Marvelette Missives

Marvelette Missives – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Marvelette Missives – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

At Comic-Con International in July, it was announced that the fourth (and final) volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen had been completed, though no release date has been set. Written by Alan Moore, with art by Kevin O’Neill, the series began in 1999 as a sort of Victorian Justice League, but with a pronounced literary bent. There are many references (and inside jokes) to Victorian fiction, as well as a lot of steampunk elements.  More

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    Marvelette Missives – Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye

    Marvelette Missives – Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye

    The first thing to catch your attention about Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is, obviously, the title. And yes, it’s a factual statement about the main character. But if you pick up the comic you’ll soon find out there’s a lot more to it than an enhanced human character.  More

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      Marvelette Missives – Lady Mechanika

      Marvelette Missives – Lady Mechanika

      If you’re into steampunk at all, you will have heard of the Lady Mechanika series. And if you’re new to the genre and want a comic book series full of adventure (and fantastic artwork), then you need to give it a read.  More

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        Marvelette Missives – The Defenders

        Marvelette Missives – The Defenders

        In June, as a prelude to the series hitting Netflix in August, The Defenders premiered featuring Daredevil, Luke Cage Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, it’s a good introduction to these characters coming together in the street level version of the Avengers. Well, sort of.  More

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          Marvelette Missives – Rocket

          Marvelette Missives – Rocket

          In May, a new comic series launched featuring everyone’s favorite furry member of Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, Rocket Raccoon (though he’s not really a raccoon) finally has his own monthly, aptly titled Rocket. It gives readers a look at Rocket’s not so innocent life.  More

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            Marvelette Missives – Super Sikh

            Marvelette Missives – Super Sikh

            Diversity and representation are important considerations these days, even in comics. But it’s not just the big publishers that are trying to be more inclusive with different genders, races and orientations of characters. Independent and creator owned publications are jumping in, often with characters and storylines larger companies shy away from. One of those would be the turban-wearing, Elvis-loving, secret agent of Super SikhMore

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              Marvelette Missives – Huck

              Marvelette Missives – Huck

              Mark Millar’s Huck is a tale of a simple man with special gifts who wants to live a quiet life in a small town. He does a good deed every day for whoever is in need, but otherwise keeps to himself. His neighbors always know the deeds are his doing, but they keep things quiet as well, as a way to thank him. Then someone new moves to town who happens to be a reporter and she wants to share news of Huck with the world.  More

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                Marvelette Missives – Preacher

                Marvelette Missives – Preacher

                About a year ago Preacher, a tv series based on the Vertigo comic book by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, made its debut. It follows far-from-holy preacher Jesse Custer in a very small town in Texas and the lives of the often horrible people who live there. The first season of the show was actually a prequel to the comics, so even fans were treated to the unexpected every week.  More

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                  Marvelette Missives – The Hellblazer

                  Marvelette Missives – The Hellblazer

                  Constantine is definitely one of those characters that people either love or hate. He’s a smarmy, smart ass, dark magic Brit looking out for himself who falls into doing the right things for others… and often saving the world from dark forces. The Hellblazer is a comic for those into the paranormal side of heroes – plenty of catastrophes to avert, but no one flying in with a cape flapping behind. Instead, you get a sometimes drunk couch-surfer in a trench coat who just happens to know what he’s doing.  More

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                    Marvelette Missives – Black Lightning

                    Marvelette Missives – Black Lightning

                    If you’re into comics and superheroes, you have probably heard about a new addition to the CW superhero lineup of shows. It was announced last month that DC’s Black Lightning has received a full series order and will likely show up as a midseason replacement. And though he has been around since the late 70s, he’s not a very well-known character.  More

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                      Marvelette Missives – Books on Comics

                      Marvelette Missives – Books on Comics

                      About a month ago, Book Riot posted an article that recommended books about comics. It featured seven books that serve as introductions to the comic book world, studies of comics as an art form and look at subgenres, such as Manga. The writer admits it is not an exhaustive list and there are a few we would add to it.  More

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                        Marvelette Missives – Battlestar Galactica: Six

                        Marvelette Missives – Battlestar Galactica: Six

                        At the end of last year, a trade collecting a miniseries covering an important piece of history in the Battlestar Galactica universe was released. Battlestar Galactica: Six is the story of Number Six, the human-like Cylon, before we meet her in the main BSG series.  More

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                          Marvelette Missives – I Hate Image

                          Marvelette Missives – I Hate Image

                          Comic fans know that the first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, also known to many as Merry Comics Day. Comic shops everywhere have lines out the door as people swing by for the freebies (and to grab deals on other comics and items that many shops put on sale that day). Many publishers re-release a previously published comic as a free book or combine stories from a couple of their titles to introduce to readers. But a few release books created specifically for FCBD. This year, one of the best was I Hate ImageMore

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                            Marvelette Missives – The Misplaced

                            Marvelette Missives – The Misplaced

                            What if you died and went to your promised paradise, but it wasn’t quite what you were expecting? And what if obstacles kept being placed in your path when you decided to search for the true happiness everyone claimed you deserved? That’s the general premise of The Misplaced, a four-issue miniseries available as a collected edition.  More

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                              Marvelette Missives – Marvel Knights: The Inhumans

                              Marvelette Missives – Marvel Knights: The Inhumans

                              The volume Marvel Knights: The Inhumans covers a 12-issue miniseries from an updated version of the Inhumans of the late 90s (of course, there have been a couple more versions since then). As such, it gives a good introduction to the main characters of the series without being an origin story.  More

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                                Marvelette Missives – Kennel Block Blues

                                Marvelette Missives – Kennel Block Blues

                                Kennel Block Blues is a short run comic that tells the story of Oliver, a good dog sent to Jackson State Kennel, and how he befriends fellow inmates and helps to plan an escape. And when I say inmates, that’s what I mean – the kennel is depicted as a prison, with multiple types of animals incarcerated therein. But mostly it’s cats and dogs and, not surprisingly, they don’t get along.  More

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                                  Marvelette Missives – We Stand on Guard

                                  Marvelette Missives – We Stand on Guard

                                  We Stand on Guard is a miniseries with a premise that a lot of people have joked about – what would happen if the US decided to invade Canada? Set in 2124, that’s exactly what has happened, as the US has invaded Canada to control its water supplies.  More

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                                    Marvelette Missives – Hawkeye

                                    Marvelette Missives – Hawkeye

                                    By now, every comics reader knows there was a shake-up in the ranks of the Avengers because of Civil War II. And one of those changes involved Hawkeye. Clint Barton (the Hawkeye most people know) was up on charges for killing Bruce Banner, but ultimately found not guilty. Even so, he couldn’t go back to his previous role so Kate Bishop (who has been in the secondary Hawkeye role for a few years now) has taken over and is now the focus in Marvel’s Hawkeye comics.  More

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