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Modern Classics: Planet Hulk

Last time, I kicked off my Hulk Month pieces with 2016’s Hulk #1. That issue has to be in the top five comics I’ve reviewed for Blastoff, so I’m not sure how much better we can get. I’ve enjoyed Hulk comics before, but not Mariko Tamaki’s writing took it to an entirely new level for […]

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Jennifer Walters Is HULK

All right, we’re kicking off Hulk month for Blastoff Comics – and rightfully so. Not to put any disrespect on Hulk’s name, I think the last time the general public has been THIS excited about the character was… well, definitely not in my lifetime. And I remember when a two little rashes of Hulk mania […]

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Modern Classics: Dan Slott’s Spider-Man

In the constantly changing game of superhero comics, where creators are replaced between solicitations and release and creative runs are often cut short, it’s easy to forget that Dan Slott has been writing Spider-Man for three-hundred and seventy years. Or, it seems that way. I started reading comics on a regular basis in 2007, the […]

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It’s About the Spiders

Back in the beginning of Batman there was another bat-themed vigilante, the Black Bat. There was some talk of lawsuits, but nothing interesting came out of that. The Black Bat was created in 1939 to star in Black Book Detective. He was D.A. (not a joke) Anthony Quinn (not a joke) who was blinded and […]

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Droids, Zoids, and Arachnoids: Marvel UK’s Weekly Spider-Man Comics

American comic-book enthusiasts are accustomed to reading the latest installments of their favorite titles on a monthly basis. Occasionally, a comic publisher might print issues weekly or biweekly as part of a limited-duration marketing campaign, but by and large, fans must wait a month to find out what will happen next following the previous chapter’s […]

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Marvel Firsts: The Amazing Spider-Man #2

I’m back with another installment of Marvel Firsts, the series where I journey through Marvel’s most iconic first issues and first appearances. Last time, we covered the big introduction of Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man #300. Now, as we introduce another of Spidey’s most infamous villains, we’re taking it back to the beginning. In The […]

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Marvel Firsts: The Amazing Spider-Man #300

Today, my journey through Marvel’s most iconic first issues and first appearances takes me to 1988, which saw the debut of Spider-Man’s most iconic foe, the monstrous Venom, in The Amazing Spider-Man #300. Written by David Michelinie, drawn by Todd McFarlane, colored by Bob Sharen, and lettered by Rick Parker, this is a landmark issue […]

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Whence Wonder Woman and Whither…?

Everything you think you know about Wonder Woman is true. However, it’s probably not true in the way you think it’s true and it’s certainly not true all the time. When Wonder Woman started out in 1941, women weren’t doing well in society. As often happens when war looms, people focus on it and the […]

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WONDER WOMAN Is Everything

When I heard Patty Jenkins was directing a Wonder Woman movie, I was excited. But I wasn’t sure what to expect. DC TV shows kick ass, but the movies have been questionable at best. I’ve loved the character of Wonder Woman since I was a kid. I adore Lynda Carter. I’m still a little mad […]

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Looking at “A League of One”

I have a confession to make. I didn’t know anything about Wonder Woman for a long time into my time reading comics. I knew her by sight, sure. It’s hard not to; she’s one of the most iconic and referenced characters in pop culture. Eventually, there came a point where I felt like it was […]

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Logan: A Belated Review

ONLY THE FINEST SPOILERS WERE USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS REVIEW I’ve read and watched a lot of reviews of Logan. They universally agree the acting is brilliant, and Jackman and Stewart have indeed made the most of their final chances to play these characters. In that much at least, I agree. Unlike X-Men: […]

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