The Mystery of Marvel’s “Dead No More” Solved?

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on February 5, 2016. Speculating about what’s to come is a time honored tradition amongst comics fans. Parsing through solicits, foreshadowing, and minor details to unveil the machinations behind these monthly stories can be a lot of fun. Half of that fun lies in sharing your theories with […]

Cosmic Odyssey Part Five: Transcending the Superhero Event

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on October 27, 2015. “Superhero” “Event” “Capes” These words have become signifiers in comics for backhanded compliments, angry reprisals, and well-intentioned praise of substandard fare. Superhero comics, specifically superhero event comics, are the definition of corporate comics. They are born from a profit-driven motive and designed to […]

Axis #3: Lots of Noise with Little Defintion

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 24, 2014. The first act of Avengers & X-Men: Axis, “The Red Supremacy” is complete. Although there’s still a lot of story in this mini-series left to be told, it’s a good point to stop and assess the event so far. In my reviews of Axis […]

REVIEW: The Death of Wolverine #4

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 16, 2014. I can honestly say that The Death of Wolverine is an entertaining mini-series. Steve McNiven has beautifully rendered all four issues and the various beats of Charles Soule’s story have been amusing, if nothing else. At its conclusion, I found myself laughing with a […]

REVIEW: Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 10, 2014. The term “event fatigue” explains a lot of the reasons why the first issue of Axis falls flat. It’s not that events are incapable of being exciting or interesting; they can be both. However, the staples of event comics: big stakes, giant villains, and […]

REVIEW: Original Sin #7

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on August 13, 2014. Original Sin has featured many tonal shifts in every issue. This isn’t inherently problematic. The success of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy has proven that rapid fire tonal shifts can be made to work well. It’s not an easy trick to pull off […]

Forever Evil #7 Review

  This article was originally published at DC Infinite on May 21, 2014. Forever Evil #7 is a comic that leaves a lot of questions to be answered. Why do we need a love triangle between Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman? Where did all of these plot threads come from? When did Lex Luthor’s personality […]