Joachim is a freelance artist and writer. He writes short stories and draws comics. Likes to travel, paint, collect rare toys, and read in his spare time. His fiction writing has been featured in magazines, websites, podcasts and television
- Top Story - July 2023
Horus in Amsterdam
“So? What do you think?” Andrew asked cheerfully. I could hear the anticipation in his voice for my honest and , hopefully, encouraging critique. A shiver of horror rolled down my spine while looked at me with hopeful eyes. I stood there, for the first time in my life completely speechless, still not believing what I was looking at. If only he'd shown it to me in his studio beforehand. I could have persuaded him into maybe to change the location for this...behemoth of a sculpture.
The Terror and Allure of Jack Kirby's Darkseid
For the early decades of the American comic book industry, its character motivations were simple. There was good and there was evil, and evil would always be vanquished by good in the end. And while the nature of both good and evil would be explored with some characters through the silver age, it was with the creation of the New God Darkseid from Jack Kirby's line of the 'Fourth World' at DC that the king of comics would highlight a different kind of evil that transcended these concepts.
Maka Maka: Communication Through Sex
Lesbian pornography is a time-tested go-to genre for quick titillation, fetishizing homosexuality among women not as a genuine expression of sexual orientation, but as something for men to mentally place themselves into the scene with. A phantom threesome, if you will.
Lightning Strikes Twice: 'The Wild Storm' Review
Alongside their lauded Rebirth line of comic book titles, publisher DC comics also launched a new line spearheaded by acclaimed British writer Warren Ellis and artist Jon Davis-Hunt titled: The Wild Storm. To anyone familiar with the works of Jim Lee, the early days of Image Comics, Lee's rise in rank in the offices of DC Comics and Warren Ellis's previous acclaimed series The Authority and Planetary, that name should sound familiar. The Wild Storm is a reboot of the former Wildstorm Universe, back after a long period of stagnation with a shot in the arm by the very man whose work gave the imprint it's most lauded work. But can lightning strike twice?
Ten Creepiest Creatures from the 'Metroid' Series
Metroidis one of the longest running Nintendo game franchises not named Mario or Zelda, being a groundbreaking video game series by starring a female character, Samus Aran, as well as gaining critical acclaim for its gameplay and strong science fiction setting. Anyone who has ever played any installment in the series can vouch for the inspiration it has taken from the Alien franchise, up to and including the horror elements in its designs. Most of the creatures Samus fought over the years can look unnerving, but a select few can be called truly horrific. WithSamus Returns, the remake of Metroid 2: The Return of Samus, coming for the Nintendo 3DS and a new Metroid Prime installment coming to the Nintendo Switch in the future, let's look back at ten of the most frightening enemies that the bounty hunter Samus Aran has ever faced over her long career.
10 Forgotten Superheroes
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man, Iron Man, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk are but a few on a long list of world renowned superheroes, who are recognized in the most remote parts of the world. But even with an explosive rise in popularity in the genre, there are still a few superheroes that, while once popular in their time, have been practically forgotten over the years. Be they characters from Pulp Magazines, TV series, Animation or Comics, time and underexposure has sadly caused the general audience to forget about these superheroes and their thrilling adventures. Here are ten superheroes that have been mostly forgotten, and deserve to be remembered.
Six Marvel Characters That Will Never Be In the MCU
With the explosive success of Marvel's Cinematic Universe (or MCU) approach to filmmaking, combined with their vast library of characters, it seems there is no end in sight to the long string of appearances by the players from the House of Ideas. But there are some characters that might be better off remaining in their comic books, as any live action appearances on film or TV simply won't work for them. Here are six Marvel Comics characters not suited for the MCU.
"Gon," a Manga Without Boundaries
Narrative art is unique in its method of conveying a story by not being necessarily reliant on text. Ask any comic book artist, art instructor or publisher, and they'll tell you that a good comic should be able to visually tell its story without the need of text. The flow of the narrative must work even before the words and balloons are added in. But what if you take this philosophy to its most extreme lengths? You end up with a little manga series that transcends both language and culture called
The Meaning (or Lack Thereof) Of Life With "Rick and Morty"
It's a safe assumption nearly everyone has at one point asked these simple yet unanswerable questions: “why are we here?” and “is there a purpose to our lives?” We might never get the answers to these questions. But one alcohol abusing super scientist and his hormonal teenage grandson not only shrug at those questions, they point and laugh at those who ask them, choosing to instead revel in the chaos and anarchy that is life. This is the tale of