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|Jun 4, 2023||»||Star Trek: Year Five (2019 - 2021)
6 min; updated Jun 5, 2023
Star Trek: Year Five. Brandon Easton; Jody Houser; Jim McCann; Collin Kelly; Jackson Lanzing. idwpublishing.com . www.hoopladigital.com . memory-beta.fandom.com . 2019. Star Trek: Year Five (2019 - 2021). Credits: idwpublishing.com Snapshots SPOCK. They Lloyd Zeta hypergiant is the single most massive stellar object ever detected by Starfleet. And according to calculations by both the Vulcan Science Academy and Starfleet, within the next five minutes… it will explode, emitting a high-yield gamma ray burst that will effectively sterilize this entire sector....
|May 29, 2023||»||Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (2021 - 2022)
6 min; updated May 29, 2023
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. Tom King; Bilquis Evely; Matheus Lopes. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . dc.fandom.com . 2021. Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. Credits: dc.com Justice RUTHYE. If a child, which I was at the time despite my many protests to the contrary, could claim the weapon with a simple tug… what was it that prevented Krem from rescuing it? I had meant to ask him, and even had the question on my tongue when Supergirl and I eventually found the filthy man and he was begging for his life with tears in his eyes....
|May 27, 2023||»||East of West (2013 - 2019)
6 min; updated May 27, 2023
East of West. Jonathan Hickman; Nick Dragotta. imagecomics.com . www.hoopladigital.com . imagecomics.fandom.com . 2013. East of West. Credits: imagecomics.com Snapshots The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us. Soon, the Union found itself fighting a war on two fronts – righteousness and tyranny, and the resulting quagmire suited their hypocrisy. Conflict drug on until finally reaching a protracted lull a decade later....
|Apr 16, 2023||»||Dark Night: A True Batman Story (2016)
6 min; updated Apr 16, 2023
Dark Night: A True Batman Story. Paul Dini; Eduardo Risso. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . dc.fandom.com . Jun 15, 2016. Dark Night: A True Batman Story (2016). Credits: dc.com Snapshots DINI. Now you’d think that one invisible kid might find comfort in another one’s company. But at that age, the last thing a nothing kid wants to be is lumped in with another nothing....
|Apr 15, 2023||»||Catwoman: Lonely City (2021 - 2022)
4 min; updated Apr 16, 2023
Catwoman: Lonely City #1 variant cover by Cliff Chiang Catwoman: Lonely City. Cliff Chiang. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . batman.fandom.com . 2021. aims to handle a Gotham without Batman. Maybe there’ll be fewer super-villains as there is no Batman. There’s an arms race between villains and heroes. I expect more systemic villains that skirt legality such that they can’t be imprisoned....
|Apr 15, 2023||»||The Sheriff of Babylon (2015 - 2016)
9 min; updated Apr 15, 2023
Sheriff of Babylon (2015 - 2016). Credits: dc.com The Sheriff of Babylon. Tom King; Mitch Gerads. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . dc.fandom.com . 2015. Snapshots KING. I decided to do something set during my time at Baghdad. In terms of goals,I wanted to write something that wasn’t political or didn’t feel like homework, that wasn’t about whether it was good or bad to be there; I just wanted to write about what it was like to be actually there then....
|Apr 8, 2023||»||Batman: Year One (1987)
6 min; updated Apr 15, 2023
Batman: Year One. Frank Miller; David Mazzucchelli. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . dc.fandom.com . 1987. Accessed Apr 8, 2023. Batman: Year One (1987). Credits: dc.com. Miller and Mazzucchelli also did Daredevil: Born Again (1986) together. In 1986, DC embarked on a reinvention of its characters' origin stories to match the times. However, Batman’s origin story didn’t change as it already captured the fears, frustrations and hopes of a readership coping with the realities of 20th-century urban life....
|Mar 24, 2023||»||Superman: Birthright (2003 - 2004)
13 min; updated Mar 25, 2023
Superman: Birthright: The Origin of the Man of Steel. Mark Waid. Image Credits: dc.com Superman: Birthright. Mark Waid; Leinil Francis Yu; Gerry Alanguilan; Dave McCaig. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 2003. Accessed Mar 24, 2023. Snapshots JOR-EL. For the thousand orbits, a shining planet circled a celestial font of heat and light. The people of that world grew tired of war so they achieved a united society....
|Oct 26, 2022||»||The Mighty
3 min; updated Mar 22, 2023
"The Mighty". Credits: imagecomics.com The Mighty. Peter J. Tomasi; Champagne Keith; Chris Samnee; Peter Snejbjerg. imagecomics.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 2022. Review Similar back story to Invincible , also published by Image Comics. Like Omni-Man, Alpha One comes from a distant civilization of advanced humans. However, his ambitions weren’t shared by his people, and crashed into Earth by mistake while being transported to a prison in Venus....
