Author Archive for Michael Melchor

Michael Melchor has covered pop culture in all its forms for several publications and websites, including BackStage Pass magazine, 411Mania.com, and Examiner.com. He's been an avid comics reader since Barry Allen was first put on trial for the death of Professor Zoom. He's also been an avid wrestling fan since Dusty Rhodes beat Harley Race for the NWA World Championship. He now brings his fandom of comics, music, and wrestling to PanelsOnPages.com.

Is Warner Bros Using DLC and Video Games as a Strategy Model for the DCEU?

Is Warner Bros Using DLC and Video Games as a Strategy Model for the DCEU?

It’s almost too much of a coincidence that the studio has released two blockbusters to sharply divided response and then “made good” with the home video release.

Review: ‘Moonshine’ #1

Review: ‘Moonshine’ #1

What happens when coupla fellers who’re great at tellin’ crime stories decide to tell ‘nother one set up in th’ mountains of West Virginia? An’ intr’duce monsters into th’ mix?

Outside The Longbox: Michael Chiklis - ‘Influence’

Outside The Longbox: Michael Chiklis – ‘Influence’

Show of hands – who here would have expected The Commish to release an album? Right, neither did we. But it’s pretty damn solid.

Review: ‘Eclipse’ #1

Review: ‘Eclipse’ #1

Can Zack Kaplan and Giovanni Timpano’s new title continue the trend of excellent books from Top Cow?

Review: ‘World of Tanks:Roll Out’ #1

Review: ‘World of Tanks:Roll Out’ #1

It may be a little odd to see someone with a reputation like Ennis take on a licensed comic for an MMO game like World of Tanks, but it gives him a chance to shine in familiar territories.

Review: ‘Super! #6’

Review: ‘Super! #6’

As the Independent Feature Review returns (now on on a bi-weekly basis), we couldn’t think of a better way to kick things off with a look at the newest issue of a book we grew to love.

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Best of DC Rebirth (So Far)

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Best of DC Rebirth (So Far)

We’ve read just about every one of the Rebirth books since they came out and narrowing our favorites down to just six was like having to pick a favorite child. Nonetheless, we’re up to the task.

Review: ‘The Twilight Children’

Review: ‘The Twilight Children’

Darwyn Cooke’s final published work stands as a master’s thesis in comics storytelling.

Review: ‘Land of the Witching Hour’ #1

Review: ‘Land of the Witching Hour’ #1

So brilliant in its simplicity. And lack of information.

Review: ‘Batman’ #52

Review: ‘Batman’ #52

Batman’s ‘New 52’ Era ends not with a bang or a whimper but a solid Batman story instead.

Review: “Weavers” #1

Review: “Weavers” #1

Simon Spurrier has made his reputation for having one hell of an imagination. The reputation continues to grow with ‘Weavers’.

Review: ‘Alpha King’ #1

Review: ‘Alpha King’ #1

“This book is what happens when beer and comics conceive on a barstool.” Was this a warning from Brian Azarello?

Review: ‘Superman: American Alien’ #6

Review: ‘Superman: American Alien’ #6

Landis has captured the feeling of why this character is so iconic like no one else has in a long time with nary a death, epic fight, or some long-winded dissertation on what “the Symbol” means.

Review: ‘Renato Jones: The One %’ #1

Review: ‘Renato Jones: The One %’ #1

Image Comics presents an artist and writer that has had some questionable work in the public eye – and his redemption.

Review: ‘Batman: Europa’

Review: ‘Batman: Europa’

Taking all of the baggage and delays out of the equation, ‘Batman: Europa’ is certainly one of the better short-form Batman stories to come along in some time.

Review: ‘I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1’

Review: ‘I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1’

Young is having more fun than any human should with this book, and it shows in every sharp line, wide-eyed expression and gory drop of bodily fluid.

Review: ‘Dept H #1’

Review: ‘Dept H #1’

Kindt attempts to strike gold again in familiar territory with another creator-owned property for Dark Horse in the form of Dept H.

Review: ‘Super Human Resources II’ #1

Review: ‘Super Human Resources II’ #1

Ever wonder if (or how) superheroes deal with 401k? Or insurance? Expense reports?

Review: ‘Wonder Woman: Earth One’ Vol. 1

Review: ‘Wonder Woman: Earth One’ Vol. 1

The somewhat-controversial entry into DC’s Earth One graphic novel series is much more substance than shock.

Review: ‘Street Fighter x GI Joe’ #1 & #2

Review: ‘Street Fighter x GI Joe’ #1 & #2

Two issues in and one of the most anticipated crossovers in comics has both great potential and definite flaws.

Review: ‘Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth’

Review: ‘Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth’

With the DC You initiative, we’ve seen superhero comics that have been pretty great and some that weren’t. Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth falls somewhere in the middle.

Review: ‘Cyborg Vol. 1: Unplugged’

Review: ‘Cyborg Vol. 1: Unplugged’

For those curious about a character that seemed to come out of nowhere to stand alongside the pantheon on the big screen, this is a great place to get to know Victor Stone.

Review: ‘Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City Vol. 1’

Review: ‘Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City Vol. 1’

The dark, tortured member of Hero Cats strikes out on his own solo series!

Lexington Comic and Toy Convention Recap

Lexington Comic and Toy Convention Recap

Big enough to feel like an event and small enough to really enjoy meeting some favorites, the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention is a really fun time for convention goers.

Review: ‘Batman Vol. 8: Superheavy’

Review: ‘Batman Vol. 8: Superheavy’

Even the talents of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo can’t salvage one of the few steps DC You took in the wrong direction.

Review: ‘Golem’

Review: ‘Golem’

On the heels of “Poet Anderson” and “A Glance Backward,” Magnetic Press hits another home run.

Review: ‘Gotham Academy Vol. 02: Calamity’

Review: ‘Gotham Academy Vol. 02: Calamity’

Another DC You offering whets our appetite for an upcoming crossover.

Review: 'Justice League Vol. 7: Darkseid War Part 1'

Review: ‘Justice League Vol. 7: Darkseid War Part 1’

Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok present an event that breaks modern rules by being self-contained and (mostly) comprehensible while maintaining an epic feel.

Review: ‘The Beauty vol 1’

Review: ‘The Beauty vol 1’

Top Cow’s division of Image Comics has produced some very strong titles with its Pilot Season initiative. This winner of the 2011 season shows why.

Holy Crap! Remember... The Warlord?

Holy Crap! Remember… The Warlord?

A fantasy book that showed the comics medium is capable of decades ago is fondly remembered. Welcome back to Skartaris.

Review: ‘Broken Frontier’

Review: ‘Broken Frontier’

An independent anthology well worth its weight and price tag – so long as you don’t try to take it all in with one sitting.

Review: ‘Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming’

Review: ‘Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming’

Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu take on the tough task of combining music with comics and present a shining take on a classic DC character.

Review: ‘Martian Manhunter Vol. 1: The Epiphany’

Review: ‘Martian Manhunter Vol. 1: The Epiphany’

Several notable DC You collections are set for release this month – the first of which stumbles out of the gate.

Review: ‘Tokyo Ghost Volume 1: Atomic Garden’

Review: ‘Tokyo Ghost Volume 1: Atomic Garden’

Two modern comic titans come together to present a story as addicting as the rush of technology in 2089.

Review: ‘Predator Life and Death’ #1

Review: ‘Predator Life and Death’ #1

Another crossover in the shared universe of Aliens, Prometheus and – of course – Predator starts soon. We have an advance look at the opening salvo.