1JLA: New World Order Revisited or, What Makes a Story Essential?

The world of cape-comics has a rather tortured relationship with certain sets of words used to describe a character, creator or project. ‘Iconic,’ for instance, is probably one of the most overused words in our… [more]

hulkoFinding Hulko: Secondary Colors

With the Infinity War storyline wrapping up, it might be useful to take a fresh look at a pre-MCU Marvel Film, the 2003 Hulk. 2003 saw the release of both Eric Bana’s Hulk and Disney… [more]

Barbara Shermund 1Women Like Barbara Shermund Have Always Worked in Comics & Cartoons

If you’ve spent much time in the world of comic book fandom, you know there are certain fault lines that, unfortunately, can be divisive among fans. One of those fault lines is the issue of… [more]

GQ cover and Maia Kobabe (photo by Tristan Crane)Maia Kobabe Discusses Eir Career and Eir Book Gender Queer: A Memoir

Maia Kobabe (pronouns e/em/eir) is a nonbinary, queer writer and illustrator. A graduate of California College of the Arts, Maia has quickly built a tremendous portfolio of work – much of which can be found… [more]

Captain_Video_title_cardCaptain Video: Forgotten Father of the Sci-Fi Franchise

Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Luke Skywalker, the Doctor, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Captain Video… What do those names have in common? If you said they are protagonists that launched science fiction franchises you’d be correct,… [more]

Academics on Endgame - Image 7Academics on Avengers: Endgame, Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, we got so many contributions that we had to split this article up into two parts. Below is the second half, and we hope you enjoy it. And again…BEWARE…FOR SPOILERS… [more]

Dark Phoenix TPB CoverEver to Ashes: The Unadaptable Nature of the Dark Phoenix Saga

INTRO As Hollywood takes its second big stab at The Dark Phoenix Saga, the most popular X-Men storyline of all-time, certain age-old arguments about the adaptability of comics properties find new footing in our collective… [more]

Academics on Endgame - Image 5Academics on Avengers: Endgame, Part 1

Avengers: Endgame is a cinematic generational event. The epic conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first arc that began with 2008’s Iron Man and encompasses twenty-two films. As of this posting, Avengers: Endgame has grossed… [more]

The Wild Storm cover 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 2

The Authority’s ‘sister’ title, Planetary was also launched in 1999, following a preview story included in the WildStorm titles Gen-13 and C-23 in September of the previous year. Conceived as a series in which Ellis… [more]

BB_MOREAU coverReturning to The Island of Doctor Moreau

Every few years, HG Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau enjoys something of a rebirth. This summer, IDW will release a full-on comic version of the story, but before that we have a new illustrated… [more]

UsJordan Peele’s Us: Untethered

“There we are – demented children mincing about in clothes that no one ever wore, speaking as no man ever spoke, swearing love in wigs and rhymed couplets, killing each other with wooden swords, hollow… [more]

Detective Comics 700 VariantBatman: Legacy Review

Sequels are a fact of life in entertainment, especially in comic books. Think of all the stories you’ve read in places like Narnia, Westeros, Hogwarts, Baker Street, Oz, Mars, etc. Think of all those stories… [more]

Fake Geek GirlsSuzanne Scott Discusses Her Career and New Book Fake Geek Girls

Currently an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at UT Austin, Dr. Suzanne Scott is a scholar focused on fan cultures, gender studies, popular culture, and the various ways they intersect. She has recently published a… [more]

avengers endgameAvengers: Endgame, Iron Man, and America

Disclaimer: this article includes spoilers starting in the third paragraph, so I wouldn’t read too far if you haven’t watched Avengers: Endgame yet. It also won’t make much sense if you haven’t watched Endgame and… [more]

hi res Drag Star logoEvan Peterson on Writing, Academia, and His New Video Game Drag Star!

Evan J. Peterson is a Swiss Army Knife of writers. In addition to being the creator of what he describes as the ‘Evan-verse,’ he has published non-fiction, poems, short horror and science fiction stories, and… [more]

Duerr and O’Neill’s The Temple of SilenceThe Invisible Art that Makes The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley

Recently, I read an article by Noah Charney about Davie Bowie and William Boyd’s connection to an obscure American abstract expressionist artist Nat Tate, operating in the mid-twentieth century, who destroyed most of his paintings,… [more]

Batman 321 page 12A Birthday Card for a Friend

One of my childhood friends turns 80 today. Perhaps he’s your friend too. [more]

us-familyJordan Peele’s Us: One for the Ages

“Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.” -Jeremiah 11:11 “Hell’s… [more]

FRANK CoverJordan Thomas on Frank at Home on the Farm #1

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… [more]

Stormwatch volume 2 number 2“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 1

The title of this essay comes from lines spoken by the character Jenny Sparks in Warren Ellis’s first issue as writer on the WildStorm title Stormwatch (#37, July 1996), after she is recruited to the… [more]

Carol DanversMy Thoughts on Captain Marvel: It’s Complicated

Here be spoilers… I went into my 10:30a showing of Captain Marvel not really knowing anything about Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel. At a time when the entire media market is glutted with superhero films… [more]

The MignolaverseSequart Releases The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola

Sequart is proud to announce the publication of The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola, edited by S.G. Hammond. In 1993, Mike Mignola debuted Hellboy, beginning a universe that would expand to include… [more]

Spider-Verse image 4Academics on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Released on December 14, 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a movie that shouldn’t exist. Superhero movies have been dominated by live action adaptations for well over a decade, while animated comic book movies have… [more]

Image1 10Review of The Lost Puzzler

(I am a Harper Voyager Super Reader: HarperVoyager gives me free advance copies of upcoming science-fiction and fantasy titles, and in return I write honest reviews. This one is spoiler-free; I reveal nothing you couldn’t… [more]

image 2Too Much of Everything

Launched in the last month of 2018, TKO Studios is a new publisher that sets out to “redefine the industry.” Their first wave of announced comics includes titles like Sara – a World War II… [more]