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Transmitted on Sunday, March, 13th, 2011 in Heroes & Myth , The Modern Geek

Modern Geek Chronicles:
A Modern Geek Book Review

I’ve been nursing a bum shoulder for the past week and hopped up on happy pills, so today’s Modern Geek will be a re-posting of a comic book review I did for the comic book bin back in the days when I used to write for them. Sorry for not posting something 100% new, but happy pills make writing pretty tricky.  Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this review anyhow. (And, for the record, Old Man Logan is still worth reading…but maybe only if you can borrow it from someone.)

Old Man Logan: How the Best Wolverine Story in a Decade

Crashed & Burned

Before we begin, let’s make two things very clear:

1) I like Mark Millar. I’m a fan, plain and simple. I’ve been a fan since way, way back in the days of The Authority when he worked over at Wildstorm. I currently own a copy of Superman: Red Son and cannot recommend it highly enough. And, let’s face it, his Civil War story arc was, hands down, the best crossover event Marvel’s had since the Age of Apocalypse epic back in the nineties. And don’t even get me started on how terrific his new series Kick Ass is!
So, as you read this, remember: I like the guy.

2) SPOILER ALERT!!!! If you haven’t already read Old Man Logan, then stop now, unless you’re okay with finding out how things end.

Having said all of that, let’s get down to the brass tacks: Dive deeper…

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Graphic Poetry Project: Part 1

Transmitted on Wednesday, November, 4th, 2009 in Heroes & Myth , New Stuff , Poetry

This is a sample from a project I’m currently working on that, much like my writing, combines poetry and comic books.  This project will be my attempt to create a graphic poetry collection based on my manuscript “…hide behind me…” which was my thesis and which has had much success in individual poem publications.

Where my poetry tends to pull the comic book world into it, this project is an attempt to fuse the two worlds evenly.  This sample is from VERY early in the project’s development, but still something I thought I’d share as I believe this project will come out to be something very special in the end.  Enjoy.

(Note:  This character is NOT Batman (the funky haircut probably gave that away. Ha!)  He’s a lifelong criminal by the name of Iron Man Vasquez who, for a moment, tried to redeem himself by pretending to be a hero.  The poems here reflect his thoughts as he looks back on his life in his dying moments.)

Artwork by Federico Zumel

Artwork by Federico Zumel

Chewing the Bones of Teenage Love

In school together, she and I ain’t talked.
I was the big, mean demon her old man
told her would hurt her deep. He said I’d stalk
and rape and kill her. “That’s all his kind can

digest,” I heard him tell her once. Dive deeper…

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An Open Letter…

Transmitted on Thursday, June, 18th, 2009 in Heroes & Myth , New Stuff , Poetry , Wonder Woman

An Open Letter to Up and Coming World-Savers
(Wonder Woman)

We all know the keys to our own transformations:
the secluded phone booths, the darkened caves,
the candlesticks that open the secret changing room
in the library, the magic words that conjure lightning,

and on and on.  We’ve all created our methods
of shedding self in favor of  Freud’s superego. Dive deeper…

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Pax Romana

Transmitted on Thursday, June, 18th, 2009 in Heroes & Myth , New Stuff , Poetry , Wonder Woman

Pax Romana
(Wonder Woman)

A boy, no more than twelve,
chanted, through shuttered eyes,
something about freedom from tyrants,
a government in homage of its people.

I hardly heard him over the howling
crowd, the firecracker gunfire, the Molotov
cocktails washing down in hot, smooth
arcs across the red-bricked square.
Dive deeper…

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