The Last Temptation of Cooper – An Analysis of the Album and Comic

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Another week, another story from my high school day.  Sure we ran out of comic books with the collapse of CrossGen Comics (for more on that see my previous article) but we still had plenty of graphic novels and manga.  I’ll never understand why my school library carried so many of these, including the first two Akira volumes, but I am glad they did.  One particular graphic novel that caught my interest was a story called The Last Temptation, another recommendation by Mr. Walton.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it wasn’t until several years later that I realized this was based upon an album of the same name.  Now, when you write for a website called Music and Comics, there can be no bigger boon than an album that inspired a graphic novel.

Especially when the album is by the legendary Alice Cooper and the novel is penned by the counterculture icon Neil Gaiman.

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Wakanda Forever – A Review of Marvel’s Black Panther

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Marvel's Black Panther movie poster

I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the films from the Marvel cinematic universe.  They are mostly entertaining, exciting popcorn movies.  Sometimes they are a bit thin in the plot department.  Most of the time the villains are pretty one-dimensional.  Marvel, however, has found a winning formula.  It’s keeping the movie goers coming back for more.

With that said, I just have to say that Black Panther is the movie that Marvel fans have truly been waiting for. Continue reading

The Curious Case of CrossGen Comics

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In my high school years I was lucky enough to know a man named Bradley Walton, my high school library secretary, who had some background in the comics industry, having worked as a writer and artist on the Cavewoman series, published by Basement Comics. During our friendship he turned my attention towards a series of comics all sharing a common mythos known as CrossGen comics. While not all of these comics were carried by our school, due to mature themes or simply availability, I was able to read through the vast majority of Sojourn, Way of the Rat, and Negation. However as I hungrily clamored for more, Mr. Walton kindly informed me that there might not be anymore coming out as the comic publisher was having some “issues” of their own.

The kind of issues where their freelancers hadn’t been paid for their work.

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Review of Daredevil # 599

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Cover art for Daredevil # 599

A lot of people feel like Marvel’s comics have been a pretty big let down of late.  There’s been a few bright spots here and there but for the most part people just haven’t been liking some of the new directions.  Personally, I feel like it has been a pretty up and down ride since 2015’s Secret Wars event.  However, there have been a few Marvel titles that I feel have been thoroughly enjoyable and consistently good.  One of those titles has been Daredevil.

The current creative team on Daredevil, Charles Soule (writer), Ron Garney (artist), and Matt Milla (colors) is incredibly solid.  They are bringing a very gritty feel to the best of Marvel’s “street level heroes.”   Continue reading

Down That Same Ol’ Road Again…Looking Back on dredg’s 2002 Masterpiece “el cielo”

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Cover artwork for "el cielo" by Dredg

“Here we go down that same old road again, sympathy unfolds the shell that holds, all beauty within” – lyrics from “Same Ol’ Road” by dredg

One of the things that I will be regularly writing about on this site is retrospective looks at records that had an influence on me or that I truly enjoyed.  Today’s article is taking a look back at a record that helped to shape my concepts of what music is and what it could be.  It introduced me to a new side of music that I don’t really think I new existed until then.  The record I’m referring to is the 2002 release from dredg, “el cielo”.
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