BACK ISSUES: Marvel’s Secret Empire

BACK ISSUES: Marvel’s Secret Empire

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. Last week, Marvel announced that its summer event for 2017 will be called “Secret Empire”, releasing a logo featuring Steve Rogers’ current Captain America shield and a tagline, lifted from a famous Abraham Lincoln quotation, “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.” This initial teaser was followed by a…

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REVIEW: Scooby Apocalypse #1 – Flawed but Fun

REVIEW: Scooby Apocalypse #1 – Flawed but Fun

Any person who was a child at some point in the last five decades has seen the adventures of a dog named Scooby-Doo and the members of Mystery Inc. Scooby-Doo, with his various series featuring both real and fake ghosts, is a cultural icon that almost every person on the face of the planet can identify with ease. That’s why I’m surprised DC hasn’t made a “serious” re-imagining of the story before now. The premise…

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Is Kraven the Hunter Coming to the Big Screen?

Is Kraven the Hunter Coming to the Big Screen?

With Spider-Man’s newest reboot just over the horizon, Sony is looking into possible bad guys for the web head to fight on his third cinematic outing and it sounds like they might be looking into Sergei Kravinoff aka Kraven the Hunter to be his next life-action threat. According to Heroic Hollywood, a source at Sony claimed that Karen Moy, the vice president of creative affairs recently purchased a copy of the comic Kraven’s Last Hunt on Amazon. Written by J….

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Noob Review: Justice League 3000—What?

Noob Review: Justice League 3000—What?

I just finished Justice League 3000, and I can legitimately say I went in with no expectation and wasn’t disappointed, because I don’t care about any of the characters. I’m also 100% confused. Why did Justice League 3000 start? I know that in the DC Universe there has been some turmoil (Trinity War) but I’m not caught up on what happens after the Trinity War. SPOILER ALERT Did all the heroes in the Justice League…

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“Occupy Comics #1” Shouts with Fury in the Name of Unity

“Occupy Comics #1” Shouts with Fury in the Name of Unity

When you look at the names on the cover of this book, don’t be ashamed if your eyebrows go up. From the beginning, Occupy Comics wages war on your expectations. It is exactly what you think it is, and you expect to be insulated from its expected message, but the razor-sharp delivery of focused bursts from some of the best creative minds in the industry makes that impossible. Each of the vignettes contained within the…

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ADVANCE SCOUT: Books for the People (5/22/13)

ADVANCE SCOUT: Books for the People (5/22/13)

WHAT IS ADVANCE SCOUT? Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. These books are chosen based on a variety of qualities, including relevance to real-world issues of the day, their sheer excellence as examples of the medium and often with an eye towards the importance of a given book within the context of the comics industry. SITUATION: This is the kind of…

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From Bwa-hah-hah to Phantom Stranger – Colin talks with J.M. DeMatteis

From Bwa-hah-hah to Phantom Stranger – Colin talks with J.M. DeMatteis

In a recent interview with renowned comic book scribe J.M. DeMatteis, he and I had an opportunity to discuss his new role as co-writer of DC’s Phantom Stranger, as well as many burning questions I’ve had about his early career and his thoughts on the industry today. —————————– Colin Hollister: Shortly after you started working on comic books for DC, your career was mainly focused on stories of horror and the supernatural in series like Weird War Tales and House…

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