Evolution of the Islamic Superheroine: Post-9/11 Representation of Muslim Women in Comics

Introduction The primary purpose of this piece will be to discuss the history regarding the increased representation of Muslima, or female adherents of Islam, within fictional mediums such as superhero comics. Specifically, following the September… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 7: Martyrdom in House of X #4

Chapter 7: Martyrdom in House of X #4 – It Will be Done Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia Deeply tragic and yet strangely… [more]

From Fan Favorite to Most Despised: The Curious Case of Dr. Hank McCoy

There was a time in the ‘90s when, if a fan was asked to name their top five X-Men, there was a good chance Hank McCoy would be among them. Maybe you thought Cyclops was… [more]

The Knighted King: A Brief Publication History of Christopher Priest’s Black Panther

When Christopher Priest returned to Marvel Comics in 1998 it had been almost ten years since his tumultuous exit from the company. In the interim the company and the comic book industry had undergone tremendous… [more]

Radiant Black #1 Review

Writer: Kyle Higgins Artist: Marcelo Costa SPOILER WARNING… The superhero genre often uses the “super” element as a way to explore experiences that in real life would be ordinary. Radiant Black certainly fits the genre,… [more]

Aria: Heavenly Creatures Review

Written by Brian Holguin Art by Jay Anacleto and Brian Haberlin While I am unfamiliar with the Aria comics from the ’90s, this one certainly makes an impression for a first-time reader. Set in Victorian… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 6: Doubts and Fears in House of X #3

Chapter 6: Doubts and Fears in House of X #3 – Once More unto the Breach Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia Cyclops asks… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 5: The End Times in Powers of X #3

Chapter 5: The End Times in Powers of X #3 – This Is What You Do Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: R.B. Silva and Marte… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 4: Ascension in Powers of X #2

Chapter 4: Ascension in Powers of X #2 – We Are Together Now, You and I Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva with Adriano Di Benedetto Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art:… [more]

Wonder Woman 1984 Review

SPOILER WARNING: Please don’t read this until you’ve seen the film! I never wrote anything on Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Well, that isn’t entirely true, as I’d admit if Diana of Themyscira’s Lasso is called… [more]

An Introduction’s Inevitable Conclusion: Art Spiegelman: Golden Age Superheroes were Shaped by the Rise of Fascism

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since the Folio Society published Marvel: The Golden Age 1939–1949 as compiled and edited by Roy Thomas. I saw it as a sponsored Facebook advertisement… [more]

Citizenship 101: The DC Public Service Announcements of the 1950s and 1960s

An unlikely 1949 brown paper schoolbook cover produced by DC Comics and distributed by the Institute for American Democracy (IAD) received a great deal of attention following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August 2017.… [more]

The Panther’s Priest: Christopher Priest’s Career Prior to Black Panther

To preserve clarity, except when using exact quotes, this history will refer to Christopher Priest consistently by his current name. He was born Christopher James Owsley, and many of his comic book credits prior to… [more]

Sequart Releases Musings on Monsters: Observations on the World of Classic Horror

Sequart is proud to announce the publication of Musings on Monsters: Observations on the World of Classic Horror, edited by Rich Handley and Lou Tambone. As children, we fall in love with monsters, and age often… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 3: Reincarnation in House of X #2

Chapter 3: Reincarnation in House of X #2 – The Uncanny Life of Moira X Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia It would be… [more]

The Universe of Possibilities: Star Wars, Doctor Aphra, and Literary Concurrency

Fans of the Star Wars franchise are probably familiar with the series of events that led to Marvel Comics becoming, once again, responsible for the publishing license, but just in case: Marvel produced the original… [more]

Different Men of Tomorrow: Superman and Providence

Stop me if you’ve heard this story. A mild-mannered bespectacled journalist works at an American newspaper attempting to find a story, having to deal with a senior editor, a wise-cracking coworker, and a troublesome, opinionated… [more]

Formless and Void: On BLAME!, NaissanceE, and Liminal Spaces

“What’s it about?” When I recommend BLAME! – the admittedly a tad obscure manga by Tsutomu Nihei – to someone, I tend to get that dreaded question asked to me. I hate having to answer… [more]

Panther’s Range: The History of the Black Panther Prior to Christopher Priest

The Black Panther was a ground-breaking character in his 1966 debut. From his first appearance onward, he was seldom absent for long from Marvel Comics publications, whether as a guest star or part of the… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 2: Visions of the Future and the Past in Powers of X #1

Chapter 2: Prophecy – Visions of the Future and the Past in Powers of X #1 – The Last Dream of Professor X Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva with Adriano Di… [more]

Excerpt from Brett Dakin’s American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason

INTRO: I never met Lev Gleason—he died five years before I was born. My mother would tell me stories about her flamboyant, free-spending uncle from New York City, and I especially loved hearing about Uncle… [more]

How Lightsabers Illustrate the Anakin-Ahsoka-Luke Connection

No two lightsabers are alike. Each has a different design on their hilts and various blade colors to pick from. They are completely the choice of the user who builds it. The original trilogy did… [more]

Exploring White Privilege in Christopher Priest’s Black Panther: Part 2, Hunter, the White Wolf

Hunter glided into the pages of Black Panther stealthily, first trailing him under a cloak of invisibility in the closing panels of issue #3, before fully appearing in issue #4. Even then, his back story… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 1: Paradise in House of X #1: The House that Xavier Built

“You see, I know how you humans love your symbolism, almost as much as you love your religion.” This bold statement of Magneto towards the end of House of X #1 not only serves as… [more]

Infertility and Destiny in Netflix’s The Witcher

Every fictional world has its own set of rules regarding who has power and how it’s important to the narrative. From Avatar: The Last Airbender, Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc., many stories separate those with… [more]