Author: Christopher McLucas

Invincible: One Hundred Issues, One Million Reasons

The family business is something that not a lot of children look forward to becoming a part of, unless you’re Mark Grayson, the son of the legendary Omni-Man. Created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker, Invincible lives up to its tagline as “The best superhero comic in the universe.” It deals with the extraordinary and the ordinary, abusive relationships, interdimensional villains, sex, and the role of the superhero in a contemporary world. If you aren’t hooked by the first story arc of Invincible, call your doctor because you might be dead. It’s one of the best reveals in storytelling. The first arc is drawn by Walker and then Ryan Ottley takes over the book and makes it his own. Ottley’s art and character designs in Invincible make the Image universe its own world. Some feel that Invincible can be wordy sometimes or that it diverges too much from the main storyline, but in all you’ll never be disappointed. When you read it, you’ll only want more. If you really think that you’re done with comic books, or that comics aren’t for you, read Invincible and be welcomed with open arms. It’s the Superman for today’s reader. In time, Invincible may not stand for truth and justice, but he’ll stand for a society that knows that everything isn’t black, white, or grey – that life is filled with lessons, not...

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Avengers Vs. X-Men: We All Win

The Phoenix Force has made its way back to Earth on a path of galactic destruction. The Avengers have discovered that the reason for the Phoenix’s return is to connect with its avatar Hope Summers.  Hope is living on the mutant island Utopia and mutants are few and far between . Cyclops doesn’t agree with the Avengers plan to take Hope off planet to guide the Phoenix Force away from Earth. The twelve issue limited series crossover event Avengers Vs X-Men was led by a four issue series Avengers: X-Sanction and the zero issue of A vs X. One of many tie-ins, AVX: VS – or the “fight book” – shows the one-on-one fights between your favorites and mine. The creative team is Marvel’s usual headlining talent. The five writers contributing to the overall story are Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and Matt Fraction. While some feel that this event has put too many X-Men in the Danger Room, I feel this is Marvel preparing for all of the new series that will come after AVX. This will give all creators at Marvel a spring board. John Romita Jr.’s art is his standard level of performance. Adam Kubert and Olivier Coipel are neck and neck for the one of the best things about the series.  The script is a mixed bag of joy and unintended...

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Who’s Watching Before Watchmen?

During 1986 and 1987, Alan Moore the writer, Dave Gibbons the illustrator, and the colorist John Higgins, constructed the twelve issue series Watchmen. Twenty-five years later the DC heads have gathered the top writers and artists to tell a Watchmen prequel. No matter what your personal opinion is about Watchmen, it is viewed by many fans and critics as the source of a certain wave of modern comic books. Nine individual series are being produced to tell untold tales of Watchmen: The Minutemen, Silk Spectre, The Comedian, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Rorschach, and Dr. Manhattan, along with an epilogue, and a just-announced two issue Moloch series. As of now, most of the titles are on the third issue and are now getting into the core of the characters. Showing us what the main characters were doing before the big event is like watching the Titanic, you know the ship is going down. Or in this case you know the alien is being teleported to New York city. No new ground can be covered no matter how many issues are produced. There is no room for character growth so it’s just fan fiction. All aspects of each character are already displayed in the original twelve issues of Watchmen. The creative teams on each series are the masters at work, but instead of making art, they’re doing paint by numbers. The forced...

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