Monthly Archives: September 2010

For a series whose biggest flaw is that it’s often too compressed and cryptic, Final Crisis 5 is strangely light on story. I wonder if the series would have met greater success and appreciation if the pacing were better and …

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What’s So Funny about Truth, Justice, and the American Way?

Once you read a few Superman stories, it becomes clear how neurotic the character sometimes can be. For decades, he compulsively hid his identity from nearly everybody he knew and loved, sometimes going to absurd lengths (an issue by Otto … Continue reading

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Finally, the pieces start falling into place. This issue starts the fruition of all the plot threads: Darkseid has released the anti-life equation; the greatest of the heroes, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, have been taken out of play.

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Look, I didn’t plan on doing things this way. I envisioned writing a three part series on Morrison’s run on Animal Man; then, a seven part series on Final Crisis; and maybe some reviews sprinkled here and there for good …

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The Last Avengers Story is from 1995, and even though that was around the height of my comics fandom as a teenager, I didn’t read it. In fact, I had never heard of it until I saw it featured on …

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An All-Star Superman animated direct-to-DVD movie, with Christina Hendricks voicing Lois Lane and Ed Asner (!) voicing Perry White? I’m glad to hear that Bruce Timm is producing, but the handful of DVD movies from DC I’ve seen recently have …

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However you may feel about the last two issues, you can’t say they don’t have extraordinary beginnings and endings: the first opens with Metron visiting Anthro, and ends with Anthro having a vision of Kamandi’s future. The second opens with …

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I mentioned last time in discussing the first issue that I found the constant changes of scene, the barrage of characters, and the obvious, but incomprehensible, movements of pieces on the board obnoxious. It’s hard to get excited by or …

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Final Crisis was a controversial book when it came out. It was DC’s big event that year, published to run against Marvel’s Secret Invasion. It sold worse than Secret Invasion, and it met much criticism: Morrison had lost it; no, …

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Vimanarama begins in Bradford, England, with Ali’s brother getting trapped under cases and cases of Turkish delights when part of the floor beneath their family’s store collapses. Then, Ali has a hand in accidentally releasing an ancient evil he finds …

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