Thursday, 25 December 2014

Have a WONDERful Christmas!!!



My girlfriend got me the first five collections of Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang's Wonder Woman (the sixth & final book is out in a few months) so my Xmas has been full of warring gods and headless horses this year. Perfect!

Merry Christmas internet pals! Hope you've had a great year. xxxxx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Norm Breyfogle Medical Stroke Fund

Over the past 75 years many great artists have drawn Batman, but none have been greater (in my opinion) than Norm Breyfogle. Unfortunately Breyfogle has recently suffered a stroke. His family have set up a fundraising page for his medical bills. If you've ever enjoyed his work, please consider donating something.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/legendary-batman-artist-norm-breyfogle-stroke-fund/281723

For those unfamiliar with his work, Breyfogle drew Batman comics from 1987 to 1993. Along with writer Alan Grant he co-created many memorable characters, including The Ventriloquist, Zsasz and Anarky and drew the first in-costume appearance of Tim Drake, the third Robin. As far as I'm concerned he is the best Batman artist ever. Better than Bob Kane, Dick Sprang, Jim Aparo, Neal Adams or Frank Quitely. That's seventy five years of artists and in my opinion he is the best one of the whole damn lot.

Breyfogle has an amazing knack for drawing any kind of Batman the story requires. He can draw a Batman flushed with pride at his new Robin, a Batman reflecting in quiet sadness at the plight of homeless children or a Batman pumped full of Scarecrow fear toxins and crapping his pants, all within pages of each other. One of the things that I feel sums up Breyfogle's versatility as an artist is the way he draws Batman's utility belt. Now this may seem like a minor detail but when I first encountered Breyfogle's work as a child it was the first time I had ever seen Batman's belt drawn as if it could conceivably hold Batman's entire arsenal. It's bright yellow and chunky with capsules and pouches hanging off it, a proper superhero gadget belt. And yet in the very next panel the belt is only barely glimpsed as Batman fades into the shadows and the gadget loving superhero becomes a dark creature of the night. I could write pages and pages of lengthy prose describing Breyfogle's greatness but I'll just let his work speak for itself.

















For those who've never known the delights of Breyfogle's Batman see if you can find the following back issues.

John Wagner, Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle’s run on Detective Comics (1988-1990)
(Detective Comics #583-594; 601-621)


The iconic run in which Breyfogle, along with writers Alan Grant and John Wagner created a vast array of villains that straddled the line between the ridiculous and the terrifying, including The Corrosive Man, The Ventriloquist and Scarface, The Ratcatcher, Anarky, The Obeah Man and Cornelius Stirk. They were also equally adept at handling established villains. One memorable story involved a team comprised of every version of Clayface while another involved Batman teaming up with and then battling Jack Kirby’s Demon.

Batman #455-457

Tim Drake saves Batman's ass from the Scarecrow and then debuts his new costume.

Shadow of the Bat #1-4 

Grant and Breyfogle take inspiration from Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum and give us the first appearances of Jeremiah Arkham and Zsasz.

Batman: Holy Terror

A chilling Elseworld tale in which Batman exists in an America governed by an evil theocracy.

I've never met the man, but I'm such a fan of his work I wanted to draw some attention to this cause. I hope he recovers quickly and that he and his family are okay.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/legendary-batman-artist-norm-breyfogle-stroke-fund/281723

The Best Stuff of 2014 (according to me)

(Click here for The Best Stuff of 2013)

Best comic of 2014: Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo’s Batman


It's the same comic I chose last year but it's still so damn good. Every issue my jaw is literally made to drop by some plot twist, or a spot on character moment.  Snyder is a very wordy comics writer, but not in an amateurish way. His characters give beautiful speeches that can inspire a city or chill you to the bone. But Snyder also knows when to get out of the way and let Capullo do his thing. Capullo is the greatest Bat-artist since Breyfogle. His faces seem simple and a bit cartoony at first glance but convey so much complex emotion. As I observed last year, they are a writer/artist team in perfect synch with each other. We are in a new golden age for Batman comics.

Runners Up: Superior Iron Man, She-Hulk, Batman Eternal, Geoff Johns & John Romita's Superman. Also, with Justice League #28-29 Geoff Johns wrote one of the greatest Metal Men stories ever.

