Before Abbey Road, before Ed Sullivan, before countless records sold and souls touched, before they even were the Fab Four, the Beatles were an obscure band from an obscure, culturally irrelevant port town. No one believed they would amount to anything. Pop music and pop musicians were ephemeral, their identities and talent only as good for their […]
There’s no stoppin’ the Archies from hoppin’! On one level, the concept of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and Jughead joining forces with Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy Ramone shouldn’t work. At all. On many levels, the bands’ outlooks are seemingly too different from each other to meld into something that could be coherent. The […]
*Some Spoilers* Here’s the good news about Deadpool Annual #1: it contains genuine, gut-bustlingly funny moments. Mostly. I’ll get to that in a second. There are so many moments of pure, gory mirth packed into this issue that I had to take several breaks to recover from my laughing fits. That’s always been the strength […]
Launching a new comic book IP is as arduous a task as it ever was, but today’s creators have more tools at their disposal to turn their passion projects into a tangible product. With the democratization of crowd-funding platforms, many creative people are circumventing traditional publishing methods and going straight to the grassroots level and communicating […]
Hadrian’s Wall #1 Writers: Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel Artist: Rod Reis In my more yeshivish days (there weren’t many, but I dabbled), I spent some time in the vicinity of scenic Lakewood, NJ. While it may not seem like the place to be, Lakewood is home to Beth Medrash Govoha, one of the largest yeshivas in the […]
In June, DC Comics kicked off the start of its Rebirth initiative. After a wave of criticism surrounding the way they have treated their characters’ rich histories since 2011’s New 52 relaunch, DC has decided to rebrand. They hope that by restoring their characters’ pasts, they will restore readers’ faith in them as well. Do […]
To say that Raina Telgemeier is the closest thing to a superstar in the comics industry leaves out the cardinal reason for her well-deserved popularity: her beautifully crafted stories touch on issues that affect every aspect of the soul. In her works readers tackle critical matters of inner humanity, from the tribulations of growing up, to understanding the depths of friendship, to sibling rivalry and reconciliation, and now, accepting the mysterious dimensions of love, culture, and death.
The Amazing Spider-Man #17 Writer: Dan Slott Penciller: R.B. Silva Inker: Adriano Di Benedetto Colorist: Marte Gracia “Our world sucks.” I’m not sure if any other Spider-Man comic, or any mainstream comic of the superhero persuasion (outside of more adult-oriented material) has ever opened with such a declarative line of existential ennui. Either way, that line sets the […]
By now, I think most followers of Marvel are moving past the initial shock of a Steve Rogers no longer dedicated to spreading American liberty and fighting with, not against, a perceived evil. As someone more casually attuned to the world of superhero comics, the news of Captain America’s new allegiance to Hydra was something that piqued my interest somewhat, but not enough to make think it was just a gimmick.