Civil War II will make you yearn for the time when bad comics were good fun

Bad comics used to be fun. The first Civil War, 10 years in hindsight, had charm—a well-made piece of hokum that falls apart the moment one looks away. It was a fun book to flip through and pick out weird or awful or (occasionally) interesting sequences. It doesn’t hold up, not proportionate to the weight Marvel…

Jessica Jones’ stylish, sensual debut breaks new ground for female heroes

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In the 2004 Marvel Comics one-shot What If… Jessica Jones Had Joined The Avengers?, writer Brian Michael Bendis jokes about Jessica Jones’ experience as a superhero: “She had a handful of ‘adventures.’ All good and all fine… but nothing they were going to make a movie about. Not even a TV movie of the week.” Bendis is…

Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” Invincible Iron Man offers more of the same

Even though Secret Wars still isn’t over, Marvel can’t simply put the line on hold until Jonathan Hickman’s oft-delayed cosmic epic concludes. So, welcome to the “All-New All-Different” Marvel Universe. There’s an eight-month gap in-story between the ending of Secret Wars and the first page of Iron Man #1, and in that…

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