Tagged superheroes

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...

An Intense Read Perfect for Superhero and Comic-Book Enthusiasts

For some reason or another, I always discover geeky material a while after release. This has been the case for television hits such as Agents of SHIELD, and it was the case for the subject of this review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, the first novel in his The Reckoners series, published in 2013. My immediate reaction to finishing this book was squealing and babbling about how magnificent it was. Any point I had free time in my day, I pulled out...

Are Today’s Superheroes Tomorrow’s Gods?

If you visit the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Maple Grove, you’ll find yourself directed to the main hall, which is the heart of the establishment. Along the border of the main hall are shrines dedicated to different Hindu deities that you can kneel and pray to. Each deity is dressed and surrounded by vibrant colors, and their two to ten hands are carrying unique symbolic talismans, from swords to flowers to conch shells. There’s enough visual stimulus going on...

The Frustrating Folly of Fantastic Four

With the current tsunami of comic-book heroes heading to the big screen as fluffy popcorn entertainment, the latest version of Fantastic Four dares to be different. At least, that’s what director Josh Trank was aiming for when Fox chose him for the project. He saw something more to the characters than just the goofy superheroes they’d always been portrayed as. After all, the foursome were originally scientists before acquiring their powers—it seems like a rather large jump in professions....

More Heroes, More Problems in Avengers: Age of Ultron

And so we return once more to the summer tentpole of the Avengers franchise—legendary for both its breakout superhero crossover and its massive box office to make it happen. Whereas the previous installment was a miraculous spectacle for its convergence of so many heroes, Avengers: Age of Ultron has higher standards to live up to. We’re familiar with all these characters now and want to see something much more than basic introductions before the real fights break out. For...

Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 2: The Silver Age of Comics

Previously:  “Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 1: The Golden Age of Comics” It would take nearly 20 years after the debut of Superman before the first black comic book main character was introduced. Still maintaining the “mysterious and noble savage” stereotype, Waku, Prince of the Bantu was featured in the omnibus, Jungle Tales, from Marvel Comics’s 1950’s predecessor Atlas Comics. The seven-issue series, Jungle Tales (Sept. 1954 – Sept. 1955), which introduced Marvel’s first African hero, was renamed and continued as Jann of...

Enter the Drago—I Mean, Captain America #25

As a comic book reader for over 35 years, I’ve often wished they would create a separate comic-book cover for those of us who read avidly. “Who is the NEW Captain America?” I already know. She already knows. Everyone reading comic books, the Internet, or Comic Shop News knows. So blanking out the figure and asking this question in bold letters like this is some sort of mystery is like playing hide-and-seek with my daughter when she was five...
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