|Mar 21, 2023||»||House of El (2021 - 2023)
4 min; updated Mar 22, 2023
House of El Book One: The Shadow Threat. Image Credits: dc.com House of El. Claudia Gray; Eric Zawardski. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 2021. Snapshots [Tribune Member] Krypton is the most advanced civilization known to exist in the galaxy. For generations, its citizens have been genetically engineered to make them the greatest examples of their kind. We have the best soldiers that can possibly exist....
|Mar 13, 2023||»||Mister Miracle (2017 - 2019)
12 min; updated Mar 20, 2023
Mister Miracle (2017 - 2019). Tom King. Credits: dc.com Mister Miracle Vol. 4 (2017 - 2019). Tom King; Mitch Gerads. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . dc.fandom.com . Accessed Mar 13, 2023. There’s something that I’m missing. I don’t get the ending. Is Scott dead? Snapshots But though our great hero now occupies a seat of comfort and tranquility… Mister Miracle never forgets that somewhere out there… Darkseid is....
|Oct 30, 2022||»||Batman Vol. 1: Their Dark Designs
6 min; updated Mar 12, 2023
Batman: Vol. 1: Their Dark Designs. Credits: dc.com Batman: Vol. 1: Their Dark Designs. James Tynion IV; Guillem March; Tomeu Morey. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . Tynion IV’s Department of Truth is entertaining in its treatment of truth. Coming in with a bit of bias for Tynion IV’s writing. Snapshots [Batman] It happened in the little moments. I’d sketch on the edge of a napkin, or at the corner of a page in an old casebook....
|Feb 21, 2023||»||Animal Man (1988 - 1995)
12 min; updated Mar 12, 2023
Animal Man (1988 - 1995) by Grant Morrison. Credits: dc.com Animal Man. Grant Morrison. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . dc.fandom.com . 1988. Accessed Mar 5, 2023. Snapshots He took himself into the desert. And rose up. And went into the presence of God. And God spoke unto Crafty saying, “You must be punished for this rebellion against my will. Nevertheless, I am a good God and my judgment will be tempered with mercy....
|Mar 4, 2023||»||Kingdom Come (1996)
5 min; updated Mar 12, 2023
Kingdom Come (1996). Mark Waid & Alex Ross. Kingdom Come (1996). Mark Waid; Alex Ross. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . dc.fandom.com . Accessed Mar 4, 2023. Snapshots The world Wesley left is filled not with his heroes… but with their children and grandchildren. They number in the nameless thousands … progeny of the past, inspired by the legends of those who came before if not the morals....
|Aug 14, 2021||»||The Sandman
12 min; updated Mar 11, 2023
The Sandman (1989 - 1996) by Neil Gaiman. Image from Sandman #36. Path to comic: Lucifer (Netflix) -> Lucifer (Comic) -> The Sandman (Comic) Netflix is also adapting the comic, so interested in how it deviates from the source. Ser Brienne of Tarth will be Lucifer. Hype! Love Dream: Sister – you know how I felt for Nada one. What I feel for her still. But she defied me....
|Dec 3, 2022||»||Invisible Kingdom (2019 - 2021)
8 min; updated Mar 11, 2023
G. Willow Wilson's Invisible Kingdom. Credits: www.darkhorse.com Invisible Kingdom. G. Willow Wilson; Christian Ward. www.darkhorse.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 2019. Accessed Dec 3, 2022. A Flawed Religious Organization [Vess] But what if… What if you found something here that seemed wrong? That seemed out of place? [Krikko] I would go straight to Mother Proxima and ask for guidance. That’s why she’s here. [Vess] And… If the something wrong had to do with Mother Proxima herself?...
|Feb 5, 2023||»||Vision (2015 - 2016)
13 min; updated Mar 9, 2023
Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than a Man. Credits: marvel.com Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than A Man. Tom King; Gabriel Hernandez Walta. www.marvel.com . www.hoopladigital.com . Jun 29, 2016. Accessed Feb 5, 2023. Snapshots Most of the Visions' neighbors worked downtown, and they talked often about the traffic on 66 or Lee highway. On the weekends they tended to stay in Virginia, though they often lamented that they should go into the city....
|Mar 6, 2023||»||Daredevil: Born Again (1986)
4 min; updated Mar 7, 2023
Daredevil: Born Again (1986). Credits: marvel.com Daredevil: Born Again. Frank Miller; David Mazzuchelli. www.marvel.com . www.hoopladigital.com . marvel.fandom.com . 1986. Accessed Mar 6, 2023. Snapshots [Matt] Dust… The dust is thick. Could choke on it… There’s nothing left. So you know. So that’s why. I never would have connected it to you. Nothing about it said gangster – until this....
|Dec 23, 2022||»||Doom Patrol (1987 - 1995)
10 min; updated Mar 5, 2023
Doom Patrol (1987 - 1995). Image from www.dcuniverseinfinite.com Doom Patrol (1987-1995). Grant Morrison; Richard Case; John Nyberg. www.dcuniverseinfinite.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 1987. Accessed Dec 23, 2022. Snapshots Father McGarry has long since ceased to believe in miracles. Saturdays, he trudges out to the dump, looking for God among the debris. Saturdays are always the longest days and, in the winter, chilly. He asks for very little....
