November 29, 2017
Our look at Superman’s complete set of powers continues here.
November 4, 2017
Back in ’94 Marvel and Archie raised eyebrows across the comix community by pairing comicdom’s favorite red-haired teenager with its most deranged vigilante. Back then, of course, Archie was a fading brand sold at grocery store checkouts to nine-year-old girls, and the Punisher, the darkest dude in comic books.
A lot has changed since then.
In 2017, Archie’s mainstream line may be the most relevant and entertaining comics available, and the company has opened up to entirely new markets. In addition to the good ol’ kiddie digests, still available in grocery stores and pharmacies everywhere, other Archie alt-realities include a retro-sixties Sabrina whose witchcraft draws from actual demonic sources, a zombie apocalypse Archie, and the
predictably “edgy” and wildly CWesque iconoclastic and wildly popular Riverdale TV series. So when Archie and DC combine to bring several of Gotham City’s sirens to comic-book small-town America, it feels a lot less groundbreaking. It’s just the world we live in.
The question remains: does the team-up work? Is it worth reading?
October 25, 2017
We are seeing the first part of a three part finale, as I discuss the first 8 of Superman’s 51 documented powers. You can listen here.
October 13, 2017
What’s a girl got to do to get some respect around here? Stick a needle in her arm?
I discovered Mimi Pond’s comix in National Lampoon, back in the early 80s. The magazine had hopelessly passed its glory days by then; Pond was one of the reasons to keep reading. I lost track of her work after the 80s, though I was aware she wrote the first full-length episode of The Simpsons1.
I stumbled over her stuff again recently. Published at the end of summer, 2017, The Customer is Always Wrong is the second in a series of semi-autobiographical memoirs. Its justification for being reviewed here is that it’s a graphic novel. Otherwise, it’s somewhat removed from our usual fare. Mind you, Madge’s self-medicated supporting cast probably see aliens and monsters all the time.
July 26, 2017
The latest episode of Comic Book Physics deals with Iron Man’s Repulsors, can you can find it here.
July 3, 2017
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The most-talked about comic of the season pits the Dark Knight against a cewtain speech-impediment-afflicted hunter, in the shadows of a more-insane-than-usual version of Gotham City.
June 28, 2017
This month’s Comic Book Physics podcast covers Nova’s Gravimetric Pulses, and can be downloaded here. Special bonus content: how to shatter Silly Putty using materials found in a typical garage!
May 31, 2017
The latest episode of Comic Book Physics, examining the technology behind breathing underwater without scuba gear, is available here.