Ms. Marvel, White Wolf, Mantis, Drax, Falcon, Peter Dinklage as Pip the Troll!… Just when you thought the burgeoning cast of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe couldn’t get any more crowded, Hollywood Insider has gained access to leaked scripts for an as-yet-untitled Avengers movie due out in April 2020 that reveal a veritable avalanche of new characters, and a stunning new merger of beloved comics franchises. Continue reading “Avengers Spoiler Alert: Andy Serkis is playing WHO?”
Here is part two of my suggestions for the growing number of authors who are writing stories with superheroes in more realist settings, or as I like to call it, bulletproof fiction! Check out Part I for more suggestions.
The Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann
The Ghost is the haunted vigilante of an alternate history New York where steam-powered technology and black magic are the tools of a twisted crime syndicate. A winning combination of superheroics refracted through a pulp noir and steampunk lense. First in a series.
I’ve written before about the joys of graphic novels and the great crossover appeal with science fiction and fantasy tropes. But what about that crossover working the other way? A growing number of authors are writing stories with superheroes in more realist settings, or as I like to call it, bulletproof fiction. This subgenre is one of my favorite and I’m happy to see more and more patrons faces light up when I tell them that yes, such a thing does exist and yes, it is awesome. Since there are so, so many great examples to share with you all, Continue reading “Science Fiction Friday: Bulletproof fiction Part I”
Finally: This week is the loooong awaited premiere of the Watchmen movie based on the renowned genre-bending graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The original, together with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (partial inspiration for the recent hit films), helped usher in a new “dark age” in superhero comics, one that is bleaker, more experimental and more psychologically and morally complex than many readers of golden and silver age comics may recall. Even folks who never crack a comic book have had a taste of this via Heroes or The Incredibles, but these only hint at the depths to be found out there in the graphic novels and fiction that follows.
Miller and Moore were not alone in giving a fresh new take on our national mythology, and there are a lot of great graphic series for readers waiting for their reserve copy of Watchmen to arrive. Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers series offers up hardboiled police drama with great gritty dialogue, set in a world where superpowers are used in committing and quelling a less operatic standard of crime. The series starts with Who Killed Retro Girl?
Alan Moore’s Top 10 offers a similar sort of crime drama unfolding on the unruly streets of Neopolis, where everyone has superpowers. Brian K. Vaughan takes tights and capes into the realm of politics with Ex Machina, in which a superhero is elected mayor of New York City on the eve of 9/11. Superpowers might be a match for terrorists, but can they keep the snowplows running? Continue reading “Watching the Watchmen: The Superhuman Factor.”