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Another War for Nick Fury


The following first appeared on Blastoff Comic’s website If soldiers and thieves have one thing in common, it is the allure of one last job. For fifty years, Col. Nick Fury has been both a soldier and a thief as the leader of the Howling Commandos and as THE Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. This life has taught Fury that there is always more work to be done. The world will always need to be saved. But at the turn of the… Read More »

The Death of Wolverine


“Tepid.” That is the best word to describe Charles Soule and Steve McNiven’s The Death of Wolverine, the final (for now) story of Marvel’s premier mutant. I got it from CBR’s The Buy Pile and I find the word “tepid” to be so perfect. Never has a blaze of glory felt so stale. This week, The Death of Wolverine concluded with issue 4. Written by Soule (who just became exclusive to Marvel) and art by McNiven, the mini-series showed the… Read More »

Days of Marvel Present (Part 2 of 3)

The following first appeared in the June edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it (and totally spaced on re-posting it), so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 2: Cracks in the Mark 42 Armor The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is basically the first post-”Avengers” superhero film. The three films Marvel Studios has released since (“Iron Man 3″, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) were already in motion, as part of their oft-mentioned “Phase… Read More »

Days of Marvel Past (Part 1 of 3)

The following first appeared in the April edition of 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… 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


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


“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


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!


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 »



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 »