned puppet hosted. However you “slice” it “boils and ghouls,” Tales has had many incarnations over the years after its initial horror comic existence that started the franchise.  Before the series was brought to television, another EC Comics series curdled the blood of moviegoers. That film was Vault of Horror. 

Last Week’s Comic Book Reviews

Comic Reviews: Week of March 16th Brightest Day #22 (DC – writers: Johns & Tomasi; artists: Cark, Reis, & Prado) When Blackest Night ended with the resurrection of a troupe of DC’s secondary characters, I think most people were able to see Geoff Johns’ plan. He started with Green Lantern, and then moved on to the Flash. Brightest Day is his attempt to get the rest of his group sorted. Issue #22 is the third to last issue of the series, and unlike 52 (which was a phenomenal read), I’m glad to see all the stories converging for a pretty

Dwayne McDuffie In Memoriam

I want to write an article on the passing of Dwayne McDuffie but I can’t. I didn’t know him as well as I should have. Comics, the small industry that it is, has its celebrated names like Bendis, Morrison, Johns and Alan Moore. But there are writers in the industry that remain relatively unknown, letting the work speak for itself. And now, looking back on the legacy of Dwayne McDuffie, I see a man who has influenced me tremendously. Looking up his name I see Marvel’s Damage Control, a comic series about the company that rebuilds all the destruction caused