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A love letter to Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil


This is a great post from The Nerdist bidding a fond farewell to Mark Waid’s run on Marvel Comics’ Daredevil. Usually I’m not a fanboy to certain writers. I’m more inclined to avoid a comic if it’s done by a certain writer, for example anything written by Frank Miller after The Dark Knight Returns. However Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil for the past four years has not only made Daredevil my favorite Marvel comic but one of my favorite comics of all time.

As the post from the Nerdist points out Mark Waid took Daredevil out of his normally gritty and dark situations and turned him into more of a swashbuckler fitting of the Daredevil name. He was even able to take a bad Marvel crossover in Original Sin and make a really great Daredevil story out of it in one of my favorite single issues of all time.

So thank you Mark Waid for making one of the best comic series of all time in my opinion and good luck to the new creative team. Who knows, maybe the next writer can knock it out of the park as well and make me a fan of one more writer.

Trench reviews DC Comics’ Convergence


As a continuity crossover reboot crisis Convergence felt kind of underwhelming. It didn’t pack the gravitas of a Flashpoint or Crisis on Infinite Earths. It felt just kind of ‘meh’. While it was nice to see characters from various pre-New 52 universes it felt like you had to know around 40 years of DC Comics’ history to get all the references and plot points. I felt bad for younger readers who may not have known a good majority of these characters.

The one good thing about Convergence though, as I mentioned in my first impressions, is that the concept behind the New 52 reboot was a sound one. A lot of characters from before the New 52 did feel old and out of date and a fresh new take was needed. The problem was that the New 52 didn’t have a lot of good stories for these new youthful heroes and the new DC You doesn’t appear to be too promising yet.

Comic of the Week: Convergence The Question #2



While I haven’t been wowed by the Convergence storyline as a whole yet I really did like this issue.

Pre-New 52 Renee Montoya, the 2nd Question, had to watch the original Question, Vic Sage, suffer and die slowly of cancer. Now her father is close to the death because of cancer and he hasn’t talked to Renee since she came out to her family.

After having to deal with Convergence plot point she rushes to his side, they reconcile and Renee tells her father that everything is going to be ok and it’s ok to let go now.

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While there was no reconciliation needed between my mother and myself when she was in bed dying of cancer and unable to respond I remember telling her that my brother and I would be ok and that it was ok to let go. She passed within the day.

So you can see why I liked this comic a lot.

Comic Recommendation: The Black Hood


I can’t recommend this comic enough. The Black Hood is about a Philadelphia cop who kills the resident vigilante and then through his personal demons takes over as The Black Hood.

Originally I picked this up because I read that it took place in Philly. Writer Duane Swiercyznski is a resident of Philly and does a great job with a very accurate portrayal of the city.

The publisher is Dark Circle Comics which is an imprint of Archie Comics of all companies. This is a very mature comic and the first comic under the Archie banner to use the word fuck.

It’s currently three issues in so you should be able to find all of them.

Trench’s early impressions of DC Comics’ Convergence


I don’t think I’m dropping any spoilers but just in case you’ve been warned.

I Know it’s only the first week of DC Comics’ latest continuity crossover reboot crisis whatever but I’ve come away with two things from it so far.

The first is that the concept reminds me a lot of 2013’s Deathmatch by Boom Studios which is one of my favorite series of all time.

The other thing is that after visiting with pre-New 52 characters that we haven’t seen in 4 years maybe the New 52 isn’t so bad after all. A lot of the old characters felt just like that, old and out of date.

Marvel Comics to reboot their universe


Recently it was announced that Marvel Comics will be rebooting their fictional universe with the upcoming Secret Wars storyline much like DC Comics did in 2011 with Flashpoint and the New 52,

At first, much like I did in 2011, I was worried that some great stories would become non-canon like the death of Gwen Stacy or Planet/World War Hulk. Then I realized that just because those stories may be retconned out of existence that doesn’t erase them from our memories. I mean why do we as comic readers worry so much about canon? Why can’t we just enjoy good stories without having to worry about how they all fit in the grander universe and timeline?

I think as comic fans we need to unbunch our underoos every time publishers try something new.

Except for One More Day. We were totally entitled to be pissed off at that steaming turd.

Comic of the Week: Action Comics Future’s End



In my entire life I’ve never cried at a movie or about a book or any work of fiction for that matter, until this past week. Believe it or not I was legitimately moved and almost got choked up over a comic book. But I’m getting a head of myself.

For those of you not familiar with the Future’s End storyline permeating DC Comics this month it takes place 5 years in the future after a war with an alternate Earth (Earth-2) has changed the world for the worse. Superman is among the missing however an incorporeal being grants three different people an aspect of Superman’s powers to see how they would use them and then how they would continue their lives after they were taken away again.

I started getting choked up for two reasons. The first is that two of the three people had issues that I have had to deal with in various stages of my life. So screw you to all the people who say a Superman story can’t be relatable. The second reason is that the ending left me with the most amazing feeling of hope. Not just in comics but in the real world. Call me immature or childish if you want but what’s wrong with a grown man being inspired by a funny book?

Overall the Future’s End issues this week we’re all very good and inspiring. Usually when a comic depicts a future it’s usually dystopian or apocalyptic. Very rarely is it this hopeful. It’s been so good I even took to reading titles in the story I don’t normally read. In the series that was out this past week I also recommend Phantom Stranger, Green Arrow and Swamp Thing.

Comic of the Week: Daredevil #7


I haven’t done a comic of the week recommendation in a while because frankly, nothing has really blown my skirt that much lately in the world of comics, until today. Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil has been nothing short of excellent and issue #7 of the current run should be looked upon as a classic issue.

After the Original Sin event Matt Murdock has a flashback to his dad who he idolized. Except the memory shows Matt that his dad may not have been the man he thought he was so Matt suits up as Daredevil to find the only person who can tell him the truth, his mother.

I guess the reason I liked this issue a lot is it because it touched upon a lot of things that I experienced in my life both young and old but I won’t spoil it for you. Pick up this issue as soon as you can.

Falcon to become Captain America


Not to be outdone with making Thor a woman, Marvel Comics has also made it known that the superhero known as The Falcon will be replacing Steve Rogers as Captain America. Apparently the reason this is newsworthy is that Falcon is black so we’ll have a black Captain America. I’m sure there will be some racist idiots who will have a problem with this. I actually do have a problem with this but not because Falcon is black.

Back in the late 70s my dad came home from a garage sale with a huge box of Marvel Comics from the 1970s. Among my favorites were the ones with Captain America and Falcon. I even had a Falcon action figure as a kid and it was one of my favorites because he was black and it made me wonder why there weren’t more black super heroes. As a matter of fact, in the 70s Mego Toys even advertised Falcon as the black superhero.

So my problem with this isn’t his ethnicity. My problem with this is he becomes Captain America because Steve Rogers was recently drained of his Super Soldier Serum which gave him his abilities and now time has finally caught up to the almost 100-year-old Rogers. A super hero losing their powers is one of the most clichéd tropes in all of comic history.

Again this will probably be like Superior Spider-Man and Steve Rogers will be back behind the shield in about a year or so.

UPDATE 9/7/2014: Captain America #24 would have had a great cliffhanger ending if Marvel didn’t already spoil the ending by making this newsworthy. It’s still a great issue so pick it up.

Thor to be a woman


So Marvel announced today that the mantle of Thor will be taken up by a female character soon.

I’m taking a wait and see approach to this because the last time there was this much nerd outrage at Marvel Comics it was when they replaced Peter Parker with Doc Ock as Spider-Man and that was actually pretty good.

I don’t read Thor normally but I’ll have a review of the issue in question once it’s been released.