Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #41, and this time around the question is the same as it was last time, because I didn’t finish it last time:
How would I save the DC Extended Universe (again)?
Continue reading Weekly Geeky Question #41: A DC Extended Universe Gameplan
And here we are, ready to carry on through the massive 1985 maxi-series, Crisis on Infinite Earths, written by Marv Wolfman and penciled by George Perez. The last issue ended with the death of Supergirl, who laid down her life to deliver critical blows to the Anti-Monitor and prevent his plan to reduce the vibrational differences of the remaining earths, thus leading to their destruction.
Now, we continue with #8, which features the series’ other major heroic death.
Continue reading Re-Reading Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 & 9
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World – simultaneously a cosmic, multi-series, comic book epic that was ahead of its time and was a huge influence upon a multitude of subsequent stories across a wide range of media forms…and a massive exercise in unfulfilled expectations thanks to the concept’s inability to catch on with enough of an audience to continue to justify its existence in the 1970’s comic book market. Continue reading Jack Kirby’s Fourth World: Mister Miracle
When I first read my four Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus books, I guess I’d have picked The Forever People as the least memorable of the four interlocking titles. Upon re-reading just that one stream of the epic, I guess I have to say that might still be true. But of course, when the playing field is the fertile and slightly overwhelming imagination of Jack Kirby, than that’s not such a criticism. Something has to be the least memorable. Continue reading Jack Kirby’s Fourth World: The Forever People
When I first heard that Jack Kirby had done a stint on Jimmy Olsen, my reaction was akin to what it would be if I’d discovered that Alan Moore had done a run on Jughead in the early 90’s. Basically, something like, “What the–?!?!?!” Or in other words, “That’s crazy!” Well, it turns out that I’m right. Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen is absolutely out-of-this-world insane. Now, of course, we’re talking about Jimmy Olsen here, whose title was always insane, it seems like. So maybe Kirby was just doing what he needed to to keep up. Continue reading Jack Kirby’s Fourth World: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen
As any comic afficionado knows, Jack Kirby is the in-the-comics-world-legendary artist-writer who basically co-created the vast majority of superhero characters that the average movie viewer is familiar with – Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men – and many more that they aren’t familiar with (at least not yet) – eg Machine Man, Kamandi, and the Black Panther.
One of his most critically-acclaimed but popularly little known creations was his Fourth World Saga, a series of four interlocking titles that he wrote and drew when he shifted from long-time employer Marvel Comics over to competitor DC Comics in the early 1970’s. The Fourth World saga was grand, epic, daringly imaginative, but ultimately unsuccessful. The series only lasted for about 3-4 years (it varied from title to title) and failed to reach its hinted-at grand, epic conclusion. Continue reading Jack Kirby’s Fourth World: New Gods