The Tick Brings Us a Rather Dim-witted Superhero. Do We Need One?

The Tick

Every time you turn on a screened device these days, there’s a superhero staring back at you. For comic book fans this is a golden time, but — and there’s always a but — is this really gold or is it some cheap gilded metal? The superhero genre is so plentiful that some are rightfully asking if things have gone too far. How many comic titles need a live-action show or movie? How many reboots can we stand? When is enough enough, already?

Amazon answered with yet another superhero franchise, The Tick.

(Translation: We ride this wave smack into a rocky cliff face.)

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Five Adult Comics to Put on Your Reading List

Big Trouble in Little China Escape from New York

In Ecclesiastes it says: “Everything has its time.” You know: “A time to be born, and a time to die,” etc. So, for instance, there’s a time for reading The New Yorker and a time for spraying milk out of your nose laughing at poo-poo jokes. I’m here today to proselytize about the latter, sisters and brothers. Specifically, I want to talk about five comics for the almost mature adult in us all. These are the frosting side of graphic literature, so check your refinements at the door.

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Is Star Trek: Discovery Setting Its Fans Up for Disappointment?

Star Trek Discovery

Nerd Log, Stardate 59326 point…uhm…Tuesday, June 6.

It has been several weeks since the trailer for Star Trek: Discovery  was released. I’m still not completely sure what to think. That first week I downloaded it and watched it repeatedly, then frame by frame. I read the hype machine, or a fair bit of it. All the while I burned through the five stages of fanboi reaction: indifference, manic happiness, suicidal pessimism and spent confusion. (I know, that is only four. I was a philosophy major. You do the math — or whatever.)

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