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“MRS. PEEL—YOU’RE NEEDED!” (THE AVENGERS REVIEW)

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Before there was a Marvel version, there were The Avengers! Join Steve in a look back at some less-than-super heroes, but maybe a lot more fun ones! (And no CGI!)

Why Was Early Comic Book Art so Crude? (Part 3)

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The flawed heroes and the shared universe weren't the only revolutions that Stan Lee brought to the business

SECOND LOOKS: MARVEL’S DEADPOOL & ANT-MAN and SOME WORDS ON WRITING

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This week Steve takes a second look at Marvel's two most recent movies, Deadpool and Ant-Man, and finds one much better than the other... but YMMV! Also a couple of tips for writers who may be stuck.

Scide Splitters: 1941 Retro Hugo Eligible Novellas

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The first of a three part series in which Scide Splitters examines humorous stories eligible for the 1941 Retro Hugos Awards.

Marvel vs DC at the Movies

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Suyperhero films: Marvel succeeds, DC fails. Could the difference be one of character?

MOORCOCK vs. ULTRON: Two Reviews

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Two new reviews by Steve: the new Michael Moorcock book and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Are they worth it? You bet they are!

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE SUPERHERO? Part Two of Two.   

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In part two of his superhero blog entry, Steve looks at Superman and others.

Marvel’s Biggest Gamble

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With GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY becoming the first film of 2014 to cross the $300 million barrier and with it claiming the domestic box...

MOVIE REVIEW—X-MEN: Days of Future Past

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Steve reviews X-Men: Days of Future Past, and finds it good.

Fighting the Other Star Wars…

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Top talent Walt Simonson brings back his military sf creation

SGT. Fury Special Marvel Edition – Captain America and Bucky

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There is a lot of mystery and excitement in the comic edition of SGT. Fury Special Marvel Edition - Captain America and Bucky. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby hid a lot more than just secret identities between their characters as readers see the early signs of unbeatable teamwork – a foreshadow of S.H.I.E.L.D. and things to come.

Characters – The State of Characters Everywhere

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Are SFF characters too badass?

We Can be Heroes

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The conversation got me thinking about heroes and what characteristics are expected of a hero from generation to generation.

Thor: The Dark World is a surprising success

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when this hulk of a man fell out of the sky with an axe I almost burst into hysterics

AMAZING News: 10/13/13

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News from the world of the fantastic

Agent Carter Gets Her Own Short

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We never got to find out what happened to Peggy Carter after Captain America left her.

Team Marvel or Team DC?

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Is it possible to be Team Marvel and Superman (stand alone) at the same time? Because that is where I am....

It’s All My Fault – An Apology

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Another summer of cinematic wilderness is drawing to a close and I owe you all a big apology. Why? Because I am responsible for the terrible state of mainstream American cinema today.
Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 as Critique of Techno-Darwinism

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Iron Man Three surpasses its predecessor, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, in one very exciting and fundamental way: it feels more like an actual comic...

What super-movie are you most excited about?

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The sun actually decided to finally show its face in London this week, and that along with me spotting that the 2012/13 season of...

No. 2 – Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter of Mars

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Any SF library without Edgar Rice Burroughs and John Carter of Mars is hardly complete. Burroughs’ John Carter series captured the imagination of many...