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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 01/23/2019

I think the driving force in a successful story is the amount of curiousity it can inspire in the reader. Comics aren’t an exception to that notion. However, in many respects they have a disadvantage than other media formats. With only 20 to 30 pages per issue, they have a substantially …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 01/16/2019

The theme for this week’s curated collection of comic titles is the re-creation of decades-old properties for new audiences – or audiences who are interested in seeing new ways that their well-known heroes can be re-imagined. It’s the intention behind the reimagining that makes the quality of the project. If …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 01/09/2019

Happy New Year and welcome back! This week, it’s the call of responsibility that governs this week’s theme in the comic lists. After all, it’s been a restful and relaxing holiday break but like the rest of the western world is realizing, the holidays are over and it’s time to …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 12/19/2018

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You know, this is the not just the season for giving, but it’s the season for planning. I mean, at this time of the year, you put together lists, make appointments, arrange to see friends and family – it’s all one huge sequence of elaborate planning. So, of course, that’s …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 12/12/2018

“We … do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; …” That’s a truncation of President John F. Kennedy’s famous Rice Stadium speech exhorting the American public to support the Apollo space program. It’s one of my favourite speeches, not just because it talks …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 12/05/2018

Let’s face it: it’s not like we lead second lives, have secret identities or are the heroes in some grand adventure. But in comics, we can. Reading comics allows us the vicarious, albeit brief thrill of borrowing those features and losing ourselves in a fantasy with values that speak to …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 11/21/2018

The absence of a strong central authority in a given situation makes for chaos. Now, I’m not an advocate for absolute despotism, but I do recognize that there has to be structure in all things for them to run smoothly, and comic stories are no exception to this rule. The …

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At 95, Stan Lee was “waiting” to do more writing. Maybe now he can.

My first introduction to Stan Lee was in 1977 in a small bungalow in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where I first read copies of John Byrne’s Iron Fist and X-Men. These were my first comics in Canada, emigrating from Scotland. I had no idea who this “Stan Lee” was, presenting the comics …

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