This is more so a piece regarding what comics happened last year and what comics are rolling into this year. Say "Paper Girls" and how the storyline is going to go from the ending of the series. What comics were good that are hopefully (or already are) better than last year. It’s not a year in review, as much as it’s a year in review and how it’s going to bleed into 2017.
This one is self-explanatory if you have read the comics, but it made me think of this article as a reference: (link) The political standpoint of where we are now, or where we have been in the past and how Southern Bastards connects to that. You can talk about how certain characters are treated in the comics and compare it to the real world and how things are going currently. There are so many standpoints you can make politically within this comic even certain storylines as well. I would love to see an analysis piece about this and how comics are closely based on real life at times.
http://www.businessinsider.com/southern-bastards-comic-review-2015-6 – scole7 years ago
Back-story on the Black Panther that we did not get in Civil War and that we did not see from the Black Panther himself. How he became Black Panther is more depth – because the movie did not go into much of that aspect because of the movie coming out in a few years. This could be the evolution of Black Panther and how he got to be where and who he is, if it differs between what was stated in Civil War.
I would read that. However, there is a movie coming, so whoever wants to pick this topic should consider that. At the very least, address it. – ismael6768 years ago
I do think the choice to leave a lot of his backstory from Civil War was so they have things to show in his standalone film. It would really just be a re-hash of his old comics – darcvader8 years ago
The Black Panther comic series was canceled for quite a while after the rise of Malcom X and the Black Panthers, due to worries that people may associate the two. Should look into that more, and talk about that. If looking up racially problematic characters, anyone interested should also look up Marvel's Captain Nazi, or the fact that Superman fought Hitler in the comics. – Truthsayer878 years ago
Whoever takes this should look at it more thematically, rather than just doing a straight history (which can easily be found on Comic Vine, Wikipedia, etc.). Rather than who he is, I'd encourage the author to look at what he stands for and represents in society. What are enduring aspects of his characterization (not just character), as he is passed from writer to writer? What do his continued associates (Storm, etc.) suggest about him? – m-cubed7 years ago
What was similar and what was different between the Suicide Squad comic and the film? What elements, including characters, from the comic could have made the movie better? What elements from the comic, including characters, would have made the movie worse?
This topic could also include the Suicide Squad animated movie. I haven't watched the new movie or read the comics but my love for the animation is what makes me hesitant, since it was so well done. What elements were in both, what was left out? They're both just movies so it's perhaps easier to go into what could and should have been cut to fit an appropriate feature length. – Slaidey7 years ago
The shared the adventurous, defeat a villain and their army aspect, but what the film lacked was a central point. There was no room for character development with such a huge cast and many characters to follow. The film itself should have lastes at least 2.5 hours if not 3 hours. Really hoping the extended edition fixes this problem. – carlospena7 years ago
The comic was way better. They tried to put ever comic into the movie in under 2 hours. – mikka13217 years ago
Since the film has been made and a trailer (maybe more than one) has been released as well – let’s give some background to comic readers who may not know about WW. Explain Wonder Woman’s relationship with herself, the Justice League, and how she came to be who she is today. Also, tieing in the new comic series she has had and seeing where the movie could potentially take from that instead of taking from the older versions of Wonder Woman.
This has already been published here: https://the-artifice.com/wonder-woman-history/ – Misagh7 years ago
Thank you! I meant an updated version [I added it in there], she has a new comic series out from 2016! I wanted to focus on that and how the movie will (maybe) adapt to the newer comics being made recently instead of adapting to the older ones and making it more updated in a sense – scole7 years ago
With the recent events in the Civil War II – (untimely things) – let’s talk about the evolution of the Hulk. Who the Hulk is and where he has come from. How his character has grown and at times not so grown. No one really talks about the Hulk in terms of how he grew up and how he arrived at where he was today. Specifically in the comics, since for one, the films never really were praised until Mark Ruffalo became the Hulk. I really think talking about the comics and his story arc and where he has come from in the series’ would be so great to see!
