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 #7, and the question has to do with the grand-daddy of all comic book line-wide crossovers: Crisis on Infinite Earths
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.
Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a blogpost. This week is Week #1, and this week’s questions is…
Who are my three favorite lightning-based comic book heroes?
It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of going to see a big budget Justice League would have seemed like utter nonsense. But now we live in that word, where the number of superhero films that we have all seen is growing exponentially, and they aren’t just about Superman or Batman, but now Superman and Batman. And their friends. Continue reading Justice League
As I mentioned yesterday, a lot of people have taken to social media and are declaring 2016 to have been the worst year yet. Sad celebrity deaths and unwelcome election outcomes seem to be the biggest problems. Be that as it may, I can’t say that I’ve found the year to be an utter disappointment. There’s been lots of good things that I’ve experienced on a personal level, and then another whole level of good things that I’ve experienced as a fan / media consumer. As we close out 2016, let’s take a quick look back at some of the positives.
Warning: This post starts off pretty geeky, but ends up kind of religious. If that appeals to you, then by all means, read on.
I love Christmas and I get excited about giving and receiving gifts. At the same time, I often feel let down after the whole experience. Continue reading Christmas Gift Highlights, and What Really Matters
Following on from my previous post about confusing comic-book epics, I’ve started reading Crisis on Infinite Earths, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, to my daughters. Or two of them, anyway.
It’s been 31 years since this book came out (or started to come out), and it’s funny to see it with the hindsight of history. At the time, it was a BIG DEAL. It was one of the first giant cross-over epics series that any comic company had produced, it introduced major changes to the DC landscape that as far as we knew were going to be permanent. These included killing off a bunch of characters, introducing some new ones, and bringing into the fold yet others who had been acquired from other companies, but who had never yet made a DC debut.
As mentioned in this post about movies on a plane, I recently visited my ancestral home in the United States (ancestral in the sense that my parents still live there) where I had all sorts of opportunities to visit old friends, eat abundant food portions, and generally do Many Fun Things.
Amongst those Many Fun Things were the chance to benefit from one of the Great Things About America, and that’s that it’s possible to find pretty cheap deals on comic books. This is something that is traditionally nearly impossible to find where I live in Australia, just like peanut butter candy (though that is finally changing).
So I pulled in a bunch of cool stuff, thanks to the discount prices at Amazon.com, crossing over bonus threshold at Midtown Comics in New York City, and an unexpected sale on DC Comics graphic novels at Barnes & Noble.
Here’s a quick survey of the highlights: Continue reading The American Comic Book Haul
I’d like to call this the 10 best time travel stories, but come on, can I really make such an identification? How do I tell the difference between a great “time travel story” and a great story that just happens to include time travel? Does every good episode of Doctor Who or the Legion of Super-Heroes count just because the Doctor gets to the adventure in the Tardis or Superboy by breaking the time barrier? And what about all those time travel stories that I have never seen or read? What, indeed, about all those time travel stories that I have read, but simply cannot remember? Continue reading Ten Great Time Travel Stories