Monthly Archives: January 2013

Superior Spider-Man and Mary Jane… An Update

Previously, I considered the speculation that Superior Spider-Man would feature a romantic relationship between Doctor Octopus, who possesses Spider-Man’s body, and Mary Jane, who is unaware of that fact. There were concerns that this relationship, if consummated, would constitute rape. Dan … Continue reading

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Paul Giamatti as The Rhino?

With the news that Paul Giamatti is in talks to play the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we’re getting more information about the shape of the film. The addition of another villain makes sense with the narrative they’re going for with … Continue reading

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Can anyone predict the 2016 Democratic nominee?

Joe Scarborough made the obvious point about Hillary Clinton’s status as the presumptive 2016 frontrunner: Wasn’t that also true in 2008? There are a few differences. She made some tactical errors in that campaign. And Barack Obama was almost built … Continue reading

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Review Scale

I can appreciate the concern that including grades in reviews of movies, films and comic books can be reductive, as some are just going to skip the commentary to see what score the work got. But it’s often useful. If … Continue reading

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Politicians Agree

There is one thing everyone in politics seems to agree on. There is no problem with their policies. If they could just communicate those policies better, the American people would support them in their endeavors. As President Obama explained in … Continue reading

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Lens Flares and Star Trek

I can understand the artistic reason for putting it in the films, but there is no reason for lens flare in a Star Trek comic book.   This is just excessive, and not photoshopped. You could play count the lens … Continue reading

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The Superhero’s Eternal Struggle

One time when I was in high school, I was walking to the subway with Charles, a classmate, and made a detour at St. Mark’s Comics for the latest issue of Spider-Man. Charles had a question that made me think … Continue reading

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Perfect Storyelling

If you want a masters class in comic book storytelling, you probably can’t top the webcomic Perry Bible Fellowship. “Kitty Photographer” may just be my favorite.

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Will Obama be the liberal Reagan?

After Obama’s inauguration speech, political pundits have started wondering whether he could be the liberal Reagan. Greg Sargent sums it up, although he prefers the term Anti-Reagan to Liberal Reagan. Little by little, it’s sinking in that Obama’s inaugural speech has … Continue reading

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How Superior Spider-Man is like a cover song

A potential argument against Marvel demoting Peter Parker to a supporting character is that a similar story could be done without the new protagonist taking the place of the most popular character. Doctor Octopus could become a hero in his own … Continue reading

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