Some Thoughts About Long-Form Storytelling and Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four

November 27, 2011

With the release of Fantastic Four #600 I figured I would write a few words about what is consistently one of the comics at the bottom of my stack: Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four/FF. (Much as I do with my food I rank the comics I buy each week and leave those I expect to be the best for last.  It’s part of my compulsion, I suppose.)  This comic fascinates me not only for what I think is a terrific, well balanced story, but also for the questions it poses in regards to long-form storytelling in a serialized medium.  As with other posts on this site, be warned, spoilers are on.

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New Comics for Wednesday, November 30th, 2011: Uncanny X-Men – Anthropomorphizing the British Class System Since 2011!

November 27, 2011

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November 25, 2011


Von’s Comics Black Friday Sale – IT’S COMING.

November 21, 2011

New Comics for Wednesday November 23, 2011: Wolverine: Avenger, X-Man, Father, Teacher, Fighter of big scary monsters

November 17, 2011

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Von’s Op Ed: Mauricio’s Take On the X-Men’s Schism and Regenesis

November 13, 2011

We at Von’s have been loving both X-Men: Schism and the Regenesis line of books that have come out of it.  The reason we love it so much is not the quality of the story; though Jason Aaaron, Kieron Gillen, and the various writers and artists who have followed their lead have so far been providing us with some great scripts and lovely art.  No, the reason we love Schism and Regenesis is that these stories have sparked debates among X-Men fans, including Von’s employees.  Usually these debates end up being pitched verbal battles between the Cyclops and Wolverine camps.

Unlike most of my co-workers, and quite a few fans and industry pros, I find myself solidly behind the Blue team and Cyclops’s camp of realists.  Today I will tell you why and in a future post I hope one of my counterparts will present the alternate view.  Be warned, however, from here on out spoilers are on.

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New Comics for Wednesday, November 16th, 2011: Breaking Hearts and Snapping Necks while not wearing pants since 1941!

November 11, 2011

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