This is interesting...especially due to a previous topic discussing the amount of time spent on the background story of superheroes as distracting and time consuming, but it is true, I really am not very aware of the Hulk's background, other than the very bare, and minimal preliminary facts that occurred during his accident in the lab. Maybe that really is all that is to it, and that is why not much time has been dedicated to his backstory? Please remember, this is coming from someone who is not familiar with comics, at all!!! – danielle5777 years ago
Love the child is father to the man aspect. – Tigey7 years ago
Although you mentioned that this topic would specifically focus on comic verse, I think it would be worth analyzing the movie verse as well. Yes, the Hulk has greatly gained popularity with Mark Ruffalo, however, his character which made great development in the Avengers regressed with Age of Ultron movie events. Perhaps a compare and contrast with comic vs. movie verse treatment and what this means for the character's overall representation would be interesting to work with – Mela7 years ago
Civil War II??!? Want to focus on what Civil War II continues from the first one, what is different and what is the same. What should be and what should not be. We are having a lot of things derive from this Civil War series much like the first one – spin-offs, characters deaths, characters stepping down and so much more! What will this mean for the Marvel Universe? Did they create this Civil War in order to transition characters out and makes a storyline for new ones? Because it is starting to seem like that in some cases. What will this lead to for the MCU in regards to what’s next for 2017 and even the end of 2016?
Today has been a day of learning so much about comics and DC and Marvel franchises! The Civil War I was insane and I enjoyed it immensely. I completely endorse and hope for a spin off, and cannot foresee one not being conceived due to the success of the first one. There are definitely multiple transitions taking place, and unfortunately, deaths are occurring. Some of which, are upsetting especially for people like myself who are unfamiliar with the storylines due to not having prior insight through not having read the comic books. This is a cool topic that I'd be interested to see what someone has to say, and even more interested to read the responses generated from the person's article!! – danielle5777 years ago
Are you suggesting that they're "jumping the shark?" – Tigey7 years ago
The greatness that is Paper Girls and what this means for a really good comic series. What the plot does for future comics, what the characters do for future comics and how the future of Paper Girls is looking for comic readers. There is not much to say about the evolution of Paper Girls without spoiling it for whoever is writing it – but, there is so much to say about the characters and the plot, where it will go and where it is going now!
After having just read an article that mentioned this comic series, along with Saga, I am now intrigued with Paper Girls and would love to learn more. I am very new to comics, and though I was at first apprehensive, I feel not giving this medium a chance would be a loss, on my part. – danielle5777 years ago
Cool topic. Hopefully Iron Woman will be as dark as "the good black earth," in Curtis Mayfield's words. – Tigey7 years ago
Iron Man is becoming a woman, but not just that – he is becoming an African-American woman at that! Well, Iron Man will no longer be Iron Man, but you get the drift here. How does this change the Marvel Universe? How does this change the way we will see diversity, she is incredibly smart and an African-American woman. Emphasis on that because it is rare to see that other than in A Girl and her Dinosaur and things of that sort. What will this bring to the comic series? Will you still be reading it to see what it will be like and what it will continue to bring to the Iron Man franchise?
Great topic....especially due to this being discussed on numerous online platforms, entertainment sites, and blogs. I am not a fan of this transition just because I don't understand the reasoning for doing so. Why not kill Iron Man and create a new character? Yet, please forgive me, and at the risk of being redundant, do remember that I am unfamiliar with the comics and I understand there might be a very intricate and thought out reasoning behind this transition that is completely ingenious and makes sense. I look forward to reading this topic and the reactions to the comments. – danielle5777 years ago
A small but important part of the description is ambiguous. As a result, one can't tell if you're saying brilliant African American women are rare, or that the film portrayal of such is rare. – Tigey7 years ago
You can focus on the hype around Civil War – Spoilers included for anyone who has not saw the film yet (I have). So Easter eggs, Spider-Man, and Black Panther!!!! Focus on how Civil War led up to the hype, or it didn’t. Were all the good parts of the film in the trailers? All the really good fight scenes as well, considering most of them were in the trailers for the most part. The awesome Spider-Man scene with his Aunt and Tony – How Tom is going to change the MCU (if at all).
