Just before Spider-Man became Kraven’s prey in the classic Kraven’s Last Hunt arc, he was the one doing the hunting in The Death of Jean DeWolff. Rocked by the murder of a close acquaintance and police captain, Peter takes things very personally in his pursuit of her killer. Blinded by rage, his actions get him into big trouble.
Sporting a smile that only a mother could love, the cover of Joker by Brian Azzarello has always caught my eye, even before I began reading comic books. Giving it nothing more than a glance for years, I finally decided to act on it for three reasons:
- I loved The Killing Joke
- Joker is written by Brian Azzarello, the same person who currently writes Wonder Woman
- It was half price at the book store
After reading it, I’m not sure what to make of a book that seemed like a sure-fire hit.
Meeting your significant other’s parents is a big – and oftentimes awkward – step in anyone’s relationship. This adage holds true for Marko and Alana, as she meets her husband’s parents for the first time. With that said, the stress of this initial encounter is amplified by a number of different factors, such as tense race relations, a missing spirit doubling as a babysitter, and a host of assassins out for their blood, including Marko’s ex-fiancee.
I recently gave up on reading Watchmen. I hit a rough spot in the story at about the half way mark and just couldn’t find it in me to push through. I may never finish that book, but I did want to give a nod to Chapter IV: Watchmaker.
In it, Dr. Manhattan reflects on of his life while alone on Mars. The way in which the story progresses through decades of his tragic life while juxtaposing the seconds that pass as he drops a photo to the red planet’s surface is beautiful. Within the span of one issue, it made me feel like I got everything I needed to know about the character. In a book where a good chunk of the in-depth information is buried in long-form prose, Watchmaker stands out as a much more elegant and entertaining way to convey those same points.
Within the blink of an eye, all of the humans on Earth disappear. For some mutants (I’m looking at you, Magneto), this is the best thing ever. Others, however, won’t let this brazen act of mass kidnapping or genocide go unpunished. Despite their differences, an all-star cast of mutants come together to solve this mystery in X-Men: No More Humans. Created by Mike Carey and Salvador Larocca, this is the first X-Men graphic novel since God Loves, Man Kills, which was released in 1982.
With all eyes on upcoming Amazing Spider-Man launch, this recently-released Spider-Man graphic novel may go under the radar. In it, the Kingpin returns, despite everyone thinking that he’s been long dead. More importantly, Peter Parker discovers that he has a sister. Having lived his entire life with the knowledge that he was an only child, this revelation has the potential to turn his world upside down.
A few nights ago, my girlfriend and I watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Walking out of that theatre and thinking about how much I enjoyed that movie put me in a weird mental space. On one side, the gamer in me was really happy to see video games represented with a level of love and respect that movies have failed to deliver on. On the other side, the movie watcher in me wasn’t so sure I enjoyed it for the all the right reasons.