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.
One’s a cop, one’s an android. They fight crime. A lot.
I enjoy checking out the Big Event comics from DC and Marvel every so often, so this week I picked up Dark Nights: Metal, the next big one from DC. Join me in breaking it down, won’t you?