Archive for Spider-Man

Superhero Makeovers: Spider-Man (revised for 2015)

Posted in Comic Books, Rants, Superhero Makeovers with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Ah, used to be so cool.And a lean, silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power there must also come — great responsibility!

Spider-Man used to be one of my favorite comic book characters. Now he’s not. Those who have read one particular storyline can probably guess why. If you can’t, we’ll be getting to that soon enough.

I originally took a look at Spider-Man’s history in 2010, and a few things have changed since them. So here’s a revised look at the evolution of New York City’s friendly neighborhood wall-crawler. Continue reading


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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Superheroes are Bastards, Marvel Edition

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , on June 26, 2013 by Charlie Brooks

Honestly, Reed Richards might be the worst of them all.Previously in my uber-cynical breakdown of superheroes becoming horrible people, I looked at some of the paragons of the DC Universe. Now it’s time to take a look at the Marvel Universe.

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Thou Shalt not Kill

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Suuuuure it is, Bats.One of the oldest traditions in superhero comics is that the good guys don’t kill. There are exceptions out there, such as Wolverine, who is currently leading a child-killing death-squad in X-Force (okay, they only killed one child so far, and the repercussions are being handled pretty well) or the Punisher, whose body count is somewhere in the thousands. But in general, superheroes haven’t killed since the Silver Age or even before. But the question is, why? Certainly some villains (*cough*Joker*cough*) deserve their necks snapped. Why is it that these guys who dress up in pajamas and pursue vigilante justice don’t do what sometimes needs to be done?

In an attempt to answer that question, or at least look at how the code against killing developed, here’s a look at some of the more iconic superheroes and why they don’t kill.

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Crowning Deaths of Awesome and Sadness

Posted in Comic Books, Crowning Moments of Awesome, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yeah, Superman is on the list.Comic book deaths are a punchline these days. A few years ago when Captain America died, no one expected the death to last more than two years, even though Marvel swore up and down that it would stick (sort of like how Spider-Man unmasking during Civil War was supposed to stick and not get retconned away thanks to a deal with the Devil). Despite the fact that a comic book death currently translates into little more than a cheap sales gimmick, there have still been some really good ones over the years. Even if they didn’t stick, they were chilling, touching, or otherwise hugely influential. What follows is my totally biased opinion of the best deaths comics has had to offer.

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Don’t Panic…It’s an Adaptation

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on January 14, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Marvin the paranoid androidI recently managed to convince my mother to check out the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Whether she likes it remains to be seen, but I know I enjoyed it, even though it wasn’t particularly faithful to the previous incarnations of Douglas Adams’ work. Of course, since I’m a fan of pretty much all things Hitchhiker-related, I didn’t expect it to be true to the other sources anyway. Following its release, a lot of fans complained about how the film strays from the book, but relatively few folks seem to realize that the book isn’t the one true source anyway.

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Equal Opportunity Suffering, part one

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Not hungry, Kyle?Every once in a while I stretch my virtual legs and take a stroll down a random path in cyberspace, just browsing through various Internet sites and seeing where I end up. Most times, this results in me trying to gouge my eyes out with chopsticks because I’ve stumbled across some ungodly porn site. One day, I happened across a site called Women in Refrigerators. The site presents a list and reactions of the various women who have been killed, brutalized, or otherwise made to suffer in comic books. The title of the site comes from an issue of the Green Lantern comic in which Kyle Rayner comes home to find his girlfriend killed and stuffed into a refrigerator by a villain. Now the site itself doesn’t seem to have too much of a particular agenda, but it makes the same mistake that a lot of people do when they try to show discrimination against one particular group: they don’t compare and contrast to other groups.

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