Posts Tagged ‘Marvel’

I haven’t seen the Black Panther movie yet; but I’m looking forward to it.

T’Challa, the Black Panther, has for a long time been one of my absolute favorite comic book characters – and I’ve been glad that his mythology has been given the cinema treatment: and that it appears to be doing so well and generating so much conversation.

But, amid all of that conversation (much of which, rightly, is focused on the subject of the first entirely black superhero movie), one thing that probably won’t be discussed is the subject I’m going to cover here now: which gives me a rare opportunity to talk about both my love of comic-book mythologies and my interest in real-world geo-political conspiracies at the same time.

This isn’t an article about the film or even about the character’s history. Rather, it’s about a specific perception I have of the Black Panther mythology and how it relates to particular real-life North-African nation that I’ve written a lot about in the past – specifically Libya, and more specifically the Gaddafi-era Libya.

Now, obviously, I’ll need to justify this – and I will. (more…)



So last week, as Marvel launched a new Captain America  series, the first issue caught most people off-guard with its ending and even apparently offended a number of fans.

It also caused on online uproar and made headlines across most major American media outlets, along with accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ and the writer even receiving death threats. ‘Outrage’ has never been so easy and so viral. All that’s missing are the pitchforks, torches and angry mobs.



As psychological subjects for a comic-book go, they don’t come much richer than the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader… or the Artist Formerly Known as Anakin Skywalker.
Though there are any number of characters from the rich Star Wars tapestry that I love, it’s hard to argue against Vader always having been the most fascinating.



I think one of my first experiences of the idea of romantic love might’ve been as a six-year-old, watching Princess Leia Organa cradling a blaster and fighting off Stormtroopers on the Cloud City of Bespin in the Empire Strikes Back. I sort of fell in love, and sort of vowed to my infant self that one day, somehow, I would have her.
Alas, it was not to be. I did, however, get a five-issue Princess Leia  series from Marvel instead; which isn’t quite what I’d had in mind, but it’s something.


When I was a little kid, I remember I used to draw Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Imperial Tie-Fighters compulsively.
Whenever I had a spare bit of paper or whenever my mind wandered, I would end up doodling variations of those images. I also drew (and coloured in) a few fanboy, speculative comic-book covers; one with Fett crawling out of the Sarlaac pit and another of the Ewok Wicket.


So to reiterate from my review of Spiderwoman #1 – 4: I adore Jessica Drew. And so I was always bound to be drawn to the new Spiderwoman  title, regardless of anything.
Uh, before continuing, someone told me off recently for not putting a spoiler warning before my reviews (even though I’m pretty sure most comic-book reviews don’t have spoiler warnings on them – this isn’t DS9, folks); so, um – SPOILERS ahead.


The ability of Marvel’s various creative forces to come up with interesting and potent new characters even this far down the line is something to be celebrated.
In a fictional universe overflowing with good guys, bad guys, medium guys, super-teams, secondary teams and every obscure face or personage inbetween, you’d think coming out with even more characters would be a tricky affair.


It’s surprisingly difficult to work out what I think of Age of Ultron. It’s a solid, entertaining movie, certainly… how could it not be?
I mean you literally couldn’t make a bad movie, given the material and resources they’re working with.


There’s just something about Jessica Drew.
I was never going to be able to resist getting in on the new Spiderwoman title; even though it might’ve been wiser to wait and catch up with all the ‘Spider-Verse’ comics first. I’m helplessly under her spell, see.