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: 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: 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?”

Weekly Recommendation: Wolverine by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller

Of all the X-Men, Wolverine is by far the most popular, and for good reason. There’s something so appealing about the rebellious loose cannon of any team. Another big part of the Canadian mutant’s appeal is the air of mystery about him. For the longest time, the X-Men didn’t even know that Wolverine’s name wasContinue reading “Weekly Recommendation: Wolverine by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller”

Weekly Recommendation: Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev

Daredevil is a character with a lot of baggage. Matt Murdock suffers many tragedies, including being blinded as a child, losing his father to the mob, and constantly losing people he loves. Enduring so much pain is part of what makes Murdock relatable. Like any of us, Daredevil experiences the many hardships of life. TheContinue reading “Weekly Recommendation: Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev”

Weekly Recommendation: Planet Hulk

There is so much to love about the Hulk. The very idea of a giant green monster who grows stronger as his rage increases is every kid’s power fantasy. Put simply, the Hulk is the strongest one there is, which makes for smashing entertainment (pun fully intended). Even with adults, the Hulk embodies the angerContinue reading “Weekly Recommendation: Planet Hulk”