A Trick Of Light

With pop-culture references a go-go, A Trick Of Light is a surprising read that surfs the conventions of genre yet never wipes out.

Jungle Action… via le Carre

The comic-industry tradition of inviting a celebrated author from outside the medium to craft and guide stories in the hopes of adding a new direction to an older, existing character and, more importantly for the business, of capturing the attention, and funding, of a new audience has met with mixed responses over the years. However,…

Charred, Not Hot

The fact that Ghost Rider is a b-comicbook character at best should bring no surprise that his movie would be of similar ilk. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance is the ultimate b-movie complete with b-grade actors (welcome back to the silver screen Christopher Lambert), a generic plot (the only way for the devil’s power to…

Sex! Blood! Superheroes!

Watchmen is the latest adaptation by filmmaker Zack Snyder, whose film 300, based on the Frank Miller comic book series of the same name, became a $210 million phenomenon in 2006. Watchmen is also the latest adaptation from the works of Alan Moore (V For Vendetta, From Hell, and, ahem, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen), much…

Comicbook Actioneer is an Easy Ride

The problem with comic book films is that once the filmmakers decide to distance themselves from the source material, a necessary step that all films face upon adaptation, the core audience immediately goes on the defense. Pleasing said fans is always a difficult task. Ghost Rider, then, succeeds on the level that it is a…

Superman Returns, Upgrades and even Reprises

“They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way.” The words of Jor-El via Marlon Brando, both spoken from beyond the grave, can not only be referring to the human race, but also director Bryan Singer and his able contingent of writers and fellow…