Flash Forward #4 is so far the best issue of a miniseries that has been very clear and concise about what they wanted to do: to reestablish Wally West’s righteous place as one of the best heroes of the DC pantheon and also to tell a great story that is benefited by having some of the best art of 2019. It has everything you could ask of a classic superhero story combining the best attributes of modern tendencies.
Wally West, the Flash for a lot of us, has gone through a lot, and for the fans that are really invested in the character, this issue is particularly special, showing how good DC is when it goes back to its classic roots.
A very good issue and quite likely my favorite of the entirety of 2019.
Aaron Lopresti Interview I Reviving the Garbage Man series, crowdfunding, and what it takes to make it in the comic book industry.by Kevin Tanza
Darryl Banks Interview: Comic book artwork, and an overview of his very exciting career in the industry!by Kevin Tanza
The term “underrated” is thrown around way too often, but there are really very few cases when it actually looks the part and this is the case of artist Darryl Banks. The man has been one of the finest artists in the comic book industry in the last thirty years or so and contributed to the creation of the Green Lantern of the 90s, Kyle Rayner (who also happens to be my favorite character).
But Banks’ career doesn’t stop there, having created more characters, collaborated on some very good runs and overall leaving his mark on the industry. I had the opportunity of talking with him for an interview and I got his insight on many different topics.
The X-Men, Superman, Spider-Man, Cable… Art Thibert has done it all in the industry. As an artist, inker and writer, this veteran of the comic book industry has proven time and time that he is one of the most reliable talents in the medium while being one of the most positive and uplifting guys in the industry.
Nowadays, Art left the big two and he is currently promoting his independent comic book, Chrono Mechanics, which you can back here. I had the opportunity of doing an interview with him and we discussed multiple aspects of his career and the industry as a whole.
Social media platforms have provided many benefits for many types of people. It allows businesses and artists of many mediums to promote their work, to interact with others and overall get their messages out to a much wider audience. But there is also a huge drawback, which is that, being social media platforms are a digital medium, people can say whatever they want and not face any consequences, regardless of how damaging or illogical their statements may be.
In that regard, the world of comic books is not exempt from this, with a lot of people often dropping very controversial and inflammatory statements that don’t really hold up once you start analyzing them. I normally don’t pay attention to people giving out their opinions on social media platforms, but this week there was a very notorious push by certain individuals about a narrative that men shouldn’t be allowed to draw women because they objectify them and are, by and large, sexist.
Obviously, there is a lot to unpack in this topic and it covers a lot of different elements, but there is a big truth above all else: people are allowed to draw whatever the hell they want and that’s a good thing.
After the climax that was Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a process of reinvention after the exit of some of their main characters and Disney has decided to expand their biggest franchise through multiple series, with some of them being Falcon and the Winter Soldier, She-Hulk, Loki and more. But one character that has the potential to surprise fans that are not familiar with Marvel Comics is Moon Knight.
Despite being a minor character in the vast world of Marvel Comics, Moon Knight has a very strong following and some of the most experimental works of Marvel's long history, so it’s exciting to finally see Marc Spector in a live action depiction.
But, who is Moon Knight and why should we care about this character? Here we are going to tell you all you need to know about this dark Avenger of the night.
Writer Mark Poulton is one of those indie comic success stories: after a stint with DC’s Savage Hawkman and working with Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld on his personal comic book, Avengylne, Mark broke out on his own and created his own superhero team, Graveyard Shift, with former Cable, Thunderbolts and Jawbreakers artist, Jon Malin. An enthusiast of comic books, a devoted father and someone that is always constantly churning out new stories in various formats, Mark is a great defender and believer in crowdfunding and indie comics being a step in this art form’s evolution and in this interview we had the opportunity to hear his take on many different topics. Hope you enjoy it.
Marvel's The Ultimates Review - Learn more about one of the biggest influences of the early MCU films.by Kevin Tanza
At a time when Marvel was severely struggling, The Ultimates were a breath of fresh air and they gave the company’s mightiest heroes a new take that was actually new, interesting and didn't devalue their core values, which is something that most modern writers tend to struggle with.
A massive inspiration for the MCU, The Ultimates have to get credit for not only that, but for making one of the best stories in this century regarding the Avengers and revamping them for a whole new generation.
That alone is a massive achievement for a massive series.
Invasion From Planet WrestleTopia is a good example of when you like what you do and deliver with passion. I have never been a fan of professional wrestling, but both Kuehnel and Entin accomplished something that any self-respected writer should strive for: they made me care for these characters and they left me wanting more. I want to know what happens next and I want to know more of Rory and his friends, which is something that every good story should achieve.
If you want to entertain yourself, have a few good laughs and remind yourself of comics that implement campy, weird concepts, this is the best choice for you.
Black Adam has been somewhat relevant on mainstream media in the last couple of months after the release of the Shazam! movie and the fact that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is going to play Billy Batson’s most iconic antagonist in his own solo movie. Even though Black Adam has proven to be a popular character among DC fans, there have been understandable doubts about the character being able to command a film on his own.
Dark Ages could be a great inspiration for the film because the plot in general is quite simple and, above all things, is a very good story, written by Peter Tomasi and drawn by Doug Mahnke. If you want an interesting glimpse of what makes Black Adam tick and what his character is all about, then this is the story for you.
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