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The Question #1, cover by Bill Sienkiewicz copyThe Nostalgia Test: Re-examining Denny O’Neil, Denys Cowan, and Rick Magyar’s The Question

The Question strove for subtext—it was more about Vic’s spiritual journey than whether he could defeat a villain or escape a burning building. [more]

mD6ge5Q1ZewPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Eleven : Enter The Iron Lady

You knew it had to happen at some point in the pages of True Faith : Nigel, Terry, and their newfound “friends” have been entirely too successful in their church-burning campaign and,  this being 1989… [more]

Listen to Me MarlonWhy Brando Matters: Listen to Me Marlon and the Search for Authenticity

Picasso had to paint. Miles had to play. Einstein had to theorize. And Brando had to act. But the art of acting was to expose falseness, to open it up and examine it in a never-ending search for authenticity. [more]

Incognegro_1_1600x1200-689033Race and Gender: Incognegro‘s Protagonist is Not the Hero He Hopes to Be

With the recent release of Strange Fruit #1 being critiqued for its lack of unique identity in its African-American (and even Alien-African-American) characters and unrealistic characterisation, my thoughts drew back to another piece. A comic… [more]

50-shades-grey2000x1200mix50 Shades of Grey and Male Silence: Why Christian Couldn’t Speak

E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Grey began in 2011 as self-published Twilight fan fiction, quickly became a bestselling ebook, was picked up by Vintage Books in March of 2012, and as of June 2015 has sold over… [more]

twolaneblacktop2015-07-30-21h27m21s332The Essentials: Two-Lane Blacktop

So I’m field testing a new title for the series previously known as “Movies You Should Watch.” I have grown tired with that name! Or, more accurately, I’ve decided to take the series in a… [more]

Understanding Comics 3 TIME ROPETime Paradox: Sound in Comics

Comics are unique in that it is the only medium where sound is seen, rather than heard by its audience.  My previous discussion on this topic focused on some visual devices used in comics to… [more]

green_lantern_85This is Your Comic on Drugs

How Drugs Killed Comics In 1954 the comic publishing industry faced a Galactus-sized threat from psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. His study linked comic book reading to juvenile delinquency and other social ills. The report whipped up… [more]

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #1The Audacity of Hope, Geek Culture, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Part 2

A week ago I went to see the new Mission Impossible.  While waiting for it to start, I was a bit amused to see trailers for two upcoming movies—The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the latest… [more]

CaptainAmerica221Weird Worlds: The Minor Mainstream Works of Steve Gerber, Part 3 – Captain America

Of the works that I am considering in this series of articles, Steve Gerber’s run on Captain America is by far the shortest. Weighing in at a scant 3 and three quarter issues, this truncated… [more]

articlethumb“And Thus Exemplify This Process.” – Duality, Duplicity and Dissolution in Providence #2

Providence thus far appears at the very least to be an exercise in dichotomy. The first issue portraying relatively liberated sexual play alongside tragic repression. The second issue appears to do much the same, only… [more]

exmachina2015-07-13-22h11m22s104Ex Machina and the Art of Appropriate Stylization

I want to be perfectly clear about something right from the start: I really liked Ex Machina. I’d go so far as to call it a great film. When it’s end-of-the-year-list time I suspect Ex… [more]

The Man From UNCLEThe Audacity of Hope, Geek Culture, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Part 1

When Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hope is the thing with feathers,” she clearly didn’t anticipate geek culture.  For despite popular stereotypes, one of the most dominant characteristics of many in the geek community is a deep… [more]

the living dead girlThe Ravishing Repertoire of Jean Rollin

This is a guest post by the fabulous horror critic Goregirl. You can keep up with her writing at 366 Weird Movies, Tumblr, and follow her on Twitter. Jean Rollin directed over fifty films in… [more]

yog2015-07-27-13h31m46s734Madness is Waiting: Hannibal Season Three Episode Eight

With episode eight of Hannibal’s third season, The Great Red Dragon, we’ve jumped ahead three years in time to the events of the first Hannibal novel, Red Dragon. It’s a dramatic jump, one that fundamentally… [more]

Ant-Man PosterOutdoor Basketball Goals, Ant-Man, and Twinkies: Ambivalence at the Multiplex

When we first decided to buy a house, I had one requirement.  I wanted a basketball goal.  It’s not that I was a serious basketball player or anything, but having an outdoor goal seemed necessary—like… [more]

hellbound2015-06-30-22h32m30s438Hellbound: A Muddled Hellraiser Sequel

When I wrote about Clive Barker’s Hellraiser film for my Halloween Binge, I came to the conclusion that, as much as I like the film, it felt like the world implied by the film was… [more]

Godzilla's Revenge2015-07-09-13h01m06s211Where the Kaiju Things Are: All Monsters Attack

After Destroy All Monsters, Toho took the Godzilla franchise in a controversial direction. The studio decided to throw their biggest director at their smallest film yet, birthing one of the least popular Godzilla movies ever.… [more]

sequentialLogo-1Ten Great Titles From Sequential’s Summer Sale

Sequential, an iPad app for reading comics, is having a great summer sale on dozens of indie comics titles this month, and if those sorts of comics are to your taste, there’s quite a bit… [more]

exmachina2015-07-19-13h23m14s869We Are a Zero-Sum Game: Hannibal Season Three Episode Seven

Hannibal comes to its midseason point with this episode, “Digestivo.” Not only does it essentially dramatically conclude the current storylines (before a jump forward multiple years into the events of Red Dragon), it also provides… [more]

Aldrin_Apollo_11_original cropCelebrating Apollo 11 Day: A Short Look at Space Travel and Pop Culture

Today is an historic day in world history, and ironically it will probably be some sort of world holiday at some point in the future. But as of 2015, we’re still grappling with the historic… [more]

multiversity too article thumb“And Then It Was Continued Thereafter. Unto All Eternity.”: A Quite Unexpected Afterthought on The Multiversity

By far the biggest news to come out of SDCC, for me personally, was She Makes Comics winning best documentary at the independent film festival. Second to this was the fruit borne of the “Multiversity… [more]

nh-color-pluto-charonPluto: The Popular Culture Planet

Pluto, which our species is seeing up close for the first time this week, is a planet almost as firmly embedded in popular culture as Mars, and yet we know comparatively nothing about it. Since… [more]

Godzilla's Revenge2015-07-10-13h35m59s234You Dropped Your Forgiveness: Hannibal Season Three Episode Six

For a show perpetually willing to spend its time ruminating intellectually on personal philosophies, psychology, and characters’ perspectives Hannibal is also never short on events. The show achieves this wonderful complimentary and contrasting balance between… [more]

From Amazing Fantasy #15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko copyMythology, Aunt May, and Fairy Tales: A Monday Morning Mosaic

How does the collective comics community respond to the news that an Oscar-winning and highly respected actress might participate in the next Spider-Man movie? Why, with weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, of course. [more]