Thank You, Scott Snyder

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I’ve lost confidence in my writing as of late. I second guess every word and rewrite every sentence more times than I would like to admit. My friends tell me not to worry and that I’m my own worst critic. Last weekend, I learned that a critically acclaimed writer goes through something similar.

I covered a panel at Boston Comic Con, where Batman writer Scott Snyder and artist Gregg Capullo shared their experience crafting such an iconic superhero. Snyder is arguably the definitive narrative voice of the caped crusader and the love and admiration he has for the character is clear with every turn of the page.

Snyder was extremely open with some of the trials and tribulations he’s endured since he took on Batman’s ongoing series in 2011. “That sentence sucks” is a constant voice of creative doubt that is interlined in his thoughts.

In many respects, Scott Snyder’s work is the perfect example of everything I aspire to be as a writer. It was refreshingly honest to hear that he has fears, doubts and anxiety when he writes, just like me.

I wrote a review of Scott Snyder’s panel, and to avoid getting paralysis by analysis, I focused, found my direction, typed it up, and stayed the course in spite of the urge to highlight, right-click, and press delete.

Click here for my review of the panel at Forces of Geek.com 

Superman vs. Aliens

The year is 1995 and like many teenagers entering high school, football practice, parties, social status, pro wrestling, (which didn’t bode well for my social status) and that pesky thing called homework occupied my time and took me out of the comic book game.

That didn’t stop me from noticing the onslaught of promotional material, whenever I would walk by my local comic book shop for the first DC/Dark Horse crossover featuring the Man of Steel and the Alien Xenomorphs from the film series.

For the first time, the Dark Horse Comics/DC: Superman, a 400-page trade paperback version of this intergalactic smackdown as well as other cross company collaborations featuring Superman, has been released just in time for the 30th anniversary of the sci-fi blockbuster Aliens.

Featuring a cover promoting Superman fighting Aliens seems a little misleading, as I was surprised that the second half of the book has nothing to do with the Alien franchise. The stories of Superman/Tarzan: Son of the Jungle and Superman/Madman Hullabaloo do little to augment the event advertised on the cover. Superman vs. Aliens and the 2002 sequel Superman vs. Aliens: God War spearheads this collection.

Click here to read the entire review at Forces of Geek.com

Loot Crate reveals the theme of the first WWE Slam Crate

WWE and Loot Crate announced the details of their joint venture into the subscription box world. WWE Slam Crate will be a bi-monthly mystery subscription crate, which will contain exclusive and authentic WWE collectibles and apparel that won’t be found anywhere else.

To celebrate the crate’s debut, the first month’s theme will be “The First,” and celebrate a few of the iconic “firsts” in WWE history. I’m looking forward to see what specific items WWE will place in their inaugural box. Continue reading

Origins of Suicide Squad

With the theatrical release of Suicide Squad in theaters this week, it’s only fitting that we go a little retro and explore the comic book origins of the murderous band of thieves and rogues.

I saw the movie last night and it was interesting to see the differences between what director David Ayer produced on screen and what writer John Ostrander presented on the printed page. Everyone knows the story by now, but for the ill-informed, here’s a quick review.

While held in captivity, some of the world’s most notorious super-villains are forced into the ultimate ultimatum by taking part in missions that are nearly impossible to survive. If one agrees, good. If one does not, they go anyway, and if you try to run…BOOM, your head explodes.

Sadly, there will be no mention of Harley Quinn since these stories take place prior to her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series (1992).

Click here to read the entire review at Forces of Geek.com

WWE Universal Championship Thoughts

Stephanie McMahon announced that the newly formed WWE Universal Championship will be the top prize on Raw come SummerSlam. Some people like it while others hate it. What do Gerweck.net contributors Atlee Greene and Adam Kohn think?