The X-Men are back. After years of being sidelined in the Marvel comic book universe, the X-Men have returned to their rightful prominence. Heralded by the twin six-issue series House of X and Powers of X, the X-Pantheon is back with a[…]Read more
Skill challenges were one of the few things that everyone in my gaming group liked about Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition. Thought it had its issues in its initial iteration, Star Wars: Saga Edition further refined the idea, and we used it to[…]Read more
Captain America: The Winter Soldier tops two of my personal lists: best Marvel movie and best Marvel soundtrack. The movie works because it’s a tight, expertly crafted super-spy movie with a ton of heart and great action. The soundtrack works because it’s constantly carrying the[…]Read more
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is an unapologetic comic book movie that embraces the bright colors, superhero logic, and heart-on-your-sleeve emotions of the best of Marvel’s vintage titles from the 1970s and 80s The first movie felt more like[…]Read more
The Marvel comic book multiverse collapsed in upon itself in Summer 2015. As the various worlds ended, a new one was forged by its all-powerful god, Doctor Doom. This new world — Battleworld — drove a summer’s worth of of[…]Read more
There are two reasons why you should be watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: It ties directly into Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it got good. Really good.Read more
My biggest problem as a fortysomething comic book collector is that I don’t have time to read the damn books. You’d think I would — after all, these aren’t novels — yet I repeatedly find myself with a six-month backlog of comics.Read more
The new Marvel Heroic Basic RPG by Margaret Weis Productions is generating a good degree of buzz in RPG circles. A number of folks I follow on Twitter have been talking about it, and it’s been consistently hitting the top[…]Read more
The Marvel Comics app for the iPad is out, offering 500 titles at $1.99 a pop. Reading comics is one of the reasons I’d like to get an iPad but speaking abstractly (I have neither the app nor the iPad), $1.99 is too expensive.
Cover price for a comic these days is $2.99, which occasional spikes to $3.99 for super-sized issues. I’d consider paying $1.50-$1.99 for a current-run title — that’d save me $0.50 to $1 a comic, which isn’t bad.
Unfortunately, that’s not what Marvel’s selling online. The books they’re selling through the Marvel app appear to be back issues — in some cases, 4-5 year old back issues. I’m interested in buying older digital comics — in fact it could be a great way to read those titles I skipped because they were tangential to my collection — but I’m not going to spend $1.99 for the privilege. The price descripency becomes even more glaring when you realize that the Marvel Comics Unlimited subscription service for digital back issues gives you full access to 5,000 comics for $9.99 a month (or $4.99/month with an annual subscription).Read more
Radio Active #3 is finally available for download. I’d finished most of the production last week, and foolishly thought I’d be able to work on it over the weekend. Why I thought this–given that my daughter’s birthday party was Saturday,[…]Read more