I’ve been trying to make some sense all morning of the current state of Marvel comics, following the weekend reveal of 52 new covers (sort of rings a bell) that will chart the direction of the Marvel Universe in the wake of Secret Empire and the Legacy mini-series that aims to re-establish the status quo of several familiar icons. All I see is creative bankruptcy.
So how did one puppy-loving extinction event on two legs become a legend in a secret society? That’s the question that comic book writer Greg Pak and artist Giovanni Valletta will be answering in a new solo John Wick series that chronicles the early days of the hitman before he earned his reputation as an unstoppable gun for hire.
Spawn was the DOOM of comic books in the 1990s. It was everything that your mom didn’t want you to read, a bad influence with gorgeous art. It was also almost completely different before Todd McFarlane applied some of the brimstone undertones to it. An early version of the iconic antihero hailed not from the pits of Hell but rather space.
Cosplayers were out in force this year, ready to show Cape Town just how far they could go with nothing more than some paint, foam and a hot glue gun at FanCon 2017. Hot damn, what a show. Don't believe us? Then sit back and gawk at our gallery of talent.
We’re living in a turbulent time, an era where we need heroes more than ever to inspire and lead us. Captain America is not that hero, as his plans for a HYDRA coup de grace finally kicked off this week in the zero issue for Secret Empire.
DC and Warner Bros. Animation have had a mostly crackin’ good run at doing just that over the last decade. All Star Superman, The Dark Knight Returns and Justice League: The New Frontier are prime examples of the medium honouring a story. Last year’s Batman: The Killing Joke, less so. While 2016 may have resulted in that black mark on the record of the DC Animated Universe, Justice League vs Teen Titans was still a positive step in the right direction. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract keeps that momentum going.
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