Why DC's Brightest Day Could Be The Comic Story Of The Year

DC's hyper-successful Blackest Night series will, we know now, be followed by a year-long series/event called Brightest Day. But is this really DC's answer to Marvel's "Heroic Age" era of optimism, or should we expect something more ambitious? » 1/25/10 2:00pm 1/25/10 2:00pm

The Most Important Events Of 2000-2009, Comic Style

These last ten years may have seemed busy to you, but just be glad you're not a comic book character: Their decade has seen multiple alien invasions and reboots of reality. Relive the biggest headlines of their decade with us. » 12/20/09 1:00pm 12/20/09 1:00pm

How Marvel Learned To Stop Worrying About 9/11 And Love Slaughter

Wondering how long it'd take for the events of September 11th to go from real life tragedy to thoughtless plot McGuffin? Marvel's new mega-event Siege demonstrates that the answer is "eight years, and we can kill even more people." » 12/07/09 12:21pm 12/07/09 12:21pm

Revealed: Marvel Comics' Secret War On Women

Have superhero comics outgrown a pre-adolescent fear of women? Not in the slightest, argues critic Abhay Khosla. In fact, he argues, Marvel Comics' last few linewide storylines have been all about why women are terrifying and need to be destroyed. » 12/05/09 2:00pm 12/05/09 2:00pm

Marvel's Q3 Earnings: Enough To Make Mickey Sweat?

Wondering how important movies are to Marvel? Without an Iron Man or Hulk this summer, profits fell a stunning 60% for the company's 3rd quarter of the year when compared with the same period last year. Should Disney be worried? » 11/03/09 3:00pm 11/03/09 3:00pm

Get Your Summer Movie Thrills Early

With the major publishers taking it easy after recent big events, it falls to independent books to come up with movie tie-ins and new ideas this week... Thankfully, they're more than up to the task. » 2/17/09 9:00am 2/17/09 9:00am

Start Monkeying Around With This Week's Comics

Science fiction monkeys. Sure, this week may bring all manner of collections of more recent comics, but let's face it: Nothing measures up to science fiction monkeys. Of course, these are new comics we crave. » 1/06/09 9:00am 1/06/09 9:00am

The 8 Best And Worst SF Comics Of 2008

Whether it was aliens invading or heroes dying, 2008's comics definitely aimed for bombast - but how many of them were actually great? As the year stumbles to an end, we take a look back. » 12/30/08 12:02pm 12/30/08 12:02pm

Does Marvel Comics Hate Hippies?

They may be the home of outcast heroes and freaky mutants, but does Marvel Comics actually hate hippies? That's the charge currently being laid against the publisher, and it's real enough to get a response. » 12/30/08 6:30am 12/30/08 6:30am

Marvel's Shapeshifting Aliens Reveal Illusion of Change

Despite telling readers to "embrace change," Marvel's Secret Invasion only offered changes that are cosmetic and temporary. With the final part of the big comic event hitting stores this past week, we look at why this latest alien invasion disappointed, and was ultimately all about the status quo. » 12/06/08 12:00pm 12/06/08 12:00pm

The True Scale Of Interplanetary War

Courtesy of San Francisco comic retailer James Sime, a look at the span of Marvel Comics' Secret Invasion series in collected form - 22 books so far, and that's not even the complete story. Is this final proof that the cost of (reading about comic book) war is too high? » 12/03/08 1:21pm 12/03/08 1:21pm

What Kind Of Alien Invasion Are We Hoping For?

Click to view » 9/21/08 12:00pm 9/21/08 12:00pmIf there's one thing that science fiction has taught us, it's that it's almost a certainty that Earth will be invaded by an alien force at some point in our lifetime. Luckily, we've also learned that humanity will most likely forget our differences, pull together and defeat said alien force through unity,…

ESPN Embraces Change, Confuses Viewers

Marvel's "Embrace Change" advertising campaign for the last couple of months of their Secret Invasion » 9/17/08 11:00am 9/17/08 11:00am event made the leap onto the small screen last night, with a new television commercial running on - of all places - ESPN. Just in case you weren't watching the Bricktown Showdown, we've got the ad for you right here.…

Oh My God, They Killed Tony!

Click to view » 9/14/08 10:00am 9/14/08 10:00amApparently, Marvel Comics took the success of pretty badly, if this recently-released teaser image is anything to go by. Maybe a little badly - I mean, killing Iron Man because his movie wasn't the biggest hit of the summer? Isn't that going a little too far? While the publisher isn't saying what comic…

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Rip 'Em Off

With Marvel Comics' Secret Invasion » 9/11/08 11:30am 9/11/08 11:30am topping the sales charts, you can't blame DC Comics for wanting to get in on the action - especially when the plot of closely mirrors two of their own series from the 1980s, and . But do the covers of the recently-released collections of those two series go too far? 's new tagline…

Our New Alien Overlords Just Want To Help

They may have already taken over Twitter » 9/06/08 11:00am 9/06/08 11:00am, but anyone reading this week's Marvel comics will have seen that the Skrull brand of alien passive-aggressiveness has started infecting the offline world as well. we embrace change, if change is defined by allowing ourselves to be overrun by alien invaders who wish to save us…

Alien Marketing Invades Twitter

Our favorite creepy use of social networking these days has to be EmbraceChange's Twitter feed. The anonymous supporter of Marvel Comics' Skrull Secret Invasion » 8/18/08 3:00pm 8/18/08 3:00pm has been offering calm, 140-character messages urging everyone to sit back, relax and accept our new alien rulers, like "Your days of poverty, hardship,…

It's All About The Tie-Ins For This Week's Comics

It's a heavy week for tie-ins at the comic store this week, with prequels, sequels, adaptations and source material for movies, video games and our favorite TV show hitting shelves tomorrow. There's even the re-appearance of the much-delayed Halo » 8/12/08 9:00am 8/12/08 9:00am comic for its third "monthly" issue in the space of a year, but that's…

Costumes We Want To See At Comic-Con

One of the traditional joys of San Diego Comic-Con - or any comic convention, really - are all the strange and wonderful costumes that fans wander around in for days on end. From Hello Kitty Darth Vaders to creepily lifelike Simpsons characters, we've seen them all... or, at least, almost all. Under the jump, we'd… » 7/20/08 11:00am 7/20/08 11:00am

Hippos And Robots And Hellboy Oh My In This Week's Comics

It's another of those slow weeks in comic stores - which, considering comics aren't hitting the streets until Thursday this week, may not be that bad a thing. (Blame last week's holiday; apparently, the price for independence is that your comics are late a week afterwards.) While publishers try to plug the gap with… » 7/08/08 9:00am 7/08/08 9:00am