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

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)

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

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

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

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

MOORCOCK vs. ULTRON: Two Reviews

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.   

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

Marvel’s Biggest Gamble

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

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

Fighting the Other Star Wars…

Top talent Walt Simonson brings back his military sf creation

SGT. Fury Special Marvel Edition – Captain America and Bucky

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

Are SFF characters too badass?

We Can be Heroes

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

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

AMAZING News: 10/13/13

News from the world of the fantastic

Agent Carter Gets Her Own Short

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

Team Marvel or Team DC?

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

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

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?

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

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