Category Archives: Comics

Favourite Superman Look?

Superman Costumes

I like the 1970’s Neal Adams look best. Classic Superman, still jacked but not weird looking, and still supporting his classic underwear.

 

 

Marvel vs. DC

Marvel vs DCThe age old debate of who is better, Marvel or DC. If we are talking movies, Marvel is definitely doing a better job with pumping out more high quality work. If we look at animated tv shows and animated movies, DC is killing it. Video games I’d give it to DC as well, as the most recent Batman Arkham City game was fantastic, and the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us game looks very promising. But if we are talking comics, the real battle to decide supremacy, these two companies are very equal indeed.

Below is a list of all the books I am reading monthly from Marvel and DC, and I’ve organized it by favouritism. Marvel books in red, DC books in blue.

  1. Batman
  2. Justice League
  3. All-New X-Men
  4. Superior Spider-Man
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Fantastic Four
  7. FF
  8. Hawkeye
  9. Daredevil
  10. Justice League of America
  11. Superman Unchained
  12. Aquaman
  13. Green Lantern
  14. Iron Man
  15. Ultimates
  16. Ultimates Spider-Man
  17. Ultimate X-Men
  18. Animal Man
  19. Swamp Thing
  20. Batman Inc
  21. Deadpool
  22. Wolverine and the X-Men
  23. Justice League Dark
  24. Green Arrow (by Jeff Lemire)
  25. Batman & Robin
  26. Indestructible Hulk
  27. Action Comics
  28. Superman
  29. New Avengers
  30. Avengers
  31. Uncanny Avengers
  32. Supergirl
  33. Wonder Woman
  34. Batwoman
  35. X-Factor
  36. Thor (Jason Aaron)
  37. Detective Comics

A total of 18 DC books and 19 Marvel.  I really can’t pick a favourite company, I like a lot of books being published from both. Both of them have their ups and downs as creative teams change, and various events unfold. I’d have to call it a draw unfortunately.

Books from other comic publishers I’m enjoying (in order of favouritism) are:

  1. Invincible (IMAGE)
  2. Walking Dead (IMAGE)
  3. Morning Glories (IMAGE)
  4. Saga (IMAGE)
  5. Thief of Thieves (IMAGE)
  6. Fables (VERTIGO)
  7. American Vampire (VERTIGO)
  8. Harbinger (Valiant)
  9. Think Tank (IMAGE)
  10. X-O Manowar (VALIANT)
  11. The Manhattan Projects (IMAGE)
  12. Revival (IMAGE)

Comic Review: Star Wars – Dark Empire

Dark EmpireThis is one of the first Star Wars comics published by Dark Horse around 1991 and 1992. The Dark Empire storyline is told through two 6-issue miniseries titled Dark Empire I & Dark Empire II, and wraps up in a two issue series called Empire’s End. The Dark Empire story is set after the Thrawn Trilogy, which I also reviewed and enjoyed immensely. Dark Empire however, was actually pretty terrible.

The story has Emperor Palpatine (Darth Vader’s Master) returning from the dead as a clone, and he wants to destroy the Republic. Whenever you bring back a character from the dead, you always open yourself to harsh criticism, if the story was good, it could have worked, but unfortunately it wasn’t good. Luke Skywalker than precedes to partner with the Emperor rather quickly and join the dark side, claiming it’s the only way he can destroy them. This action by Luke seeming very out-of-character. At the end of Dark Empire I, Empire Palpatine is killed, and Luke joins the good guys once again.

Dark Empire II and Empire’s End II, has the Emperor returning from the dead..AGAIN, by jumping into another clone body and continuing his takeover. The Emperor also has access to a weapon that has the ability much like the Death Star to destroy planets. This is silly though, because the Death Star was such a huge endeavour that took years to build, and the Emperor should in no way have that technological ability.

In the Thrawn Trilogy we are under the impression that Luke, Leia, and Jorus C’baoth were the only Jedi left in the universe, and in Dark Empire it seems like everyone is a Jedi! There are maybe 10-20 Jedi characters introduced. Also in the Thrawn Trilogy, we are introduced to Mara Jade, who has a long rich history with the Emperor, and Mara Jade is not even present in this story. Luke is also given a new love interest (who also happens to be a Jedi) who he kisses, but there was no real build-up between these two characters, and it never went anywhere, and the whole thing seemed out-of-place.

The colouring inside this book is atrocious. It seems like only one or two colours are chosen per page, and no matter what is drawn, everything is done in that colour. It really drags the book down. Empire’s End (the final two issues) got a new artist and it did improve a bit, but not by much.

Overall this series was a real disappointment.

5/10