Hellblazer 3Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 2

Issue #3 “Going for It” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: John Ridgeway Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Annie Halfacree Of all the issues of Hellblazer written by Jamie Delano, fewer are more politically charged than “Going For… [more]

beyond2014-10-28-21h50m15s109Halloween Binge: The Beyond

A manic and kind of terrible Italian horror movie. But also a manic and great horror movie. Lots of eye-gouging. [more]

Image1The Circle by Dave Eggers: Let’s All “Like” Our Transparent Dystopia!

[Note: This article contains many spoilers; it would be impossible to write without them. Also, The Circle was published a full year ago, and it explores social media’s effects on knowledge, socializing, privacy, and politics—as… [more]

rosemary2014-10-26-14h40m00s5Halloween Binge: Rosemary’s Baby

Wooo. We’re getting into real classics at this point in my binge. Filling in some gaps in my viewing with some classics. Will I be annoyingly contrarian? Come find out. [more]

Peter-Cushing-Van-HelsingVampire Films and Catholicism

The vampire movies that are the most likely to treat issues of theology and religion seriously are the Gothic melodramas and the art house pictures, while the films in the other categories are more interested… [more]

lifeforcebdcap4_originalHalloween Binge: Lifeforce

Despite a whole lot of potential and some good scenes this movie kind of blows. It should have been so good, but honestly you could stop this movie after Mathilda May disappears. [more]

"Morrison & Miller(sic) Move Over To Marvel": The cover to 1995's Comics International #52, with a scan from Alan Davis' Captain Britain tales.“To Shoot Every Last Skrull On Earth”: On Skrull Kill Krew #1-5 (The American Superhero Comics Of Mark Millar, Part 41)

Continued from last week. Despite the precipitous collapse and subsequent flatlining of Swamp Thing’s sales in the second half of 1994, Millar’s career at the half-point of the decade still appeared to be in rude… [more]

arrow_a_0Too Many Targets: Arrow Season Three, Episode 3 Review

While Arrow has, to some extent, narrowed its focus in the early going of its third season, “Corto Maltese” is a reminder of just how big a world the show has created. The episode sends… [more]

Colloquium #10Colloquium #10: That Kind of Western — Jay Faerber on Copperhead

Markisan interviews Jay Faerber on his Image series, Copperhead. Jay talks about writing “Deadwood in space,” working Marvel style, the industry shift to creator-owned stories and what the hell kind of animal officer Boo actually… [more]

Hellraiser2014-10-22-16h36m30s19Halloween Binge: Hellraiser

As much as I like this movie, and I really did, I have some problems with it. Just a few, but I dwell on them in this article. Not trying to be contrarian I swear. Just my honest picky response! [more]

The Shining, PosterThe Strange Case of Dr. Pretentious and Mr. Clown

I’ve always loved Halloween.  It’s one of the few holidays that is fun and festive but requires no travel and only nominal shopping.  When it’s done right, it’s a wonderful excuse to dress up, eat… [more]

phenomena2014-10-21-14h22m14s94Halloween Binge: Phenomena

A crazy Dario Argento movie starring a young Jennifer Connelly. This was a goody. Lots of craziness and tension and great filmmaking. [more]

Q2 Cover 1Getting the Band Back Together: A Review of Q2: The Return Of Quantum And Woody #1

When Valiant was reborn back in 2012 and returned to comic book store shelves everywhere, one question kept being asked at every convention the company made an appearance at: when were Quantum and Woody coming… [more]

flash-things-you-cant-outrun_article_story_largeGrowing Pains: The Flash “Things You Can’t Outrun” Review

“Things You Can’t Outrun” isn’t a particularly remarkable episode of television. It features an underdeveloped villain, some pretty terrible dialogue at times, and Iris continuing to be a millstone around the show’s neck, slowing things… [more]

return of the living dead2014-10-20-22h07m30s215Halloween Binge: Return of the Living Dead

An awesome zombie flick with nonsensical zombies, loads of camp, unnecessary nudity, punks, great needle drops, and, most importantly, “braaains.” [more]

OMAC02Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Six

The cover for OMAC #2 lays things bare – “In The Era Of The ‘Super Rich’ – Mister Big Can ‘Rent A City’ For Assassination!”  And while, admittedly, this may have sounded a bit far-fetched… [more]

genocide2014-10-16-13h34m42s249Halloween Binge: Genocide

Genocide is a bleak, nihilistic, Japanese horror film with killer bugs. It’s also not so secretly about war time atrocities. Like you do. [more]

constantineSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 1

When the term “magic” is observed by a member of the Western world, certain images undoubtedly come to mind. Long bearded men with staffs and pointy hats, a young boy with a lightning bolt scar,… [more]

cannibal2014-10-14-21h21m30s8Halloween Binge: Cannibal Holocaust

Cannibal Holocaust is one of the more controversial horror movies ever made. Filled with sketchy content and upsetting gore, it’s a dark Halloween viewing indeed. [more]

blackjesus_6_dup-20140730-08_2Discovering Black Jesus, Episode 6: “Love Thy Enemy, Part 1”

“You better slow down Joe Brown. You know God’s love will get you f*cked up quick.” God’s love dominates Black Jesus as a recurring theme, but what it means exactly has yet to take shape… [more]

Arrow-302-3The Fallen and a Mystery: Arrow Season Three Episode 2 Review

The third season of Arrow is starting off in a subtly different fashion than the previous two years. In a strange and compelling way it’s almost managed to transform itself into a more modest show.… [more]

house2014-10-13-19h40m56s80Halloween Binge: House

First up in my flood of Halloween themed articles: the insane Japanese horror movie House . It’s got magic cats, cannibalism, and crazy hand drawn FX. [more]

lemora-posterCategorizing Vampire Movies

In their classic form, vampires are immortal, nonhuman beings who sustain themselves by drinking human blood.  Sometimes referred to as nosferatu or wurdalak, vampires are most often portrayed as “undead” individuals who have come back… [more]

77-genesis-the-lamb-lies-down-on-broadwayThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: A Progressive Rock Album about Progress

Genesis, a band that’s been around longer than Crosby, Stills and Nash and has produced three times as many albums, is now enjoying a period of historical renovation. The recent documentary “Together and Apart” (that’s… [more]

from Mark Millar's Swamp Thing“About Sixty Per Cent Happy”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 40

Continued from last week. The rest of Millar’s Swamp Thing tales shared the same weaknesses as River Run, although they only intermittently reflected the same strengths. The likes of Twilight of The Gods and Chester… [more]