Axel-In-Charge: Facing the 'Divided' Marvel NOW! Future
I can't remember my first comic, though "Avengers" #221 was an early favorite, but I do remember finding out that such a thing as a "comic book shop" existed right around my 14th birthday. That was just about the time "Watchmen" was coming out, though I only ended up getting the even-numbered issues at first, for some bizarre reason.
My learning curve, and exposure to great comics was steep, going from "Web of Spider-Man" and "DC Comics Presents" to "Dark Knight Returns" and "American Flagg!" and "Marshal Law" pretty quickly. I was deeply in love with the medium, and I haven't stopped buying comics every week since. Now I get to write books, articles, essays, and columns about them. Not too bad. Not too bad at all.
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Tim conducts a multifaceted conversation with writers Adam P. Knave and Sean E. Williams about Mark Twain, "Fables," and the dangerous edges of "Artful Daggers."
This week, Tim answers questions about Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers," Grant Morrison's "Action Comics," the most overlooked series of the past decade and more!
Tim returns from Minnesota with tales of role-playing and camaraderie, stories of Mythic Fiction and the pleasures of good company. This is no mere convention report. This is Fabletown and Beyond.
Tim checks out a handful of recent releases, including Keith Giffen's return to the Legion, the tragedy of Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham's "Batman Incorporated," a fresh new voice via Monkeybrain and more!
Tim returns to AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS with a look at Peter Milligan's brief run on "Animal Man," where nothing was quite what it seemed.
Inspired by the upcoming "Age of Ultron," Tim pauses to celebrate the life and times of the villainous robot and his first unforgettable appearance in the pages of Roy Thomas and John Buscema's "Avengers."
Tim explores the death and violence of the Lord's Resistance Army via David Axe and Tim Hamilton's well-intentioned but problematic "Army of God."
Tim previews the first two issues of Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood's upcoming Dark Horse series "Dream Thief," discovering a superstar artist in the making and a comic that's well worth a look.
Tim opens THE HELIX FILES and looks back on Howard Chaykin and Don Cameron's short-lived 'Cyberella" to see if the sci-fi satire of 1996 remains worthwhile today.
In a twist on BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS, Tim takes a whole new angle with AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS with a look at the Rick Veitch written-and-drawn "Swamp Thing" #65, the first post-Moore issue of the series.
Tim concludes his conversation with Jason Latour as they discuss more Marvel comics, the influence of successful peers, working on Mike Mignola's "B.P.R.D." and the fate of the long-awaited "Loose Ends" #4.
Tim checks in with writer/artist Jason Latour to find out what he has planned for "Winter Soldier," which singer-songwriter is most similar to Captain America and what happens when you watch too much TBS Superstation.
As Grant Morrison's run on "Action Comics" nears its end, Tim looks back on the series meant to establish Superman's role in the New 52 and wonders where it all went wrong.
Tim reflects on the CBR Top 100 Comics for 2012 and looks back at the Best of the Best since 2008 to find out what has emerged from the CBR hivemind and what's still worth talking about.
Tim reveals his TOP 10 COMICS OF 2012, featuring the work of Matt Fraction, Alan Moore, Michael DeForge, Ryan North, and many other top comic book talents to today.
Tim begins his countdown to the Best Comics of 2012 by looking at the ten that almost made the Top Ten, including works by Brandon Graham, Jason Aaron and Charles Forsman.
In the newest exciting installment of BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS, Tim looks at '"Doom Patrol" #18, examining Paul Kupperberg's gang of oddball superheroes right before Grant Morrison came in and changed everything.
Tim dives into Fantagraphics recent collected edition of Basil Wolverton's "Spacehawk" and declares it to be, with hyperbole appropriate to the subject matter, one of his favorite comics of all time.
This week, Tim checks out some new first issues of comics that are completely worth your time to check out from talents like Matt Fraction, Mike Allred, Brandon Graham, Zack Soto, Kathryn Immonen and more!
With the return of BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS, Tim looks at Bill Manto and John Romita Jr.'s "Iron Man" #115 - the issue immediately before David Michelinie and Bob Layton redefined what it meant to be Tony Stark.
Bruce Wayne vs. Puritans, with the fate of the universe at stake. It’s good.
A strong anthology issue anchored by a nice little J. Jonah Jameson story.
Mostly a brilliant showcase for the art of Sean Murphy, this is Grant Morrison in his "We3" mode, and it's very good.
Life and death and the Heroic Age begins.
The art isn't as strong as it might be, but Scott Snyder's story is a thrilling adventure.
The mystery man known as Garrison makes his debut, but it's just not quite interesting enough.
A transitional issue between one "Last Stand" issue and another, with some nice artwork by Bernard Chang.
Clockwork aliens, rocket launchers, and a fast-talking David Tennant.
Monster vs. monster vs. monster. And Frank Castle may be one of them.
Thor isn't here, but we get plenty of action as Asgard falls and Loki continues to be Loki.
Gorgeous art from Cliff Chiang and a story that's anything but subtle.
Jackson Hebert is a heck of an artist, and you get what you'd expect from a Sonja story: metal bikinis, action, intrigue.
The ghost of Sid Vicious haunts the present, sort of, as J. C. goes back to his punk roots.
The climactic showdown with the Ultra-Humanite. Another great-looking issue.
The tie-in to "X-Men: Second Coming" adds a lethal threat to the story and, thankfully, it completely lacks Hope or Cable running around.
Sif stayed in Oklahoma -- until Beta Ray Bill came along. . .
Telepathic security agents in a world they know too much about. The fodder for a decent television show, perhaps?
Lucas Marangon creates his own world, and his style is distinctive, but the first issue feels stale.
A swift, lightweight launch for a new series, but not a bad one.
Neither "Fables" nor "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" nor anything nearly as good.