Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Comic Book Heroes

This week I'm doing my Top 5 Favorite Comic Book Heroes. Are you a comic book nerd like me? If so, feel free to share your list.

1. Dr. Strange (While other superheroes are dealing with mere supervillains and otherwise corporeal bad guys, Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, is busy doing battle with the nameless horrors that constantly seek to swallow up our universe in chaos. By the Seven Rings of Raggadorr!)

2. The Phantom (The original masked crimefighter, literally. Kit Walker was the first to don a spandex suit and mask to fight international crime from his base in Africa.)

3. Wolverine ('nuff said)

4. Rogue (What's not to love? A southern belle with super strength, the ability to fly, nigh invulnerability, and the unfortunate ability to suck the life force from people by touching them. Rogue was one of my favorite characters from the X-Men world. Unfortunately she got gypped in the movies.)

5. Shadowcat (Most people remember Jubilee as the X-Men's resident teenager thanks to the cartoon. However, I always liked Kitty Pryde who was much less annoying and easier to relate to. She also has an awesome power: the ability to phase through solid objects.)

Comments

Wayne Brown said…
I really dig Dr. Strange's fashion sense. He's probably the best-dressed superhero ever...
Erica said…
I approve of this list. :D
Rick said…
Wayne, I wish I could pull of a Dr. Strange wardrobe. He is quite the snappy dresser. Much better than skin-tight spandex.
Wayne Brown said…
hahah You totally should. And I agree.. He has serious class...
buddy2blogger said…
A nice list.. Rogue, Dr Strange and Shadowcat receive too little attention despite their incredible powers.

Substitute Wolverine and Phantom with Magneto and Martian Manhunter and that would be my list :)