Category: Comics and Graphic Novels

Will Birds of Prey Soar at the Box Office?

Sometimes, I’m excited for Birds of Prey And (the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and other times I’m not. The trailers show the new Gotham DC is creating, and it looks fantastic. Although reminiscent of Suicide Squad it has a newer, brighter style. With the pinks and yellows and the fashion. Harley Quinn especially looks great with her clear jacket and funky sleeves.

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But I’m afraid that the style of the movie will be all it offers. Harley Quinn is a CHARACTER, so you need a world to match. Around Harley, you introduce other interesting characters like Black Canary and Huntress who are getting their big screen debuts and who can easily fit into Harley’s world.

But that was one of the reasons why Suicide Squad fell flat for me. It focused on all the wrong things. With the heavy stylized editing, we meet each character but we don’t get to really know any of them. Sure Deadshot has a kid he wants to see, Harley is love with the Joker, Diablo killed his entire family by accident, Katana’s sword stores the souls who are killed by it including her husband’s, but some of the others like Killer Croc and Captain Boomerang don’t characterization at all. We learn these facts like we are reading cliff notes before a test in the morning. We are supposed to follow these characters through the entire movie we have to see genuine growth.

 

 

There are a lot fewer characters in Birds of Prey so hopefully, this won’t be much of a problem. But I am still worried that there won’t be a lot of chemistry between them. In Suicide Squad they were forced to be together and by the end, it didn’t seem believable that they actually liked each other let alone that they felt like family. In the new movie, Harley gathers them as a team and again since there are fewer of them we might actually get to know them instead of their plot point important right then.

Obviously we don’t need to know everything about them but it’s presenting itself as a character-driven story. So we have to know more. And in trying to show off each character the actual plot of movie was lost. The Enchantress and her brother wanted to take over the planet which is a generic story beat we’ve seen but it doesn’t add anything to it to make seem new. The antagonists have no qualities but they are bad because the story needs them to be.

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I really do enjoy the idea of Birds of Prey, it’s scaled-down so we are only focusing on Gotham and the heroes and villains in the city. People are coming after Harley after her split with the Joker, simple. Other women are going through the same thing so they team up to solve all there problems, love it. There aren’t any world-ending plots or portals in the sky just a simple story. I have hope so we will see when it comes to theaters this February.

 

 

 

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We Are Nothing Without Marvel

A world without Marvel is no world at all. With the direction of Stan Lee, MCU has brought the world together through its inclusion of diversity and the ability to insert racial issues. In hindsight, MCU is the reason why comics and science became cool.

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It’s hard to envision pop culture without the impact of Stan Lee. So much so, that in 2017 parents thought it best to name their newborns after their favorite MCU characters. Some of the most common names are Loki, Pepper, Natasha, Wade, and Parker, which ranks at the top with 1,487 females and 4,386 males. This is no surprise as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been attributed to the beginning of the success of Marvel.

 

Stan Lee and his team went further than inspiring kids with the creation of comics like the Fantastic Four and the iconic X-Men. The Fantastic Four and X-Men heroes, like Professor X, Logan, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm, were the outsiders that allowed fans to compare themselves to characters that resembled their own differences. This didn’t stop here. Black Panther, with the most successful release, provided more representation for black audiences. We hailed Wakanda for months on end, taking on the pride of the Panther Tribe with costumes and more.

And let’s not forget, every hero has a villain.

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Among these villains are Ultron, the robot created by Dr. Pym in the original Ant-Man; Loki, son of Laufey the king of the Frost Giants; Red Skull, confidant to Adolf Hitler and leader of HYDRA; Ronan, the radical Kree warlord who formed an alliance with Thanos in order to eradicate Xandarians; Thanos, the most evil, bloodthirsty villain who attempted to conquer the universe with the Infinity Gauntlet and many more. These villains, although vicious, are the greatest villains of all time. MCU has made it so that we not only root for the superheroes, but we also give praises to the villains.

 

Even though Marvel films have a variety of characters within different periods of time, they all share an overarching storyline, making Marvel one of the best universes. As Screen Rant’s article puts it, “if audiences had to pick between listening to a lecture on the nuances of particle physics and watching the Hulk smash through Manhattan, they’d probably pick the latter.”

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Speaking of audiences, if you ever go to a Marvel movie and you try to walk out at the end, best believe you will get the glaring eyes. There is always a glimpse into what will be coming next, leaving the audiences itching for more.

 

MCU aims to not only entertain the audience but also encourages audience members to reflect on the issues that plague modern society. Many of the issues represented within each comic include “delicate topics like sex, race, drug use, violence, and authority.”

