REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1”

REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1”

D.B. Cooper has remained on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for over 40 years. The perpetrator of the only unsolved air piracy act in American history, he has never been caught. One might expect a book about this character to be an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist story, which would be huge fun. The Secret History of D.B. Cooper is not this book. Brian Churilla’s tale opens with a standard news broadcast regarding the hijacking, but wastes…

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REVIEW: The Nightly News

REVIEW: The Nightly News

It’s a rare occasion when I worry that a comic book purchase will land me on a Homeland Security watch list. After reading the first chapter of the elegant hardback that I picked up at Westfield Comics, I was concerned. The Nightly News was creator Jonathan Hickman‘s debut work. In it, he attempts to channel the popular rage that films such as Network andOutFoxed attempted to bring to the forefront. The pages are packed with…

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EDITORIAL: Superman For President?

EDITORIAL: Superman For President?

The idea of super-heroes becoming involved in politics is hardly a new one. A recent post on RedState, entitled “Does America need Superman or Batman as its next President?” prompted me to revisit this concept. The RedState piece attempts to shoehorn Superman into a comparison with current Republican contender Rick Santorum while likening Batman with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (a much closer comparison.) The piece’s writer, posting under the moniker “teapartier,” talks of Superman…

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COMMENTARY: America’s Got Powers… And Problems

COMMENTARY: America’s Got Powers… And Problems

  Yesterday, ComicBookResources released a new teaser for America’s Got Powers, a new series by Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch. In the release, Ross talked briefly about the premise for the series, which involves the use of superhumans who had previously been locked away by the US government for reasons of public safety in a gladiator-like reality TV show. The complete story is available on CBR. What makes America’s Got Powers a topic of interest for this…

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EDITORIAL: Can Mainstream Comic Books Be Socially Relevant?

EDITORIAL: Can Mainstream Comic Books Be Socially Relevant?

Superhero comic books have always served as a popular lens through which we can view our own society. They have chronicled characters’ journeys through (largely) American history in the years leading up to and through some of the largest armed conflicts in human history, intense social turmoil, and the present malaise that has afflicted much of the world as nation after nation faces economic crises and austerity measures. With that longevity and their place in…

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FILM REVIEW: Justice League: DOOM

FILM REVIEW: Justice League: DOOM

WARNING: REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Justice League: Doom is the latest offering from DC Animation.  Coming on the heels of last year’s Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the film is based on the “Tower of Babel” storyline by Mark Waid. As with the source material, the film deals with what happens when Batman’s contingency plans for dealing with potential rogue Justice Leaguers are stolen and implemented by a criminal mastermind. For this role, the film swaps out Ra’s Al Ghul…

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Sony Pictures Partners With Valiant to Produce BLOODSHOT Film

Sony Pictures Partners With Valiant to Produce BLOODSHOT Film

The new owners of Valiant Comics are wasting no time in finding ways to make the most of their new toys, namely Bloodshot. Deadline is reporting the Sony Pictures has signed a deal with Valiant Entertainment heads Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani to produce a live-action feature based on Valiant’s Bloodshot series. While no release date has been set and no casting announcements made, this marks a major step for the relaunched brand, as they look…

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Freedom Loses in Civil War

Freedom Loses in Civil War

Should superheroes be anonymous, or should they register with the US government?  This is the central question of Marvel’s Civil War. I was aware of this event when it began in 2007. It was, however, several years before I would read it through from beginning to end. The story, in short, is that a bunch of reality show superheroes wind up inadvertently causing the death of over 700 civilians, leading the government to push for universal registration of masked vigilantes….

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