When I started out reading, I used to say my favourite series was Alpha Flight. As time went by, that changed to John Byrne’s Alpha Flight when I began to realise that only those first 28 issues (plus appearances in Uncanny) really had the magic for me. So, what makes that series in particular so ‘me’ish?
The Tick, a reboot of the live-action TV series that was a reboot of the animated series that was adapted from the comic book that started out as a comic store mascot, has finally arrived on Amazon’s original programming channel, so I thought I’d take a moment to look at some of the other superhero comedy-parody-satire offerings that may have influenced, or been influenced by, what is obviously the most successful entry into the genre.
I’m back with reviews of some story arcs and trades, a book, and some of my patented interminable rambling about things no one cares about! Let’s get to it!
In honor of the King’s 100th birthday, The Atomic Roundtable weighs in on which Kirby splash pages were the most AWESOME.
Every so often someone sends me one of those pop culture survey-list things that I realize might make for an entertaining column. So I use this space to answer it. In this particular case, it was “favorites.”
Close your eyes and retrieve the memories of the the wholesome family show Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the mid nineties. The show where a half-witch/half mortal played by Melissa Joan Hart dominated the hearts of the ABC Family audience as she pranced about her room magicking various outfits upon herself as her talking cat, Salem, makes some witty remark. There was a laugh track, pastel colored walls, and a pair of sweet doting aunts. With eyes still closed, imagine darkness steadily falling upon this serene show. Then peel it back to reveal the horrors just behind it. That is the current era of Sabrina with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics.
As a kid, my favorite superheroes were the Flash and Green Lantern. The Flash, because his real power wasn’t super-speed; his speed was a tool he used, but his real power was that he was smart – he outsmarted his opponents. Green Lantern worked on two levels. First, he had a ring that was functionally magic; if he could think of it, the ring could do it. Second, and more importantly, the ring ran on willpower. He had to bring resolve to the fight, to dig in and hold on and never give up, because if he didn’t, the ring would fail. He kept that willpower up through something completely unique to comics: his daily oath.