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Arts & Culture

Looking back at the rack #2 – Civil War

So last month, we talked about Planet Hulk, in all its green-rage, monster-fuelled (and sword and planet styled) glory! This month, we’re going to look a little closer to home.

When people ask me, “I’m looking to get into comic books, what do you recommend?” I almost never suggest Marvel’s cross-title Civil War. It’s not because it’s bad (far from it!), but because you need to know a little bit about the Marvel universe beforehand so you can truly understand the grand scale of this all-out Marvel event. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Superman eating breakfast: DC needs to get on TV to save the superhero genre

The other day Steven Spielberg said that inevitably audiences will get “superhero fatigue” and the genre will go the way of the Western. As DC lags behind Marvel with bringing their multiverse to the big screen, the latter is already pushing ahead with bringing their cinematic success to the small screen by the bucket load. But is there a benefit to DC to try and do this too, and can television offer new opportunities to save the genre? (Read More)

Books

Looking Back at the Rack # 4 – Decimation

Stan Lee proposed what he calls a “lazy” approach to an origin story: mutants. Lee would often get bored or stuck having to write longwinded superpower back stories for characters. His now timeless solution was to invent mutants, using ‘genetics’ as the springboard for new characters. (Read More)

Books

Looking back at the rack #1: Planet Hulk

People frequently ask me “I want to get into comics, what should I read?” If I were to answer honestly and carefully consider a response for each individual person, I would undoubtedly get it wrong. Everyone is different and everyone’s exposure to comic book universes varies. I’m familiar with a lot of the Marvel universe, but I would hardly consider myself well-read enough to know every little detail or reference in every issue. But what I can do is tell you what I do know. So, looking back at my comic book rack, where should we begin? (Read More)