|Feb 12, 2023||»||Clean Room (2015 - 2017)
2 min; updated Feb 12, 2023
Clean Room (2015 - 2017). Credits: dc.com Clean Room (2015 - 2017). Gail Simone; Jon Davis-Hunt; Walter Geovani; Sanya Anwar. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 2015. Snapshots [Chloe] The Haverlin brothers from next door came to visit, when my mother did not. They pulled me out. I told them I was grateful because I didn’t want to make them sad. Sometimes the truth hurts the people with the best hearts the most....
|Nov 20, 2022||»||Bitter Root
7 min; updated Feb 12, 2023
Bitter Root. Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series (2020, 2022). Credits: imagecomics.com Bitter Root. David F. Walker; Chuck Brown; Sanford Greene. imagecomics.com . www.hoopladigital.com . Snapshots [Dr. Sylvester] I am not the devil. It was the devil that made me what I have become, and the devil I am here to destroy. Look around you, Enoch Sangerye. You’ve seen this before – cities and towns burned to the ground....
|Dec 11, 2022||»||Outcast
7 min; updated Feb 12, 2023
Outcast. Robert Kirkman; Paul Azaceta. imagecomics.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 2014. Accessed Dec 11, 2022. Snapshots [Rev. Anderson] I know… How completely I failed you. You brought me face to face with the Devil himself… And I didn’t have the strength to confront him. Am I no longer worthy to do your work? Is that why I have no power over these demons?...
|Jul 25, 2021||»||Eternals
8 min; updated Feb 12, 2023
Eternals (2006) by Neil Gaiman. Image from marvel.com Eternals Vol. 3 (2006). Neil Gaiman; John Romita Jr.. www.marvel.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 2006. Eternals Vol. 5 (2021). Kieron Gillen; Esad Ribić. www.marvel.com . www.hoopladigital.com . marvel.fandom.com . Snapshots Origin of Life Mark Evanier: Can you prove that ancient civilizations weren’t visited by space travellers and heralded as gods?...
|Dec 11, 2021||»||Saga
4 min; updated Feb 12, 2023
Saga. Brian Vaughan; Fiona Staples. imagecomics.com . www.hoopladigital.com . en.wikipedia.org . Saga (2012 - present) by Brian Vaughan. Image from imagecomics.com Volumes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 9 have been nominated for the the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. A 6/9 nomination rate implies that the comic is pretty good! Themes (Mostly War) Planet Landfall (Alana’s) and Wreath (its moon, Marko’s) have been in conflict as long as anyone can remember....
|Mar 14, 2022||»||Parable of the Sower
3 min; updated Feb 12, 2023
Parable of the Sower. A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Original by Butler, 1993). Damian Duffy; John Jennings; Octavia E. Butler. www.abramsbooks.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 2020. ISBN: 978-1-4197-3133-4 . Parable of the Sower. Credits: www.abramsbooks.com Notable Plot Moments “A pessimist if I’m not careful.” She did not just reject pessimism once and become a Pollyanna thereafter. It was an impulse that she had to quell over and and over....
|Nov 13, 2022||»||Batman: White Knight
5 min; updated Feb 12, 2023
The Joker in 'Batman: White Knight #1' Batman: White Knight. Sean Murphy. www.dc.com . www.hoopladigital.com . 2017. First time encountering a comic where the same person wrote, pencilled and inked the work. The panels should be truer to what the writer intended. Snapshots [Joker] Admit it – I gave you Gotham City! This corrupt war zone is the home we created together....
|Sep 6, 2022||»||Fiction Potpourri
6 min; updated Feb 5, 2023
A collection of notes/impressions from titles where I didn’t find enough to necessitate a dedicated page. Usually short works of fiction. Unknown Number Unknown Number. Blue Neustifter. twitter.com . genderdysphoria.fyi . Jul 27, 2021. Accessed Sep 6, 2022. tells the story of a person who has gender dysphoria. In an alternate universe, they never transitioned but went on to become an established physicist who could communicate across parallel universes....
|Oct 21, 2022||»||Civil War
3 min; updated Nov 13, 2022
Thematic similarities with DC’s Injustice storyline that divides the heroes into two camps, with some questionable decisions along the way. Snapshots [Mrs. Sharpe] Goliath knew what he was doing. He was breaking a law designed to save people’s lives. If he’d only gone legitimate. He’d still be alive. This is no more your fault than a cop could be blamed for shooting a punk who pulls a gun on him....
|Aug 28, 2022||»||The Dreaming: Waking Hours
3 min; updated Sep 5, 2022
A spin-off from Gaiman’s Sandman , featuring the reincarnated Lord Dream. Notable Plot Points [Morris] Professor Dunbar… The reason I asked you to be my advisor is because I thought you of all people would understand what it’s like to be a woman in academia. [Professor Dunbar] You mean you thought I’d cut you a break. But I never got a break. I was the only woman in my class at Oxford who left with a PhD, and for my trouble, I’m teaching at a no-name university in New Jersey....