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Superman Week, day three – The Foes

We continue with Superman Week. Yesterday we looked at Superman’s friends, and today we’re going to focus on a few of his foes. Once again I am joined by by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. And as there are allies that reflect him, so are there opposites that allow us to see Superman for what he is. Today we’re going to discuss four of them: Metallo – A cyborg powered by kryptonite. I mean, come on, a man who is both more and less than a man with a heart made of the remains of Superman’s home world. Symbolic on so many levels, he can be a great character to pull out. Though I do want to use him to discuss kryptonite itself briefly. I have always loved the idea that one of Superman’s biggest…

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Superman Week, day two – The Allies

Welcome back to Superman Week. Yesterday we looked at Superman himself, and today we’re going to focus more on his supporting cast. Once again I am joined by by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. Like any great character, Superman relies on his supporting cast to flesh out who he is. Now, there are a lot of them but I want to focus on five specific ones: Martha and Jonathan Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Perry White. Let’s start with the Kents. They are, of course, the couple that raised Clark to be the man is become. But think about it for a second – you’re a couple living in Kansas and a ship falls from the sky with an unharmed baby in it. So you just adopt the baby. There’s something interesting there. A…

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Superman week, day one – The Man of Steel

Welcome to Superman Week! This week I’ll be looking at different aspects of the Superman legend, starting with the man himself. I’m joined this week, by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. That’s right, every day Ibrahim and Jordan will have a special, exclusive, piece of art to go along with that day’s essay. So let’s get this started! Superman is both one of the world’s most recognized characters and one of the most dismissed. But that’s all right. He’s down with it. He understands. And that’s the point. Superman isn’t better than you he is simply the best we strive to be. It’s not a question of lording it over anyone, simply knowing what is right and what is wrong and doing the right thing – no matter the cost. Some how a number of…

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Amelia Cole and the 99-cent Sale!

In case you somehow missed it I co-write a comic about a woman named Amelia Cole. The first arc, AMELIA COLE AND THE UNKNOWN WORLD has ended and the second arc, AMELIA COLE AND THE HIDDEN WAR begins tomorrow. In celebration of the launch of Amelia Cole and the Hidden War #1 tomorrow we’re arranged for all six issues of The Unknown World to go on half-price sale. That’s right – 99 cents for each 22+ page issue, but only for a few days! So click here to take advantage now, and more importantly, if you could – tell a friend!

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A First Time For Everything: Animal Man

The very first time I heard of Animal Man was in Crisis of Infinite Earths. He was in something on the order of 4 pages, crammed into panels and just being this dude named Animal Man. That was it. Oddly it was enough. The name! The name did it for me. Animal Man. He had animal powers, that much was clear. Spider-Man had the powers of a spider, but Batman wasn’t at all bat powered. So either Animal Man had the powers of all animals or he dressed up like different animals to scare people. Now, based on his costume I leaned toward the whole powers thing, but had to admit that orange was kinda scary. Just not in a “cowardly and superstitious lot” sort of way. More in a “also he directs traffic” way. But like I said it…

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A First Time For Everything: Dick Grayson

The first time I really met Dick Grayson? Well that wasn’t a Batman comic. Look, I had read Batman comics. And there was Robin, and I guess he was Dick Grayson but it didn’t really stick. It was Batman, it was Robin, and that was that. But then I caught, in the back of another book – I think it was DC Comics Presents – around 1980 (I read it a bit later), a preview for another book. The New Teen Titans. There was Robin, but without Batman. Suddenly he became his own character to me. This was a guy who was supposed to be awesome and in charge and wearing those booties. Well, all right. This was Dick Grayson. And it was that preview that introduced me to Dick Grayson. He was commanding, undaunted and yet all too human….

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A First Time For Everything: Cannonball

Marvel Graphic Novel #4. 1982. New Mutants. It was the first time any of us saw Cannonball, and I was included in that group. Man, I remember reading that book when it came out and being so amazed. See I grew up reading Lee/Kirby X-Men and then suddenly shifted, thanks to time and my father, to Claremont X-Men. I was upset at characters like Storm and Wolverine because they weren’t “The X-Men” they were these upstart figures in costumes that didn’t even match! It took a while to get over it. But just as I was, the New Mutants came along. It changed everything, mutant-wise, for me. Suddenly these were the characters for me. They were young, like the X-Men I loved most, and awkward and learning and wore team uniforms. They were, more than Banshee, Wolverine and so on,…

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A First Time For Everything

So here’s the thing. I’ve been reading comics my entire life. In an odd order too. MY dad had me reading his old Lee/Kirby Marvel stuff and random Dc things for years before I got to the current-for-my-age comics. And I have memories of them all. Sometimes dim, sometimes really crystal and occasionally totally wrong in detail – I remember the first time I noticed a character. And I wanna talk about them. So here’s the deal: Leave a comics char in comments. Leave several. Whatever. And I will start posting my memories of when I found them, how I felt and what drove me to them or pushed me away from them. It’ll be fun! Or scary. Or… something else and we’ll find out together. SUGGESTED SO FAR (a link means I have done that character and you can…

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Amelia Cole and the Box Full of Wrenches

There are times you do things because, well, you can. This is a story about one of those times. Amelia Cole and the Unknown World is a dear, dear, project to all of us who work on it. From myself, to D.J. Kirkbride, to Nick Brokenshire to Rachel Deering – we are a team. We each put in our best work and refuse to settle for anything that isn’t right for the book. It’s special to us. I know, for me, that this book is the first ongoing I’ve really been involved with. And so I realized I wanted to commemorate it with the rest of the team. We needed something… something that would mean a lot to each of us. There could have been t-shirts – a lot of people do t-shirts. Staff shirts or something along those lines,…

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