Tagged superheroes

Read Your Child All the World’s Potential

Sometimes, the world is a worrisome place. It can seem that all that is good in the world is outweighed by a threatening thunderstorm of bad, making me wonder what my child would learn from it all. Then, I remember how, at a convention in the recent past, my tiny Jedi used her lightsaber to help a similarly aged friend find the courage to walk past a rather intimidating Dalek. In other words, let me paraphrase the advice given by...

Fight Evil on a Personal Level by Finding Your Inner Superheroes

I remember when I was around 13 and bought yet another Spider-Man action figure. My mother was not happy about it—she expected me to be past the age of being into such “childish” things. Well, I’m now 34 and still very much a fan of all things superhero. I’m not ashamed of it, though I should acknowledge that it does help to live in a world in which superhero and geek culture is more alive and accepted than it...

An Open Letter to the United Nations on the Selection of Wonder Woman as Honorary UN Ambassador

Dear United Nations, I am writing to you with regard to your recent selection of Wonder Woman as your Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, effective today. If there were ever a modern-day “shot heard round the world,” this would be it. (And not just because it is deflected off her metal bracelets!) Your appointment of Wonder Woman is a bold effort that resonates with so many of us: women and men, black and white, young and old. I would argue that...

Minnesota’s Christopher Jones Draws Everything from Superheroes to Time Lords

Christopher Jones is a Minnesota-based comic artist and illustrator who has worked on a multitude of different comics and books, including properties from Young Justice to The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to Doctor Who: The Third Doctor. Due to his having worked on a few things that I am a fan of, I was pretty pumped when he graciously took some time out of his day to answer a few of my questions. Philip Coler (TCG): For people who don’t...

The Overstuffing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Amid the vast landscape of modern superhero movies, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice takes aim a little higher than the usual popcorn entertainment. It wants to ask the tougher questions of vigilantism and how a being such as Superman fits into the politics of national security. It delves into the damaging nature of pathos that shapes men into monsters of frightening horror. And it takes plenty of shots at relating to the struggle of man versus god versus...

Taking the Gotham out of Batman

I believe that every Batfan has their own version of Batman running around in their head. Despite his extraordinary circumstances, the orphaned seven-year-old who invests his time, body, mind, and resources to become a grown-up hero is someone just about everyone can relate to on some level—though just who he is and what drives his war on crime will always be under debate. Is it heroism, pain, hope, anger, guilt, a feeling of responsibility, boredom? Has he been planning...

Brotherman Meets Hancock Meets Green Lantern in The Legend of the Mantamaji

At first glance, Eric Dean Seaton’s Legend of the Mantamaji may look like a typical comic-book story, complete with pencil-thin-mustached villain, a seemingly formulaic world-ending plot, and a reluctant Black hero . . . and if you merely skim the book, that’s probably what you’d see. But you’d be wrong. Below the surface is a cornucopia of subtle messages and plot devices that reveal this series to be more—so much more. For a little background, if you were reading comic...

Firefight Is a Magnetizing and Dazzling Installment in the Reckoner’s Saga

To welcome 2016, I stayed indoors snuggled under a blanket reading Firefight, the sequel to Steelheart in Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series. If that sounds familiar, it might be because I wrote about the first book for Twin Cities Geek in November—the review can be found right here. I promised a review of Firefight as soon as I finished it, and that happened last week. So let’s delve back into the psychotic world of the Epics, the disastrous superhumans. (Side note: This review may contain...

Wahe-Guru! Super Sikh and the Atma Defenders bring South Asian Influence to Comics

Cosmic threats, endearing characters, beautiful artwork, south Asian influences—this comic has all of these and more. As is the case with any great comic book, I finished reading issue #0 of Super Sikh and the Atma Defenders way too quickly. I haven’t been this upset over not knowing what happens next in quite a while. The issue begins with a cosmic battle that introduces readers to the title character, Super Sikh; the villainous Kaal; and Kaal’s five subordinate demons, which...

The Netflix Battle of Daredevil and Jessica Jones

Like many others, I binge-watched Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix when it premiered on November 20. To be honest, I knew relatively little about Jessica Jones the character, but I fell in love with show so much I have watched the whole season twice now. However, what about Daredevil? Daredevil was the first series to attempt to make a dark drama for a Marvel character and to truly succeed at it. So the question becomes: which is better, Daredevil or Jessica...
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