Sad News

Stan Lee died today and the tributes are pouring in. There’s not much I can add; Stan co-created so many of Marvel’s characters that his legacy will probably never go away. The way we think of characters like the FF, Thor, the X-Men, the Avengers, Hulk, Sub-Mariner, and (my favourite) Spider-Man–their personalities, their essence, really–is because of the way Stan wrote them. And he was so in love with comics that his enthusiasm was infectious, leaving a veritable vocabulary of his own making. I know I’ve channeled him in my own writing plenty of times, and I’m sure countless others have too.

So, as Stan might have said: Face Front True Believers, and Excelsior!

Comics Reviews: Superman 353, Action 513, DC Comics Presents 27

Superman 353 coverSuperman #353 – “The Fantastic Foe Superman Could Never Meet” – Cary Bates/Curt Swan/Frank Chiaramonte

This one starts with Clark Kent and Lana Lang skydiving to promote WGBS. Clark doesn’t open his parachute and isn’t saying anything. Lana assumes he’s scared shitless, but he’s actually spotted a mine collapse with his x-ray vision. He maneuvers into a cloud, switches to Superman to deal with the mine collapse, then switches back to Clark before dropping out of the cloud and pulling his ripcord. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 353, Action 513, DC Comics Presents 27”

Comics reviews: Batman 329, Detective 496, Brave & the Bold 168

Batman 329 coverBatman #329 – “Twice Dies the Batman” – Marv Wolfman/Irv Novick/Frank McLaughlin

Last issue, a guy named Carl Ternion sent Batman a tape claiming he killed a man named Anton Karoselle … twice. Karoselle’s death was ruled accidental by the courts, so Ternion figured he was protected by double jeopardy from being prosecuted again. When Batman started looking into it, he found clues that an old foe of his was behind the whole mess. Continue reading “Comics reviews: Batman 329, Detective 496, Brave & the Bold 168”

Warehouse 13 Reviews: Season 2, Episode 7

Warehouse 13 opening titleEpisode 7: For the Team

This one starts with Dr. Hernandez (the veterinarian Pete and Myka met in Episode 3) making a house call to treat Myka’s pet ferret. Hernandez and Pete still don’t get along (which usually means they’ll end up dating), insulting each other as soon as they’re in proximity. Continue reading “Warehouse 13 Reviews: Season 2, Episode 7”

Comics Reviews: Flash 290, Wonder Woman 272, Green Lantern 133

Flash 290 coverFlash #290 – “Will You Believe Me When I’m Dead?” – Cary Bates/Don Heck/Frank Chiaramonte

Last issue ended with Barry’s attractive new neighbour, Fiona Webb, at the police station to make a complaint against a man in her building who’s been stalking her and who she’s certain is going to kill her. This man’s name? Barry Allen. Flash shows up at the station with the unconscious Dr. Alchemy just in time to hear Fiona’s plea for help. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Flash 290, Wonder Woman 272, Green Lantern 133”

Comics Reviews: JLA 183, Legion of Super-Heroes 268, Jonah Hex 41, New Teen Titans preview

JLA 183 coverJustice League of America #183 – “Where Have All the New Gods Gone?” – Gerry Conway/Dick Dillin/Frank McLaughlin

This one starts with members of the JLA (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Firestorm) and their Earth-2 counterparts, the JSA (Power Girl, Huntress, Dr. Fate, and Wonder Woman) preparing to beam to each other’s world via transmatter cube. Naturally, something goes wrong and they end up on an unfamiliar alien world, dominated by a huge floating city … unfamiliar to everyone but Superman, who recognizes the place as New Genesis, home of the New Gods. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 183, Legion of Super-Heroes 268, Jonah Hex 41, New Teen Titans preview”

Warehouse 13 Reviews: Season 2, Episode 6

Warehouse 13 opening titleEpisode 6: Around the Bend

This one starts at the British Museum in Lakefield, Illinois (which, as far as I can tell, isn’t a real town). Pete and Myka are looking for someone who caused a localized earthquake during a robbery and they tracked an artifact that causes earthquakes (an old walking stick) to this museum. Continue reading “Warehouse 13 Reviews: Season 2, Episode 6”