Comics Cosmos – A Killer Graphic Novel

Anyone over the age of 30 knows about Jeffrey Dahmer and likely remembers the details of his arrest and trial in the early 90s. Even if you’re younger, you no doubt recognize the name of the man who took the lives of 17 victims. Artist John “Derf” Backderf went to highschool with Dahmer in the 70s and in the graphic novel My Friend Dahmer, he recounts his interactions with him, how much of an outsider he really was and how the toxic family environment he lived in had a hand in creating the monster he was to become.  Continue reading

Comics Cosmos – Manners Maketh Man

With the news this week that Netflix has purchased comic book company Millarworld (publisher of Kick-Ass, Wanted, Jupiter’s Legacy and more) and with Kingsman: The Golden Circle coming out in about a month, it seems a good time to have a post about The Secret Service, on which the Kingsman: The Secret Service movie is based. If you are familiar with Mark Millar’s work at all, whether in the comics or on the big screen, you know the potential levels of violence and general craziness to expect. But in most cases the plot is interesting and engaging, and the stories are well-written. The Secret Service is one of those cases.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Spin the Record Backwards to Learn Its History

And as the flames climbed high into the night,
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died.      – Don McLean

Music influences our lives in many ways. It helps us deal with difficult moments, makes us think of memories, influences moods. It can change lives. The musicians behind the music change our lives. In 1959 when the plane carrying Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens crashed, the world wept as three musical legends were lost. The music died. If music influences our lives in such a way however, one wonders if something, or somebody, more influences them. Could this be where all the hidden messages in songs and records played backwards come from? Even more, are they influencing our legends to get to us? Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Take ’em to Church

Last week, some Marvel employees went out for milkshakes and decided to tweet a selfie… and the trolls lost their shit. They made comments about how these people were the reason that Marvel’s sales were going down and they needed to back off of the feminist agenda/SJW bandwagon and blah, blah, blah. I’ve been stewing over this for days now and I don’t want to give the trolls any more attention than they’ve already gotten. But I have a few things to say about this and I kinda feel like Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 when all of his armors are out, lined up and ready to take on the Extremis injected AIM soldiers. In other words, I’m about to take these basement trolls to church!  Continue reading

Comics Cosmos – An Extraordinary League

At Comic-Con International last weekend, it was announced that the fourth (and final) volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen had been completed, though no release date has been set. Written by Alan Moore, with art by Kevin O’Neill, the series began in 1999 as a sort of Victorian Justice League, but with a pronounced literary bent. There are many references (and inside jokes) to Victorian fiction, as well as a lot of steampunk elements.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Patriotic Themed Heroes

When I was a kid, it was no big deal to see Captain America anywhere. He wore a version of the Stars and Stripes on his uniform (remember, it was issued to him by the military, so… uniform). He represented the United States, so that was ok. But when I saw Captain Britain, Sunfire or Guardian it threw me for a loop! You see, each of characters wear versions of the British flag, Imperial Japan flag and Canadian flag, respectively. But it did teach me a valuable lesson: every nation can and should have their own “national hero”.  Continue reading

Comics Cosmos – Defending the Streets

Earlier this month, as a prelude to the series hitting Netflix in August, The Defenders premiered featuring Daredevil, Luke Cage Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, it’s a good introduction to these characters coming together in the street level version of the Avengers. Well, sort of.  Continue reading