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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THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

Guess who’s back with Throwback Thursday!  That’s right, after a long sabbatical from the column, I’ve returned.  This week’s film is Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.  While the 1975 flick may not be a ‘comic book’ movie in the traditional sense, it definitely presaged the genre in the same way the pulps it came from influenced comics back in the day. Doc Savage, frankly, kind of sucks.  I just want to be clear on that.  The acting…

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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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BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. This week sees the opening of the latest film from Marvel Studios, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the second instalment in the adventures of Marvel’s space-faring band of rascally reprobates. The first film represented Marvel taking a giant step into the cultish and more than…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Sakana

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Sakana

Jiro Sakana works at the Tsukiji Fish Market at his uncle’s stall with his brother, Taro.  For two years, Jiro has pined over the cute cashier at the next stall over.  And now, he’s finally worked up the nerve to ask her out.  Everything is going according to plan… until his brother, their roommate Taisei, and co-worker Yuudai, decide to tag along.  All Jiro wants is to go on a decent date for once in…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Cucumber Quest

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Cucumber Quest

In Cucumber Quest, Cucumber wants to go study magic, while his sister Almond wants to be a knight.  So when the bunny siblings stop invaders from summoning the legendary Nightmare Knight to save the Donut Kingdom, they follow the plan exactly… until Almond decides having a 500,000 year old demon to fight would be more exciting. With Dreamside in peril, Cucumber, who would rather be studying than adventuring, must travel with his wannabe-knight sister, the…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Stand Still, Stay Silent

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Stand Still, Stay Silent

The Old World has ended.  For ninety years, the Nordic lands (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland) have battled the terrors of the Silent World, keeping the creatures at bay.  But now, a small band of explorers is crossing the boundary, eager to rediscover lost knowledge. Tuuri Hotakainen wants desperately to see the larger world beyond Keuruu, a small settlement in Finland.  When she gets a job offer to be mechanic for a research mission…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Star Trip

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Star Trip

Space might seem like a fun place to visit, but there are rules for navigating the complex galactic society.  And Jas, a young human from the hick planet Earth, will have to learn quick if she wants to survive. Jas’ life isn’t going so good:  rent’s due, fired from the job, dropped out of university.  Walking home one night, she finds Khut, a shape-shifting alien on the run from Taikese commandos.  In exchange for helping…

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BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Tomorrow, Marvel’s Iron Fist will be released via the studios’ partnership with streaming service Netflix. In honor of the latest Marvel hero to make his debut, today’s column is going to take a look back at over 4 decades of Iron Fist comic book tales and give you…

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Webcomic Wednesday: The Tea Dragon Society

Webcomic Wednesday:  The Tea Dragon Society

In a simpler time, things took longer to make, and no one minded the wait.  But as the world moves to a different pace, older traditions become less significant.  In the case of Tea Dragons, the knowledge might just be forgotten. Though blacksmiths are not as common nowadays, Greta is still learning the art from her mother.  One day, she finds a lost Tea Dragon, a living creature infused with plants, which when harvested produce…

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