After several decades, DC and Marvel each has a wide array of team franchises. Many are perennials and have been in more or less constant publication for decades. Others have had periods of dormancy but managed to make successful comebacks with the right combination of concept and creators.

Both publishers…


Comic book TV is more than colorful characters and gaudy action sequences. The genre can be a highly effective medium to spotlight and explore troubled people dealing with recognizable struggles.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Comic book television and movies have evolved to the point of encompassing a broad…


Female artists have commanded a lot of attention in the alternative music world in recent years.

A diverse group of women, solo artists and band leads, have enjoyed significant airplay, streaming and sales success in the alternative genre over the past decade. The popularity among alternative programmers in recent years of electronic music, dance rock and retro-infused sounds has been a boon for female artists. And…


2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Bella Donna, the solo debut of the iconic Stevie Nicks.

A critically acclaimed, multi-platinum success, Bella Donna has proven to be an enduring work whose legacy has seen it influence everything from modern rock to dance-oriented R&B. …


By now, most of us are well acquainted with the “Karen” meme.

It’s not a flattering concept, to be sure. And yet somehow it feels unjust to tar an entire name because of some unfortunate examples. …


The Justice Society of America was the original comic book superhero team.

Dating back to the early 1940s, it pioneered the team book concept. The characters mostly went dormant after the Golden Age waned, but made a comeback in the Silver Age. DC made several attempts to launch them into…


It’s well past time for Marvel to fix one of its worst decisions of the past few years and restore the status quo of Magneto as the father of twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

In the early ’80s, Marvel firmly established Magento’s paternity of his former protégés, as had been…


With the combination of a flawed premise and crucial execution issues, the polarizing Heroes in Crisis stands as the first significant miss for superstar writer Tom King.

Spoilers Ahead.

Nominally structured as a mystery, Heroes in Crisis revolves around a mass killing at Sanctuary, a secret facility established by Superman…


Avengers: No Road Home is an entertaining sequel to the successful weekly Avengers: No Surrender.

When every sun across the universe suddenly goes dark, the reformed Voyager gathers Hercules, Hulk, Vision, Hawkeye, Rocket Raccoon, Scarlet Witch and Spectrum to investigate. Spinning out of a family tragedy for Hercules, the Avengers…


Hawkman: Awakening brings a fresh spin to a venerable character with a tangled history.

An encounter with a mystic artifact causes archaeologist Carter Hall, a/k/a Hawkman, to come to some crucial realizations. He knew he’d reincarnated many times across history, but now discovers that he’s also reincarnated across space and…

Brian C. Poole

Author (Grievous Angels) and pop culture gadabout #amwriting

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