Today, Mark and Spencer are discussing Nightwing 11, originally released December 21st, 2016. As always, this article containers SPOILERS.
Mark: Being written by a member of the team that created a New 52 MVP contender in Grayson, the expectation was that Nightwing would continue that series’ characterization of Dick Grayson as, essentially, the most awesome person alive. Tom King, Tim Seeley, and Mikel Janin’s Grayson leaned heavily on Dick’s “Best Ass in Comics” reputation. Their Grayson was sexy, funny, smart, and could kick ass—basically, he was perfect. And while it should have been impossible to write an ongoing series about a seemingly flawless character, King and Seeley made it work month after month. But now almost one full year into Tim Seeley’s solo run, it’s clear that Nightwing is its own beast. The question, then, is who is this Dick Grayson? Continue reading →
Today, Scott and Drew are discussing The Movement 4, originally released August 7th, 2013.
Scott: Think about your favorite comic book hero. What do you know about their past? Whether it’s every little detail or just the basics, it’s almost impossible to separate that hero from the event (usually a tragedy (possibly the death of a parental figure?)) that set them on the path to become a hero. In The Movement 4, writer Gail Simone makes time to explore the important events in the lives of a few main characters, while also trying to advance the story she’s established over three issues, and the effect raises some questions. It’s certainly important, crucial even, to develop a character’s past, but when is the right time to do it? And how many characters can you look back at at once? Simone overshoots, but not terribly — she’s not biting off more than she can chew so much as taking too many bites too quickly. It’s a climactic issue for this young series, but presented in a way that isn’t as seamless as previous issues.
Today, Spencer and Scott are discussing The Movement 3, originally released July 3rd, 2013.
Spencer: What responsibility do I have to change the world? Are my actions making the world a better place to live in, or a worse one? Hopefully we’ve all considered these questions at one point or another in our lives—with all the riots and movements in the media now, it’d be hard not to—but if you haven’t, The Movement 3 will probably change that. As its characters grapple with these questions, its hard not to ask them of ourselves as well.
Today, Spencer and Shelby are discussing The Movement 2, originally released June 5th, 2013.
Spencer: When The Movement (and its sister book, The Green Team)was first announced, I was a little leery of it. I feared that it would be a gimmick, that it’d be nothing but political preaching or a backwards attempt to be relevant. Fortunately, Gail Simone’s involvement convinced me to give it a chance, and I’m sure glad I did. Not only does The Movement use its political elements to create a fascinatingly complex morality for itself, but it also stands out as a particularly well-crafted team book in its own right.
Today, Shelby and Mikyzptlk are discussing The Movement 1, originally released May 1st, 2013.
Shelby: Not only do I work in downtown Chicago, my office happens to be located near the Board of Trade, the Federal Reserve Bank, and a number of other federal buildings. That means I see my fair share of protests; just today, a May Day protest made it’s way past my office to the federal plaza a block away. Being across from the Board of Trade, Reserve Bank, and having my office located in a building primarily filled with bankers means I saw my share of Occupy protesters when that movement was in its heyday. They were on my mind as I read the first issue of Gail Simone’s The Movement; if Occupy protesters were suddenly granted superpowers and were truly able to turn vigilante, what sort of implications would that have? Continue reading →