The Anatomy of a Silver Age Comic: What the Solo Human Torch Teaches Us About Silver Age Comics

Journey Into Marvel - Part 57

137839-18066-110795-1-strange-talesExtremites, I give the Torch solo issues a tough time. I over think things. This has the treacherous affect of over complicating my writing.

The Torch solo stories were written hastily. They often do not possess the same poetic grandeur that an issue of the Fantastic Four or Journey Into Mystery possesses. My analyses of the Torch Strange Tales stories has been nitpicky.

As Syrio Forrell says to death, ‘not today!’ Today I take the story on its own terms.

This Torch story is a perfect encapsulation on what makes the Silver Age period at Marvel so charming. Today’s review is a dissection of what makes a good Silver Age story tick. Why are they charming? Why do we still, in this age of long form narrative, post Frank Miller/Alan Moore complexity, still enjoy sitting down with a simple Silver Age yarn? Read the rest of this entry

Moffat’s Shitty Fairy Tale Obsession

The Seven Shitty Moffatisms Destroying Doctor Who – Part IV

drwho-nameofthedoctorExtremites, I begin this article with an apology. It’s been a while since I’ve updated Seven Shitty Moffatisms and, like George RR Martin, I’ve been over taken. Blame writer’s block.

Mr. Moffat, I’m back.

It has been a while, sir.

I’ve heard that you and Pete, the former president of the Scottish Doctor Who fan club turned actual Doctor, have had some clashes. Apparently, he thinks some of your ideas are off the mark.

Of course, darling Moffat, this is all unsubstantiated but I chose to believe it’s true because it aligns with my world view. You are no stranger to narrow world views are you, Steve?

I guess that is why we are here today isn’t it; because your misguided world view is decimating our beloved Doctor Who. Read the rest of this entry

Loosing the Legend of Jonah Hex: How Palmiotti and Gray Lost the Plot

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Extremites, after the fall of the Vertigo line, and it’s reabsorption into DC proper, the darkness that permeated those wonderful anti-DC line pages began to disappear. Character traits that readers had come to expect from those titles became whitewashed. I don’t how or why it came about but mainstream DC decided to revive Jonah Hex. Instead of following the dark anarchic world constructed by Joe R. Lansdale, and drawn by Tim Truman, the character was revived by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray as a throwback to the Jonah Hex of 80s. The main difference being that all the supernatural aspects that have come to define the character have been excised. Jonah is now a scarred bounty hunter who resembles the Man with No Name. The legend of Jonah Hex is lost within the pages of Palmiotti/Gray’s reinterpretation. Everything has become so insignificant. Read the rest of this entry

Will Star Wars Episode VII Invalidate the Prophecy of Anakin?

Darth-Vader_Mickey-Mouse-EarsWhen Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a multi-million dollar deal, the motive was money, there’s no doubt about that. The Star Wars films made a lot of money when they were released, and they’ve continued to make a lot of money through merchandising, the Expanded Universe media, and the Clone Wars animated series and so on. But in the mindless, greed-driven quest for yet another money-raking franchise, Disney may have neglected to take into account the very thing that drove the original six films – the prophecy.

Luke Skywalker was the hero of the original trilogy in most every sense of the word, but the saga isn’t ultimately about Luke. It’s about Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One, who was destined to bring balance to the force by destroying the Sith. The prequels tell the story of his tragic turn to the dark side, and the original trilogy tells the story of how Anakin eventually turned back and killed his master, bringing balance to the force in his death. Read the rest of this entry

Was Hank Pym Marvel’s Afterthought?

Journey Into Marvel - Part 56

300px-Tales_to_Astonish_Vol_1_37Extremites, Ant-Man since his creation has felt like a pathetic attempt to get readers. From his early character changes to the lack of decent storylines Tales to Astonish was a sea if character discrepancies and unpleasantness. Ant-Man was Marvel’s afterthought. After the creatives had made great stories for all the rest of the titles, they (usually Stan) devoted little time to creating a compelling issue for Hank. This is once again shown in today’s issue.

