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Crossovers Over Timelines

I know it’s been done, but I always appreciate when someone’s able to do a crossover well. And not just any crossover, but a crossover between two entire disparate timelines or events that somehow impact the overarching storyline. I thought Avengers: Infinity War did that well, with two entirely separate stories that didn’t really touch except …

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Reference Books

I’ve always wondered whether these were popular or not in the comic world. I suppose there’s always some subsection of fan that can’t resist digging deeper, and it’s a way for a creator to add a little extra monetary juice and get all his or her prep work out there. It’s a little “making the …

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Gratuitous

It’s no secret comics have a long-standing and questionable history with how women are depicted. From Wonder Woman’s weakness of bondage to the whole Comicsgate nonsense, women being presented poorly has long been a problem. The most glaring is obviously the incredibly salacious nature of how superwomen are often depicted, fighting crime and world beaters …

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Good Crossovers

Yesterday, I complained about bad crossovers, mostly on the heels of something I read a few weeks ago. It reminded me that I should mention that sometimes, crossovers are great. Mark Waid, who I picked on a couple of posts ago for hurting his own storyline with insufficient editing in Hunter Killer, funnily enough, redeemed himself …

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Bad Crossovers

There’s nothing worse than building something up to find out it’s just shit. I had this feeling that Avengers: Infinity War was going to be like this, and was pleasantly surprised to find it was not.  All the characters received a justified level of screen time, their personas weren’t completely dismantled and Thanos, despite getting …

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Conspiracy Theories

Most conspiracy theories read like Mark Waid’s Hunter-Killer, which  although I loved Mark Waid, had so many plot holes and mistakes that it proved to me that even with a veteran at hand, an editor is a crucial part of telling a good fiction. And it’s not that I didn’t love the premise.  Shadow organizations, secret …

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Fanboys

I fully intended to write about this on  Hallowe’en.  I’d just finished reading Fanboys Vs. Zombies, absurdist horror fiction of a wonderfully geeky degree, a short time earlier and then, boom, my grandmother died and my motivation died with her. At least, motivation to write about things of a more upbeat disposition. The novel I’m …

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Pledged

October’s a wonderful time of year.  The leaves are changing, the weather is cool but not frozen, and Hallowe’en is just around the corner. I’m a big fan of genre fiction, including horror, so naturally, I’m drawn to a good psychological tweak.  I’m not much in for splatterfests unless they are in the vein of …