Most underrated comic of 2014: James Robinson's Fantastic Four


With all the rumour and panic over whether Disney are forcing Marvel to cancel this book, the fact that it's really actually very good has been somewhat overlooked. When the run began it seemed like we'd seen it all before: Reed messes up, the public turn against the team, they split up etc. But it very quickly became apparent that this was something new. Each of the four characters' personal story arcs (Reed's new job, Sue raging at the world over her lost children, Johnny powerless, Ben in prison) could sustain a story in itself but they've recently begun to come together in a very satisfying fashion. Forgotten corners of Fantastic Four history have been mined for story potential and character growth in a way that will satisfy the long time fans but not alienate any newer readers. Please don't let the rumours put you off checking out this great comic.

Runner Up: Justice League United. Cosmic superhero fun and great characters. DC are cashing in on the hype over Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in the best way possible.

Best event of 2014: Multiversity


With Multiversity Grant Morrison hasn't so much been giving us stories as windows into fully formed Universes with characters that feel like they've been around for years. But it's not just sitting back and admiring his cleverness, these are genuinely fun Universes to explore. Every issue will leave you wishing you could spend more time with these characters. Not only that but each issue is drawn by one of the industry's best artists, and they've been given loads of time (in some cases years) to get Morrison's vision just right.

Runner up: Spiderverse. I initially thought this would suck as the build up to it felt quite long and drawn out and the premise (multiple Spider-men from multiple universes) seemed a bad match for Spidey. But as it turns out, it's become a hugely entertaining story that, even with the multiple Spideys involved, never loses sight of the importance of "our" Peter Parker, the real Amazing Spider-Man.

Most disappointing comic of 2014: Superman - Doomed


This event started off quite well, with Charles Soule's first few chapters in Superman/Wonder Woman being a definite highlight. But the whole thing went on for aaaaaaaaaages. There just wasn't enough story to sustain it's length so we ended up with Superman being taken over by Doomsday and saying "must...fight...urge...to ...kill" for what felt like 100 issues. And then Brainiac turned up at the end or something. I don't know. It grew more impenetrable as it went on. Or maybe I'd lost so much interest by then that I wasn't taking it all in. Either way, this should have been a four part story, not a multi-issue epic. The worst thing about it was it interrupted Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder's amazing Action Comics run.

Runner Up: Original Sin. A nice idea dragged out into a boring story. Why were we supposed to give a monkeys about Dr Midas and the Orb? I barely knew who they were and they ended up having very little impact on the overall story. And why did the Watcher let himself get killed in the first place? The whole thing feels like Marvel got really excited about where the characters would end up and then cobbled together something really half arsed to get them there.

Best Comic Book Film of 2014: Captain America - The Winter Soldier


Absolutely brilliant stuff. The cast are spot on, the action's amazing, and the Winter Soldier looks like he's stepped off the comic book page. The film moves events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe along significantly while still standing up as a great film in it's own right. Quite a feat.

Best non-comics related film of 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel


Wes Anderson's best film since The Royal Tennenbaums and possibly Ralph Fiennes best role ever. It's beautiful to look at, hilarious, and genuinely moving.

Best TV show of 2014: Obviously it's Doctor bloody Who


Peter Capaldi's first series has been the best series, and the best Doctor, since Christopher Eccleston. The execution of the sci-fi concepts has mostly been complete bobbins (moon egg hatches, giant space bird craps out another moon egg, Earth is fine), but the character stuff has been better than it's been in years. There's been none of the old River Song style dialogue that tells us all why the Doctor's so great ("That man, that wonderful man.."), the characters are all actually saying stuff that real people might conceivably say. Capaldi's Doctor is way more interesting than his immediate predecessors, showing a manipulative streak that's reminiscent of the Seventh Doctor. Jenna Coleman really seems to have stepped up her game and her and Capaldi have a real rapport that's a joy to watch. Danny is brilliant, and it's immensely satisfying to see him tear the Doctor down a peg or two. We've had some intriguing insights into the Doctor's character this series. The whole "not a soldier" thing has been fascinating. The monsters have been proper creepy, the jokes genuinely funny, and the only duff episode was the one with the trees.

Runners Up: Arrow, The Flash, Gotham. Genuinely can't decide which one's the most fun. Probably the Flash, but it's a close one.

Best things I discovered in 2014 that everybody else already knew about:


Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's Green Arrow, Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill's Marshal Law, Garth Ennis' Hellblazer run. Also, Hot Tub Time Machine may be the greatest movie ever made.

