Author: Charlie Barangan

Charlietron: Neverlasting Change

Hello, Listenerds! It is I, Charlie! Freshly escaped from the negative zone known as the Ziggurat dungeon, this time by making out with a spider-queen, growing some extra eyes and limbs, dying, then chest-bursting out of a mutated arachnid version of myself with all-new powers (legit spider-man story, look it up). Superhero comics have long tried to convince the comic loving public of the permanence of their major changes (“The universe you know is GONE”, “This death is PERMANENT!”, “Our teleporting dog actually used to be a person who free-based some crystal farts on the moon!” etc). This is, of course, in vain as several decades of revivals, ret-cons and re-designs have made all but the most optimistic (and possibly delusional?) of us give up hope on our favourite changes. The impermanence isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s just kind of annoying- even though the ability to go back and edit mistakes within thirty days is one of the comic book genre’s most defining traits. Now that we’ve moved that out of the way… Can someone tell me why people freak the funk out whenever the ‘Big 2′ costume re-designs roll around? It’s kind of like spitting on your parents for giving you Christmas presents wrapped in paper you didn’t like (However, this is totally acceptable behaviour if they give you socks. Just sayin’). When you think about it,...

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Charlietron: Sorry, DC…

Hello everyone! It is I, Charlie! Freshly escaped from Matt Baum’s latest sexy containment device: The “Baum-Baum”, AKA the ‘Omega Kennel’. After finally vibrating my particles fast enough to squeeze through the bars made of the (long fossilized) early drafts of the “Untold Tales of the T.H.N.”, I come to you now with words unexpected. That’s right; an open letter of apology to DC/Vertigo. Dear DC, What happened to us? Not so long ago, we used to get along so well! We were like two peas in a pod! I was ready to move in! Propose, even! But you spurned me! ME! YOUR CHARLIE! Oy, got a little ahead of myself there. It was such an awesome time, wasn’t it? We would meet at the local comic shops, I’d pick up my fill of the usual suspects: Spider-Man, Avengers, some of the few ‘Ultimate’ titles (I am a millennial, after all)… and along with them, I’d see you there, shaking dat ass, waving your Hellblazer comics in front of me like you didn’t know I was watching. Good times. The first few years of us were great, really. I mean, sure. I had my 90’s X-men as my main squeeze, but you were always there for me on those long trips to and from school, never letting me forget quite how weird ‘Smurf’ superman looks as a living bolt of electricity. And when...

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Charlietron: Shake it Up!

Hello, fellow Listenerds! I’ve escaped the love kennel by punching my way through the glass walls of reality and surprising the THN several years after my death. Oh wait. Regardless of how I escaped, the point is I crawled through a river of poop and came out clean on the other side just to bring you a a few ways Marvel could consider in its neverending list of ways to “Shake things UP” in 2015. Sexcelsior! Keep it light! Marvel’s position as the “Sunshine State” of comic book publishers is one of it’s biggest strengths at the moment. If DC’s moratorium on all-ages fun continues, the end result could very well be Marvel cornering the market on younger readers who will, in turn, become older readers that will continue to support the product well into their years. Admittedly, while most of the DC product is aimed at older audiences who have access to more money, the decline in quality we’ve seen since the launch of the New 52 lends itself to the idea they won’t be sticking around for much longer. With a flip of a switch, Marvel could very well bring back its ICON or MARVEL KNIGHTS imprints and scoop up all the lapsed readership from their cross-town rivals. Diversify! With titles like Elektra and She-Hulk constantly in flux, Marvel has to resist the urge to pull the...

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