A Trivial Post on a Funny Thing:

There are a lot of characters in comics with super-convoluted histories, or confusing legacies. Hawkman is notorious for the impossibility of consolidating his identities and origins at this point. Katar Hol, Carter Hall, reincarnated Egyptian or alien cop. They’re the same person! One’s a legacy! Who knows! Some are less confusing if you read the stories, […]

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda

Holy shit this was bad. There’s really no other way to open this. There’s a boatload of problems: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tendency to only reluctantly explain things in the primary Black Panther is inverted for some embarrassingly clumsy dialogue that explains “too much” and an unexpected return of thought balloons, to make us think they never could […]

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Ka-Zar (1997)

Mark Waid came into town a while ago. He gave an entire presentation at a local university and did a Q&A, then later went to a local shop and did a signing. I’ve got my copies of Kingdom Come and his Captain America run signed, amongst many other bits and pieces (like Empire!). I always liked most […]

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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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