Back to School

This poor blog has suffered so much in neglect, but never fear, True Believers.  I will bring it back to life and I have the right thing to help me get it started.

Canvas.Net offers college-level courses for free in various subjects.  The course I am starting today is called “Gender Through Comic Books”.  This 6-week course “forces” me to read several comics and discuss various topics related to gender.  As part of this work, I will post regular updates about the course on this blog and hopefully educate some of you out there.

If you want details on the course, here is the link:  https://www.canvas.net/courses/gender-through-comic-books .  I think the class is full, but if it isn’t, sign up…

To help you find these posts later, I will categorize them as Education, with Tags for SuperMOOC and Gender…

Batman Splosion

Weekly Round Up

Damian screams "No it's the new 52"

Great issue all around. I was pleasantly surprised to see Bruce back as Batman with Damian as Robin. I see why they had Dick as Batman for a while (even though I was totally against the idea at first). It was a really great concept to execute in terms of Robin being the straight man to Dick’s “energetic” Batman.

Batman interacting with his biological son was treated in a different way from what we’ve seen with the other Robins. He fears Damian’s initial upbringing and doesn’t trust him at all. Dick on the other hand had complete trust and faith in him overcoming his killer instincts. Bruce has issues. We know this. He probably sees a lot of himself in Damian, which is not necessarily good considering he’s probably thinking more along the negative aspects.

Stare at a puddle

There was a great deal of parent to son dialogue in this issue. From Alfred to Bruce, Bruce to Damian, and the villain had daddy issues as well. Great thematic structure that led the villain trying to become Damian’s parental figure who could accept the darker aspects of his personality.

Great expectations from both sides, with neither living up to the other.

Can’t wait for more since I just jumped back on this series. ^_^ Best of the week!

 

Dr. Strange is back!

The Defenders 01

Great introduction to an all-star cast. It was priceless to see the Hulk go up to Dr. Strange for help. It’s weird because Dr. Strange had to go Zom on Hulk when he invaded Earth which led to him giving up Sorcerer Supreme. Awkward!

Ya, he just did that

Seeing everyone’s thought process was hilarious. You can tell that this series will be a fun read from beginning to end. This issue also makes me want to read more up on Iron Fist since he had an amazing inner monologue.

The team dynamic was great. They work well together considering their past histories and many different backgrounds. Can’t wait for the next issue.

This means war!

Avengers X-Sanction

I believe Cable’s characterization to be spot on in this issue, although I know most people on the internet beg to differ. I was one of those people that actually read all those issues with Cable raising his daughter Hope from day one and yes, he would sacrifice everything for her.

Nice Exchange

It’s a good start to the miniseries that will supposedly turn the Marvel universe upside down. My only qualm is that it’s not easily accessible to new readers. I knew Cable had a daughter and was supposedly “dead” since I read that series. I know nothing of what’s going on with Deadpool and Angel in that AoA storyline right now. It felt out of place to me but that’s because I have no idea about what’s going on over there. My hope is that we get to see some Wade/Cable banter soon. : )

 

Batman Noel

Batman Noel

Hey, this is Amber here and my first posting will of course be on something Batman related. If you ask me who’s my favorite comic book character ever created, it would be him.

On to the review, since it’s almost Christmas, I thought I’d review Batman Noel.

Warning, there be spoilers ahead!

The story is based off of “A Christmas Carol” and Lee Bermejo lives up to that grand predecessor in both story and artwork.  To be honest, before I read this, I thought how can Batman be portrayed as Scrooge? His core belief is one of that the people he tries to save should always come first. This book shows us that in fact Batman is still human and sometimes needs a wake-up call to get back on the right track. His relentless war on crime can sometimes lead to an unhealthy obsession with vengeance rather than justice.

Alfred is trying to tell you something!
We love you Alfred.

Batman must make a decision in the story that involves risking a parent’s life in exchange for capturing the Joker. Mind you, Bob (the parent and narrator) is no saint, but he’s not a bad guy at heart. He’s down on his luck and he’s only doing the Joker’s errands to make ends meat for his son.

We all know that Batman was born the night his parents died in front of him. The prospect of leaving a child parentless should have been prioritized in his mind as the most important thing he had to prevent. Instead, he uses Bob as bait to get to the Joker. Throughout the story, we see his friends and colleagues try to persuade him to remember who he was fighting for. He would normally never risk a kid’s childhood for the sake of justice, but he’s in that kind of mood. Can you really blame him?

Moving on, the story takes such a creative spin with the visits of the three ghosts that I can’t even do it justice. On a random note, I have never liked the idea that Jason Todd (the second Robin) was brought back to life through Superboy Prime by hitting the universe wall or whatever it was called. This story chooses to keep him dead and act as the Jacob Marley of the story. It was a good prelude for what was to come. Catwoman got to play the role of Christmas Past. Bruce didn’t have a childhood so this was the closest thing we could get to in terms of having fun in his youthful days. Superman as Christmas Present was spot on. But the best part of this novel had to be the Joker’s bit. Not a word during his visit, but he still brought the message home.

The Joker does what he wants.

Batman then has the realization that his thirst for vengeance led him astray. He rectifies that right away and all is well in the end. For me, the most beautiful part in this entire story was the ending. The illustration shows how Bruce changed back to his old self and how the future was looking brighter.

Aw

All in all, the artwork complimented the story wonderfully and this book is one of those that you will want to bring out every Christmas for a fantastic spin on an old favorite.

Story = 5/5

Art = 5/5

Opinion = Buy this book whenever you get the chance. I loved it! ^_^

Welcome

…to yet another blog on the web.  Fans of our sister site, Typing About Movies, will find that this site is similar in operation.  However, I will have help.  Joining me here will be Amber.  Together we will share our thoughts on DC, Marvel, comic-related news and video games, and those indie books that everyone thinks are hip.  So sit back and enjoy….