Webcomic Wednesdays: Daughter of the Lilies

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Daughter of the Lilies

Orrig, Brent, and Lyra are mercenaries, taking care of local monsters in the area.  They find themselves in need of a mage, so hire Thistle, a mysterious young woman who is hides her face.  Despite the eccentricities, she is a capable mage and healer, and the trio is glad to have her.  But Thistle’s layers are covering a secret, which she has kept her entire life.  And when a Drath gets loose in town, it…

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

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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Webcomic Wednesdays: No End

Webcomic Wednesdays:  No End

Supposedly, there’s a place where no snow falls and the undead are nonexistent, a place called Haven.  For Modra, who has never been outside the safety of his military zone, finding such a place would be the stuff of dreams. Trying to forget his past life, Modra joins his friend Benny in traveling through the wilderness.  When seeking shelter one night, they happen upon three travelers:  Jenn, her brother Wight, and their friend Cotton.  All…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Dents

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Dents

Being a twin can be rough; everyone is always confusing one for the other and assumes they like the same things.  But what if being a twin was an automatic death sentence? Eleanor Riley has lived her entire life in the city, quarantined from the wilds, where the Dents live.  Dents are twins, born with awesome power, killed on sight per the orders of Concord.  But one day, Eleanor loses her temper, and discovers she is…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Empowered

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Empowered

Female superheroes have it bad enough, trying to prove their worth.  But imagine if you’re known as that one superhero female who always ends up needing rescuing.  And ironically, your super-name is Empowered.  Welcome to her life. Empowered should be a powerful heroine in her own right, what with her biologically alive suit that can lend her super agility and doge bullets, but her own self-consciousness get in the way, often leaving her vulnerable to…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Jailbird

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Jailbird

There was once a little creature stuck in a cell, far below the ground.  One day, a bird visited the creature, bearing a mysterious post card.  Finding the courage, the creature tunneled out of the lonely prison cell and entered a strange world known as Hahna.  A living planet born from a seed husk, Hahna is slowly dying and her people are dealing with the encroaching deserts.  Given a name and a magical cape by…

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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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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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