Comic Book Logic

CBL #51: Wonder Woman (2017)

by Kevin on June 12, 2017

The biggest movie in the world right now is WONDER WOMAN, breathing new life into the dying corpse of the DC Extended Universe! It’s the film everyone is talking about, so naturally we give our long-winded opinions on Diana Prince’s journey from her idyllic island home to the front lines of World War I! Is […] Read More >>

CBL #50: Wonder Woman (1974)

by Kevin on May 29, 2017

This week, in anticipation of the next DCEU film WONDER WOMAN, we’re taking a look at the very first attempt at a WONDER WOMAN TV/movie from 1974, starring Cathy Lee Crosby as a blond super spy who may or may not have any tangential relation to the character of Wonder Woman. International intrigue! Pantsuits! Donkeys! […] Read More >>

Hey CBL listeners, we’re back! Finally, after a long hiatus, your hosts found time to sit down for a SPOILER-HEAVY discussion of the first big movie of the summer season, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2! All your favorite characters have returned for another adventure: Chris Pratt, Green Girl, Big Muscle Guy, Talking Raccoon, […] Read More >>

It’s time to get R-Rated with our SPOILER-HEAVY review of the 2017 film LOGAN, the film which dares to ask the question “What if your favorite comic book characters got really old, sick, and died?” The blood, drama, and naughty words are front in center in the latest and possibly final outing for Hugh Jackman […] Read More >>

Darkness… No parents… Super rich… Must be another Batman movie! But this is no ordinary Batman movie: it’s THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, the highly anticipated sequel/spin-off to the 2014 runaway hit THE LEGO MOVIE. But is everything awesome this time around, or should Lego Batman stick to the supporting roles? And how does this film […] Read More >>

CBL #46: Batman Forever (1995)

by Kevin on February 6, 2017

The time has come to talk about BATMAN FOREVER, the first of the Schumacher Batman films and the beginning of the end of the comic book movie false start of the 90s. Campy, kid-friendly villains, a big pop soundtrack, and a new actor playing the caped crusader… But is it as bad as we remember, […] Read More >>

CBL #45: 2017 CBL Movie Preview

by Kevin on January 23, 2017

It’s that time of year again! Join Joe and Kevin as they talk through the year in comic book movies, with offerings from Marvel, DC, and others competing for your dollars and eyeballs. Plus, some talk about our favorite movie scenes from 2016 and some lesser known movies to put on your radar. Find us […] Read More >>

The holidays may have come and gone, but Joe and Kevin are still putting the final bow on 2016 with a chat about the classic A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. The music, the art, the gospel according to Linus: how does this annual favorite’s riff on commercialization hold up today? Plus, Joe has a few spoiler-heavy […] Read More >>

CBL #43: Stardust (2007)

by Kevin on December 18, 2016

Buckle your boots and grab your magic candles, CBL listeners, because this week we’re jumping into the 2007 adventure-fantasy STARDUST, novelist and comic book hero Neil Gaiman’s tale of one man’s quest to kidnap a celestial body and marry Sienna Miller. With a solid cast and impressive visual effects, does the film live up to […] Read More >>

CBL #42: Barbarella (1968)

by Kevin on November 28, 2016

It’s time to go camping on CBL — wait, no, not camping, CAMPY! Jane Fonda takes us back to the retro-futuristic 1960s with the sexy classic BARBARELLA! Will Joe’s notorious hatred of Belgian comics keep him from appreciating this peace-love-and-understanding tale of sexual liberation, or will Babs win the day with some good old-fashioned physical […] Read More >>

CBL #41: Doctor Strange (2016)

by Kevin on November 14, 2016

This week, CBL is getting strange… DOCTOR STRANGE, that is! It’s a spoiler-filled discussion of the latest MCU offering, starring beloved internet mascot Benedict Cumberbatch as the wizard-doctor himself — or is that doctor wizard? Does the MCU have another hit on its hands, or should we all wave our hands and grab our sling […] Read More >>

CBL #40: Luke Cage (2016)

by Kevin on October 30, 2016

Sweet Christmas! CBL has moved to the small screen to talk about Season 1 of the new Netflix Marvel series LUKE CAGE. Luke may be bulletproof, but is the series so lucky? And does the show continue Netflix’s hot streak of making Marvel’s TV offerings palatable? We talk all 13 episodes, plus recasting and some […] Read More >>

CBL #39: Blade II (2002)

by Kevin on October 3, 2016

This week, CBL returns to the leather-and-sunglasses-clad streets of Manhattan for BLADE II! This time HELLBOY director Guillermo Del Toro shows us what happens when a genetic mutation creates a race of super vampires and you don’t take a second pass at the script the studio handed you. Country legend Kris Kristofferson and tax evader […] Read More >>

