hellblazer 74 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 62

Issue #74 “Damnation’s Flame: Trail of Tears” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Picking up immediately where the previous… [more]

screen_shot_2016-05-24_at_12.31.24_pmStar Wars In May – Thoughts on the Anniversary of the Original Release

Yesterday fans all over the world recognized May 25 as one of the most important anniversaries in popular culture: the release of Star Wars on that day in 1977. This comes at the tail end… [more]

9780674744431-lgA Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 12 – Wrapping Up

Over the course of this series about the 2016 Eisner Award Nominees, we’ve been focusing on individual titles that many comics fans may have either missed or overlooked. Without question, every comic mentioned in the… [more]

March - Book Two (2015)  Page 1A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 11 – March: Book Two

The history recounted in March: Book Two is, or should be, fairly familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of the 20th century. The Freedom Riders and the other struggles of the early 1960s American… [more]

CA.0413.the.avengers.A Marvel Cinematic Universe Wish List

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including their Netflix series, is expanding rapidly. Since having kids, the wife and I can’t seem to keep up. I’m not sure she’s as impatient to see Captain America: Civil War… [more]

Issue 73 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 61

Issue #73 “Damnation’s Flame: Broadway the Hard Way” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Last we left John Constantine… [more]

Kaijumax 001 (2015)  Page 1A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 10 – Kaijumax

Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax is an easy comic to like, because it takes such joy in being what it is. A colourful, quick-witted satire of prison movie cliches, blended with an all-star cast of Toho Pictures’… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #42: The 99% Strikes Back

After a week off, Shawn & Tom are back to deal with the fallout from Shelly Bond’s firing from Vertigo, Oni’s new imprint, the release of Captain America: Civil War, movie announcements for both Sexcastle and Irredeemable,… [more]

13-cameras-poster13 Cameras Plays Upon Your Video Surveillance Fears

The new suspenseful home invasion horror film, 13 Cameras, bases its plot on a very realistic fear – that someone may be spying on you inside your own home. The notion that anyone could be… [more]

ManifestDestiny19_review 1 coverManifest Destiny #19: Teamwork

When undertaking a task as dangerous as the exploration of unknown lands, teamwork is an absolute necessity. Other writers (such as Stephen Ambrose) have noted that it was this capacity for group unity, strong leadership… [more]

BlackRoad02-review coverBlack Road #2: A Little Kindness

It should come as no surprise that Black Road has the narrative structure of the “journey”. (The word “road” is right there in the title, after all.) While we were introduced to the characters and… [more]

9202448.tRevisit The Dark Knight Rises With Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman

Kevin Smith is naturally a positive and forgiving personality, which makes his podcasts fun, but often prevents him from really getting into a serious critique of a film, especially when it’s a film close to… [more]

Image2Science Fiction Elements of Infinite Jest: Part 3, Subsidized Time

The twentieth-anniversary rereading and discussion of the greatest novel ever written, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, has just ended. The discussion continues, and this is part of it. Many thousands of fans worldwide including me… [more]

Issue #72 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 60

Issue #72 “Damnation’s Flame Part One: Brave New World” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; When Hellblazer started 71… [more]

catwoman by cookeRethinking and Re-inking Catwoman

A few months ago I started reading Deborah E. Whaley’s recent book, Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime. In it, Whaley explores how women of African descent are portrayed in various visual… [more]

1401x788-000063.1674.16192_YogaHosers_still1_HarleyQuinnSmith_LilyRoseDepp__byAllanAmatoKevin Smith’s Critic-Proof Yoga Hosers Trailer Debuts

For the past few years, particularly since the release of 2011’s Red State, Kevin Smith has led a (mostly) one-man campaign to carve his own path through 21st-century popular culture. Temporarily ditching his film career… [more]

southernbastards14 coverSouthern Bastards #14: “Homecoming” Ends

As we reach the end of the “Homecoming” story arc in Southern Bastards, it becomes fairly clear what this particular storyline has always been about. Not football, or even race, necessarily, but the rather the… [more]

Preacher picUntil the End of the World: Thoughts on Preacher

Tulip: The way I hear it, there’s two good places to look for God: in church, or at the bottom of a bottle. Jesse: Maybe I’ll go find a liquor store, then … ’cause lemme… [more]

Great Lakes Avengers 2Of Squirrels and Girls

This exposes me to some risk, having to look over my shoulder for Steinbeck’s vengeful spirit, but that’s the life we choose in the thrilling, fast-paced world of sequential art criticism.  Not like music reviewers… [more]

Monstress01_Review 1 coverA Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 9 – Monstress

Monstress wastes no time in creating a lush, vivid fantasy world and giving us some great characters to populate it. This Image Comics release by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda builds all manner of artifice… [more]

Issue 71 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 59

Issue #71 “Finest Hour” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Last we left John Constantine he was in a… [more]

wca2 shrunkThey Were Lost in Space-Time and Then They Found God

Written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Al Milgrom, the Lost in Space-Time saga ran from West Coast Avengers #17 to 24. The real meat is between 18-23, with the others serving as a prologue… [more]

bvs_faceoff_wpwAcademics on Batman v. Superman

Released on March 25, 2016, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was a movie decades in the making.  As the first live action film featuring both Batman and Superman it was a movie featuring two… [more]

I Love This Part - Review coverA Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 8 – I Love This Part

Comics is a diverse and flexible medium, and one of the greatest examples of that is how it can tell both big stories and small stories. Many people are aware of the degree to which… [more]

FadeOutVol1_Review coverA Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 7 – The Fade Out

The Fade Out is a comic about Hollywood, specifically that magical post-war late-1940s Hollywood that is so often romanticized. It’s one of America’s true mythic places, full of hard-drinking writers, bombshell girls (and the occasional… [more]