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Days of Marvel Past (Part 1 of 3)

The following first appeared in Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it, so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 1: Nothing Lasts Forever The first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, in fact Spidey’s first tussle with a super villain, features the Fantastic Four. In what is clearly a classic Stan Lee market move (their introductory caption begins “Extra Bonus Extra!!”), Peter Parker tries to get a job with the team as a way to make… Read More »

The BIG Debate of “Man of Steel”

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THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR MAN OF STEEL. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! I saw Man of Steel last weekend. After failing to see the midnight showing (my theater only offered it in 3D and I wisely decided against that), I wanted to wait and get some distance from the film’s initial outrage and controversy before I waded into the film. I did and I think it was the right call because now I can better focus on the failings of the film (of… Read More »

Make Mine Miles

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If you read this blog, you are hopefully aware of two things: 1) Spider-Man (specifically Ultimate Spider-Man) is my favorite superhero 2) He died. In the past couple of weeks though, just after I wrote Peter Parker’s obituary, Marvel revealed who would succeed him as Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe, a young man by the name of Miles Morales. Not only is he replacing the iconic Peter Parker (something that hardly goes well with fanboys), but he is also half-black,… Read More »

Mr. Reece Goes to Comic-Con

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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon said that. He might not have ever attended Comic-Con, but Mr. Lennon may as well have been describing my time in San Diego when he said it. Every amazing thing that happened, happened without plans. But more on that later. San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was a whirlwind of comic-related insanity. On the outer edges of it, Hollywood peddled its wares. Shows like The Big Bang Theory,… Read More »

Peter Parker RIP

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Peter Benjamin Parker, Ultimate Spider-Man, has died after succumbing to injuries at the hands of the Norman Osborn and a gunshot wound from protecting Captain Steve Rogers of the Ultimates. He is survived by his aunt, May Parker, his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson, his roommates and friends, Johnny Storm (publicly known as the Human Torch), Bobby Drake (the mutant Iceman) and Gwen Stacy, daughter of deceased police officer George Stacy. He is preceded in death by his father and mother,… Read More »

Batman is Dead! Long Live Batman!

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The title of this blog is an old French saying that originated from the 15th century. It was said at the coronation of the new king, following the death of the previous one. “The King is Dead! Long Live the King!” It’s a transition from one king to the other and that is what has been going on within the Batman comics over at DC. My next post is going to be about the rise of Dick Grayson as the… Read More »

Obama-Man

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There is a new comic book star that has been gracing the covers of several books in the past few months. He has caused quite a stir, even anger from some with some of the books released with him on the cover. No, I’m not talking about any super heroes. I’m talking about Barack Obama, President of the United States. I was reading an issue of the comic-centric Wizard Magazine recently that had an article that inspired this one. It… Read More »

Does whatever a Spider can

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This past week, Spider-Man’s flagship book, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” hit issue 600. Now this is quite the feat in the world of comic books. 100 issues are usually unheard of for most books to reach, so 600 is a milestone. It also cements Spider-Man’s place as Marvel Comics’ most prominent character. Even though “Amazing” is the fourth Marvel book to reach 600 this year (“Thor,” “Captain America,” and “The Incredible Hulk” reached this landmark as well), Spider-Man has established himself… Read More »