Captain John K. Kirk

Captain John K. Kirk
John Kirk is an English and History teacher and librarian in Toronto, Canada. In addition to the traditional curriculum, John tries to teach his students to make sense of geek culture. And with the name "J. Kirk," it's hard for him to not inject "Star Trek" into his lessons. Comics, RPGs and the usual fanboy gear make up his classroom resources.

Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 09/23/2020

2020 should be known as “the year we fought the good fight”. Resilience is a commodity in great demand this year. Frontline workers, first responders, medical staff and now teachers have been called on to engage in light of the common good. Of course, this means exposing themselves to a …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/26/2020

If there’s anything I appreciate, it’s a pure, pleasant surprise. I mean, I don’t spend all my time looking at the comic solicits. Every now and then, one slips past my radar. I experience a momentary disappointment in myself when that happens, but if it does, and the comic is …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/19/2020

You know why I love Star Trek comics? Because they have such a flexibility and freedom to explore new aspects of the franchise that are unable to be examined in a television or film environment. Comics are a medium that offer so many possibilities that virtually any type of story …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/12/2020

Tragic characters are the ones we feel for the most. The definition of a tragedy is something that could have been avoided, but the tragic character is a noble one possessed of many virtues, yet has a single flaw that will prove his undoing. Looking over the character choices in …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/05/2020

Good heroes aren’t expressions of characters’ own wants or desires. Anyone who seeks glory of self-adulation isn’t a hero – they’re self-aggrandizing narcissists. That’s not good character-creation because, in the end, that type of character is self-defeating. Heroes can have egos, but in the end, they do what’s necessary for …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 07/22/2020

Shock. Yeah, that’s what I’m looking at this week. I want a title that’s going to absolutely shock me out of my willing suspension of disbelief. I want something to read that’s going to just floor me. You know why? I just learned that CCO, Publisher and President of IDW …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 07/08/2020

It seems to me that the notion of “the common good” is one that is under-appreciated in our modern times. I think it’s a relevant notion for when we talk about comic heroes because heroes, even non-powered ones, step up because they perceive an injustice in their world that requires …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 07/01/2020

It’s Canada Day! I’m on vacation. So, I’m looking for something to go along with easing my gravity chair back in the garden under a canopy while drinking a beer. Because I can. That’s what’s great about Canada: we have freedom, popularly governed by a belief that it’s something that …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 06/24/2020

You can’t plan everything in life, you know? I mean, you can set favourable conditions, work things towards your advantage, but life just has a way of surprising you. Sometimes for the worse, to be sure, and I think we’re all experiencing some of that now, but also, life just …

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