For many of us, superhero cartoons were gateway drugs into comics. Who doesn’t feel a pang of nostalgia when they remember getting up early to watch how Batman defeats the Joker that week, or get pumped up when they hear this?
Cartoons, in many ways, are like comic books during the heyday of the Comics Code Authority. They can tell fantastic stories, but if you are above a certain age, people will inevitably question if you’re too old to be watching cartoons. The answer? No, no you’re never to old, especially right now, with cartoons like Steven Universe and Gravity Falls pushing the boundaries of storytelling and creating plots and characters that appeal to both kids and adults. The stigma still exists though. Like comics, cartoons struggle for legitimacy. They also share a sort of symbiotic relationship. Comics get adapted to cartoons and cartoons get adapted or expanded in comics. Because of this relationship, here are five boundary pushing comic based cartoons I would love to see in the near future. There are, of course, many others that would be fantastic, but this is just my personal top five. Continue reading 5 Comics that Would Make Amazing Cartoons
by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
With #16, Ms. Marvel enters the whirlwind of Secret Wars. Honestly, I was unsure what to expect when I picked up this issue. Overall, I have been enjoying Marvel’s latest event, but this was the first tie-in I had read under the Last Days banner. As with much of Secret Wars, Marvel had been rather vague about the various tie-in would involve. Having now read this issue, however, I can say Wilson and Alphona skillfully leap into Secret Wars while maintaining the high standard of quality that fans have come to expect from the series.
First, though, the issue opens with Kamala trying to manage the emotional fallout from the previous storyline. She had fallen in love for the first time, only to discover that not only was her crush Kamran a fellow Inhuman (bonus points) but belonged to a renegade Inhuman sect which wishes to subjugate regular humanity (many negative points). This whole experience leaves Kamala with another new sensation: her first broken heart. She tries her best to nurse the wound, though her treatment largely consists of eating too many hot dogs from Jersey waterfront vendors, while seeking the advice of strangers. It is an affecting opening, which reinforces what an endearing character Kamala is.
Continue reading Review of Ms. Marvel #16
Last week my friend Tyler stood atop his Banana Stand and expressed his love for Daredevil. If you have not checked it out yet you must give it a read here. It sparked me this week to write about one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe. Nico Minoru of the Runaways sits very high on my list of best Marvel characters for many different reasons. One being that Nico yields my personal favorite Marvel Universe weapon, the Staff of One. At first glance the Staff of One might seem lame or even a little useless due to it’s limitations. If this is your opinion then I’m here to change it. The Staff of One’s limitation is actually a creative gold mine. If I was a writer I would strive for the day that I could get a hold of Nico and write the Staff of One. When the staff is utilized correctly and I mean creatively speaking, that is more than enough to bring me back every month. One of the only reasons I picked up Avengers Arena when it first hit the stands was because I had just started reading Runaways and I couldn’t get enough of Nico. I am so glad I made the decision to read Avengers Arena because Nico provided some of the best moments in that series. So enough of this ambiguous talk about the Staff let’s get into some detail.