Hugo 2014: Best Graphic Story

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Given the thousands of comics and graphics novels published every year, not to mention web comics, it’s really surprising the nominees weren’t better. I suspect there’s a strong aversion to including any superhero comics in the group. There’s no other way to explain their complete absence from the nominees, especially given that any midlist mainstream Marvel/DC title is the equal of all but one of the nominees.
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Why I Stopped Reading the Legion

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

The Legion used to visit between school days. We had adventures in the future between classes. Then there was the Crisis and I never saw the Legion again.

So apparently there now was a Superboy? Kal-el did start getting his powers at or before puberty? And he did hang out with the LSH in his early days? How many complete retcons does this make now? 5? 6? 7?

The Legion was one of the first books I read starting somewhere before issue 200, and I kept at it through some of the bad times (Legionnaires, anime-art) right through Legion Lost, after which point I just completely lost the plot and was never able to pick it up again.
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Comic Book Movies 2008

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Last night Beth and I went to see what has got to be the best superhero movie of the year (in a year of relatively good movies in a genre famous for bad ones) and the most visually striking superhero movie ever. It had interesting characters, great action, and almost completely avoided cliché. And unlike The Incredible Hulk or Iron Man, I could not guess where it was going next; and while it didn’t quite surprise me, it at least wasn’t as predictable as a Law & Order episode. It was still basically a summer popcorn flick, but it did border on real darkness, and set up the potential for some genuinely horrifying sequels.

Of course I could only be talking about Hellboy II.
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Who’s a Skrull?

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Maybe I should have been paying more attention to the Avengers over the last few years. The Secret Invasion storyline is actually interesting. So far here’s who we know to be a Skrull:

Warning: spoilers follow:
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Buffy Fix

Friday, March 16th, 2007

I stumbled across the first issue of Season 8 by Joss Whedon at the Forbidden Planet this afternoon. <span style="voice-family: comic book guy, male;}">Best Comic Book Adaptation Ever!</span>.

The Long Way Home, Part 1
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The Three Laws of Comic Books

Friday, May 26th, 2006

After just watching X-Men 3 (short review: it’s the best one yet. Go see it.) I am reminded of the three immutable laws of life and death in the Marvel Universe:
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