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Everything Lives 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewThis man is now god.Secret Wars #9 is not the final chapter of a story that began in issue #1. Nor is it the conclusion to Hickman’s acclaimed Avengers run, begun three years ago. No, this is a story that’s Hickman has been telling month-in and month-out since Fantastic Four #570 in October of 2009, an issue titled “Solve Everything.” And indeed, everything is exactly what’s on the line. The problem to be solved, in Richard...

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"Wow, Bruce Wayne is friggin' awesome!" 0

Originally published at The Hub City Review I’m finally catching up to the Man of Tomorrow. It’s a shadow I’ve stood since less than three years old, watching on my grandparents’ rabbit-eared television the first movie I’d ever seen in my life: Superman ’78 starring Christopher Reeve. It’s a film which makes a fairly explicit calculation which has stuck with me ever since. Clark leaves Smallville upon his earthly father’s demise at eighteen, immedi...

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Golden 0

Originally published at The Hub City Review The world was refined in that dark crucible. And the Leaden Age through which we faltered has, by some rare alchemy, been changed through flame to Gold.I watch the Sun setting in slow flame… and as it does, its last rays catch the stray clouds, silver and mauve and grey; transmute them to ruby and amethyst and gold.Purest, most perfect, eternal Gold.”So ends Neil Gaiman’s Miracleman: The Golden Age. It is the perfect summation of wha...

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The time of greatest despair... 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewAnd in the time of greatest despair, there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as: The Son of Suns.”-Journal of the Whills 3:127Taken from an abandoned first draft of the screenplay for the original Star Wars, the contents of this prophesy have gripped the fascination of the fandom for generations. While most interest centers around the sobriquet “Son of Suns,” it was the phrase “time of greatest despair” which echoe...

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"Traitor!" 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewThe importance of good character design should not be lost on anyone familiar with the Star Wars franchise, much less the creators working in it. Boba Fett is an object lesson in such, a fan favorite for simply standing around or strutting about and appearing imposing, despite being the recipient of one of the most ignoble and inglorious death scenes in cinema. The exact same sentiment can be expressed for Darth Maul in the Prequel Trilogy. Both were s...

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Epic, operatic fantasy at its best! 2

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewFew of my friends are regular comics readers. The only time they’re likely to sit down with an issue or a trade is when I load such up on the tablet, hand it to them, and tell them I’ll be back in an hour. They’ll occasionally ask me why we need comics as a medium. Couldn’t the same stories be told in some other format?I’ve had various responses over the years, none exhaustive, but the one of been most satisfied with was th...

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Keeping The Dream alive 1

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewI’ve often spoken about how influential the character of Superman was on my early development, but I don’t think I’ve ever given credit to how equally influential the X-Men were on me, both as a comic fan and as an individual. The first VHS tapes I recall owning were the pilots to Pryde of the X-Men and The Animated Series. For years my favorite floppy was X-Men #25 (“Dreams Fade” from the Fatal Attractions story arc). And ...

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"This will begin to make things right." 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewThis will begin to make things right.”Such is the opening line of Sequel Trilogy, ostensibly spoken by Lor San Tekka regarding the movie’s MacGuffin, but as many commentators have noted functions as a meta-textual promise on the part of Abrams et al to distance the franchise from the popularly reviled Prequels and to deliver upon fan expectations going forward. Yet despite the initial high from that first hit of new Star Wars, the subsequent...

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"Good writers borrow, great writers steal" 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewGrant Morrison and Geoff Johns are contemporaries, both industry veterans with decades of experience between them. And due to his accessibility, almost assuredly Johns is the more prolific and profitable of the two (though both number among the small handful of creators to actual reap fortune from writing comics). Furthermore, Geoff Johns has irrefutably proven himself a visionary in his own right, essentially rebuilding the Green Lantern franchise from...

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Getting to know the "Just Us" League 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewEarly on in Squadron Supreme #2, the character of Nighthawk infiltrates an oil refinery, having discovered that the mass-to-weight ratio of the fluid being stored in its tanks doesn’t conform to any known hydrocarbon. I’ve worked many jobs over the years, among them being plant operator at refinery in the New York harbor. Like Nighthawk, I was tasked with calculating the grade and amount of product in our inventory (though in actuality the i...

