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Sunday, 06 July 2014 14:07
marvels1What is sequential art? Whenever I use that term..which is the actual technical term for comic books, people rarely know what it means. People usually think it’s “Crazy Dave, speaking gibberish again.” But no, it’s an actual thing. It’s the art of telling stories with pictures. Drawings, paintings, stick-men...it doesn’t matter, if you can make a story with a sequence of pictures, you are creating a comic book. Sequential art is what comics essentially is. Read more...
Published in Let's Talk Comics
Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:15
Death 1It's that time again. No not the time of year or even the time of day, it's the time Marvel or DC (in this case Marvel) kills off a big name superhero. It happens, the books are meant to somewhat portray life as it is lived so eventually somebody has to die right? I don't really even mind (well a little bit) that our heroes and some villains have the "comic book death" it makes for at times interesting reading and it is always fun to speculate how the hero/ villain will return. The problem is how it's handled. Once upon a time it was a BIG thing. It shook the comic book readers and made us appreciate our heroes even more than we already did. I have written about how as a much younger person that I cried reading the Death of Captain Marvel. I stood in a line full of folks who couldn't have cared less about any superhero to buy a copy of the Death of Superman. Ah for the good old days. Now before my friend and colleague Jess Kirby says "I thought he wasn't going purist on this" I must say I don't mind the right as of this moment days either. The Death of Peter Parker in Ultimate Spider-Man is still one of my favorite hero dies stories that I have ever read. Add in the mass media coverage of these high profile "Death Of"  put name of hero here and it is easy to see how this can be good for at least a small period of time for the comic book industry. Sick as it is nothing sells better than Death Of other than sex, so yea it has to happen so make a buck right?   Read more...
Published in Marvel Comics
Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:34
Original_Sin_4_Teaser_VariantPreviously in Original Sin: The plot thickened and sickened! The mysterious boss’ teams had discovered many more dead creatures both in the underworld and in alternate dimensions, meaning that Uatu wasn’t the only anomaly that bit the green glowing bullet! Meanwhile, Nick Fury’s squad narrowed down the search for Watcher’s killer and found out who had one of his eyeballs! They find Exterminatrix and a mysterious man with a towel on his head with it, and “Extermy” and a group of Mindless Ones take on a virtual all-star team of heroes on their own. As cool as they looked going into the fight...the heroes make short work them, and the head under the towel is revealed! Who is it?! Who else would want to cart around a creepy giant eyeball but the one Marvel villain that HAS A CREEPY GIANT EYEBALL FOR A HEAD! That’s right..it’s The Orb! Shock! Awe! And...more questions. What could it all mean!? Who is the mysterious man conducting his own investigation? Why and how could C-list villains like Exterminatrix and The Orb kill and de-eyeball The Watcher?! Or DID they? Or are they just pawns in a larger scheme? Will issue 3 answer any of these questions!? Read more...
Published in Marvel Comics
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:59
SHXNote from Dan: One of the great parts of my job is getting the chance to introduce to you folks one of our new columnists. In this case we have a young man from Canada who has a specialty that the rest of the crew doesn't have and that is Japanese animation and Manga. Chris is a wonderful, upbeat guy, who loves the 4 colored medium as much as everybody else here at ENR does, and as you will see it shows in his work. Below is his introductory column where he tells all of us a little bit about himself. Later in the week we will have his first foray into the world of Japanese animation and what it means to him. Welcome aboard Chris! Read more...
Published in Columnists
Friday, 30 May 2014 12:57
Original_Sin_1_Teaser_VariantLast Time in Original Sin: In issue #0,Nova visited the Watcher to find out why he watches, and learned an origin story that we’ve never been told prior, and discovered Uatu’s original sin, or his father’s at least. We also got a glimpse at the “machine” that allows Uatu to watch not only what is happening in the Marvel U, but what happens in all realities at all times in the universe. It’s called the multiversal friction engine...and it’s pretty awesome in appearance as well as in name. It was the last story of Uatu (for awhile at least), and a darn great one...but now onto issue 1 and 2 of Original Sin, and it’s going to be a feast for your eyeballs! As always, SPOILERS HAPPEN! Read more...
Published in Marvel Comics
Sunday, 25 May 2014 14:48
maxresdefaultWhen Marvel announced that they would be producing original graphic novels (or OGNs, as they all them), I never thought I would be on board to read every single one. But when I saw that the first three were going to feature the Marvel heroes I adore the most: the Avengers, Spider-Man and the X-Men...and have all-star creative teams on board...well, I couldn’t resist. I reviewed the Avengers outing, Endless Wartime, and even though the book had its cool moments, it was generally lackluster, and didn’t feel...epic enough. Oh well. Here we are with a double review of the next two entries into Marvel’s OGN library, Spider-Man: Family Business and X-Men: No More Humans. Two books that tackle their respective franchises quite differently yet still manage to achieve the exact opposite effect that Endless Wartime did. Confused? Read on, Bleeder Nation, to find out just what the heck I’m talking about. Read more...
Published in Marvel Comics
Sunday, 18 May 2014 14:21
Logan & KittyWith less than a week before The X-Men return to theaters in the most ambitious and star-studded film yet, we will also be able to play out the X-Men’s adventures through time in the Days of Future Past mobile video game developed by Glitchsoft. This interview displays just how awesome comic book conventions can actually be. Wandering around Ottawa ComicCon this year, I came across this booth with a gigantic poster of John Byrne’s classic Uncanny X-Men #141 cover. You know, of an aged Wolverine and Kitty Pryde backed up against a wall covered in wanted posters featuring many X-Men characters. Being a die-hard X-Men fanatic, just that image displayed in such a way was more than enough reason to catch my interest. Read more...
Published in Video Games
Monday, 12 May 2014 08:39
How much is enough?   d 1   Where does too much begin? Even more perplexing it seems to the pop culture community is the question: What is not enough? For four years I have been screaming at the top of my written word lungs about the superhero ideal. I have not only ranted about why preserving what makes a hero is important to Americana, our history and our society as a whole in the medium that defined heroism in the modern age I have reasonably presented the arguments for it. I traveled the country by train going to con after con talking to hundreds of retailers, fans and creators about everything from the most special moments of their reading careers to the most divisive of subjects from bandwagon fans and fad followers to Man of Steel and the decline of this ideal.   Read more...
Published in Let's Talk Comics
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