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New Year’s Review of New 52: Geoff John’s Aquaman!

January 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

This past summer, Political Jesus got SOAKED with a wave of posts ( so many puns!) relating Aquman New 52 and environmental justice! I mainly did topics relating to black American slave perceptions of nature and the physical environment and its suprising, if even a bit elusive, connection to Arthur Curry’s (Aquaman!) own experience as the King of Atlantis. After having gone through the first 3 volumes (Vol. #0,#1, and #2) I would like to say that all-in-all, I ADORED the comics. I am very much happy with this attempt at blowing new life into a superhero that rarely gets taken seriously to begin with! From the updated cosmetic art-style to the deep , profound story-line and development of Aquaman’s back-story, I became enamored from […]

Red Lanterns Volume 1: Blood and Rage

December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

A few days ago, I purchased Red Lanterns Volume 1: Blood And Rage TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE & BLOODSHED AHEAD and as always, SPOILER ALERTS I must give credit where credit is due. Optimist Chad first introduced me to the rebooted version of the Green Lantern lore, and I haven’t really looked by since. I like the idea that the stories cover the color spectrum, with each color representing an emotion.  My favorite is Red.  In Green Lantern The Animated Series, Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Armada are the Season 1 “Big Bad.”  One of the major players from the comics, Bleez, was unfortunately missing. Probably because her story is not that safe for children, or rather, it’s something parents should be talking to their kids […]

Waiting For Krypton: Education Post for Media Diversity UK

December 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

The opening scenes of the documentary Waiting For Superman depict education reformer/charter school advocate Geoffrey Canada as describing one of the saddest moments in his life. When he learned that Superman was not real, he was distraught because there was, in Canada’s words, “I was crying because there was no one coming with enough power to save us.” From his perspective, DC Comics’ Clark Kent/Superman “just shows up and he saves all the good people,” “even in the depths of the ghetto.” As a fellow comic book fan, I would have to question whether Mr. Canada knows the story of Superman, and the criticism thereof from the likes of one of his allies for justice, Black Lightning (Jefferson Davis, who, in one rendition, just so […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Conclusion

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Conclusion Posted on November 19, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Check out part 16: Thor. Check out part 17: the Phantom Stranger. Check out part 18: Green Arrow. Check out part 19: the Flash. Check out part 20: Animal Man. What were the final scores? In order […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 20, Animal Man

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 20, Animal Man Posted on November 19, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Check out part 16: Thor. Check out part 17: the Phantom Stranger. Check out part 18: Green Arrow. Check out part 19: the Flash. Animal Man is not likely a superhero that many […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 19, the Flash

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 19, the Flash Posted on November 19, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Check out part 16: Thor. Check out part 17: the Phantom Stranger. Check out part 18: Green Arrow. The Flash is no stranger to comics fans, and has been a staple of […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 17, The Phantom Stranger

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 17, The Phantom Stranger Posted on November 18, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Check out part 16: Thor. The Phantom Stranger is one of the more obscure heroes on the list so far. He has been around for a number of years […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 15, Superman

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 15, Superman Posted on November 18, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Superman is Superman. You may be reading the wrong blog if the name doesn’t ring a bell. Who is Superman? Superman literally started the super-hero genre. He was the first, and continues to arguably […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 14, Black Canary

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 14, Black Canary Posted on November 18, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Black Canary is still relatively unknown to most common folk, but has been a staple of DC comics since 1947. Although she has been part of the Justice League, Justice Society, Birds of Prey, and a number of […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 13, Static Shock

November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 13, Static Posted on November 15, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Static Shock isn’t really a big-name hero, but he did have a cartoon back in the late 90’s, early 2000’s that had a decent run. Static, while not the most popular, or even the most unique (see Black Lightning, Black Vulcan), does that […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 12, Batman

November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 12, Batman Posted on November 15, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. I believe Batman needs less of an introduction than Spider-Man, and that is indeed saying something. Batman has ingratiated himself into our popular culture in a way that few others have. Dark, brooding, and yet with an air of something resembling hope, Batman offers us a goodness […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 10, John Constantine

November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 10, John Constantine Posted on November 15, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Many of you are asking, who the heck is John Constantine? Others are wondering why Keanu Reeves made it onto the list. Well, the horrible movie aside, Constantine is actually a very interesting and off-kilter hero within the DC universe. Also, potentially part of a movie in the next year or so helmed by Guillermo Del Toro. […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 9, Wonder Woman

