There are comic book series galore this year and some fly a bit under the radar, like this offering from the Playstation Network, an adaptation of the Powers comic series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. In fact, I so totally missed it that I picked it up 6 episodes into it’s 10 episode run. I’m glad I did though because it’s been a wild ride.
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This is a question I’ve asked many times in the past, but as I finish up watching the season finales of Daredevil and Flash and Arrow and Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., I once again have to wonder with the success of these shows, why doesn’t Marvel and DC use the popularity to promote selling comic books?
Here’s why I think they should and how I think they ought to do it.
I’ve always been a Saint Seiya fan, back from the earliest manga to the original anime, I’ve enjoyed Seiya face-planting and over-the-top battles. I have every series, every movie, every manga that has featured Seiya and the guys and I just got around to watching their most recent movie, a full CGI affair called Legend of Sanctuary, which tries to recap the biggest arc of the original series in 93 minutes. It’s flashy and pretty, but is it really a good movie? Let’s take a look and see how it stacks up.
As you know, I like to review comics in well-defined chunks, self-contained arcs that have a beginning, middle and end. That’s sometimes easier said than done, especially for comics that aren’t necessarily written that way.
Like this one.
That’s not a bad thing, but sometimes you keep waiting for a clear stopping point and when none presents itself after a while, you just have to make your own.
Therefore, let’s look at the first six issues of Marvel’s newest series about Black Widow.
I’ll be honest, I pretty much hated the first season of Helix. It had potential, it was essentially announced as a single-season event, much like Under the Dome, but like Under the Dome, it turned into an ongoing series without any actual meat to the story.
I waffled about watching the second season, there were some plot threads that I thought might be interesting and so, unlike Under the Dome, I gave Helix season 2 a shot.
Wow, did I make a mistake.
It’s sad having some really old dogs. Our Dalmatian, Sparky, which we got as a puppy, has exceeded the median life expectancy of Dalmatians and as such, is starting to fall apart. Day after day, we get to watch her disintegrate a bit at a time, but she’s not in any pain that we can tell so we just let her go. Unfortunately, Dalmatians are really, really stupid dogs which are eternal puppies, even when their bodies just can’t keep up and they never, ever learn their lessons.
It struck me recently, while listening to a board gaming podcast, that there is a significant difference between the modern board game hobby and a hobby that I’ve had for most of my life, playing tabletop role-playing games. I suppose I had known it for a long time but I had never really recognized it, although I think it is an important and significant divergence between the two otherwise similar hobbies.
That difference is, board games tend to focus on buying new games constantly, while RPGs focus on playing the same system almost exclusively for a long time.
I took a look at the first six issues of this series a couple of months ago, noting that it was different from most of the offerings Marvel provides, which is why it was invariably cancelled with issue #12. Still, it was interesting enough to take another look at and review the second half of the series to see if it was worth recommending picking up in the trades.
Therefore, let’s jump into She-Hulk #7-12, the tale of a large green woman arguing the intricacies of the law in a court room.
I am a massive fan of Daredevil, always have been, always will be. I’ve read the comics religiously for several decades and have really wanted to see a good movie or TV series, be it live action or animated. I was disappointed by the Ben Affleck movie because it failed to capture the nature of the comic book. Then I heard that ol’ hornhead was coming to television as a 13-episode series on Netflix and I was cautiously optimistic. I mean, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been great, it hasn’t put out any serious failures, either on TV or in the movies, but my favorite version of Daredevil isn’t the super-dark, ultra-violent version made popular by Frank Miller and I knew that the series was at least motivated by Frank Miller’s stories of the 80s, that made me a bit hesitant. However, when Netflix dropped the entire 13-episode series on April 10th, it was clear that I had nothing to worry about, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight had it well in hand and gave us a Daredevil we could all be proud of. Therefore, let’s go straight into the story of Marvel’s Daredevil.
I’ve been really hesitant about Marvel’s new universe-ending Secret Wars event, but I really never knew anything about it and although I knew they were ending a bunch of their books, at least temporarily, I never realized that virtually my entire reading list would be going away this month. I also never realized how much I was going to hate the whole concept behind Secret Wars. Therefore, as shouldn’t be much of a shock, I’m probably going to be dropping virtually the entire Marvel comics line over the summer and may or may not pick any of it up again in the fall.