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By Crom! 0

Originally published at the Hub City ReviewThis book is like lightning from a clear sky… here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart.”-C.S. Lewis’ anonymous 1954 review of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the RingSuch were the words which echoed through my mind upon finishing the first issue of Timothy Truman and Tomás Giorello’s King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border #1, an adaptation and expansio...

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Hero, Narcissist, Psychopath, or Just Plain Stupid? 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewA few hours prior to writing this review I took some nootropics for the first time in well over a week. Two to be precise, in addition to a caffeine concentrate claiming on the box to burn fat. After the seasons festivities, marked by a two-day pub crawl across the entire isle of Manhattan, hitting every speakeasy in, above, and below the city, it was much needed damage control. A few more binges like such or Boston before it and my respectable 28&rdquo...

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"There'll be scary ghost-stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago." 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewThere’s just something about Christmastide and ghost stories. The lyrics to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” promise as much, and great writers of Christmas Past and Present have always delivered, from Dickens with the quintessential A Christmas Carol to MacDonald with the lesser known but no less writtenThe Shadows, to Jen Van Meter in this week’s latest from Valiant, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1. True, the...

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Happy Life Day! 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewI’ve long held a certain affinity for Luke Skywalker. Our histories share a surprising amount of similarity. It was not all too long ago that I was nineteen and naïf, a neophyte initiate into an ancient religion, studying at the feet of wizened masters as their most precocious and prodigious pupil. At the same time, I belonged to conspiratorial cabal, an alliance of rebels, secretly and successfully working to overthrow the old and corrupt go...

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"Puny god" 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewVeil’d in flesh the Godhead see, Hail th’ incarnate Deity, Pleas’d as Man with Men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.”Writing this review of Justice League of America #6 on Christmas Eve eve, I’ve naturally immersed myself of late in a continuous chorus of Christmas carols, holiday hymns, seasonal songs, and jolly jingles. My favorite of these has for years been “Hark, the Herald Angel Sings,” particularly the second...

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Joy to the world, Klaus has come! 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewKlaus #2 is an absolutely joyful book, in the fullest sense of the word. It is full of depictions of merriment, particularly scenes of the pesant children, destitute and deprived, discovering to their delight piles of presents to play with. Dan Mora captures in their eyes that same twinkle which Moore attributed to Saint Nicholas. More over, the book itself is a constant source of merriment, produced in the readers’ hearts through such jestful sce...

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Parable of the Two Sons 0

Originally published at The Hub City Review A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”(Mat. 21:28-31 ESV)The Goddamned #2 is a parable of two sons. The firstborn is quite literally...

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A supreme start to a series steeped in history 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewFrom the first page to the final panel, Squadron Supreme #1 is the superb start to a series sure to be steeped in history. It begins with the opening narration: “Lo, and there came an end of days, when realities crashed and worlds fell,” a clear callback to the preface of plentitude Avengers issues which spoke of that day unlike any other. The art accompanying such alludes to an image among the first ever to appear in a comic book: the explo...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

"The Force Awakens" is a new "A New Hope" 1

Originally published at The Hub City Review“A Knight. A Wizard. A Princess. A Pirate.”Born a few short years after Return of the Jedi debuted, I never saw any of the Original Trilogy during their initial theatrical releases. Thus, the above voice over, taken from a television spot promoting an airing of A New Hope and accompanied by clips of Luke, Obi-Wan, Leia, and Han, stands among my earliest memories of the Saga. That brief advertisement spoke directly to what I’ve since co...

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“1 Reason Why the Dark Side Really is as Bad as You Think.” 0

Originally published at The Hub City review"The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”Perhaps Vader’s most quotable quip from the original Star Wars, it is also his most contested claim. Just yesterday, in an article entitled “5 Reasons the Dark Side Isn’t as Bad as You Think,” Cracked columnist J.F. Sargent stated, “No, it isn’t. The ability to destroy a planet isn’t insignificant next to anything,” aft...