1. Focus on the hype of Civil War, did it lead up to the hype and expectations? 2. Did the trailers prove to tell too much? 3. Will this lead into another Spider-Man film that will be different? Did this show something different about the Spider-Man character? 4. The prequel to Black Panther and how he will evolve in the MCU 5. Easter eggs that will lead to other films, or even hints to what will happen in the future of MCU as well
Loved Civil War and thought it was great. I hope someone writes on this topic soon a I would love to read more about it. – Munjeera8 years ago
I would love to read a critical analysis of the MCU as a whole and it's effects on how individual superhero movies are made. – ColinCobb8 years ago
You could expand on this idea by analyzing how Marvel has kept the anticipation going from the post credit scene in Iron-Man and how the promotion for each subsequent movie affects audience expectations. – Rico8 years ago
If I remember my Marvel comic book timeline, Spidey was always crossing over into the avengers comics. They asked Spider-Man to join the Avengers a few times but Spidey turned them down, so I think he was made an honorary avenger. – jamiepashagumskum8 years ago
It would be cool if there was a discussion the future of the characters in the MCU after the consequences of Civil War, particularly the #TeamCap characters, and also specifically the implications for the upcoming Infinity Wars movies. – andreacr8 years ago
How trailers can lead to the demise of gain of a film and how that will lead to how Captain America will do. Will people be sceptical after how Batman VS. Superman did or will they be more excited to see how Cap does. Cap has come out with some pretty telling trailers, will that be what the whole movie based on if you seen BVS. Did the trailers prove to tell too much, or did they tell nothing important?
Some of the trailers tell the climax part of the movies, they make the film itself less exciting when the audience watches it. The trailers, which show the climax, are bad examples of trailers. They are supposed to show parts of the scenes to advertise the films.
– moonyuet8 years ago
Where has the Miles Morales film seem to be lost at? Mostly wanted to focus on how the movie would go if it were made and why they have not made one yet. The audience seems to appeal to the Miles storyline and the film seems to be something that fans are constantly yearning for. But, why won’t they seem to make one? Why do they seem to keep remaking the same spider-man that we know and love already? What does not appeal about Miles that they don’t see in a film? Deadpool has created an epidemic, do you think they will consider it now that Deadpool who people were indifferent about?
The art of female characters in film and TV shows and how they have progressed. Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Peggy Carter.
We first see Peggy Carter in Captain America and now she has her own show Agent Carter, you can focus on the progression of that character from Captain America to who she is now and how she is perceived as well. Black Widow is first seen around in Iron Man, and how she has progressed from Avengers and etc., how they have used the character in their favor and have progressed her towards an awesome or not so awesome female character in the MCU. She may have started off as a character that potentially had growth, but with the recent plots she has had in Age of Ultron, does she have that same potential. Then last but not least, Scarlet Witch. She was first seen in Age of Ultron, which means this character is going to show up next in Civil War. That means she has had the least potential shown in a film in the MCU, this one can be based off what you know as a character — this could possibly derive from the comics as well. I added this one because it would be interesting to see how they have shown her progression just in this one film. Have they showed some potential in her character that can be positive?
