Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Follow Up on the Cap/Hydra Thing

Let's see, to recap:

The Internet lost its mind a month ago when Marvel decided to turn Cap into a Nazi. Which, upon reading Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 wasn't quite true. To be fair to the Internet, we were misdirected/misled by the writer (Nick Spencer) and editor Tom Brevoort over the course of a few interviews prior to the book releasing.

I took some time and space to comment on it here.

This is a quote I pulled from an article on Vox on the issue:

Then there's the possibility that Marvel is using this reveal as a cliffhanger of sorts, and that Captain America might not be a Nazi Hydra agent after all. We won't know until the end of this arc. But no matter what happens in future issues, it's easy to see why fans could be hurt by this twist (especially if this turns out to be more of a stunt than a methodical editorial decision).

And if you'll forgive the circular, self-reference, here's a quote from me in case you didn't go back and read the original post:

With a sentient Cosmic Cube involved, it's a comic book story. I'm glad all that was in there up front because I haven't read Cap for a long, long time. Already, given what I've read on the Internet about the book and knowing how the episodic storytelling of comics works, I'm intrigued and ready to see what's coming. 

So yeah - COMICS!

This issue we learn it's actually the Red Skull using the sentient Cosmic Cube, Kobik, to tear his arch-enemy down bit by bit. We're treated to a lot of exposition in flashbacks and not a lot of action. It's exactly the same thing we got from Cap the issue before but this time it's the Skull.

I don't know if this is the thing that turns me off or if it's the fact that this is yet another plot that's been done before and the only thing that sets it apart is that the creators and publisher teamed up to generate controversy to sell books in the wake of a potentially blockbuster movie. Don't get me wrong, Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz have made a damn fine comic book. It's just I feel like I've read this before.

The fact that Hydra was retconned back into WWII and thus a Nazi organization is often overlooked in summations and critiques of the books so far. Let me remind you - COMICS! Nothing is sacred since they brought Bucky back. Retreading a plot is old hat, especially if you can put a new spin on it.

We're two issues into this story with no idea how long it will go. I don't know exactly where it will go because I'm unfamiliar with Spencer as a writer. I think I know but I won't be sure until I read the eventual collection it's being written for. Which I won't read until I get it at my library, about three months after that's published. I'll follow the news on it and will likely know exactly how it'll end because Marvel will talk about it on the comics sites the day before it releases.

In the end, all that kerfluffle over Cap being a Nazi? It's not true. Never was. Everything will reset and the norm will be reestablished.

Because COMICS!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Some Good Things

Here are some things that I've liked or enjoyed over the last little while:


I'm tradewaiting on DESCENDER, ordering the other three volumes of BLACK SCIENCE, working through the entirety of DEADWOOD for the 20th time or so, and giving GUARDIANS a place of honor on my bookshelf.

What have you liked lately?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Thing I Want You To Know

A little over a week ago I posted this counter. You may be interested to know that on Monday July 18th I will begin serializing THE COLD DISTANCE, a space opera I've been working on for some time. (It's possible you'll recall occasional updates here and there.)

It's got lots going on: the beginning of a journey to parts unknown; chases; strange new worlds and aliens; the smartest artificial intelligence in the system; flawed characters; more chases and lots of adventure.

I anticipate chapters uploading on Mondays and Thursdays, one per day. Your comments could inform edits prior to any collection of the chapters into four separate books (starting with the first book - Way Out) in digital and print versions. If all goes well and we get all four books serialized here there will be a final collection of all four books into the one novel, THE COLD DISTANCE.

There's more to come. I hope you'll stick with me and read along, let me know what you think and enjoy the ride.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 09, 2016


Countdown for blastoff... X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one... Fire! [Rocket launch SFX] From the far horizons of the unknown come transcribed tales of new dimensions in time and space. These are stories of the future; adventures in which you'll live in a million could-be years on a thousand may-be worlds. The National Broadcasting Company, in cooperation with Street & Smith, publishers of Astounding Science Fiction presents... X Minus One.

Monday, June 06, 2016