Best things I did in 2014:

I delivered a lecture about Aquaman at a science centre. I got tweeted by Gerry Conway. I met Pat Mills, Simon Bisley, and Glenn Fabry. I also met Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, William Russell, Bonnie Langford, Peter Purves and Frazer Hines.  All in all, a great year.

What have been your geeky highlights and lowlights of 2014?

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Superman Unchained: All the Variant Covers

This week the final issue of Scott Snyder & Jim Lee's Superman Unchained hit the shelves. While I've enjoyed the story very much (here's my review of the first issue) one of the best things about this series has been the amazing variant covers. Of course I couldn't afford to actually buy any of them, but I've done the next best thing and collected them all here, in the album below. I've not included any of the Black & White or Lenticular 3D Jim Lee variants 'cos they're boring. My favourites are probably the ones by Aaron Kuder, Cliff Chiang, Jock, and pretty much all of the Golden Age themed covers. What are your favourites?

 
Superman Unchained Variants

Saturday, 1 November 2014

I met Ian Chesterton, Steven Taylor & Jamie McCrimmon!!!!!

Today at the Sheffield Film & TV Expo I was lucky enough to get the chance to meet three of my all time favourite Doctor Who companions: Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor), and William Russell (Ian Chesterton).




I chatted with Frazer Hines about missing episodes (he suspects there's more to come), and his Big Finish work. He recommended The Selachian Gambit, Lords of the Red Planet, and Shadow of Death. I was able to tell Peter Purves how much I enjoyed his work with Tom Allen in the Oliver Harper Trilogy, and he sang the praises of the trilogy's director, Lisa Bowerman (who also plays 7th Doctor companion, Bernice Summerfield). She was also at the Expo but sadly I couldn't afford to get her autograph too. Peter Purves also told me that he almost appeared in an earlier Doctor Who, The Web Planet, but they felt he deserved a better part and so he was cast in The Chase instead.

I was completely tongue tied when I met William Russell. He's something of a hero of mine, having starred in both Doctor Who and Superman. As a result I didn't say much, but he was very friendly, and I was able to tell him that he's my favourite companion. Later on I got a photo with him and he happily put his arm around my shoulders like I wasn't just some sweaty stranger who was falling to pieces in front of him.

David Warner was at the Expo too, but as with Lisa Bowerman, I had run out of cash for an autograph, but I did witness him eating a Snickers bar so I feel as if I've shared a bit of an intimate moment with him at least. :)

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Fantastic Four Cancellation: I'm scared!

I recently wrote about Fantastic Four's imminent cancellation and the rumoured reasoning behind it. The rumour (and that's all it is to be fair, a rumour) is that Marvel CEO and largest Disney shareholder Isaac Perlmutter is annoyed about the Fantastic Four film currently being developed by Fox and as a result Fantastic Four imagery has been taken down at Marvel’s offices, artists have been banned from drawing Fantastic Four sketch cards, and the Fantastic Four comic is being cancelled. I'm a massive fan of these characters and frankly, this all making me pretty nervous. 

The book is currently being written by James Robinson and he's doing a great job. He's also promised not to leave a "bad taste" in the mouths of fans when the book finishes, which is comforting to hear. 

But here's where it gets complicated.

Marvel have recently been running some kind of gigantic storyline throughout their Avengers books that's being orchestrated by former Fantastic Four writer Jonathan Hickman. There's also a big Marvel event going on at the moment that's connected to Hickman's story (I think) called Axis. From what I can understand, some of Hickman's books have jumped forward in time 8 months and we're not going to know how the characters got to the status quo shown in these '8 Months later books' until after Axis. Feel free to correct me if I've got any of this wrong, I haven't been buying any of these comics and I only know what I've been able to piece together from online interviews and articles. I have no doubt that these comics have been good (Hickman's a great writer and so is Axis writer Rick Remender) but they don't particularly interest me and y'know, you can't buy every comic. In a recent issue of Hickman's Avengers Sue Richards is shown, 8 months later, in a SHIELD uniform looking for her husband, who is apparently in hiding with the rest of the Illuminati, a group of Marvel geniuses who meddle with stuff behind the scenes.



Before I write anything else, here's an apology. I'm about to exhibit a type of comics fan behaviour that I usually complain about when I see other fans doing it. I'm about to guess what's going to happen in an upcoming comics storyline and then complain about it based on what is only pure guesswork on my part. Sorry, I'm a massive hypocrite.

