Author Archives: Michael Hale

Review: SUPERMAN #30

Review: SUPERMAN #30

SUPERMAN #30 Written by Keith Champagne Art by Ed Benes, Tyler Kirkham, Philip Tan, Dinei Ribeiro, Tomeu Morey, Sunny Gho, and Rob Leigh Published by DC Comics Release Date: September 6, 2017 In a lot of ways, Keith Champagne really ‘gets’ what makes Superman an enduring and vital pop-culture character. Alas, despite this, the promise


EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1 Written by Matthew Rosenberg Art by Roland Boschi, Adam Gorham, Daniel Brown, and Clayton Cowles Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: June 28, 2017 If any particular element of the Venom character as endured beyond the host character of Eddie Brock and the alien suit’s ties with Spider-Man, it is probably


THE MIGHTY THOR #20 Written by Jason Aaron Art by Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson, Valerio Schiti, Veronica Gandini, Joe Sabino Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: June 21, 2017 Considering the over-the-top (read: spectacular) insanity that was The Mighty Thor #19, Jason Aaron switches gears and presents a much different kind of story. While there

Review: DEFENDERS #1

DEFENDERS #1 Written by Brian Michael Bendis Art by David Marquez, Justin Ponsor, and Cory Petit Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: June 14, 2017 Given the imminent Netflix arrival of The Defenders series, it seems appropriate that Marvel would turn to Brian Michael Bendis to launch a new comic series to unite Jessica Jones,

The Immigrant, Ambassadorial and First-Generation Heroes (Part 1)

While there is never a wrong time to talk about such luminary comic book creations such as Captain America, right now seems like a particularly vital time to talk about: Steve Rogers, and the fact that he is a first-generation US citizen whose father and mother were immigrants. Wolverine, one of the most popular US


GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER #4 Written by Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, and Karl Kerschl Art by Adam Archer, Sandra Hope,  Msassyk, and Serge Lapointe Published by DC Comics Release Date: January 11, 2017 If there is any proof to the notion that Gotham Academy is an exciting place, even with a sub-par story, this issue


ALL-STAR BATMAN #6 Written by Scott Snyder Art by Jock, Francesco Francavilla, and Matt Hollingsworth Published by DC Comics Release Date: January 11, 2017 After the exciting conclusion of the “MY OWN WORST ENEMY” storyline, it appears evident that Snyder’s ability to craft new ways of showcasing classic bat-rogues continues to both entertain and impress

MS. MARVEL: Reflecting on Kamala Khan, Part 2

This column is the second part in a two-part series. You can find part 1 here. So, Kamala Khan is a young character whose comic has been a big hit. So what? How has she changed anything at Marvel directly? I believe that Kamala’s sales, sales which were fueled by Kamala’s young character and youthful

MS. MARVEL: Reflecting on Kamala Khan, Part 1

Marvel Comics has had a unique variety of female superheroes among its ranks, but the iconic persona of Ms. Marvel has been one with a unique history going back to the late 60s. Originally, Ms. Marvel was a persona that was adopted by Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force officer. While Danvers and her title