Tag Archives: super-heroes

I’ll Have the Super-Heroes, Hold the Grim and Gritty

This is not an argument of era or audience sophistication. Sophistication does not negate sincerity, nor does it even deny it, as the Captain America movie proves. Sophistication demands better storytelling, clearer motivation, purer intention. “Gritty” is an apologist word in this sense, used in the place of “realism.” We don’t go to the movies for “realism.” This is why documentaries aren’t the major product in the theaters. Sophistication does not demand realism; it demands smart.
Greg Rucka

Today marks the launch of the New 52 at DC Comics.  I was stoked last night that the DC Twitter account retweeted my excitement… and a nice nod to The Great Escape Records and Comics in Bowling Green. Since DC has the opportunity to start fresh, I hope they’ve learned some valuable lessons over the […]


DC Comics Pop-Up Book

Stephanie and I have been seriously considering a purchase of Your Baby Can Read, the infomercial-hyped series that will have your baby tackling the likes of Barth and and DeLillo before they’re out of diapers. Personally, I think it’s a hoax, but I’d still like to give it a try anyhow.  For now, Elliott and […]


Kingdom Come and a Comics Renaissance

'Kingdom Come' was a reaction to the current state of comics. The term 'super-hero' is a misnomer. It's more as though 'super-human' is the proper term for contemporary 'super-hero' characters, because 'hero' denotes some sense of ethics. And you won’t find ethics in your average comic book.
Alex Ross, Comic Book Artist and Creator, 1997

In many respects, Kingdom Come was the wake-up call the comic book industry needed in the 1990s.  The characters that defined the rebels at Image Comics had spread their influence over Marvel and DC–and not in a good way.  Sales were in the dump and the future of the industry was being called into question. […]


No Heroics

Combine real-life superheroes with British wit and charm and you get Kick-Ass No Heroics.  Ok, technically Kick-Ass was written by British scribe Mark Millar.  If you’re looking for something even more clever with 100% more British-ness, then the iTV-2 series No Heroics may be for you.  It’s like Coupling meets Heroes.  The language is a […]


What on Earth is Going on in This Jimmy Dean Commercial?

Apparently the Crab Guy and Super Slow Mo Man show up in additional videos on the Jimmy Dean YouTube channel. Is it required that every company have a YouTube page now?


Stabbed in the Eye with Nerd Awesomeness

As you may have guessed, I’m not at Comic-Con International this weekend.  Thanks to the magic of the interwebs, though, I don’t have to worry about missing out on updates, livestreams, photos, and video from the hundreds of panels taking place.  Seriously, people.  DC and Marvel have a panel going on in just about every […]