• Investigating Alias #15

    In this standalone issue of Alias entitled “It’s Raining Men”, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos delve into Jessica Jones’ life and also what a “typical” day looks like for her. Or just one not involving dealing with rural bigots, superhero sidekick wannabes, or a far reaching...
  • All-New Hawkeye #2 Review

    Thirty years from now, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop are stuck in the Mandarin’s prison. But they’re also stuck in the past. In All-New Hawkeye #2, artist Ramón Pérez continues the really effective visual language from issue #1, using two different artistic styles to represent the present and the...
  • Radioactive Spider-Gwen #3 Review

    If I’m about to err on the side of being a little overly-critical of Spider-Gwen #3, it’s out of love. This is a generally enjoyable, good-looking issue. It made me smile and laugh a couple of times; the dialogue is easy-flowing and fun to read. But Spider-Gwen is feeling a...
  • Investigating Alias #13-14

    Alias #13-14 concludes the arc “Rebecca, Please Come Home”  set in the tiny and pretty racist town of Lagos, New York. Along the way, writer Brian Michael Bendis wisely makes the whole mutant angle, including the bigoted pastor and his ironically named First Unity Church a red herring, and...
  • Extraordinary X-Men #3

    Extraordinary X-Men #3 Review

    Extraordinary X-Men sometimes feel a slog to wrap your head around, not least because the characters themselves have yet to catch a break. Following the abduction of Ilyana Rasputin by Mister Sinister at the climax of last issue, the X-Men school’s new residence in the hell dimension of Limbo...
  • ANADA #2

    All-New, All-Different Avengers #2 Review

    Last month’s All-New, All-Different Avengers’ launch ended up feeling rather same-old, same-old for me, regrettably. (Although seriously, they set themselves up for that putdown with the title alone.) Forced dialogue, a distracted focus and a forgettable villain all make a return with #2, resulting in an issue with a...
  • Doctor Strange #3 Review

    Your house is not actually haunted. That seemingly prophetic dream was probably less prophetic than you remember. That lady you paid $65 per half-hour to tell you your future was probably a lot more vague than you thought. It’s confirmation bias, it’s mis-remembered or misrepresented anecdotal stories, it’s wishful...
  • It’s Canon, Not Stucky That Needs to Go

    Yesterday, Comic Book Resources and The Mary Sue posted two very different, yet equally revealing perspectives on how fans of Marvel’s film and television adaptations take up apocryphal readings of the characters. At TMS, Maddy Myers expounded on the budding fandom surrounding Jessica Jones’ villain, Kilgrave, known to comic...
  • All-New X-Men #1

    All-New X-Men #1 continues the bleak themes of Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos’ flagship Extraordinary X-Men title. However, it has a little more spunk than that grim dark bag o’ bones even if it continues the theme of mutants having no future (Terrigen mists causing mutant sickness isn’t mentioned,...