No More Crossovers: Five Thoughts on the End of Marvel's Avengers vs. X-Men

This is the way things work in superhero comics: trauma explodes and its aftermath is only good for shuffling the status quo. Grief gets its 15 minutes, sure, but cataclysmic happenings are really just about getting readers interested in coming back for new chunks of story.

That's not always a bad thing, but it's… »10/09/12 3:00pm10/09/12 3:00pm


New Avengers #30 Puts Three of My Favorite Marvel Superheroes in One Place At the End of the World

To my mind, the best episodes of a big-deal, all-hands-on-deck superhero crossover event are the ones that focus on the ground-level repercussions of the world-threatening chaos. I remember reading a great issue of Gotham Central »6/12/12 3:30pm6/12/12 3:30pm when DC's event was happening that showed riots and madness in the streets of Batman's…

Five Comics That Will Make You Leave Your Humanity Behind This Week

If you're here in the Panel Discussion programming block, you might be a lapsed comics reader, trying to find a way back to the JLA Satellite. Or you might someone killing time until you pick up your weekly Wednesday pull list. Or maybe you've said goodbye to dozens of longboxes to embrace the promise of digital… »5/08/12 4:00pm5/08/12 4:00pm

This Preview of Avengers vs. X-Men #1 Reads Like a Fighting Game That Needs to Happen

For all the hoariness of the heroes-vs.-heroes trope, the set-up of Marvel Comics' next big crossover event rotates around an interesting premise: The cosmic power known as the Phoenix Force is coming back to Earth, apparently targeting a young mutant girl called Hope. Once bonded with mutant telepath Jean Grey, the… »2/09/12 9:00am2/09/12 9:00am