Seems like Peggy Carter has developed the most as a crossover from movies to TV. I do believe she is the first Marvel female character to successfully crossover with the same actress. Given the success of Agent Carter hopefully the trend will continue. – Munjeera8 years ago
I find a lot of people thought Natasha's arc in AOU was stopping her storyline and taking from her being "badass" but I personally thought it made her more complex and realistic. There is nothing wrong with a super agent who has been deprived of life to wish she could have kids, etc. I think it'd be also cool to discuss how people expect certain things from female characters to define them as strong (no feelings, no boyfriends, etc) and how that often makes them just another form of 2D. – noursaleh8 years ago
I think the only reasons Natasha's arc was so hated in AoU is because some women are so sick and tired of the same old story arcs. Like Noursaleh said, it's not completely unreasonable and it isn't strictly misogynistic. That being said, some of the controversy comes from who wrote it. Might you want to include a section of this paper that addresses "Death of the Author"? Either a critique of it or a defense of it? Should things stand on their own, away from the author; Should folks take the creator into account when looking at a text? Would reaction to Romanoff's character been different had it been written by a woman? woman of color? etc.? – sniederhouse8 years ago
This article would now make for a timely read. Analyse the characters of Valkyrie, Captain Marvel, Shuri and Pepper Potts too. – Dr. Vishnu Unnithan3 years ago
The synopsis of the show is "The series focuses on Spider-Man and his alter ego Peter Parker during his college years at Empire State University. As the story begins, Peter has already gained his superpowers and is a part-time freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle. The show features most of Spider-Man’s classic villains, including the Kingpin, the Green Goblin, the Lizard, the Shocker, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, the Scorpion, Rhino, the Vulture, the Chameleon, and Venom. Over the course of the series the single Peter contends with the romantic love interests of Mary Jane Watson, Felicia Hardy and her alter ego, the Black Cat. The show also features appearances from various other Marvel superheroes; including the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Blade, Doctor Strange, the Punisher and Captain America."
What this should focus on is the progression of Spider-Man from then and now. How he has progressed as a character and why you think they have made the changes they have made thus far. This show lasted five seasons and had a pretty decently long run and Daredevil has made an appearance along with some other characters from the universe. Showing how they have changed in appearance and personality as well in the series from now is something to focus on too.
The focus here is Spider-Man as a comic book character in comparison to the TV show, they are very similar in some retrospects, but also not in many as well. There are also characters such as Captain America and Daredevil who also have origin stories in the show and some things alter in the comics as well.
There have been three main renditions of Kate Bishop in the past year or two that have made a significant difference in how we perceive her as a character. The storyline of who she has become is one thing, but how her personality is perceived is another.
Adolescent Kate is what started it all when she made an appearance in the first Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg and drawn by Jim Cheung in 2005. In the previous comic mentioned, she looks entirely different than she is depicted now. But, Kate has grown from being a sidekick character in David Aja, Annie Wu, and Matt Fraction’s version of Hawkeye in 2012. To being her own character with her own personality (and older) in Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie in 2013. And, lastly, to being a grown up version of these two comics in the All-New Hawkeye series by Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez in 2015.
Throughout all of these comics, Kate Bishop has not only changed who she is and how she’s grown as a person; but, how she is drawn as well. She is drawn differently throughout these comics and it is interesting to see how differently that she is drawn. How artists are perceiving her and how she has altered through time is one way to think about it.
Kate Bishop is an underrated character in the Marvel universe, mostly because she is secondary to Clint Barton. She is essentially his sidekick, when most of the time, it seems like Cint is her sidekick. While she did start in the Young Avengers she has made quite the evolution since Jim Cheung has made her character into a character.
The success of superhero TV shows and the success of bringing villains from the comics onto the screen every week (or on Netflix every season). AOS (Agents of Shield), Agent Carter, Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Arrow, etc. These TV shows all have something in common and that’s appeal to the viewers that still like watching TV shows weekly and keeping on the edge of their seat until the next week comes.
Aside from these shows being popular on the screen and keeping the suspense coming, what does the effect of bring in villains from the comics appeal to the show? I know they are supposed to be there, yes; but, does it appeal to bring in one every season like Daredevil? Or bring them in all at once, like Flash? Which appeal works best, introducing them one at a time or introducing multiple at one time. With Netflix, you have Jessica Jones and Daredevil who have introduced one each season so far. But, TV shows like Supergirl and Flash are already having a crossover and Arrow has had one as well.
