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Hickman Avengers 002Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers #2: We Were Avengers

Issue #2 acts as something of an interlude in the first three issues of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers. As Captain America prepares a new team to go to Mars, Ex Nihilo’s speaks with the imprisoned Avengers,… [more]

X-MEN IMAGE 3Academics on the Legacy of Fox’s X-Men Films

Given how fast our current news cycle moves, it is often difficult to remember a time when comic book movies thrived before the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, if we cast our minds to the early… [more]

jimmy-corrigan-the-smartest-kid-on-earth aHell is Other People: Superheroes, Outsiders, and Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, Part 2

Previously, I explored the themes of Chris Ware’s landmark graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth — specifically the role and function of the superhero in this piece and even beyond in Ware’s… [more]

Jimmy Corrigan cvrHell is Other People: Superheroes, Outsiders, and Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan

Chris Ware’s seminal graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth is a masterwork wherein Ware chronicles the struggles of main character, Jimmy, as he navigates through life, eventually meeting his estranged father for… [more]

avengers_covers_1_3.0Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers #1: An Avengers World is Born!

Hickman begins Avengers #1 like a creation story, the theme of creation being prevalent throughout the three-issue opening arc: “First there was nothing. Then everything.” As we will see, this is juxtaposed against New Avengers… [more]

Stranger Things New CokeStrange Sentiments: Stranger Things and Nostalgia

“Stranger Things Season Three, and the Limits of Nostalgia” – the Week “In Stranger Things’ Third Season, the Nostalgia Well Runs Dry” – Slate “Stranger Things Doesn’t Know How to Grow Up” – Vanity Fair… [more]

Jack Carter Planetary 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 3

In How To Read Superhero Comics and Why, Klock applies Harold Bloom’s concept of the ‘agon’ to Ellis’s treatment of superheroes in his work for WildStorm. For Bloom, poets can only escape the ‘anxiety of… [more]

Prince-Batdance-videoCapes, Cowls, and Purple: How Prince Merged the Worlds of Music and Comics with Batman and Beyond

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958-April 21, 2016), known throughout most of his career simply as Prince, had been an important part of music since his humble beginnings with the band 94 East in 1975,… [more]

Casino Royale Whack 1Casino Royale: Taking It in the Cojones for Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The fifth and final installment of James Bond starring Daniel Craig as Bond, currently titled only Bond 25, is set to be released in 2020. It’s notable not only because it will be Daniel Craig’s… [more]

crime suspenstories 22 thumbThe Road to Vertigo: The Suppression and Eventual Rise of Mature Comics and Their Readers

The legacy of Vertigo recalls the very idea of comics finally being allowed to mature; letting people swear, drink, openly take drugs for recreation, and bringing in some serious ambiguity as to what it means… [more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Deltarune EmblemThis Next Experiment and the Values of Fun: Toby Fox and Gaster’s Deltarune Part III

In our second article, I wrote about Undertale, the presence of W.D. Gaster in the game and its code, the collaborative dynamic between Toby Fox and his audience as well as the implications it had… [more]