It’s almost common knowledge by now that Marvel Entertainment (the branch that oversees the comics, not Marvel Studios which produces the films) is in dire straits in the direct market. There is no single reason why, rather its a collective list of issues such as price and over-saturation of product. The scapegoat of diversity has been heavily criticized as well as unproven, Marvel Comics across the board are struggling with Amazing Spider-Man #789 the only Marvel comic making it into the top ten of a limited survey sample of comic shops across the nation in October.
Continue reading Politics aren’t Killing Marvel Comics, But Marvel’s Politics are
The key to Marvel comics success has been the way they distinguished themselves from their competition in the publishers Jack Kirby hey day all the way up to it’s present dominance which has always hinged on a simple formula, that being the hook of their titles were superhero comic and…… From Fantastic Four all the way up to Ms Marvel, Marvel’s greatest strength has been in how they could mix the superhero genre with the cultural zeitgeist of their time period. That formulas translated successfully to their film division as well, Iron Man is about modern privatizations of geopolitical warfare and silicon valley tech culture, the Captain America films were swashbuckling adventure pulp and an action political thriller, Thor is sword & sorcery, Ant-Man is a comedy ect Yet, the major flaw with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that in the end, they are superhero stories. This is different from the comics where what’s for all intents & purposes a never ending story, the character’s that make up the comic universe have had time to evolve and change over a period of decades. Even the series that don’t last as long as your X-Men or Captain America are usually still given about twelve issues to flesh out the stories intent, remain a part of the publishers continuity and will usually get relaunched at some point or another many times over. Film & TV is different, even as Marvel has expanded and stretched the parameters of how far you can carry a narrative between film & television shows within a franchise ( and the entire studio is a franchise in and of itself) a film or television show still require some semblance of the classic three act structure and that’s different then say, Hickman’s Avengers that took over sixty issues to reach it’s conclusion or Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire’s Moon Knight which was a self contained one and done story in each single issue installment. With comics, there’s a lack of formality that allows the narrative structure to be fluid and that just isn’t an option for film or television. That’s why with Marvel film & television, no matter how unique they are in the abstract, always revert back to more traditional superhero narrative tropes in the end. It’s there all the way at the inception point with the otherwise stellar Iron Man’s limp ending all throughout the entirety of the cinematic universe films and TV serials with the only exception being Guardians Of The Galaxy, still the best film from the Marvel cinematic universe partially because it’s not a superhero film. The first nine episodes of Jessica Jones is the best thing that’s ever been done in the Marvel cinematic universe. It managed to explore unique but vital themes with a depth of insight never done before from the studio while maintaining a consistently thrilling narrative that did well in utilizing several classic comics character’s within a modern context. But at episode ten, attrition stepped in, the plot stretched itself too thin and the show becomes just a superhero story. Continue reading Review of Jessica Jones Episodes 10-13
Do you know, we covered Netflix’s Daredevil in April? Of this year. The mind boggles…
Anyway, What’s Miss Jones up to now? Continue reading Review of Jessica Jones Episodes 7-9
In the age of the Comic-Book Blockbuster, where there’s a plethora of debate over violence, casting, tone, story, release, innovation, respect for the past, and diversity, one franchise predated all of this and will likely outlast it, Saban’s Power Rangers.
Continue reading Where Marvel and DC Fail, Power Rangers Succeed
With the awesome success of Marvel’s Daredevil series, and AKA Jessica Jones to follow it, Marvel and Netflix seem to have a boon on their hands. Luke Cage is cast for his own self-titled series. But before Marvel can bring them all together, they have to adapt their premier Kung Fu hero, Iron Fist.
Rumors have been swirling that Marvel doesn’t know how to adapt Iron Fist, given his mystical origin and the high level of action the character will demand. Iron Fist is the one I’m most anticipating, so I thought I’d give my thoughts on story, tone, casting, and how to make the Heroes for Hire duo work.
Continue reading How to Make The Iron Fist (With Netflix)
The Fantastic Four was the book that kicked off the Marvel Universe as we know it, and its a title that has proven challenging to reinvent since the 60s. It still has an impressive history, rife with runs for those looking to dive in in preparation for the upcoming reboot from Fox. Instead of a Top Ten, this is more of a discussion of my favorite stories/runs that people new to Marvel’s First Family might enjoy…
Continue reading Embracing the Fantastic…
In honor of the film about the guy who breaks into places and steals things before becoming a Super-Hero, here’s 10 people that have gone from the dark to the light…
“Like another entry on this list, Al Simmons was not entirely a good man. He was a killer, and a mercenary. After his betrayal and death by his employer, Al sold his soul for another chance to be with his wife, but instead got bonded to a demonic suit and chosen to lead an army to the Apocalypse. Eventually, he took control of his destiny and rewrote reality to hopefully give its people and himself a new start.”
Continue reading Tuesday Top Ten: Reformed Heroes
In honor of the upcoming film starring a character taking up a previous hero’s mantle, here are our ten picks for heroes who have done just that!
#10.The Flash-Barry Allen:
“A Silver-Age reinvention of the Golden Age character, Barry Allen shares many traits with his predecessor. Not the least of which, he inspired HIS own future replacement, Wally West. So in a way, Barry works two ways as a Legacy hero in honoring the past and making way for the future generations of the Flash!”
Continue reading Tuesday Top Ten: Best Legacy Heroes