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Marvel's best series without "Wars" in the title 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewThere are few things I love more in life than a meaty drop of exposition. I don’t know how to say that without such sounding sarcastic, but it’s as sincere a statement as every I’ve spoken. My favorite chapters of The Lord of the Rings aren’t the battles of Helm’s Deep or Pellenor Fields; give me Return of the Shadow any day. Or The Council of Elrond. Or The Grey Havens. Or the Appendixes!The Ultimates #2 is one huge exposi...

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Review for the series as a whole 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewIt’s rare for me to binge watch an entire season or series of television. I’d burn through the DVD box set of Lost I received each Christmas in as many hours as there was episode. I did the same with Firefly upon happening upon the cult classic through Netflix. I started Arrested Development one lazy Friday afternoon, and by Sunday morning was shocked to discover the third season ended prematurely, with no fourth in sight at the time.But wit...

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Now this is Star Wars! 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewThere are many Star Wars. The title itself implies as much, the use of the plural indicating not a singular Star War but a series of such conflicts. But not only at the textual level do there exist multiple wars, ranging from the Galactic Civil War to the Clone Wars, but also at the meta-textual level. Throughout the Star Warsuniverse certain motifs recur time and again, lending their stamp of authenticity more so than merely the shared space-fantasy se...

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The Summa Theologica of Neil Gaiman 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewI remember clearly my first day at seminary, the whole incoming class gathered together for orientation. Of the many things said that morning, these words (and I’m paraphrasing, this being over seven years ago now) are among those that have always stood out the most:Everyone is a theologian. It is a universal human endeavor, endemic to the human mind and emblematic of the human experience, to contemplate the ultimate nature of reality. The questio...

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Somewhat Awesome 1

Originally published at The Hub City Review“Totally Awesome” may be overselling Marvel’s new Hulk series starring Amadeus Cho, but it is genuinely somewhat awesome. Even in my limited exposure to the character, I’ve definitely come across more awesome versions of the character. Mark Ruffalo’s cinematic Hulk springs immediately to mind, uttering his unforgettable “puny god.” Better yet was Mark Waid’s Indestructible Hulk, a cannon to be aimed by S.H...

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Frank Miller Strikes (out) Again 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewThere is an important distinction between impactful and improvement that often gets blurred with regards to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, to which this first issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race serves as a sequel, building on three decades of nostalgia for the original. The Dark Knight Returns’ impact is a matter of unquestionable fact; alongside Moore’s Watchmen it marks the genesis of the Dark Age of Comics, an era wh...

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Gillen has embraced the Dark Side, and it dominates the tone of the book, both for better and for worse. 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewOne of the great dangers facing all villains, specifically those featured in serialized stories, is popularity. Such often leads to demands from a rabid fan base for more material in which the character is featured and mined for psychological depth, which in turn leads to sympathy for a character’s motivations and an accompanying progression from unapologetic villain to relatable antihero. Many classic comic book baddies have undergone this exact ...

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This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for Jacked#1 0

Originally published at The Hub City Review “When I was a kid, all I ever wanted was to be a superhero… Then you grow up and realize that none of it’s real. No one’s really that strong – or selfless. Hell, in the real world? Superman falls of a horse and ends up in a wheelchair. Nope. Being a superhero – a real one—is impossible. But then again – maybe all you need’s the right drugs.”These words – juxtaposed against images of a f...

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In a League of His Own 1

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewThe blame falls mostly on myself. I’ve made impulsive purchases before, and ought to have learned my lesson by now. Not only so, but all the resources to inform me of my impending purchase were a single click away. But, instead of taking the time to confirm the name of the issue’s writer and artist, to check out the three preview page (all of which would have told me that this issue of Justice League of America was not written and drawn by B...

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Here's a paradox: could a lightsaber cut through Achilles invulnerable skin? 1

Originally Published at The Hub City ReviewAccording to Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox, in a footrace between the much quicker Achilles and a much slower tortoise, wherein the later starts with a lead, Achilles could never hope to catch the tortoise. Indeed, no matter how long he runs, he could never even reach the starting point from which the tortoise began the race ahead of him. In order to do so, Achilles would first have to travel half the distance between his own starting line and that or ...

