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Link’n’Blogs – 5.12.17 – Superhero Moms


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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as thought provoking as I have.

Mother’s Day is Sunday and there are more than a few famous moms in comic books. Click the photo below and take a look!

Martha

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 28 – October 4, 2016


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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

I read 7 comics last week: Detective Comics #941, Wonder Woman #7, Star Trek: Waypoint #1, Star Wars #23, Teen Titans #1, Doctor Strange Annual #1, and Action Comics #964.

The best comic I read last week was Star Wars #23.

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I’ve read many, many comic book adaptations of film and television properties and they tend to suffer from one of two problems: 1) they try too hard to adhere to established continuity, so much so that they are just warmed over rehashes of the properties on which they are based and 2) knowing they cannot truly affect the status quo of established characters, they focus too much on characters created for the comics and not enough on the ones that got readers to buy the book in the first place.

Jason Aaron, the talented scribe who has written every issue of this Marvel Star Wars comic book has, at times, flirted with both of these problems. However, in this new arc (issue 23 is the third chapter of it), he not only avoids these pitfalls, he creates a story that is so fun, inventive and over-the-top, that it seems to have spun right out of the original trilogy itself.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved this title since its launch and have selected this book numerous times as my pick of the week. What sets this issue apart is how enjoyable it is and how I smiled upon reading it.

The caper around which this arc centers is the audacious theft of a Star Destroyer by Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie (along with other Rebel forces). To say it is a terrific and terrifically fun story is an understatement. This is what Star Wars has been at its best. If Rogue One is anywhere near as fun as this story, it will be great. Jason Aaron is a wonderful writer and a great fit for this book.

Jorge Molina has a cartoon-y style that is a bit different from the established “house” style of the title up until now, but his work in recent issues has been excellent. A reader can see who Leia is, who Han is and who Luke is and, once in a while, a reader can see the image of the actors behind the drawings. That’s a good thing. Good too is Molina’s command of space action – the ships, the starscape, the weaponry, et al – and his panels are fluid and dynamic.

This is a great book and, most importantly, it’s fun. Shouldn’t Star Wars be fun? This title certainly is!

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Looking Up In The Sky… National Superhero Day


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* updated for National Superhero Day 4.28.16

superhero logosEven a casual perusal of the posts on this blog or a quick look around my house or a rapid glance in my office at work would suggest even to the most unobservant person that I have a thing for superheroes.  Not just superheroes, actually, but fictional heroes of many stripes. Comic book characters, Star Trek crews, Indiana Jones and James Bond types – all kinds of heroes.

I can be introspective when I choose to be (which isn’t all that often) but I have often wondered , especially after thinking about the juxtaposition of the often inexplicably terrible events in our world both natural and those caused by humankind, if there isn’t a reason, down deep, why I surround myself with iconography of superheroes and fill my imagination with stories of super-heroism.

Is it possible that we all need examples to show us the way to heroism?  Is there is a reason we turn to fiction?  Superman, the progenitor of all superheroes who pre-dates Bond and Dr. Jones and Star Wars and just about every action hero anyone can name, has been published – continuously – for over 75 years. He’s starred in serials and movies and television shows and radio programs. Someone must love him. A lot of us must love him and love to watch him fight the never ending battle.

He stands for truth and justice and fighting the good fight and defending those who are defenseless and we, dare I say it, learn from his example.

I think this desire – the desire to look up to Superman – explains much of the reaction to the version of him presented in the new Batman v Superman film. In that incarnation, he’s somehow too real, too impacted by the events that shape our world. He’s too down-to-earth. He’s not as heroic as we want him to be.

In their purist forms, our heroes are just that: heroes. Iron Man or Spider-Man, Wonder Woman or Captains Marvel, Kirk or America, we want truth from them. We want justice. We want examples.

In fiction, when we immerse ourselves in superheroic stories, real-world stakes are non-existent. And that’s not a bad way to learn – in a contrived environment where the deaths aren’t real, where the tragedy affects figments, where the impacts don’t impact.

There are examples all around us of those who do heroic things: examples of people running towards the blasts, of digging through rubble, of doing one’s job no matter the danger. These are people who have jobs. They have families. They have responsibilities.

They have heroism.

Even faced with darkness, I believe – strongly – that we all aspire to do good, to be better, to be heroes. We aspire to be more than we are and more than we ever thought we could be.

I need Superman. And Wonder Woman. And Captain Kirk. And the Avengers. And James Bond. I need them just as much as I need the examples of the real heroes who change the world.

By saving it.

I don’t know what I would do if faced with dire consequence. I don’t know if I would be able to act with the heroism we’ve all seen this week. I don’t live in a world where Superman saves or Avengers avenge. But I do live in a world where I can…

… look up in the sky.

We all should do that. More often. Especially now.

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Over 100 Members Of The Justice League?

DC Entertainment has released a great video showing all the members of the famed Justice League, perhaps in anticipation of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Certainly, with Comic Con around the corner, the publicity machine will be in high gear.

Great video here. Over 100 members! Wow.

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Superman Is Sometimes Called “Big Blue” – In “Man Of Steel” It Was More Like “Big Gray”

I really liked Man of Steel as you can see in my review HERE. I thought it was a very adult, very interesting take on the Superman story that delivered a compelling film. I understand and agree with critiques that suggest the movie descended into “disaster-porn” in its third act. I am less taken by those that suggest Superman’s actions in the movie (especially in how he dealt with General Zod) were not consistent with a “hero,” but that’s a different conversation.

A critique with which I do agree is presented in the video below. It’s called “What If Man of Steel Was in Color?” and it’s a pretty compelling argument.

I have high hopes for Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice. I hope it looks kind of like this:

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Is There Room For Originality?

I have no idea if Tomorrowland is going to be a hit this summer. That I am excited to see it is not a bellwether indicator for any movie’s success. I was excited to see Green Lantern a few years back, like opening night excited. My judgment is not to be trusted.

But I want a movie like this to succeed.

Though I love superhero movies and Star Wars movies and am hopeful and anticipating next summer’s Star Trek sequel, I worry about the significant lack of originality the movie going public is willing to sample.

Last summer provided a terrific case-in-point: Edge of Tomorrow (review HERE). This was a fun, interesting and wholly entertaining movie. It wasn’t a sequel, but an original piece of science fiction (based on a novel) that seemed hard to quantify. The movie didn’t catch on.

Will the equally original and fun looking Tomorrowland be this summer’s Edge of Tomorrow? I don’t know, but I think it looks great.

Here’s the latest trailer:

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75 Batmen!

DC Comics continues its celebration of 75 Years of Batman with this video highlighting 75 different costumes the Dark Knight has donned over the course of his history. Some of these get ups are very cool. Some? Not so much.

Enjoy!

Holy Haberdashery, Batman!

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