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.
So Halloween is normally a time for scares, candy and running around dressed in costumes, but for comic fans it’s something even better – the time for Free Comic Book Day number two! I hope you all had an excellent Halloween and picked up some great comics – I’ll talk about what I picked up next issue. Now, onto the main event!
I’m going to go a little off-topic today and talk about movies. But they’re comic book movies, so it’s okay! Unless you’ve been living under a pretty large pop-culture/internet-blocking rock, you’ve probably noticed that DC has made some serious moves into the entertainment world.
So I figured that it was about time that I talked about Identity Crisis. I’ve had the book for a while now – I picked up an Absolute Edition pretty cheap – but I haven’t talked about it until now because quite frankly I didn’t know what to say about it. Now, I might be something of a DC fanboy, but even I will admit that their content has been really sub-par of late.
So, here’s the thing: I’m generally pretty open about my distaste for the X-Men. What I generally don’t let on to my comic-loving chums is that I find Wolverine to be one of the worst of the lot. I’m still not sure exactly what it is about Wolverine that I don’t like – though I must confess that I really enjoyed Wolverine: Origin and Origin 2 for the sheer tragedy of Logan’s early years.
So, unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, chances are you’ve noticed that Marvel has put out a new movie: Guardians of the Galaxy. What’s unique about GotG is that chances are that when you first read the name, your first reaction was probably something along the lines of “Who?”