How Many Times Can You Kill A Series?

How Many Times Can You Kill A Series?

I can’t remember how many times the Doom Patrol has died. The original members—Cliff Steele (Robotman), Rita Farr (Elasti-Woman), Larry Trainor (Negative Man), and their fearless leader, Niles Caulder (Chief)—have all died or been thought dead at one time or another. They keep rising from the grave in new iterations of the comic series. Yeah, the comic book series kept getting killed too. As of this writing, there have been at least five comics series. The thing is, every time the Doom Patrol comes back from the dead, they just get weirder! Image courtesy of vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net In the beginning, the team started …

Read Ms. Marvel and Feel Empowered

Read Ms. Marvel and Feel Empowered

Kamala Khan is one of the most delightful superheroes to come along in comics in years! If you haven’t checked out Marvel Comics’ new Ms. Marvel, you’re missing out on some terrific storytelling and amazing art. The project came out of Marvel’s desire for inclusivity and diversity in their line-up. Some of the new heroes have been good, and others not so good because too much of a stretch seems to be involved. I’ve enjoyed the adventures of the new Hulk (more on that later at a later date) and some of the other changes. But Ms. Marvel is perfect. …

Why ‘Stranger Things’ is So Familiar

Why ‘Stranger Things’ is So Familiar

I put off watching Stranger Things even after all the positive buzz had started (and now continues). Honestly, it wasn’t my fault. My heart was ready for all the goodness that lie in wait, but it was just a scheduling thing: I couldn’t get my son and wife in front of the television set at the same time. School was looming and there were other things to do! But when I finally got them there, they—like me—were enthralled.  GIF courtesy of stories.bingewhale.com. Stranger Things is simply awesome, especially if you’re old enough to have enjoyed The Goonies and Monster Squad when they first …

Luke Cage: The Early Years

Luke Cage: The Early Years

Finding those first few issues of Luke Cage back in the early 1970s was tough, and it wasn’t just because of a lack of funds. As I recall, the series came out bi-monthly, which was almost too long for a teenage boy whose mind was filled with endless distractions and the possibilities of girls! But I have OCD leanings and I persevered. We didn’t have comic shops in those days. Back issues of different series were found in spinner racks that weren’t fully updated (the print dates back then were always three or four months out from the issue’s actual …

‘Nothing Short of Dying’, the Thriller We Need

‘Nothing Short of Dying’, the Thriller We Need

Erik Storey’s new adventure hero, Clyde Barr, hits the ground running in his debut novel, Nothing Short of Dying. The tale opens in the mountains, where Barr is most at home living off the land, and moves quickly to a frantic phone call from a troubled sister he hasn’t seen in years. Book Buttons Embed ISBN: 9781501124143   Jen, the sister, is no stranger to the wrong side of the law, but the phone call—cut off in mid-explanation—sets Barr barreling down the mountain to take up the trail. Before the gun smoke clears, there’s a long line of dead men, …