Happy to see you again! I’m Steve Gustafson and if you love discussing all things comics, you’ve come to the right place. Every week we cover something in the industry and I always appreciate your input in the comments section below.
Last week we discussed The most unpopular members of the Avengers. Here’s what some of you had to say:
El Atomic: “I vote for the dark knight. Not that I didn’t like him, I liked the character. But they never used it.
Dexter Plisskin: “I completely despise the idea of Wolverine and Spider-Man as Avengers.
Logan is one of the Uncanny X-Men (none of the other mutant groups) and Spidey is an amazing friend, period.
Billy Blaze: “Captain Marvel”
Malcolm Shields: “I actually liked Silverclaw”
Travis Homewood: “I honestly disagree that Pym was a bad Avenger. I loved him at first as a giant man. I didn’t care when he had power fluctuations and his brief retirements. Him and Cap had a decent relationship when he was trapped 10 ft. The Yellowjacket stuff is where the writers really started to let him down.
RAW machine: “There were just too many incarnations of the Avengers. Which led to watered down bands and bad characters.
Ken Wood: “I’ve never been a fan of the Avengers. I recently read Part 1 of New Avengers to make a connection to House of M and X-men vs. Avengers. I picked up Part 2 but didn’t get it. haven’t read yet.I will say it made me want to read and see more of She Hulk, so not really on the subject.
I plan on picking up the Young Avengers at some point, but I’m waiting to see if they drop a bit, they’re pricey right now.
Either way, most Avengers suck, except for those who are mutants. And she Hulk.
Wrestling Fan: “Most of Dr. Druid’s team sucked. It wasn’t the Avengers, it was the Lower Five. Ambush Bug was a better hero than most of these characters.
Thanks to everyone who commented!
This week we discuss…
Best Webcomics to Read
With things hanging in the comics industry, I wanted to shed some light on the world of webcomics. I’ve been tired in the past of showcasing a few here and there, but I feel like I’m missing out on some great creative work.
It seems like every time I ask for webcomic recommendations, I’m opening up a whole new world and I have to do a better job of spreading the word. To take Ellenate (www.ellenate.com/libary.html). I just got into it last week and I’m already a fan. Without giving too much away, the overview of Ellenate is as follows:
“As a series of earthquakes strikes a chain of rocky islands known as Rhime (resting in the southern hemisphere of the world of Marethis), its inhabitants begin to evacuate to safety.
The cause of all this?
Ripple effects of ever-mysterious phenomena known as “distortions.” Usually, these earthquakes, no matter how ferocious, are largely ignored. This is due to the fact that they (the distortions), after a number of decades, have become part of the daily life of the inhabitants of Rhime.
As of now, earthquakes have started to wreak havoc on local infrastructure. Built to withstand a number of knocks, proper maintenance is always required. This has been sorely lacking due to the recent winter season. With all of this in mind, the powers that be decided not to risk a possible disaster by ordering a full-scale evacuation of the islands’ outlying settlements.
These lined up events turned what would have been a typical day into quite a spectacle.
However, there may be more to all of this than mere coincidence –
For a number of entities, across Marethis, have locked their gaze on a particular island in the region.
The act of idle hands, their pieces put in place, unbeknownst to the chessboard in which they lay. Different from night to day, the reasons that grow, but the destinations are the same.
… only time will tell how these events will unfold.
Now, I admit my knowledge of the webcomic field is limited, so I’m counting on you in the comments to educate me and others about the dynamic world ahead. I will share a few that have captured my interests and would like to add more to the list.
One of my favorite and quirky online tours is for Questionable content. To say it’s about romance and robots doesn’t do it justice. It started on August 1, 2003 and is updated five times a week, Monday through Friday. Find it at www.questionablecontent.net.
Can you make a webcomic listing and not include www.penny-arcade.com? Penny Arcade first raced in 1998. Seriously. Back when it wasn’t so cool to write about video games. Written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik, Penny Arcade still matters after all these years.
unfathomable is a fantastic webcomic from creator Ashley Cope and is a treasure trove of years of beautifully drawn comics in the archive, with over 14 chapters ready to be enjoyed. Check it out at www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic+index.
Then head over to www.girlswithslingshots.com for some pretty solid stories. Girls with slingshots by Danielle Corsetto and Laeluu is about two young women named Hazel and Jamie, their friends and their pets. Oh, and a talking cactus.
The Worm World Saga on www.wormworldsaga.com is by Daniel Lieske and features teenager Jonas Berg. He is the archetypal dreamer, often criticized for being in his own world. One summer, he comes across a portal to another world and we follow his adventures. A mix of several popular themes, the art is spectacular and the writing is top notch.
How about something for you wrestling fans? www.botchedspot.com comes from artist and writer James Hornsby and has been around since 2008. A great mix of wrestling parody, sloppy spot is good for fans and non-fans of sports entertainment.
If you’re looking for a mixed bag to enjoy, check out Alex Hoffman’s www.talesofabsurdity.com to be entertained by random posts on topics like Marvel Superheroes, Harry Potter and more. It is Tales of absurdity.
Alright, give me your best in the comments below!
That’s all the time I have. See you next week!