There are multiple topics to speak upon on this one, but there’s also the difference between Netflix and TV show on TV. There’s the fact that Netflix puts them all on the table in one night / day, is there enough leeway to have more than on villain based on that? Flash and Supergirl, even Arrow have the ability to introduce one every episode BECAUSE they come on weekly. What is the difference in doing that? Gotham has introduced the origin of the majority of the DC characters from Gotham in one season. Every show has a different way of doing it and why are they all so successful? Not only really copies the other, even on different publications like Marvel and DC.
I think this also speaks to our interest in the villain. We aren't satisfied with an all evil, kill-everybody-they-see type bad guy anymore. We are just as fixated on sexy conflicted heroes as we are on sexy conflicted villains. Good topic – DClarke8 years ago
An excellent topic! One might also consider how the plot arcs of these shows proceed. Does a series that contains a sustained plot arc across the entire season benefit from introducing a single villain vs. introducing multiple villains from the start? If a series is more episodic in nature, do they necessarily lean to one side or the other? If the series is going to be taking place in one of the "expanded universes" that have become so popular, how does that affect the introductions of villains? – SMurphyEGB8 years ago
The Marvel Cinematic Universe had a great year! With phase one and two being over, (phase two ended with Ant-Man) and phase three coming up sooner rather than later with Civil War, I really want to focus on a "What’s to come" sort of aspect of the phases when it comes to phase three.
Phase one was just the beginning and it started the phase’s out pretty decently. You can focus on the aspect of talking about how well those films did for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 2008-2012 was a time where the MCU was just starting out with the graphic choices and getting into the deeper realms of how they were going to depict these Avengers characters on the screen.
Then you can talk about phase two with the same topic as well, and talking about how they’ve progressed as films and characters from phase one. Which, I feel is an important aspect, from the changes of directors to different choices made by those directors and even to Marvel being partnered with Disney as well, which happened in 2009.
Then you can even focus on what’s to come. Civil War is supposed to be the film of all films, it supposed to start phase three off really well. And from what the trailer shows and what we all know about it, it really is supposed to be great.
You can also talk about how phase two ended with Ant-Man, do you as a comic reader/MCU film watcher feel it was right to end with Ant-Man, was that a good ending spot for the phase to end with? And upcoming films such as; Doctor Strange, Guardians 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Inhumans, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Another Spider-Man. What creative choices can be made with these now that we’ve had two completed phases and kind of a reaction to those; but also, what can be done to keep the attention of watchers of the MCU and etc.,
I want to focus on the Fight Club 2 series of comics, and how they continue the story from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, who also writes the comic as well (I believe). There is about 8 issues as of right now of Fight Club 2 and you can focus on two aspects (three possibly).
Fight Club 2 as a comic series and how it stands on the basis of being a comic series, the ability that Dark Horse gives Fight Club 2 to do what it wants to do to continue the novel and series. Plus the character development and how the characters are written as continued from the novel, if you’d like.
Then you can focus on the novel itself and how that differs or not from the comics — thinking, character wise and plot wise as well. Since Fight Club 2 is a continuation about 10 years later from the novel.
The third aspect of this could be (if you wanted) tying the two together, just as a whole — do you think or does the comic book audience think that there is potential for a part three or four after this one ends, each spanning in 10 years after the last one? Or does it have potential to do that much with the comic series. I would also love to see the art-work being talked about because Cameron Stewart and Dave Stewart do an amazing job with the art alone! That’s something that I, as a reader, become amazed with just looking at it each time a new issues comes out.
Here’s a quote as well that explains about Fight Club 2, if you haven’t read the comic series, or want to know: "At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, Palahniuk announced that a sequel to Fight Club is in the works and will take the form of a serialized graphic novel. According to Palahniuk, “It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.” Dark Horse Comics is publishing this new story in a 10-issue maxi series, written by Palahniuk and illustrated by Cameron Stewart, starting in 2015. Artist David W. Mack, who is friends with Palahniuk, will be illustrating the covers for the series and has said of the material, "The twists and turns are just primo artifacts of Chuck Palahniuk’s brain material.
