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Why I Stopped Reading Marvel and DC

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , on September 19, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Comic book movies may be big business, but sales of the books have dropped. There have been many different explanations for the drop, including a now-infamous statement from the VP of Sales blaming diversity. But no one seems to know the real reason for the slump.

I’m not business savvy enough or sufficiently knowledgeable about the market to point to the reason for the plummeting sales, but I do know what’s driven me away from the big two of Marvel and DC. Here’s what moved me off the treadmill…and it has nothing to do with diversity. Continue reading

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Comic Rants: The Best Plot Twist that Never Happened

Posted in Comic Books, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

All-Star SupermanI make no exaggeration when I say that All-Star Superman is the best Superman story of all time. It’s also one of the best comic book stories in history, with everything meticulously and lovingly placed. Despite the obvious care with which it was written, though, my favorite part of the story isn’t technically there.

(Spoilers for those who haven’t read All-Star Superman below. I highly recommend reading the story first before I ruin it for you.)

One of the best fan theories in the story comes from Cole Moore Odell back in 2008, which states that Superman’s ally Leo Quintum is actually a time-displaced Lex Luthor who became a good guy after Superman’s “death” at the end of the series. And that theory works perfectly. Continue reading

Captain America is Ruined Forever! (But Not Really)

Posted in Comic Books, Comics, Rants with tags , , , on May 27, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Steve Rogers Captain America #1After several years of not being Captain America, Steve Rogers has once again donned his iconic blue suit, albeit with a few changes to the overall look.

Oh yeah…there’s one other big change to the original Captain America – one which, according to many people on the Internet, ruins him forever.

Since Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 only hit shelves this week, I’ll add an off-topic spoiler space for those who want a chance to be surprised by the big twist.

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The K-Metal from Krypton

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags on January 18, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

The K-Metal from KryptonIn the modern comics industry, you can’t go a single month without an issue that claims it “changes everything” and that “nothing will ever be the same.” It’s been a long time since those claims were true. Way back in 1940, though, there really was a Superman story that changed everything: “The K-Metal from Krypton.”

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Captain America versus Nazis…in the US

Posted in Comic Books, Comics, Rants with tags , , on December 9, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Captain America #1In December 1940, the people of the United States got their first taste of a superhero known as Captain America. This star-spangled soldier introduced himself to the world by punching Adolf Hitler in the face. Can’t get more American than that, right?

Too bad Cap’s creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby got death threats over that cover. Continue reading

The Original Death of Superman

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , on August 17, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

The death of Superman is an iconic moment in comics that brought a new level of introspection and insight to comics. It should rightfully be regarded as a true classic.

Doomsday

No, not that one. I’m talking about the original death of Superman, which was an “imaginary story” (basically DC’s version of Marvel’s “What-If” comics) that occurred in Superman #149.

Green Kryptonite

All that plotting…and the best line he could come up with is “You’re in super-trouble?”

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The Weirdness of Golden Age Batman

Posted in Comic Books, Comics, Humor, Rants with tags , , , on April 13, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Batman-1To somebody used to the grim and brooding modern Batman, Golden Age stories involving the Caped Crusader are fairly weird. From Batman’s occasional habit of gunning criminals down to the appearance of aliens and monsters every few issues, it’s safe to say that the Dark Knight took a few years to find his footing. Case in point: Batman #1 from 1940, which introduced the character of Catwoman, known then merely as the Cat.

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