Green Lantern image 5Green Lantern’s Burden: Re-Evaluating the Superhero Genre’s ‘Woke’ Moment

At the turn of the new decade, as the euphoric epoch of the 1960s finally withered away, the symbols of American optimism took on new burdens and new crises. The superheroes of the 1970s, now… [more]

Zenith_book_1With Great Power Comes Great Career Opportunities: A Character Study of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s Zenith

Colin Smith makes some valid points in his article “He’s Not a Super-Hero, He’s Not Even a Very Naughty Boy: The Case Against Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s Zenith”. Zenith isn’t a superhero. That’s the… [more]

New Avengers 1Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers #1: Memento Mori

If Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers #1 begins with a creation story, his New Avengers starts out with a less hopeful proclamation: “Everything Dies.” Hickman’s New Avengers #1 opens with a one-page prologue providing a recap of… [more]

Avengers 3Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers #3: The Garden

Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run consists of multiple mini-arcs that all build and culminate with Secret Wars. Avengers #3 is the action-filled climax and the culmination of his first arc. On Mars, readers are treated to… [more]

Sequart logo#StayHome with Sequart

We know the current crisis is taxing for everyone, and we all could use a little joy while we stay home. Sequart would like to help, in our own small way. So beginning this Wednesday,… [more]

Doom Patrol Roque 1There is Another World: Postmodernism and Identity in Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol

Grant Morrison’s run on Doom Patrol is certainly not an easy book to recommend. On the surface, it’s a very dense work with dozens of different literary references hiding in every corner, and it can… [more]

Judge Dredd Apocalypse WarJudge Dredd and the Rise of the Police State

The dystopian science fiction film Dredd (2012), starring Karl Urban as the titular Judge Dredd and Olivia Thirlby as his rookie-in-training Psi Judge Anderson, adapts the popular British comic strip character originally serialized in 2000AD… [more]

Joker PresentingSend in the Clowns: Todd Phillips’s Joker

Coulrophobia. A fear of clowns. It’s kind of an ironic fear when you consider the idea that clowns are humanity’s way of making fun of its own mortality. For the longest time, I actually thought… [more]

Two Dead coverVan Jensen on His OGN Two Dead

“In America, no one is more powerful than a police officer,” a character says at one point in Two Dead, the new crime graphic novel from publisher Gallery 13, “a cop can detain you, hurt… [more]

Batman SupermanBecause I Am the Goddamn Batman: Political Ideologies and Transhumanism in Superhero Comics

Superheroes give us a way to get at the ideologies at work in transhumanism and politics. The genre of superhero comics is a fantastical take on an often dystopian version of our own real world.… [more]

Lessons Drawn coverDavid Seelow on Teaching with Comics and His Book Lessons Drawn

With over twenty-five years of experience in higher education, David Seelow’s career has been defined by his desire to develop new and innovative ways of educating students. In addition to his academic work, Seelow founded… [more]

Frank home 3 2Clark Bint on Frank at Home on the Farm #3

Frank at Home on the Farm is a wild and unique book from publisher Mad Robot Comics. Created by writer Jordan Thomas and artist Clark Bint, Frank is a psychological horror mystery set in a 1920s… [more]

goingattractionsApril Wright on Her Career and Documentary Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace

A cinephile from a young age, April Wright only began pursuing filmmaking 15 years ago, after building a financially successful career in another field. Since her first script got made in 2005, Wright has made… [more]

Black Project coverBulent Hasan on Black Project

Black Project is an upcoming comic by Bulent Hasan currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo. PHILLIPS: What inspired you to enter the indie comics arena? HASAN: I’ve been a comic book fan all my life, and to… [more]

Hickman Avengers 002Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers #2: We Were Avengers

Issue #2 acts as something of an interlude in the first three issues of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers. As Captain America prepares a new team to go to Mars, Ex Nihilo’s speaks with the imprisoned Avengers,… [more]

X-MEN IMAGE 3Academics on the Legacy of Fox’s X-Men Films

Given how fast our current news cycle moves, it is often difficult to remember a time when comic book movies thrived before the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, if we cast our minds to the early… [more]

Serious Creatures page 1Tony McMillen on Serious Creatures

Recently, Sequart sat down with Tony McMillen to chat about his new comics series Serious Creatures. He talks about the comic itself, his ‘70s & ‘80s horror movie effects influences, his early Image Comics &… [more]

jimmy-corrigan-the-smartest-kid-on-earth aHell is Other People: Superheroes, Outsiders, and Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, Part 2

Previously, I explored the themes of Chris Ware’s landmark graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth — specifically the role and function of the superhero in this piece and even beyond in Ware’s… [more]

Artemisia 09Beehive Books Celebrates Trailblazing Feminist Painter Artemisia Gentileschi in New Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens; these old masters are celebrated historical figures and household names. But there was one among their number — a woman who created Baroque masterpieces when she was just a teenager… [more]

Jimmy Corrigan cvrHell is Other People: Superheroes, Outsiders, and Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan

Chris Ware’s seminal graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth is a masterwork wherein Ware chronicles the struggles of main character, Jimmy, as he navigates through life, eventually meeting his estranged father for… [more]

avengers_covers_1_3.0Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers #1: An Avengers World is Born!

Hickman begins Avengers #1 like a creation story, the theme of creation being prevalent throughout the three-issue opening arc: “First there was nothing. Then everything.” As we will see, this is juxtaposed against New Avengers… [more]

frank-at-home-full-issue2Jordan Thomas on Kickstarting and Frank at Home on the Farm #2

Frank at Home on the Farm is a wild and unique new book from publisher Mad Robot Comics. Created by writer Jordan Thomas and artist Clark Bint, Frank is a psychological horror mystery set in a… [more]

image 1Grand Slam Romance #1 Review

Written by Olivia Hicks Drawn by Emma Oostherhous In the afterword for the first issue of Grand Slam Romance, both of the creators involved admit they do ‘not know much about softball.’ It is exactly… [more]

Stranger Things New CokeStrange Sentiments: Stranger Things and Nostalgia

“Stranger Things Season Three, and the Limits of Nostalgia” – the Week “In Stranger Things’ Third Season, the Nostalgia Well Runs Dry” – Slate “Stranger Things Doesn’t Know How to Grow Up” – Vanity Fair… [more]

Jack Carter Planetary 1“I won’t wear one of those damnfool spandex body-condom things. I don’t have the bust for it”: Superhero Costume in the WildStorm Comics of Warren Ellis, Part 3

In How To Read Superhero Comics and Why, Klock applies Harold Bloom’s concept of the ‘agon’ to Ellis’s treatment of superheroes in his work for WildStorm. For Bloom, poets can only escape the ‘anxiety of… [more]