Generally, a discussion on what Netflix-exclusive shows do differently than their network counterparts.
You have shows like Senses8, Orange is the New Black, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Master of None, Bojack Horseman and etc.
What do these shows prove differently than shows that are on network television like How to get Away with Murder and Scandal, even Grey’s Anatomy. Shows that show the grittiness just like Netflix shows, but in what ways do they differ in what type of grit you can use on network television shows compared to Netflix where creativity is the producer and directors own.
Is this really a fair topic and question to bring up when all they have is two shows? I mean, you can't make any sort of conjecture or hypothesis off of just two instances or examples... really for anything. So why try to do it with this? Besides which, I think you bring up potential concerns and issues for any series that exists out there, either online or on network television. And Netflix has produced far more shows than just the Marvel ones. And from what I've heard and gathered through osmosis, they're all pretty stellar and solid productions. So I'm not quite sure what the interest in discussing the disappointment in Jessica Jones from this particular angle is all about. – Jonathan Leiter8 years ago
I feel like I haven't seen enough negative feedback for either show to make the assumption that the Netflix Original shows are declining. Both of them are only into their first season and (as previously stated) there are only two shows to discuss. It's way too soon to make an assumption like this. – Reese23418 years ago
I agree that a) there are only two (not that long as of yet) shows available and b) the critical consensus I've seen as been pretty positive, so I'm unsure if there is enough evidence to suspect a decline. The only way would be pitting Jessica Jones against Daredevil, but the former is strong and engaging (having watched it all soon after it premiered). They have their issues, but those seem minor. I wouldn't call Jessica Jones a step down at all. Maybe you could form a similar topic concerning Netflix originals (these shows; OitNB; Sense8) in general? Not sure if this has been done, but I'd be curious to see a discussion on what Netflix-exclusive shows do differently than their network counterparts. Anyway, best of luck! – emilydeibler8 years ago
that's actually a really good topic choice (i'll change it to that), thank you @emily you rule!!! :) – scole8 years ago
Marvel and DC have been in the comic scene for decades, they have made huge impacts on comic readers everywhere. Not only with their ability to draw in the reader, but to make characters that stick with them forever throughout their lifetime. That being said, what does that do to the other comic book publishers such as; Image Comics/Vertigo Comics/Wildstorm Comics/Dark Horse Comics/Boom! Comics etc. Most of these comic publishing companies don’t make superhero comics, they make other genres of comics books. I know some comic book buddies that don’t even know half of that list exists.
Knowing that, what do you think this does for them? The love for superheroes will never cease, but with the approaching years to come do you think that readers are going to switch to other genres and give up on the cliche superhero plots? There are some really good comics out there in the wavelengths, Paper Girls being one of them.
Do you think readers are going to make the adjustment and start giving these comic publishing companies the credit they deserve?
Or keep on going with superheroes?
If you agree, do you think these publishing companies will get movie rights and start making even more comic films that don’t have to deal with superheroes?
And even so, do you think they would make any money if they did start to make other genres of comic films?
Is there some particular reason that 2016 will be the "migration" year? Personally, I see DC and Marvel as the gateway publishers. I started with Batman graphic novels, then getting into the Batman monthly issues,and branching out into Wonder Woman New 52 (Azzarello and Chang) and Green Lantern before I picked up Saga, an Image published comic. I can't say I would have gotten Saga without first getting into DC, but man am I glad I did. It is important also to keep in mind that Marvel and DC use publisher owned characters, compared to Image and Vertigo which are creator-owned books and characters. The ownership allows for some more risks and deviations from what the big wigs would see as popular; it allows for more "art" (not that DC and Marvel can't have literary books, just that it isn't as often or easy with their characters). – nsnow8 years ago
All things being equal, comic books attract a certain audience; and different genres of comics have a specialized audience that is a subset of the whole of the comic book audience, with relatively little crossover. Barring a profound cultural shift, I think the status quo shall remain relatively intact for the foreseeable future. – JDJankowski8 years ago