Today’s issue is yet again another character redefinition for Hank Pym. Stan Lee often moulded character definition to fall in line with fan feedback. Although, this openness to suggestion would lead to a creative blossoming unseen anywhere else in comic book history, it also created — in the first few issues of any character’s tenure— an environment of incoherent discontinuity. Read the rest of this entry

How a Blind Girl Saved the Fantastic Four: Why Alicia Masters Completes the Fantastic Four Equation

Journey Into MarvelPart 55

Alicia_Masters_(Earth-616)_young_adultExtremites, Sean Howe’s “Fantastic Four Equation,” featured in his book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story states that the Four are incomplete on their own. Human Torch is a powerful out of the box thinker but lacks any form of control, Sue Storm has a strong conscience and empathy but she is not a strategic thinker, Reed Richards is a brilliant strategist but his ability to think beyond the norm is nominal, and Thing lacks empathy but his strength of character and over abundance of feelings make him into one of the most loyal and trustworthy characters in Earth-616. Together, the Four make one perfect hero. But Sean has missed the completing digit in the equation: Alicia Masters. Alicia Masters, in her non superhero way, anchors the team. The team is often wrapped up in their personal “greatness.” Alicia reminds them that they are human.

Masters seems like another helpless damsel in a line of damsels, but Alicia’s damseldom — new word Extremites — is novel for archetype obsessed early Silver Age Marvel. AM is in many ways a modern redux of the Comedia Del Arte role: the Inamorati or Colombina. An Inamorati is an innocent, with great ability for insight, who is victimized by the Il Dotore character. Often these dastardly characters trapped the poor damsel within their houses. Il Dotore is embodied in the Puppet Master.

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Lightning gave me abs: Goon reviews Flash “City of Heroes”

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Hey! FLASH is here. Now, Snooty and Goon are two of my favourite critics in this whacky world of Internet rhetoric we call WordPress. This is a wonderful recap, slash review, and may I just say I really dug Flash and I hope loads of good things come from this show.

Originally posted on Snooty and Goon:

I was thinking of calling myself "Quicksilver" I think that name's been taken

Barry – I was thinking of calling myself “Quicksilver”
Dr. Wells – I think that name’s been taken

So damn, that was awesome.

After all sorts of build up and much anticipation, The Flash has finally premiered, expanding the DC television universe established with Arrow, and boy howdy was it worth the wait.

The series opens with a voice over from Barry Allen, and shots of a red blur running around the city.  He gives the usually superhero speech, who he is, what he does, blah blah blah.  It then jumps to young Allen as he runs away from some bullies, only to be caught and get pounded on.  Tough breaks.  We are then introduced to his mom and dad, who seem to be solid people.  Always nice to see.  The happy family fun times don’t last long as Barry wakes up one night to find his mother trapped…

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Agents of SHIELD episode 3 and all the other stupid shit going on.

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Agents of SHIELD is back everyone. Check out this recap from the hilarious Bad Sounding Sentences! This season has been a mishmash of things. But the darker feel post Winter Soldier is definitely aiding the show… but this blogger is right: this episode was filler garbage.

Originally posted on Bad Sounding Sentences:

This weeks episode could have been titled “Filler Garbage”

One thing i kind of liked about the new season was the fact that “agent” Simmons was gone. Only a part of “agent” Fitz´s shattered mind. Now the reasons for keeping Fitz around in the state he is in totally eludes me. He should be under special care in some hospital, but hes not. Moving on.

Like i said, the fact that Simmons was gone was a good thing. Agents Fitz and Simmons were the most annoying part of season one. But it turns out Simmons is working undercover at a HYDRA research “company”.  I don´t know what to call it really. It makes very little sense. Agent Simmons has a nice little apartment which is in walking distance of the HYDRA workplace. She can  basically walk in and out whenever she wants.  Now lets imagine that HYDRA didn’t even suspect…

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Extremis Rounds Up Gotham’s  Premiere

gotham 2Marvel may have gotten a head start on the whole cinematic universe thing (and, if we’re being honest, their films may be better), but DC is pretty much owning the television scene these days. While Marvel fans wait in earnest for the Iron Fist and Daredevil Netflix series, DC has a universe building from Arrow and The Flash, and a new prequel Batman series that just might be a contender for the best nerdy thing on television this season. Read the rest of this entry

The Myth of DC’s El Diablo: Does he Even Exist in the Pages of Azarello’s Arc?

Decoding DC - Part 17

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Moses “Elmer Huskey” Stone

Extremites, what’s it like to read these articles?

I know sometimes the topics that interest me are pretty abstract. In effort to find an interesting angle on an issue I can go off into the wild blue yonder for inspiration. Today, I reach far into that yonder and ask “does El Diablo exist within the pages of Azarello’s Arc?”

He does.

However, I wonder, if in the world of the issue, he exists. Read the rest of this entry

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