ADVANCE REVIEW: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 – A Truly Modern Prometheus

ADVANCE REVIEW: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 – A Truly Modern Prometheus

When Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was published in 1818, it bore the subtitle of “The Modern Prometheus.” In the nearly two centuries since its publication and since it became a cornerstone of both horror and science fiction, it’s often been forgotten that “Frankenstein” was seen as a amazingly modern work upon its release.  Written by a fearless and uncompromising woman, it commented on the fears and ambitions that lay underneath the period following the advancements of…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

A good word to describe “Extremis,” the latest episode of Doctor Who, would be cryptic. As the first instalment of multi-episode arc, there is much that is left deliberately vague and mysterious in the episode. Breaking the pattern set by the previous episodes of this series, “Extremis” isn’t a standalone adventure with a refreshingly classic vibe. Written by show runner Steven Moffat, the episode is far more evocative of his most recent efforts on the…

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BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: How Its Cancellation Exemplifies Big Comics’ Big Problem

BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: How Its Cancellation Exemplifies Big Comics’ Big Problem

As my colleague Murphy Leigh reported yesterday in an excellent piece, Marvel Comics has cancelled Black Panther & The Crew after only two issues, and Murphy’s piece makes a persuasive argument that both Marvel and the comics press (us here at Capeless included) could have done more to raise awareness of the title. But in this follow-up piece I’m going examine how the cancellation of Black Panther & The Crew exemplifies a particular problem Marvel’s currently…

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BOOM! Studios Announces “Mech Cadet Yu” from Pak & Miyazawa

BOOM! Studios Announces “Mech Cadet Yu” from Pak & Miyazawa

BOOM! Studios has announced a new series from long-time collaborators (and creators of fan favorite character Amadeus Cho) Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa. Mech Cadet Yu is the story of Stanford Yu, a janitor who finds himself thrust into a heroic role when he is enrolled at Sky Corps Academy after unexpectedly bonding with a giant robot. The Sky Corps cadets are trained to operate giant mechas in order to defend the planet from alien invaders…

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REVIEW: Aquaman #23 – Undersea Unrest

REVIEW: Aquaman #23 – Undersea Unrest

A new story arc kicks off with Aquaman #23, and like many other comics in this day and age, it draws considerable inspiration from the fractious and divisive times in which we find ourselves. But whereas many comics that try to tackle current events and themes often do so in an obvious or simplified way, the creative team here manages to present a more nuanced and balanced conflict, kicking off an intriguing arc devoted to…

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REVIEW: Batman #23 – The Brave and the Mold

REVIEW: Batman #23 – The Brave and the Mold

I miss “The Brave and the Bold.” It was a team-up book, and back in the day, when I was a kid, team-up books were very special. They usually had a star, and in this case it was Batman, and then each issue you would see the star team up with another DC Comics character, often one that couldn’t support their own title, or did support one that was pretty different from the adventures of…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Babyteeth #1 – Slouching Towards Bethlehem

ADVANCE REVIEW: Babyteeth #1 – Slouching Towards Bethlehem

In 1919, the poet WB Yeats wrote perhaps his most famous work, “The Second Coming.” Written in the aftermath of the First World War, Yeats was commenting on that conflict’s revelations about the primal brutality of humanity, and how Europe reeled from that war’s costs in dangerous and demoralized directions. But it also heavily drew upon Christian imagery of the Apocalypse and the Book of Revelations, and in that way, I thought about the poem a…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond: Service One-Shot – A Timely But Basic Thriller

ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond: Service One-Shot – A Timely But Basic Thriller

I like to check in with Dynamite‘s James Bond line of titles, because so far they’ve been very good at attracting top notch talent to their collection of books following the adventures of Ian Fleming’s 007 and his allies. Some of the stories have impressed me, others less so, but overall the line of books have demonstrated an effective and coherent approach to telling Bond stories in the modern age that don’t copy the Eon…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 5: “Oxygen”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 5: “Oxygen”

I’ve been genuinely loving this series of Doctor Who thus far. It’s almost as if Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi, both in their final full series, are taking the approach that this last hurrah is going to be a greatest hits tour, crafting stories that feel as archetypal as possible. “Oxygen” is no different in this ambition from the previous episodes of the series; it’s clearly tapping into the scarier side of Doctor Who, exemplified…

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Ready For Their Close-Ups: 3 Super-Universes Ready For Your Screens

Ready For Their Close-Ups: 3 Super-Universes Ready For Your Screens

At this point, despite the occasional think pieces to the contrary, the continued successes of super-hero films and TV series indicate that stories of heroes vs. villains won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. But the bulk of the properties have largely been drawn from either Marvel or DC Comics. Though we’ve seen comic book properties successfully adapted from non-superhero sources recently (“The Walking Dead” and “Preacher” being among the most prominent), when it comes to…

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