My worry is that Marvel are going to appease Perlmutter by relaunching Fantastic Four as something that only vaguely resembles it's traditional set up in order to differentiate it from Fox's upcoming film. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Fantastic Four has been through status quo changes before, and usually it's resulted in good stories. But based on what I've seen from this '8 Months Later' stuff I'm worried that the team will become some kind of SHIELD task force, led by Sue and comprised of new members, with a mission to hunt down Reed Richards. And while that book might not be a bad book, especially if it's got the right creative team, it's not a Fantastic Four book that I have any interest in reading. Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of spy comics and SHIELD gets on my nerves, Also, while the book has experienced change before it's always remained essentially a book about a family unit experiencing soap opera, superhero action, and mind boggling super-science, and that's what I read the book for. Sue leading a load of spies after her estranged husband would be so far away from this as to make it a completely different book. It would be Fantastic Four in name only.

Fantastic Four hasn't been a strong seller for years, despite some great stories from some top notch creators. Maybe the title needs a drastic change. Maybe all these rumours are bollocks and everything will go back to normal. Maybe everything will change but it'll be great and I'll love it. I suppose the only thing to do is to wait and see, and if my fears all come true then I just won't buy it. It'd be a shame though because I really, really, really like Fantastic Four.

I am well aware that I'm being a stereotypical, entitled fanboy, moaning about change that hasn't even happened yet. Normally I'd just shrug and remember that this is comics and everything returns to the staus quo eventually. But the Perlmutter rumours have made me nervous. As far as I know, a bad deal with a movie company and a billionaire's spite are unprecedented reasons for a comic's cancellation. If the rumours are true, everything's different this time.

I can't help but wonder if this time we really are seeing the end of the Fantastic Four.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Everybody Hates Aquaman

A transcript of a presentation I delivered at Techniquest Science Centre in Cardiff as part of their Adults Only Superhero Science Evening on 03/10/14.

A video of the talk can be found here....



When Techniquest asked me to do a talk for their superhero science night I originally thought I’d take a look at the innovations in the fields of weapons technology, space exploration, & genetics that are bringing us closer to the world of superhero fiction every day. But then I remembered, I don’t actually know anything about any of that so I’m just going to talk about Aquaman for twenty minutes instead. It’s not that I’m stupid, it’s just that I suffer from a rare affliction that means that my brain is unable to retain any information that might actually be of any value. This is why I still can’t drive but I can remember the theme tune to the 1980s Nigel Havers sitcom, Don’t Wait Up.

Aquaman is just one of those superheroes that people love to mock. He’s a perpetual pop culture punchline and it can be a bit disheartening if you happen to be a fan. Not that Family Guy and South Park are entirely to blame. I think Aquaman has brought some of the mockery on himself.

For example here he is riding some flying fish.

Here he is sitting on an octopus looking pretty pleased with himself.

Here he is operating on an octopus.

Here he is being a fat bastard.

Here he is getting kicked in the balls by the Joker.

Here he is having his head dunked in a fish tank by Batman.


 

 

But there’s a lot more to Aquaman than obesity and being bullied by other characters. I thought I’d share with you some of the reasons I find him such a fascinating character.

So let’s start with who is Aquaman? Aquaman (real name Arthur Curry) is a DC Comics superhero created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. He has the ability to survive underwater, swim at high speeds, and communicate with & command all sea life. He is the King of the Sea and everything that dwells within in it. Luckily for him this includes the land of Atlantis, which is full of water breathing humans, so he doesn’t have to just talk to sturgeon all day.

How did he come to be? Well he’s had a few different origins over the years. Sometimes he’s the son of a human lighthouse keeper and an Atlantean Queen. Sometimes he’s the son of an Atlantean Queen and an immortal wizard. But my favourite origin is his original origin from the 40s. Here’s Aquaman explaining it from More Fun Comics #73 (1941):
"The story must start with my father, a famous undersea explorer — if I spoke his name, you would recognize it. His greatest discovery was an ancient city, in the depths where no other diver had ever penetrated. My father believed it was the lost kingdom of Atlantis. He made himself a water-tight home in one of the palaces and lived there, studying the records and devices of the race's marvellous wisdom. From the books and records, he learned ways of teaching me to live under the ocean, drawing oxygen from the water and using all the power of the sea to make me wonderfully strong and swift. By training and a hundred scientific secrets, I became what you see — a human being who lives and thrives under the water."
So 1940s Aquaman was trained to breathe underwater by his dad! That must be the ultimate example of pushy parenting.