CBL #38: Batman: The Movie (1966)

by Kevin on September 17, 2016

Holy podcasts! This week CBL travels way back for the camp-tastic 1966 film BATMAN: THE MOVIE! It’s an amazing technicolor dream-bat experience as Batman and Robin take on a quartet of classic villains, each more absurd than the last! Will Joe and Kevin successfully discuss the movie and escape unscathed? Will they have any overlap […] Read More >>

Comic Book Logic returns this week with our take on the beloved 2010 comic book/video game movie mashup SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. Does Scott’s quest to win the heart of literal dream girl Ramona Flowers by defeating her “evil exes” win our hearts as well, or are we, as the saying goes, getting too […] Read More >>

CBL #36: Suicide Squad (2016)

by Kevin on August 8, 2016

It’s a spoiler-iffic episode of CBL as we take on the brand new entry in the DC Cinematic Universe, SUICIDE SQUAD. Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and a whole bunch of other weirdos you’ve never heard of are on a mission to save the world… or maybe just rescue their boss… or maybe both? Who […] Read More >>

It’s a CBL bonus episode! We had a chance to check out the new animated feature BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE and sat down to discuss it. Mark Hamill’s reprisal of his classic Joker notwithstanding, how does the film — and by extension, the classic 1988 graphic novel — hold up to scrutiny? What are they […] Read More >>

CBL #35: Spider-Man 3 (2007)

by Kevin on July 24, 2016

The Summer of Spidey comes to a close with the often maligned 2007 film SPIDER-MAN 3! Sam Raimi may have disowned it, but are emo Peter Parker’s finger-guns and hair flips really so bad? Has this movie maybe aged a bit better than we expected, or are we right to leave it on the trash […] Read More >>

The Summer of Spidey continues this week with the 2004 sequel SPIDER-MAN 2! Sam Raimi and the whole gang is back and they look as tired as ever. This time Spider-Man faces off against the villainous Doctor Octopus, whose complete lack of foresight and attention to safety protocols causes CGI mayhem all over Chica — […] Read More >>

It’s the Summer of Spidey on Comic Book Logic! This week we kick things off with Sam Raimi’s 2002 blockbuster SPIDER-MAN, the film that spawned 2 sequels and who knows how many future reboots. It was a web slinging good time 14 years ago, but how does it hold up in a post-MCU landscape? And […] Read More >>

This week, the contractually obligated X-Men alternate timeline movies continues with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, featuring GAME OF THRONES alum Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hero Oscar Isaac as McDonald’s Grimace! Does this new world-ending installment live up to its surprisingly enjoyable predecessors, or has Sony dropped the ball again? And […] Read More >>

The next installment of the MCU is upon us with CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR! Which side will your hosts take: Team Cap? Team Iron Man? Team William Hurt? Be warned that this episode, as always, is chock-full of SPOILERS so if you are one of the two or three people who haven’t seen this movie […] Read More >>

Sit back, relax, and slip on your most comfortable Italian leather shoes, because this week we’re dissecting the 1990 direct-to-video CAPTAIN AMERICA! There are no winter soldiers or civil wars here, but there are plenty of absurd Italian accents, dirt bikes, and beautiful assassins out to kidnap the president. Is this Roman holiday schlocky, B-movie […] Read More >>

Comic Book Logic: 300 (2007)

by Kevin on April 15, 2016

This week the Zack Snyder-athon continues with the 2007 historical mini-epic 300! Joe and Kevin discuss the film’s gratuitous use of CGI, ample shirtless beefcakes, and some of the beardiest beards they’ve ever seen. Does the meme-worthy movie hold up, or should it have been chucked off a cliff at birth? Plus we return to […] Read More >>

This week, Joe and Kevin debate the latest divisive entry in the DC cinematic universe, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, and just like director Zack Snyder they go BIG! With so much to unpack, the episode goes long, so they can do justice to Batfleck, mopey Supes, Wonder Woman, and all your favorites, with […] Read More >>

This week, Joe and Kevin suffer through the 2013 disaster MAN OF STEEL, in which a British Superman mopes and grimaces his way to murdering an alien in order to get a job at a newspaper. Does this spell bad news for DC’s probably-too-late-to-matter attempt at building a cinematic universe to rival Marvel? More importantly, […] Read More >>

This week Joe & Kevin gear up and take revenge on the 2004 action flick THE PUNISHER, starring a too-serious Thomas Jane and a consistently bewildered John Travolta. Does this tale of a family reunion gone awry satisfy, or are your hosts the only ones being punished? We also talk our fantasy casting, and share […] Read More >>

Planet Arbitrary photographers Annie and Doug chased down as much cosplay that they could possibly find during C2E2 2014. This is the kind of creativity and geek-passion that we are proud to support 🙂 Check out the photos, and let us know your favorites! Read More >>

