Emmet O'Cuana

Emmet O’Cuana is a freelance writer, critic, and podcaster based in Melbourne.


STK660179No Future For You – Crossed +100

*SPOILERS for the six issue Crossed +100 storyline* Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin – Exodus 16 We all know what the post-apocalypse looks… [more]

nonplayer_poster_spread_whiteborder_smallPlay to Win: Nonplayer #2

Some ten years ago I was heavily addicted to the much-missed MMO City of Heroes. My friend Mike and I would ‘meet’ most evenings in Paragon City, chat as we blitzed through missions and even… [more]

Tomorrowland+Trailer+Teaser+Subtle Sadness+Acting+Britt Robertson+Casey Newton+Nonverbal Communication Expert+Body Language Expert+Speaker+Keynote+Consultant+Las Vegas+Los Angeles+Orlando+NYCDangerous Visions: The False Nostalgia of Tomorrowland

SPOILERS FOR TOMORROWLAND Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland presents its audience with a choice. On the one hand there is pessimism – our world is wracked by wars, climate change and rapid overpopulation that could combined bring… [more]

Fury Road 4A Very Australian Apocalypse: Mad Max: Fury Road

This is the way the world ends: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. Luckily for cinema audiences, George Miller does… [more]

146843-ginger-meggs“Australia’s Favourite Boy” Gets the Chop

Hey gang! If you could click this link and vote the second strip (Ginger Meggs) to keep me alive I’d be grateful. Yes that is just a fictional character’s plea on a promotional Facebook page… [more]

Ben-Kingsley-as-the-Mandarin-in-Iron-Man-3Our Feature Presentation: How Superhero Films Have Changed Trailers

What’s the perfect kind of pleasure? Oscar Wilde quipped that a cigarette is most exquisite due to its leaving one unsatisfied afterwards. The having of it immediately leads to wanting another. Now Hollywood has taken… [more]

Mad-Max-Fury-Road-Vehicles“This Mutant Dreamtime” – Language in Australian Post-Apocalypse Horror Broken Line

Broken Line, available digitally from Perth-based Australian publisher Gestalt Comics, is set after a typical Cold War-era nuclear war. In the familiar nightmare image of a man-made apocalypse, artist Emily K. Smith renders the mushroom… [more]

© Madman EntertainmentSturm und Drang: Germanic Influence on Shingeki no Kyojin

Seid ihr das Essen? Nein wir sind die Jäger Spoilers to follow: The bestselling manga Shingeki no Kyojin by Hajime Isayama has been adapted to television, inspired several video games, and a commercially successful English… [more]

Rolling Stone logoGathering Moss: On Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Non-Superhero Graphic Novels

Last week Rolling Stone released its list of “The 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels.” Writer Joe Gross wrly notes that assembling such a list is tantamount to placing a large target on his back. A… [more]

Spidrman-spider-man-34793159-1400-1400The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Defending the Reboot

Wasn’t it strange that the prospect of a sequel to the hit franchise reboot of Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man was not greeted with the excitement of, say, Bryan Singer’s new X-Men chapter? How about the rampant… [more]

guardians-of-the-galaxy-logoMarvel Studios, Risk, and James Gunn

This month’s release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier has once again reaped both high box-office numbers and critical praise for Marvel Studios. Their formula for success has been to bring fan favourite characters to… [more]

Image Comics logoRevolving Image

At Sydney’s Graphic Festival, held in the iconic Opera House last October, a trio of comic industry greats took to the stage at the invitation of comedian and MC Justin Hamilton. They were the charmingly… [more]

locke and keyLocke & Key and the Poetics of Space

“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” – John 14:2 Last month’s final issue of Joe… [more]

Golden Age Wonder WomanSteel Sinews: Sex and the Super-Hero

There’s a moment in Cable and X-Force #5 where Dennis Hopeless’s script introduces some foreplay between mutants Colossus and Domino. Poor Piotr Rasputin has been experiencing some control issues recently as a result of being… [more]


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