By now, I think my love for DC’s master of magic – and king of the bastards – John Constantine is pretty well documented. His original series – the classic Hellblazer – might be dead and buried, but courtesy of the New 52 reboot, ol’ John is still kicking along, only this time he’s rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Justice League.
There’s nothing quite like a good ol’ fashioned western story. There’s something about the really prominent John Wayne-style gunfighters; they’re pretty much the basis for the modern antihero characters that we all know and love, and they’re essentially the precursor to modern superheroes, albeit with a more murderous personality.
If there’s one thing that DC can do well – when they try, that is – it’s dark, creepy stories. Hell, their Vertigo imprint is basically just that, and has hosted some of the best horror titles in many a year, as well as boasting a roster of alumni titles that frequently populate “best of” lists.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to yet another edition of Pulp! You’d think I’d have run out of things to say by now, but you’d be wrong! As it happens, by pure accident we’ve got ourselves something of an Image Comics/Kirkman double-whammy; after last issue’s discussion of The Walking Dead, a copy of Robert Kirkman’s love letter to superhero comics – volume 1 of Invincible, ‘Family Matters’ – has found its way into my collection. Honestly, I can’t think of a better description than ‘love letter’; Kirkman clearly loves his capes and cowls, and Invincible certainly lives up to the spandex-clad greats.
What up, Pulp peeps?! This week I’m coming to you from good ol’ Radelaide – that’s right, not even a trip interstate can keep me from rambling about all things comic-y. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to Oz Comic-con due to exams and whatnot (mostly I forgot it was on) but hopefully I can make it to the next convention that graces Melbourne with its presence. Anyway, enough waffle – it’s time to talk about this week’s comic!
OK, so here’s the deal, I really, really like Spider-Man. I mean, who doesn’t love New York’s best superhero? He’s been one of the most relatable heroes for young people for a long time now – the whole life-hero balance, maintaining a secret identity and dealing out a healthy dose of sarcasm-laced humour and wisecracks when battling the worst villains Manhattan can throw at him.
So, I’ve got a question for you all. Who’s heard of Ghost Rider? Yeah, about what I expected. Marvel hasn’t exactly paid a lot of attention to Ghost Rider over the years, and ol’ flamehead has been relegated to C or D-grade hero status more often than not.
So, if you’ve been reading this column since the beginning – unlikely, I know, but hear me out – you might remember me talking about Scott Snyder’s New 52 Batman run way back in the first issue of Pulp and gushing over it as only a DC fanboy can. The series was one of the first comics I’d picked up since getting into comics, and I have to admit, it was a damn good first comic.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first Pulp of 2015! I hope Christmas and New Year celebrations have been kind to you and that many a comic was read over the holiday break. Without any further ado, let’s dive in. First cab off the rank: Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, Iron Man) and Jamie McKelvie’s (Young Avengers) new(ish) Image series, The Wicked + The Divine.