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"Witness the power of the Dark Side of the Force!" 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewYoda lied. In the murky swamps of Dagobah, Luke inquired of the wizened Jedi, “Is the Dark Side stronger?” Yoda assured the fledgling knight that it was easier, more seductive, but not stronger.Yoda and his former student Obi-Wan have been known to tell the truth “from a certain point of view.” But for viewers of The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, there was no reason for they or Luke to doubt those words as anything short of the un...

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Inferior to Superior 0

Originally published on The Hub City ReviewMark Millar is the master of reinvention. After reinventing Earth mightiest heroes The Avengers into America’s mightiest military branch in The Ultimates, he went on to give the world his own version of the Justice League (Jupiter’s Legacy), James Bond (The Secret Service), Flash Gordon (Starlight), Doc Brown and Marty (Chrononauts), and too many other to enumerate all here. One of the best of these has been Superior, his reinvention of Supe...

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Inferior to Superior 0

Originally published on The Hub City ReviewMark Millar is the master of reinvention. After reinventing Earth mightiest heroes The Avengers into America’s mightiest military branch in The Ultimates, he went on to give the world his own version of the Justice League (Jupiter’s Legacy), James Bond (The Secret Service), Flash Gordon (Starlight), Doc Brown and Marty (Chrononauts), and too many other to enumerate all here. One of the best of these has been Superior, his reinvention of Supe...

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Too many super-heroes in this sword-and-sorcery 0

Originally published at The Hub City Review. Black Knight is not a terrible character, nor is Black Knight #1 a terrible story. But it is an example of terrible storytelling.One of the more baffling trends in the modern age of comics has been the proliferation of the first-person narration boxes as a storytelling devise. A synthesis of the third-person narration boxes and thought balloons of yesteryear, first-person narration boxes are the comics medium’s equivalent of television’s t...

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You'll believe a superman can cry 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewAlienation, paradoxically, is one of the most universal human emotions. It is no great leap of logic to logic that led to the fictional aliens of literature and cinema being appropriated as metaphors and megaphones for creators to opine on the subject of alienation to their audience. And as popular culture’s most well known alien, it likewise makes sense that the Last Son of Krypton would be depicted as suffering from such.The problem with such de...

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Don't heed the call. These Avengers don't need to assemble. 1

Originally published at The Hub City Review.“There came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born – to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand! Heed the call, then – for now, Avengers Assemble!”These are the iconic lines which preamble innumerable issues of The Avengers. Of course, that particular day in question (wherein fate intervened to bring togeth...

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Not the ultimate volume of The Ultimates, but ultimately a great first issue 1

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewThe Ultimates is a name which carries heavy expectations. Just as Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight redefined the character of Batman for thirty years since (in large part for leading to Year One, upon which Batman Begins had its foundation, and more recently being the main influence behind Dawn of Justice and the DC Cinematic Universe going forth), so too were Mark Miller and Bryan Hitch’s The Ultimates and The Ultimates 2 the seminal reimagin...

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Holy shit 0

Originally published at The Hub City Review.“And God saw that the wickedness of Man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He had made Man on earth, and it grieved Him in His heart.”These words, taken from the sixth chapter of Genesis, open Jason Aaron and r.m. Guéra’s new creator-owned antediluvian thriller The Goddamned. Accompanying them is a landscape bleak and barren but...

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Return of the Smuggler 0

It’s the scene from Attack of the Clones in the arena on Geonosis where the small cadre of surviving Jedi are encircled by the Seperatist droids, their slaughter imminent, when a laser blast suddenly streams from above, Yoda having arrived with an army of clones in tow to rescue our heroes. It’s the scene in A New Hope when the Death Star has cleared Yavin, its beam ready to fire upon the hidden rebel base, and Luke’s X-Wing is square in Vader’s sights, when suddenly the ...

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"Help me make some new myths." 0

Originally published at The Hub City ReviewSuperman has been around since June of 1938, for over seventy-seven years. For at least the last twenty, and almost certainly longer, many critics and commentators have questioned whether the big blue boy scout is still relevant in the current age, suggesting that he may no longer be a hero with a place in the modern world.Heracles has been around for millennia. His cults long preceded any citation by Homer or Aeschylus, and may themselves find antecede...

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