"But dad, why can’t I go out and play with the other children?"

"Ungrateful whelp! You'll never be as good as Namor the Sub-Mariner at this rate! Now go stick your head in the fish tank and study!"

That’s seriously messed up.

So why should you like Aquaman? There’s a lot of defences of the character on the internet that basically amount to “he’s so badass! He’s really strong!” but I think the character’s even more interesting than that. Although I will say that, yes, Aquaman is a double hard bastard, and as many internet commentators have pointed out, if you’re a bad guy, Aquaman will throw a bear at you. Yup, not a web, not a batarang, but a big bastard polar bear.



“Haha it’s Aquaman, how you gonna stop us robbing this bank Aquaman? Talk to some fi..JESUS CHRIST!!!!”

It’s also worth remembering that Aquaman, like many other superheroes, has died and then returned from the grave (several times in fact). But it’s the way Aquaman returned from the grave that stands out for me. Superman got killed and then just sat in a giant egg in his Fortress of Solitude until his solar energy was recharged. Jean Grey from the X-Men was placed in a giant egg at the bottom the ocean by a cosmic entity. Egg related symbolism was too subtle for Aquaman however.

Aquaman punched death in the face.

That’s right as he was being taken across the River Styx by Charon, Aquaman punched Charon in the face, nicked his boat and then rode Cerebrus out of the kingdom of Hades. 



Double. Hard. Bastard,

But like I say, a defence of Aquaman should go deeper than “He’s a badass!” He’s a much more interesting character than that.

Unlike other heroes Aquaman is a world leader. If you piss him off he won’t just send you to jail. He’ll invade your country.

For example in Aquaman #26 (1996) Aquaman’s adopted dolphin mother is killed by a Japanese cyborg. (Don’t you hate it when that happens?) The cyborg seeks asylum in Japan so Aquaman gets all the fish to attack any Japanese boats that happen to be in the ocean. He then gets into the gigantic telepathic skull shaped meteorite spaceship that happens to be attached to the bottom of Atlantis and flies over Japan and threatens to blow up the country if they don’t hand the cyborg over. Even Japan, accustomed as they are to being attacked by oversized monsters, feel that this is a bit much and so they agree to his demands. 



You might be thinking “Hang on a minute Paul, Aquaman is the unelected, totalitarian ruler of an underwater nation who will occasionally use his considerable power to act aggressively against other countries. Isn’t he a bit of a fishy fascist?” Well, yes. But in Aquaman’s defence he doesn’t really have any choice but to rule over the people of Atlantis himself, because, and this sounds really bad, but the people of Atlantis are really, really stupid. Every time the people of Atlantis have an opportunity to choose their own leader, they usually choose some complete bastard who enslaves them. The second Aquaman’s back is turned they’ve usually placed some evil maniac in charge instead of him and he has to risk life and limb once again to save them from their cack handed attempts at democracy. Now that I think about it, Aquaman comics have a really terrifying attitude to politics. “People can’t be trusted with freedom.”

In Aquaman #28 (1966) Aquaman and his sidekick Aqualad befriend an old scientist named Dr Starbuck who’s given himself and his pet gorilla the power to survive underwater. (Seems legit) Soon after, Starbuck betrays his new pals and chucks them down a giant hole. Aquaman’s wife Mera goes off searching for her husband & leaves her son, Aquababy, in charge of Atlantis with Dr Starbuck as regent. That’s right. Mera leaves a baby and a creepy old man she’s just met in charge of a whole nation and the people of Atlantis aren’t just cool with this, they do whatever the old man says, to the point where they follow him in an attack he mounts on the US Navy. So yeah, Aquaman is technically a fascist dictator, which is bad, but his people did attack a nuclear submarine just because a strange old man and a baby told them to, so, y’know....

At this point I feel I must emphasise neither myself nor Techniquest endorse fascism.


But Aquaman comics don’t just have political intrigue going for them. There’s also more soap opera going on than in any other comic. Old “shagger “ Aquaman has had more girlfriends than Dr Karl Kennedy. In fact one comic even shows us how he lost his virginity; a roll in the snow with an Inuit girl. Unbeknownst to him this resulted in an illegitimate son named Koryak who years later returned to Atlantis and, of course, took over the throne from Aquaman. 


