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

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

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

Comics Cosmos – Not Your Typical Hero

Diversity and representation are important considerations these days, even in comics. But it’s not just the big publishers that are trying to be more inclusive with different genders, races and orientations of characters. Independent and creator owned publications are jumping in, often with characters and storylines larger companies shy away from. One of those would be the turban-wearing, Elvis-loving, secret agent of Super SikhContinue reading

Comics Cosmos – Constantine Lives

Constantine is definitely one of those characters that people either love or hate. He’s a smarmy, smart ass, dark magic Brit looking out for himself who falls into doing the right things for others… and often saving the world from dark forces. The Hellblazer is a comic for those into the paranormal side of heroes – plenty of catastrophes to avert, but no one flying in with a cape flapping behind. Instead, you get a sometimes drunk couch-surfer in a trench coat who just happens to know what he’s doing.  Continue reading

Comics Cosmos – Caged Lightning

If you’re into comics and superheroes, you have probably heard about a new addition to the CW superhero lineup of shows. It was announced last week that DC’s Black Lightning has received a full series order and will likely show up as a midseason replacement. And though he has been around since the late 70s, he’s not a very well-known character.  Continue reading

Comics Cosmos – Gert Kills Image

Comic fans know that the first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, also known to many as Merry Comics Day. Comic shops everywhere have lines out the door as people swing by for the freebies (and to grab deals on other comics and items that many shops put on sale that day). Many publishers re-release a previously published comic as a free book or combine stories from a couple of their titles to introduce to readers. But a few release books created specifically for FCBD. This year, one of the best was I Hate ImageContinue reading