Bendis’ Avengers: New Avengers #1-10

We’ve finally arrived at the heart of Bendis’ Avengers saga: the New Avengers. When I first read this series, I thought it was the coolest thing on the planet. Spider-Man and Wolverine, some of my favorite characters, were headlining the premiere Marvel superhero team! Classic Avengers such as Captain America and Iron Man gave thisContinue reading “Bendis’ Avengers: New Avengers #1-10”

Bendis’ Avengers: Young Avengers

Funnily enough, there are plenty of comics significant to Bendis’ Avengers which he didn’t even write. Case in point: Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung’s Young Avengers. I was never really invested in the series at the time, however. The whole concept seemed pretty lame, honestly. A group of teenage Avengers? Why wouldn’t I just readContinue reading “Bendis’ Avengers: Young Avengers”

Bendis’ Avengers: Secret War

Brian Michael Bendis’ Secret War caught my attention from the first time I read it as a ten year-old kid. Everything about this event screamed “cool” to me. All of the biggest heroes came together for one giant event, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil, and Captain America. To me, this was the ultimate superhero battle againstContinue reading “Bendis’ Avengers: Secret War”

Bendis’ Avengers: Avengers Disassembled

When I first got into comics, there was one major writer on the Avengers at the time: Brian Michael Bendis. Over the course of eight years, Bendis crafted several epic tales that redefined Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, from Avengers Disassembled, to Secret War, to House of M, many other stories. Even when Bendis did not personallyContinue reading “Bendis’ Avengers: Avengers Disassembled”

Legacy Heroes: The Flash

The Flash has more of a legacy than almost any other superhero. Being the fastest man alive is an honor passed down between generations, from Jay Garrick of the 1940s to Barry Allen of the 1950s and ’60s. Each generation of comic book readers is able to connect with its own unique iteration of theContinue reading “Legacy Heroes: The Flash”

Legacy Heroes: Green Lantern

The title of Green Lantern is attached to several specific traits. A Green Lantern uses willpower to confront and overcome fear, literally shining his/her light through the darkness. This core value of willpower illustrates the true heroism of any Green Lantern. Additionally, Green Lanterns show a wonderful sense of imagination. The all-powerful Green Lantern ringContinue reading “Legacy Heroes: Green Lantern”

Legacy Heroes: Spider-Man

Spider-Man holds a broader appeal than almost any other superhero. The primary attraction to the web-slinger comes from his relatability. Spider-Man is the everyman: as Stan Lee used to say, “the superhero who could be you”. Readers, viewers, and consumers of all Spider-Man content can connect with the wall-crawler’s human struggles and personality traits. NoContinue reading “Legacy Heroes: Spider-Man”

Legacy Heroes: Batman

Batman is an icon to anyone who knows the character. For the past eighty years, the Dark Knight’s presentation as a hero has shifted, from campy crusader to noir detective. Despite all of the various interpretations of the caped crusader, the fundamental idea stands: someone who harnesses the darkness around him into something good. BatmanContinue reading “Legacy Heroes: Batman”

Legacy Heroes: Captain America

Captain America is a symbol. The star-spangled Avenger stands for classic American ideals: hope, truth, justice, and other romanticized values. These values stem from the character’s origins in World War II, representing a nostalgia for simpler times. Within the Marvel Universe, Captain America embodies a higher standard of heroism. Every hero in the world ofContinue reading “Legacy Heroes: Captain America”

Legacy Heroes: Out with the Old, in with the New?

Everyone has his/her favorite comic book superhero. Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man are only a few of the countless characters which have captured the wonder and imagination of millions of fans. Each of these heroes are recognizable by their alter egos, from Peter Parker to Clark Kent. Yet, not all heroes hold the same secret identityContinue reading “Legacy Heroes: Out with the Old, in with the New?”