Aquaman is, as we mentioned, married to a lady named Mera but theirs has been a stormy relationship. They’ve split up and got back together several times, again, a bit like Dr Karl Kennedy. During one break up Aquaman got it on with a girl named Dolphin. I must emphasise she wasn’t an actual dolphin, although there is one story that has a young Aquaman hitting puberty and being advised to seek out his own kind by his adopted dolphin mother after putting the moves on his adopted dolphin cousin. Anyway, at one point Aquaman and Dolphin are getting it on in the royal bedchamber when who should come home but....


Cue Eastenders drum roll sound effect

You’ll be pleased to hear that it all sorted itself out and Dolphin ended up getting knocked up by Aqualad and marrying him in a shotgun wedding. Here she is giving birth in an underwater birthing pool. (Not sure how that works). 


As you may have gathered so far Aquaman is not the most fortunate of heroes. Despite being the monarch of over ¾ of the planet his consistent bad luck has meant he’s been able to retain the status of plucky underdog, which makes him a much more appealing character in my view. For example, in 1994 his hand was eaten by piranhas. Then, eventually it grew back. Then he got the other one chopped off. For a while he replaced his missing hand with a harpoon. He only stabbed himself with it once but to be fair Martian Manhunter’s mind was in his body at the time. After a while his harpoon was replaced by a magic shape changing water hand by the magical Lady of the Lake, but he was told he wasn’t allowed to use it for violence, which was difficult for Aquaman as he really likes punching people. There he is using it to punch Superman.



But Aquaman’s bad luck didn’t end with his missing hands. In the late 70s his son, Aquababy, got killed by Black Manta. (How could anyone kill off a character called Aquababy?!). His aforementioned illegitimate Inuit son died when Atlantis got stepped on by the Spirit of God’s Vengeance. There was also Aquaman’s adopted son, Aqualad, who got his heart ripped out (literally) by Aquaman himself(who had been turned into an evil zombie at the time). There’s also AJ, who might be Aquaman’s son, but might also be the son of Thanatos, Aquaman’s evil other-dimensional doppelganger. Given the survival rate of Aquaman’s sprogs I imagine AJ’s not in too much of a hurry to prove that he’s part of the Aqua-bloodline.

They say a superhero is only as good as his villains and Aquaman’s actually got some pretty cool baddies. There’s Black Manta, the underwater pirate who killed Aquababy, Ocean Master, Aquaman’s evil half brother, Kordax the Cursed, an evil bastard from Ancient Atlantis, and the Dead King another evil bastard from Ancient Atlantis. Unfortunately he’s also had a few stinkers. Piranha Man, a giant piranha in yellow leggings, the Fisherman, who fights Aquaman with a titanium fishing rod, and the Human Flying Fish who’s, well, a human flying fish.

In the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman, Aquaman’s apparently going to be played by Jason Mamoa, seen here playing Kung Fu Panda. 


If the film makers can hit on the right combination of soap opera, dodgy politics, bad luck, and macho posturing then I reckon he could easily carry his own film franchise. But if I haven’t convinced you, well, look at this way. There’re a lot sillier superheroes out there. 

There’s Chunk, the morbidly obese human black hole.

Blockade Boy, with the power to turn into a wall.

Stone Boy, who can turn into a statue but is completely immobile while in statue form.

Black Condor, a man raised by a family of condors who taught him to fly.

The Red Bee, who fought crime with a trained bee called Michael.







I’m mentioning these superheroes to get a cheap laugh, but I would actually watch the crap out of a film featuring every one of these characters.

Hopefully I’ve given you some insight into why I think Aquaman is so great. If however you’re still tempted to slag off Aquaman remember, he will throw a bear at you. 


Friday, 12 September 2014

Talking Aquaman at Techniquest

I'm doing a talk about Aquaman at Techniquest, a science centre in Cardiff. It'll be part of their adults only superhero themed After Hours Evening on October the 2nd. I'm planning on delivering a 20 minute tongue-in-cheek rebuttal of the old 'Aquaman is a joke' argument. There'll also be retro gaming, a planetarium show, a science demo show, a superhero quiz, a bar, and live superhero drawing from comic book artist Mike Collins, which I'm particularly excited about.

If you're in the area on that date pop in and check it out, it's only three quid per person.



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