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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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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