Steve Englehart was born on this day in 1947. By his mid-twenties, he was reshaping the Marvel Universe. At thirty, he was reinventing Batman. Englehart is easily one of the greatest comic book writers of all time, and probably the definitive writer of the 1970s.
One of the interesting things about Englehart is that he doesn’t get credit for creating that many interesting characters. In fact, he’s probably most strongly associated with Mantis, a character he introduced in Avengers and held onto (in an incognito form) even when he moved to Justice League of America and beyond. But while Englehart certainly created some peculiar characters, what he was really great at was perfecting characters that already existed.
In the Norse mythological tradition, the term Ragnarök refers to a great series of cataclysmic events through which the slate of Earth may be struck completely, wiped clean, and started anew. It’s like a slightly more optimistic version of the apocalypse, wherein two survivors will begin again in a purer, kinder world. So when Marvel revealed that the third installment in Thor’s solo series of films would be titled Thor: Ragnarok, everyone knew what was up. This is not Thor: Day at the Beach or Thor: Light Picnic. In the parlance of “the streets,” it’s going down.
With Avengers: Age of Ultron just around the corner, interest in these heroes has never been greater, so we’ve decided to pit all the official comic book Avengers against each other in a battle for your affections. Who is the greatest, best, favorite Avenger of all time? Only you can decide.
We’ve created voting groups that mix up different eras of Avengers membership. Group L is the final first round group, and our last batch of Avengers includes a Jennifer, two Jessicas, a James, and a Julia. You're picking between two Avenger X-Men, two Avenger FFers, two Spider-Women, and even someone from the New Universe, kinda. So vote wisely, and vote tactically; the top contenders go through to next week's second round of voting.
I hold Marvel's gay characters in special affection. I love them because they're Marvel characters -- flawed, freaky, forever young. I love them because they're gay characters; they live and love and fear and lust like I do. That's an aspect of fiction that I never got to enjoy when I was a kid.
But, reader; I worry. These characters are currently enjoying a moment in the spotlight, but what if it's only a passing beat? What if these characters -- and their lesbian and bisexual cohort -- only exist as a temporary corrective to the medium's, the genre's and the publisher's past shortcomings? What if the desire to make that correction passes, and the gay characters fade away?
Hasbro's 3.75" Marvel Universe line will welcome scads of new characters featuring numerous new sculpts this Spring. Rhino, Captain America, Mysterio, Elektra, Baron Zemo (now flying solo from last SDCC's Masters of Evil box set), Cloak, Dagger, A-Bomb, a variant Abomination and a Black and White Iron Man will join the growing line...
Italian artist Milo Manara is a true master of the comics form, and has for decades now created enduringly beautiful works like Indian Summer, Click and El Guacho, just to name a few. I love to read his comics because Manara's delicate figures, luscious backgrounds and ultra-crisp layouts demonstrate an uncommonly careful consideration of how every line serves to build immersive worlds, create believable characters, and tell compelling stories -- stories which are more often than not decidedly sexual...
This week on the War Rocket Ajax podcast, writer Cullen Bunn joins us to talk about his just-announced project with Will Sliney, Fearless Defenders! We discuss why Valkyrie and Misty Knight are awesome and whether his work will be Roy Thomas-approved, and you can hear the whole show right here at ComicsAlliance...
Superhero comics have with increasing frequency been turning out stories that match epic scope with epic length, with massive world-saving adventures featuring casts of hundreds covering several issue-long arcs crossing over into multiple other books with spin-offs and tie-ins...
Two rival high school girls stand poised to reignite a superpowered World War II grudge match, and comic book fans won't have to turn a single page to watch the fireworks fly.
"Valkyrie," a new Nazi-battling motion comic from writer Ron Marz ("Witchblade," "Green Lantern") and Studio 414 is planned to hit audiences in Spring 2010, dipping into two eras for one contrasting narrative...
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