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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

Comic Rants: Old Wonder Woman versus New Wonder Woman

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , on October 7, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Wonder WomanReboots are tricky things. Oftentimes, they rehash stories that have already been told, aiming for a new audience. Of course, capturing a new audience often means disenfranchising the old one. For fans who are effectively being fired from their favorite franchises, that can be a tough pill to swallow.

Maybe that’s why DC went in halvsies when they did the New 52, with some stories remaining in continuity so as not to upset existing fans while others got tossed out to make way for something new. The success of this is debatable – I personally think it’s a tangled mess, but at least it gave me some good Wonder Woman stories.

Wonder Woman has gone through two of these universal reboots now, and both have been great. But I wouldn’t be a nitpicky comics fan if I just revelled in the good times. No, there must be comparisons. Which Wonder Woman reboot is better? We must know. Continue reading

Comic Rants: Four Books from the New 52 That I Actually Like

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Jonah Hex is my kind of hero.I’ve given DC Comics’ New 52 a bit of grief since it came out, and I’ve been fairly outspoken about the fact that there is a huge lack of variety coming from both DC and Marvel these days. However, like almost everything else, the New 52 has some good spots as well. I mean, why else would I care about the quality coming from that company anyway? If it were complete garbage, I could just ignore it entirely.

With that in mind, here are my thoughts on what’s been good about the New 52 now that we’re three years in. Continue reading

Hal Jordan and Barry Allen: Destroyers of the Universe

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Hal Jordan and Barry Allen: Destroyers of the UniverseHal Jordan (the Green Lantern) and Barry Allen (the Flash) are best buddies. It makes sense that they would be, because they’ve got a whole lot in common. For example, they each destroyed the universe.

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Why the Lack of Female Superheroes?

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , on February 5, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

The book is much better than the lame character name leads one to believe.If you’ve been following my old comic reviews over at the Complete Marvel Reading Order, you’ll notice that I’m almost all the way through the red Hulk’s title and nearing the point where, with very little fanfare, it became Red She-Hulk for about a year before being canceled due to low sales. And while I doubt a book about the red She-Hulk would have become a best-seller in the current comics industry, the fact that it was basically doomed to failure from the start kind of bothers me.

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Comic Rants: DC’s Ban on Gay Marriage and Other Reasons I Hate the Big Two

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2013 by Charlie Brooks

Too bad we can't have nice things.I can hear somebody is DC Comics’ PR department responding already: “It’s not actually a ban on gay marriage.” Well fuck you, imaginary PR guy, and let me explain why.

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