Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

As I write this, Marvel is a little under a week away from releasing Secret Empire #1, their big summer event series for 2017. The storyline for this event revolves around what may be the most controversial story Marvel has published in years; the revelation from last year that Steve Rogers, Captain America, is in actuality an agent of HYDRA, and he always has been. Secret Empire follows Rogers after he steps out of the…

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Nick Spencer Fires Back at Fox Over CAPTAIN AMERICA Controversy

Nick Spencer‘s run on the newly relaunched Captain America title has been a lightning rod of late, but now the writer is shooting some sparks of his own. The Marvel Comics writer drew criticism from cable news network Fox News over his use of a storyline which features Sam Wilson facing off against white supremacist organization The Sons of the Serpent. The first issue showed Sam beating back the Sons’ attempt to kidnap and murder immigrants illegally crossing the…

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Noob Review: Morning Glories Volume 2: Nick Spencer is the new Chuck Palahniuk

Caution: Spoilers for both the first and second volume At the end of volume one we were all stunned to see a long haired girl named Jade with a big smiling face. Only Jade is a depressed teenager with a chopped bob, isn’t she? When I finished volume one I was completely bewildered. I couldn’t wait to grab the next installment. I thought reading it would answer some of my questions. Nope. Now I just…

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#ComicsHatesNazis: Creators, Fans, Press Rally Around Antifascist Hashtag

Superman punches a gunboat containing Nazis

Never say that comic books shouldn’t be political, because writers, fans, and press will prove you wrong.  Earlier today, in response to Nazi/white supremacist rallies last night and today in Virginia, comics legend Gail Simone coined the hashtag #ComicsHatesNazis. Okay, we clearly need a #ComicsHateNazis tag. Please fill this tag with comics heroes beating up Nazis. pic.twitter.com/R6wyfvxvuh — GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) August 12, 2017 Predominantly, the tag does consist of panels of comics heroes beating up Nazis….

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Is the Alt-Right Getting Their True-Life Superhero with “Based Stickman” Comic?

In an article posted on Mic.com yesterday, conservative comic creators Brett R. Smith and Mike Baron revealed they are taking part in an effort to craft a comic book series based on the “exploits” of true-life alt-right figure Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman. Does this mean that the alt-right movement is about to get their own version of Captain America in the form of Chapman’s alter-ego? For those lucky enough to be unfamiliar with Chapman, he rose to…

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Marvel Announces Waid and Samnee to Take Over Captain America!

Marvel made a ton of announcements at the recently wrapped San Diego Comic Con, most of which surrounded their new “Marvel Legacy” event. Perhaps the most exciting news for longtime fans is the announcement that superstar creative team of writer Mark Waid and Chris Samnee will be taking over Captain America. “Marvel Legacy” is the publisher’s  latest attempt to bring back readers with a classical approach to their characters that promises a return to form,…

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BACK ISSUES: The Working-Class Villains of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine characters, concepts or themes making waves in comics today through issues from the past. When Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theatres today, audiences will watch Tom Holland‘s wall-crawler face off against the Michael Keaton‘s Vulture. But those might not be the only Spider-Rogues popping up in the film. This edition is going to look at the comic book history of the Vulture as well as three…

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Marvel Announces GENERATIONS Creative Teams

For months now, Marvel Comics has been teasing and promoting the launch of Generations, an event which will focus on Marvel’s “legacy” characters. This includes icons such as Captain America, which has seen Steve Rogers at times cede his mantle to Sam Wilson. It also includes characters like Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Thor, and others. With the August launch rapidly approaching, Marvel announced today which writers and artists will be tasked with carrying out the…

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FRIDAY FIRST LOOK: Marvel’s Secret Empire #1

Marvel Comics released preview pages for the debut issue of the  much ballyhooed summer event, Secret Empire, which will be released May 3rd. Positioned as the culmination of the long-simmering and controversial “HYDRA Cap” storyline running through the Captain America line, writer Nick Spencer and artist Steve McNiven take Steve Rogers from undercover double agent to public enemy number one. Will his former heroic allies recover form this shocking betrayal? Will HYDRA rule the world?…

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BACK ISSUES: Sequential Dissent – Protest in Comic Books

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. In the aftermath of November 8th’s presidential election, which saw Donald Trump emerge victorious, dozens of protests erupted across cities and communities across the United States. Protestors were reacting not just to their preferred candidate losing, but to Trump’s platform, which had been built upon what they saw as…

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