Planet Arbitrary photographers Annie and Doug chased down as much cosplay that they could possibly find during C2E2 2013. This is the kind of creativity and geek-passion that we are proud to support 🙂 Check out the photos, and let us know your favorites! Read More >>

Joe has on his good buddy and fellow comic book enthusiast, Nic to talk about 2004 DC Mega Event, Identity Crisis. Like our Facebook page! Read some other stuff from Joe or follow him on Twitter @planetarbitrary Read More >>

Joe has on his former co-host of Planet Arbitrary and host of the upcoming Vinyl Exams, Kevin to talk about the 1996 epic, Batman: The Long Halloween Like our Facebook page! Read some other stuff from Joe or follow him on Twitter @planetarbitrary Read More >>

A press release today from Reed Pop announced some Marvel names will be attending C2E2, or Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, from April 26-28, 2013. Read More >>

Guest updates are starting to arrive  for  Reed Pop’s  C2E2, or Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, which be hitting Chicago’s McCormick Place from April 26-28, 2013. Read More >>

Famed DC artist Tony Daniel has drawn the powerful new image of Superman leaping up in front of the Hancock Building where the newly invigorated Man of Steel dominates the Chicago Skyline. This is the first time that Mr. Daniel has ever rendered a picture of Superman. Tony Daniel will also be a Spotlight Guest […] Read More >>

2013 is here….three years after we make contact but two years before Jaws 19, and convention season is nigh.  It’s a time for excitement, speculation, and multiple refreshes per day to see who has been added to the guest list. Read More >>

Joe always likes to talk about how he and Chris have been going to Chicago Comic Con for thirteen years. Usually joking about how when they first went the ratio of comic book-related booths to professional wrestlers and ICP fans were oddly imbalanced for an event called “comic con”. Today the ICP fans have been […] Read More >>

Planet Arbitrary photographers Annie and Doug chased down as much cosplay that they could possibly find during the 2012 Chicago Comic Con that took place August 8th-11th at the Rosemont Convention Center. This is the kind of creativity and geek-passion that we are proud to support 🙂 Check out the photos, and let us know […] Read More >>

Just in time for its longest-running and most-attended show, Wizard World today unveiled the “Official Wizard World Comic Con App,” a must-have for attendees to get the most out of events before, during and after each show, beginning with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, […] Read More >>

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. Previously on CBL  Inherent to superhero comics, especially the ones we’ve read so far, is the sheer fantasy of […] Read More >>

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. Previously on CBL This series of articles has really been a labor of love for me. Writing them […] Read More >>

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. When I began this project, my biggest fear was opening up a book and having absolutely no idea […] Read More >>

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. Previously on CBL Think back to the moments of you childhood when your mind was so blown out […] Read More >>

Ever since Christopher Nolan’s sepia-toned superhero noir Batman Begins appeared in theaters, I’ve participated in plenty of discussions about comic book movies. Since most of what I knew about comic characters I learned from feature films and cartoons, I was always particularly aware of how heroes and villains were portrayed on screen without the burden […] Read More >>

Batman has generally been the benchmark for about as homoerotic as you can get in comic books, at least until recently. Though outright gay characters had come into the medium earlier in indie comics, the first outright gay character in one of main two universes didn’t come into existence until the Marvel character Northstar came […] Read More >>

In high school I had a friend who was a comic book fan, and she did her best to introduce me to some of her favorites. She read a few major series like The X-Men, but she also liked a lot of “alternative” and “indie” comics, so I encountered titles like Bone, Johnny The Homicidal […] Read More >>

  Most people think that there are only two comic book companies, Marvel and DC. That has never been the case. History is littered with the corpses of companies big and small. Some never had more than a single comic under its imprint, and others had characters more popular than anything the big two ever […] Read More >>

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. The first book in our series, The Death Of Superman, exists in a very different universe than this […] Read More >>

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. Previously on CBL If Superman is the Hemmingway of comics (sparse and true), then The X Men of […] Read More >>

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. The first images you see in the bound collection that comprises The Death Of Superman are of a […] Read More >>

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. Previously on CBL Week 1: “The Death of Superman” What You Need to Know At this point DC […] Read More >>

Comic Book Logic: Issue 0 Pt. 2

by Kevin on April 14, 2012

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. This week, in honor of C2E2  we get into the psyche of why our columnists are undertaking this […] Read More >>

Comic Book Logic: Issue 0 pt 1

by Joe on April 13, 2012

Columnists Joe and Kevin take you through the experience of learning to read comic books. Each week they alternate as Joe (the teacher) explains why he picked a specific book, and Kevin (the student) gives his impressions. This week, in honor of C2E2  we get into the psyche of why our columnists are undertaking this […] Read More >>