Stew’s Reviews: Death of Iris Allen

Even all this time later into Rebirth, I still can’t believe DC just ghosted Wally West for all those years that the New 52 was a thing. Are… are people still saying “ghosted”? If I know about it, then probably not. Wally will always be “my” Flash, no matter how hard they have been pushing... Continue Reading →

Why the Best Comic Characters Just “Work”

Some of the most memorable and fascinating characters in all of fiction were first created for comic books. The last decade-plus of movie ticket sales can more than substantiate that. But even before cinematic effects caught up with the way these larger-than-life heroes deserved to be presented, you are still talking about characters that have... Continue Reading →

Stew’s Reviews: Cosmic Odyssey

Every time I review a book from the 1980’s, I get Hobgoblins stuck in my head. Not the Roger Stern Amazing Spider-Man story arc from issue #~250 or so, but an episode of Mystery Science Theater called Hobgoblins. I’m sure I’m not alone here in loving MST3K; it’s pretty widely appreciated in the circles of people who... Continue Reading →

Stew’s Reviews: The Long Halloween

My wife hates comics books. It’s really frustrating, but honestly, we have so little in common, and some of that so little is that she just has no interest in them whatsoever. Not just superheroes, either. The whole notion of “books with pictures in them” is anathema to her. What’s really weird is that she... Continue Reading →

Stew’s Reviews: DC Bombshells

I don’t know if I will have written and posted the article by the time this review is published, but I recently decided I would do a Top Ten list of my favorite comic book artists. What a foolish endeavor.  Within thirty to forty minutes of off-the-top-of-my-head thinking, I had a cut-down list of over... Continue Reading →

Characters Vs Creators – Which Means More to You?

Heroes in Crisis has ended! Tom King's latest mini-series has indeed wrapped its nine issue run, and it has joined the ranks of Vision, Mr. Miracle, and Omega Men among the short-term works for which the writer has become known. Ultimately, Heroes in Crisis was the story of how post-traumatic stress disorder affects the very real human beings behind... Continue Reading →

Jab’s Deep Dive: The Hangmen

DC is quite lacking in memorable Jobbers, often creating sub-par "serious" villains that are nonetheless recurring (most of Wonder Woman's Rogues Gallery is like that), or having Jobbers that are so forgettable that they never appear again. Marvel, by contrast, has DOZENS AND DOZENS of random-ass background Jobbers that are ALWAYS kicking around, thanks in... Continue Reading →

Stew’s Reviews: JLA – Gods & Monsters

You know what’s been badly lacking in this series of late? My reading something that really didn’t sit well with me. I’ve been reviewing a lot of books, and while some have been pedestrian—or, perhaps little better than “okay”—I haven’t come across anything in a while that really stunk up my chimney. And that’s fine!... Continue Reading →

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