Archive for July, 2013


Review: Wolverine #7

Wolverine 7

Wolverine, that immortal Canadian badass, has become a staple of comic books. Ever since he first appeared, and especially since X-Men opened the doors to the modern waves of comic book movies, he’s become one of the most identifiable heroes in Marvel’s stable. But while the superhero story has nearly become its own genre, the X-Men are still science-fiction. Accordingly, Paul Cornell has decided to follow in the tradition of SF writers before him and write a story based on a single question. It’s a simple thought experiment: what would Wolverine do without his healing factor? Continue reading

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WW Poster

Lately I’ve noticed a trend in many of the blogs and writers I follow. In the last few weeks, and especially since SDCC, I’ve heard a number of complaints from some very smart people about the insistence that Wonder Woman is a tricky or difficult character to bring to the screen.

I actually agree with this. I think that Wonder Woman’s profile actually hurts her chances of receiving a movie. After all, the average movie-goer knows surprisingly little about her, and yet she’s so famous that she has to sell tickets (and therefore is unlikely to buck hollywood trends). Likewise, she has the entirety of the feminist movement on her shoulders. Women as a whole are subjected to such high and conflicting standards in our society, and Wonder Woman’s struggle to find her way to the box office mirrors this perfectly.

But, I’m just one person. In fact, I am a male person. What’s more, I’m a male person who, while he generally likes Wonder Woman comics, isn’t a die-hard fan of the character like many of those disagreeing with me are. So, on Saturday, I decided to put my money where my mouth was and see how hard it would be to write a treatment for a Wonder Woman movie.

I still strongly advocate for a Justice League movie starring Diana, but if Wondy were to have her own stand-alone picture, I would do it like this:

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Take Back the Knight

Bound and Gagged

Today is the anniversary of the Dark Knight Massacre in Aurora, Colorado. This day had a profound effect on me for a number of reasons. For starters, the knee-jerk reaction to blame Batman and comics and the attempts to ban costumes from theatres is part of what made me finally get around to starting that banned books blog I’d been thinking about for a year. This outraged me, not only because it does nothing to address the problem, because it is yet another example of scapegoating youth/fringe media, or even because of my lifelong resistance to censorship and arbitrary rule enforcement.

It was because I grew up on Batman. And I saw firsthand how this amazing community of fans, whether casual or diehard, rose up with a strength of spirit that moved me to tears. This community, which people looking for an explanation were so quick to blame, showed us…

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JLA 6

After a bombastic start last week, DC’s latest event sets things to a slow simmer as the Trinity ask the Question: what could make Superman kill? Continue reading

Godzilla The Half Century War

To some he’s a punch line, Barney the dinosaur by another name. To others, he’s a cherished symbol of spectacle on a budget. But to me, and countless others, he’ll always be far more. Godzilla, that tortured titan of the nuclear age, started as a serious and deeply unsettling reaction to the fears of a nation that sees god in all things. They say that he’s immortal; he shrugs off missiles, gas, and sixty years in a changing world. Godzilla has endured because he is a symbol, and a changing one, for his nation and the world. With this in mind, and a clear love of the character in his heart, James Stokoe has given Godzilla another playground. And, lucky us, we get to watch – and without hazmat suits, no less!

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Vader's Little Reader

Despite the insistence of people who haven’t picked up a comic since Adam West was on the air, comics aren’t really for kids anymore. Modern comics are full of sex, violence, and all manner of problematic details that a parent might not want their kid seeing. There are, of course, ‘all-ages’ comics, but not all of them live up to that name. Many are aimed at the very young and can leave older readers feeling patronized, while others are simple stories full of easter eggs that go over the head of the supposed target audience and bore pickier comic-fans.

With that in mind, I thought I’d do my part to aid those in the world’s most important profession and give some suggestions to those looking to bring their little nerds up right.

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Bound and Gagged

Hey, folks! Today’s review is of Saga, Vol. 2. As Saga is a comic for mature readers, some of the images discussed and contained within this review are graphic in nature. So, maybe don’t read this while at work or having tea at your grandmother’s house. Unless of course your grandmother has a sock drawer full of smutty genre fiction she wrote back in the 70s and is grooming you to take over the family business, in which case be my guest. And no, you’re not hallucinating, I reviewed Saga, Vol. 1 back in March. If you’re interested, said review can be found here. It seems Saga just can’t stop courting controversy. Let’s discuss what got people hot and bothered this time, shall we?

THE DEFENDANT: Saga, Vol. 2, Brian K. Vaughan, artwork by Fiona Staples, Image Comics

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Review: Batman #22

Batman 22

With a simple, symbolically resonant cover, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo invite us to continue watching the very forging of Batman. Is the sophomore installment of Zero Year a must read comic, or has Snyder finally stumbled? Read on, friends, same bat-time, same bat-channel. Continue reading

Dear Readers,

Firstly, since I’ve elected to speak to you directly, I want to say thank you to all of you who have visited Reviews by Lantern’s Light. Comic fans, I love writing for you, talking with you, and being one of you. And it is because this blog brings me such joy and fulfillment that I’ve taken a position at Weekly Comic Book Review as a contributing writer.

If you haven’t been reading WCBR but mysteriously have been following me, you’re doing yourself a disservice. WCBR was my original comic book blog and part of the reason I’m the dork I am today so I’m honored to have been accepted into their ranks. If you want solid, to the point, reviews of the week’s pulls, I strongly recommend checking it out, and I’d, of course, love it if you’d follow me there. Continue reading

Love and War

Do you enjoy comics that look and read like some amazing fever dream? Fan of stories about dysfunctional relationships and deeply disturbed individuals? Are you tired of all those pesky superheroes in your superhero comics? Well do I have a book for you!

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