REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #2 – Comic Book Improv

REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #2 – Comic Book Improv

I was part of an improv comedy company in Manhattan back in the 1990s, and The Kamandi Challenge #2 really reminds me of that experience. For those of you unfamiliar with this recent DC series designed as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, the concept is both simple and wonderfully novel. Each issue features a different creative team tackling Kirby’s whackadoodle DC creation Kamandi, with each issue closing on…

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BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

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 saw the premiere of Legion, a new FX TV series based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The series follows David Haller, a mutant currently being treated for schizophrenia as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Haller is one of the few…

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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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BACK ISSUES: Have Yourself A Bonkers Comics Christmas

BACK ISSUES: Have Yourself A Bonkers Comics Christmas

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. Before I introduce this edition’s topic, I just wanted to let you all know that Back Issues is moving to a twice-monthly format for the foreseeable future. These columns involve a lot of research, and doing it weekly has just become untenable, so I hope you’ll all continue…

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BACK ISSUES: Pymworld – Marvel’s Artificially Intelligent Family

BACK ISSUES: Pymworld – Marvel’s Artificially Intelligent Family

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Earlier this week, HBO’s latest culturally omnipresent TV hit “Westworld” wrapped up its inaugural season. For the myriad of fans out there missing its trippy and unsettling exploration of sentience, free will and exploitation of the other, not to worry, comic books have got you covered! This…

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BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today is Thanksgiving for all our readers living in the United States, and so for this week’s edition I’m going to be looking at five different comic book stories that I’m thankful for. These may not be the most historic comics of all time, but they each…

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BACK ISSUES: By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Essential Doctor Strange!

BACK ISSUES: By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Essential Doctor Strange!

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today, most people in the US will be able to head into their local multiplex and enter a world of sorcery and psychedelia and super heroics with Marvel Studios’ latest installment in their cinematic universe; “Doctor Strange”. The character has been around since 1963, and was one…

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Marvel Launches JACK KIRBY WEEK in Honor of King’s 99th Birthday

Marvel Launches JACK KIRBY WEEK in Honor of King’s 99th Birthday

When it comes to comic book legends, there is no greater name than that of Jack “The King” Kirby. While Stan Lee may have garnered the majority of the credit over the years for Marvel’s catalogue of characters, recent years have seen fandom and scholars begin to acknowledge Kirby’s incredibly contributions. The New York-born creator was responsible for bringing the world Captain America, The Hulk, The Mighty Thor, and countless other Marvel characters. When he…

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Point of Entry: Extraordinarily Uncanny X-Men

Point of Entry: Extraordinarily Uncanny X-Men

There’s very few series as convoluted and winding as the X-Men, featuring over two dozen main titles since it’s creation in 1963. This week’s Point of Entry will try to unravel the main storyline through the X-Men universe, focusing on six key jumping on points. The X-Men have been many things over the years, mostly a reflection for the world, pointing out prejudice and racism. Many of their enemies are relegious zealots or groups that would…

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CINEMATIC MULTIVERSE: The Fantastic Four

CINEMATIC MULTIVERSE: The Fantastic Four

CINEMATIC MULTIVERSE is a regular column where we run down the history and present production statuses of various comic book properties on Hollywood’s radar. Today, we start with the Fantastic Four (FF) who made their first appearance in Marvel Comics in November of 1961. They were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby after Lee noticed that Marvel lacked a super-hero team like DC’s Justice League. The team consisted of their leader, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) who…

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