The Archer’s Quest is a reminder of how great Green Arrow can be done right and how using continuity as a source of inspiration can lead to some very interesting stories. That’s why I like this period of DC’s history so much: they were relying a lot more on continuity and it was a great way to showcase how the characters evolved throughout the years and how others came and became part of the family.
Now, we all know Thor, especially now that he is more popular than ever due to Chris Hemsworth’s portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But I often feel that the vast majority of readers and viewers have a somewhat rudimentary knowledge of Thor and what makes his character tick, which is why I wanted to address why he is quite likely the clearest example of an epic hero in pop culture nowadays.
Like many of you, most of us have also been stuck at home during the coronavirus quarantine. While you are staying safe and being a hero at home you may have exhausted all of the to watch items on your Netflix list. Don't fear, as we've put together a list of highly underrated comic books you can read during the quarantine to keep you entertained.
For those that perhaps don’t know,canon is the material accepted as officially part of the story in the fictional universe of that story. It’s the set of elements, laws, and factors that give that fictional universe logic and much more realistic to the reader or viewer, even if it has a lot of fantastical elements.
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Shawn James is one of the most interesting and insightful writers that I've had the pleasure of meeting. I remember I started following him when I saw his comments on several social media platforms since we tend to be in the same circles and I was impressed by his knowledge of the comic book industry as a business, the importance of proper storytelling and dedication to making his characters really human and interesting.
He has been writing books as an independent author for many years now, with The Man Crisis, John Haynes and Isis being some of his successful works, often reflecting his views and feelings about several aspects of life, especially when it comes to the black community. Instead of trying to pin black men and women down in a single trait or social group, he is a huge defender of people’s sense of individuality and diversity of thought.
I had the opportunity of doing this long interview with Shawn and we addressed several aspects of his career, plus his views on modern society, Literature, the ups and downs of being an independent writer and the current state of the comic book industry. Hope you enjoy it.
Independent creators don’t get enough credit in the comic book industry, especially in these harsh times. With coronavirus now spreading, the industry is struggling even more and at a time where Marvel and DC are failing to listen to the fans, customers, and retailers, it’s always a bit uplifting to have the chance to talk with an artist and writer like Josh Howard, who has been in the independent trenches for many years now and has no sign of stopping.
Josh has been in the industry for over a decade now and he has released several independent comics, plus a couple of jobs at Marvel. His most recent work is T-Bird & Throttle, which deals with the story of a struggling superhero, but I’m going to let the man himself do the talking instead of me!
This issue of Uncanny X-Men is not a groundbreaking comic or something that is going to be mentioned in the lists of the franchise’s best stories. It’s not going to be remembered in decades to come. But, from my perspective, it’s one of the most powerful inside looks into one of the most important characters of the Marvel Universe and a phenomenal writing example of what you can do with deconstruction when your goal is not destroying the character but rather to enhance him and make him grow to be better.
Dan DiDio was fired from DC Comics last week and this has obviously become major news in the comic book industry considering that the man was the company’s co-publisher, along with legendary artist Jim Lee (who is now going to be in charge on a temporary basis, according to reports), for ten years, minus a small gap between 2016 and 2018 (more on that later).
This wasn’t something that DiDio saw coming when considering that the very morning of the day he was fired he was doing business as usual, sharing information about DC on Facebook groups and overall doing what he always does.
Wally West was, for all intents and purposes, a broken character afterHeroes in Crisis, butFlashForwardwas a great example of taking what was a tremendously erroneous event and turns it into one of the greatest challenges that our protagonist had to overcome. Writer ScottLobdelland artist Brett Booth took Wally, at a time when no other creative group wanted to deal with the character, back to the heroic path, making a decision that very few men ever do and it’s a testament to the character’s legacy and value that has such a monumental impact.
Flash Forwardis much more than a classic superhero story (which it is). It’s a story about redemption and families.About hope and resurgence.A story about doing the right thing, even if it means rejecting what you cherish the most.
The Herald Ordeal is a cosmic action blockbuster and one of Marvel’s best-kept secrets. The Silver Surfer is a beloved character and one of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s greatest creations, so I always love it when someone takes this character and writes great stories with him–sometimes I think he doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
A phenomenal story and definitely worth your time if you want some classic comic book action.