Although Stan Lee won’t show up in the movies anymore, the MCU continues on its legacy by keeping the audiences glued to their seats willing and ready for whatever comes their way.

 

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‘The New Mutants’ Is At Last On It’s Way!

The New Mutants was supposed to come out in 2018, but was pushed to this year. With reshoots done and a new trailer out The New Mutants is set to be released this spring in April.

 

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One thing I really enjoyed about the very first trailer way back when was the vibe to it. It was incredibly different to any X-Men movie we’ve gotten, it was dark and took on more serious tone. Although Logan had the same feel, New Mutants looked like a straight up psychological horror, and I was down. In the trailer we see a clear view of our protagonist and side characters. We also get more glimpses of their powers.

We’ve seen an array of mutant powers from shape shifting, flying, to teleporting and they all seemed incredibly cool, but one mutant that has been highlighted to having frightening powers was Rogue. With a single touch she could literally suck the life out of anyone. Hopefully we’ll get to explore these new mutants powers in the same way we did with her. That we will get to see how terrifying some mutant powers can be.

 

 

In the trailer, the mutants are at an asylum which gives a new and interesting location. It’s literally the opposite of Xavier’s school, which adds a different dynamic. Instead of seeing young mutants learn and practice their powers, we see having to repress them.

 

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But I am a bit weary that the movie is rated PG-13. Logan being rated R proved that with a higher rating a comic movie could capture a more mature tone and absolutely better action. It is also taking a bit of a Joker route where it’s connected to the established X-Men universe but not directly, which leads room to surprise us.

 

 

Watch the newest trailer here

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Adult Picture Books: 10 Dope Graphic Novels

Graphic novels have become a staple in the literary world. These are not to be confused with children’s book by any means. Here are 10 dope graphic novels to satisfy your visual literary needs.

 

10. Onward Toward Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki

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Shigeru Mizuki is the preeminent figure of Gekiga manga and one of the most famous working cartoonists in Japan today–a true living legend. Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths is his first book to be translated into English and is a semi autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of WorldWar II. The soldiers are told that they must go into battle and die for the honor of their country, with certain execution facing them if they return alive. Mizuki was a soldier himself (he was severely injured and lost an arm) and uses his experiences to convey the devastating consequences and moral depravity of the war.

 

9. Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis

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Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM!Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake.

8. Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer T-Nehisi Coates (BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME) takes the helm, confronting T’Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil.

 

 

7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O’Keefe, and the three Mrs―Who, Whatsit, and Which―the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery Award–winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated. In the graphic novel, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters, like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for delighting old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.

6. Watchmen by Alan Moore

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A hit HBO original series, Watchmen, the groundbreaking series from award-winning author Alan Moore, presents a world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history–the U.S. won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the Cold War is in full effect.
Considered the greatest graphic novel in the history of the medium, the Hugo Award-winning story chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the superhero is dissected as an unknown assassin stalks the erstwhile heroes.

 

 

5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman’s enchanting, nationally bestselling children’s book Coraline is brought to new life by acclaimed artist P. Craig Russell in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.    When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

 

4. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.
This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel’s sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, it’s a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.
Meet Alison’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter.

 

3. Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

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The startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events arrives in a stunning new softcover edition. In this provocative graphic novel, superstar comics writer Brian K. Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq. In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation: Can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity? This moving graphic novel is inspired by true events.

 

2. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

 

 

 

1. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust” (The New York Times).

 

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Continuing To Celebrate Stan Lee: Excelsior!

The Amazing Lee, gone too soon! Stan Lee, the creator of the world’s iconic Marvel superheroes, would have celebrated 97 years of life on December 28th.

 

 

Stan Lee was born in New York City in 1922, to his parents Celia and Jack Lieber, Jewish immigrants from Romania. At the age of sixteen, Lee became an assistant in 1939 at the Timely Comics. As an assistant, he oversaw making sure that the artists had their materials to make the comics, proofreading, and of course, lunch. Then the miraculous happened. Lee was given the opportunity to write and design his own comics.

 

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Stan Lee originally wanted to use his pen name, now legal name, for his “Great American Novel”. Unfortunately, he was never able to write that, but Stan Lee came in handy for when he co-created his first comic, the Fantastic Four. This allowed Lee the opportunity to continue to work with Jack Kirby on comics we now know today as the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and several other iconic Marvel superheroes.

 

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On December 20th, ABC aired a Stan Lee Tribute Special Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee. Lee’s fans and friends were able to commemorate all Lee was known for. The Marvel classics and his cameo appearances in many Marvel Films, never let you forget the legend that he was and continues to be.

 

Happy Birthday, Stan Lee! Excelsior!

 

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