November 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 9, Wonder Woman Posted on November 13, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Wonder Woman! She is like the default female superhero for everyone, right? Is her recepetion as problematic as Powergirl’s? Kinda, but context matters. DC’s premiere leading lady, muse for Linda Carter and icon of throngs of girls who grew up in the 70’s. Greek powerhouse and all around feminist, Wonder Woman! Who is Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, Diana, was originally thought […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 5, Aquaman

November 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 5, Aquaman Posted on November 2, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Aquaman is fairly well known to most people, even if he tends to be somewhat a joke for many. While his power level and overall skill sets are mightily impressive, the land-based bias that we air-breathers have prevents many people from taking Aquaman seriously, and lots of folk typecast him in the role of the fish out of water (see what I did there). Who is Aquaman?  Raised by a father who ran a lighthouse, Arthur Curry always knew he […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 4, Power Girl

November 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 4, Power Girl Posted on November 1, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Power Girl is relatively unknown outside of comic circles, but she is very well established in the lore of the DC universe of comics, and has a very distinguished history as a fan favorite, which, in this particular context may actually be problematic, as I will explain below. Comics can tend to be a male-dominated industry in more ways than one, so I wanted to bring in as many female heroines as I could. Who is Power Girl?  Power Girl is… complicated. Her name […]

Today Was Wonder Woman Day!?

October 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

DC Comics has yet to announce a live-action television series or film for Wonder Woman but that does not mean there is not a demand to see more Wondy.  In San Antonio, one comic book shop is auctioning art work for anti-domestic violence charities. h/t to Bleeding Cool for the story. Related articles This New ‘Wonder Woman’ Fan-Made Trailer Might Be The Best Yet What a Wonder Woman Movie Could and Should Look Like Exclusive: SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #1 Variant Covers Justice League War: Wonder Woman’s New Look! RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 1, Green Lantern

October 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! The first stop on my journey to finding a new favorite superhero is to revisit the hero that had been my favorite for so long, Green Lantern. As mentioned in the introduction, I will be judging these heroes based on particular criteria, following a brief introduction to the character. Without further ado… Who is Green Lantern? Green Lantern, more than any other superhero,refers more to a position rather than a particular person. Having said that, the person most closely identified with the position is Hal Jordan, current Green Lantern of Earth (and has been, more or less, for 50 years). The Green Lantern Corps have been protecting the universe for untold millennia from threats both cosmic […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Introduction

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Green Lantern has always been my favorite superhero*. Ever since I was a kid watching Superfriends, for some reason the guy with the green ring stood out to me. Just to get it out of the way, because I know someone will ask, my favorite Green Lantern is Hal Jordan, although the variety of Green Lanterns is one of the things to like. Later, I would refine my reasons for liking Green Lantern, the first among which was that he was not like me. Oh sure, he might have looked like me, white, brown hair, American… but he had lots of willpower, was always honest, and an ability to overcome fear with ease, none of which I possessed. I would later find the Green Lantern […]

Aquaman Vol. #2 – The Trench, Oceanography, and Theology – Ode to #Sharkweek!

August 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

“Take heart, for I have overcome the ocean”                   In Vol. #2 of Geoff John’s New 52 Aquaman , we see our hero getting more and more intimate with his sea maiden – Mera. As Arthur digs deeper and deeper into his albums of shots with his dad and other shady characters , Mera’s curiosity heightens more and more. While this is all happening, however, there is a whole legion (that we saw at the end of the last volume) of blood-sucking, alien-like monsters emanating from the deep, dark trench!                   As in the last volume, we saw them initially confronting a group of fisherman on a boat. One of the unfortunate fisherman who had cast this line ended up getting pulled into […]

Comics+Religion+Race: Superman VS. the KKK, The Watchmen, and Deadpool

August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Invisibility of [Religious] Watchmen “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.”- Ezekiel 3:17, NIV Image from DC Wikia One Sunday [I admit it, it was during church] this summer, I found myself reading DC Comics’ Before Watchmen on Kindle. A couple years ago, when I heard the news of Before Watchmen (without any involvement from Alan Moore), I refused to pay any attention. It just was not going to be the same, with the criticism and somewhat historical outlook of the superhero genre as a whole. One of the things that caught my attention was the character, Hooded Justice of the Minute Men. Hooded Justice […]

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