Annihilation: Conquest [Part 2 – Wraith, Nova #4-12, Annihilation: Conquest #1-6] (2008)

In the aftermath of Annihilation, I abandoned the Marvel cosmic universe. Admittedly, I wasn’t steadily reading comics in general at the time, but certain events, once chronicled in the etchings of the web at large¹ made it clear how I felt about those books. As such, I never really followed the adventures of the characters revivified […]

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The Ray #1-6 (1992)

Let’s get it out of the way: yes, I decided to read these after I finished watching Crisis on Earth-X (which was fun, but mostly tweaked some animalistic part of my brain when they used the Crisis on Infinite Earths lettering for the title, though a number of other bits were fun). Still, I picked these up (and […]

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Annihilation: Conquest [Part I – Annihilation: Conquest – Prologue, Quasar #1-4, Starlord #1-4] (2007)

In 2002, the Marvel cosmic line was very thin. Englehart put the Avengers into Celestial Quest as an end to his own “Celestial Madonna” storyline in late 2001, but all major series had ended by that time (Silver Surfer, the longest running, ended in 1998). It was a taste, before Jim Starlin–architect of many of the […]

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The Uncanny X-Men: Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire [#475-486] (2006-2007)

By far the most unexpected of stories to appear in my quest to collect and read the mid-oughts Cosmic Marvel stuff (basically Thanos –> The Thanos Imperative), this is a 12-issue storyline from Ed Brubaker’s run on Uncanny. It’s not that the X-Men and space don’t mix (the Shi’ar obviously, then we have the Starjammers, the Brood, Binary…), […]

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Silent War (2007)

I developed an affection for the Inhumans a while ago, largely, I think, on an appreciation of the Kirbyesque aesthetics of, particularly, Black Bolt. There’s also something appealing in the stoic limitations Blackagar suffers as a result of his powers. There was probably also at least a hint of backlash underdogging, as the “Inhumans will […]

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Son of M (2006)

Though I’ve not watched the films he most caught on in,¹ I wonder a bit if Pietro now has a decent following, considering I heard much about his celluloid appearances. I don’t imagine anyone new to the character would seek out this miniseries, and being new to the character, likely wouldn’t readily know to do […]

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Silver Surfer, Vol. 5 (2003-2004)

From my perspective, the Surfer has largely “always been there.” Years of reading and re-reading (until I carelessly destroyed it from reading and carrying) The Origin of Marvel Comics made this perfectly clear to me, as it contains Fantastic Four #55.¹ In my younger days, I ran into him less often than one might imagine for someone of my […]

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座頭市物語 (Zatoichi monotogari) [The Tale of Zatoichi] (1962)

So far as I can tell, the archetypal “blind person who’s actually incredibly lethal, but intensely gentle and humble” was originated, or at least most emphatically popularized, with the series of stories about Zatoichi told across 26+ films (plus, because there are spin-offs, reboots…), and a one hundred episode TV series. I remember bumping into Blind […]

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Vernon, Florida (1981)

I’ve had a stack of DVDs collecting dust for nigh on a decade now, some of which have finally seen the light of day as I falteringly revisit my movie-reviewing past. Some I discovered the Criterion Collection had actually acquired the rights to and released themselves. This past August, I took most of those titles–many […]

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Topsy-Turvy (1999)

I actually started watching this film close to a month ago, but got distracted–then, after a month of working weekends and a determination to read myself back up to and then through Jo Nesbø’s Snømannen (aka The Snowman) prior to the theatrical adaptation’s release in a week,¹ I finally returned to it. It had already taken me somewhat […]

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