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The Tales of Beedle the BardFairy Stories for a Wizarding World: J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard

A little while ago, I got into a rant about Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume Three: Century, or more specifically its final chapter beat “2009.” I understand the creative… [more]

better-call-saul-expenses-photo003-1495231234563_1280wBetter Call Saul Season 3, Episode 7 – Plans and Schemes

Hector Salamanca is the anti-Gustavo. Crude, boorish, selfish, egotistical and demanding of the lowest kind of personal loyalty, he’s the Trump of Mexican gangsters. One would like to think that people like that can only… [more]

BCS306JimmyBetter Call Saul Season 3, Episode 6: Saul

New realities hit Jimmy McGill hard in “Off Brand”, the sixth episode of this season of Better Call Saul. After the previous episode’s explosive climax, which saw Chuck McGill finally “outed” as deeply mentally ill… [more]

Night Witches - no time for NazisUntil the End of the World – A Guide to Garth Ennis’s Comics: Battlefields: The Night Witches

The war story is one of the most convenient nationally defining narratives because it relies on an immediate opposition between nations: Nation A sends its soldiers to destroy those of Nation B, with the success… [more]

Providence Hali’s Booke of the Wisdom of the Stars 2Mythic World Rewriting: Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence

“All countries and all cultures, in the first few centuries that follow their inception, seem to naturally produce their individual supernatural mythologies and webs of folkloric belief. This much we can deduce by looking at… [more]

Samurai Jack Vs. Aku 2Samurai Jack: Can He Go Back?

It’s always a challenge writing about a series in progress, especially when you know that by the time your article comes out, it may already be a fairly moot point or some development occurs that… [more]

bcs_305_ms_1118_0050-rtBetter Call Saul Season 3, Episode 5: Hermanos

The reference is so obvious that it must be an influence, but it’s worth mentioning: this week’s Better Call Saul (“Chicanery”) borrows heavily from another text about feuding brothers, namely The Godfather, Part II. In… [more]

better-call-saul-season-3-sabrositoBetter Call Saul Season 3, Episode 4: Damaged or Destroyed?

Those of us who were (and are) rabid fans of Breaking Bad will no doubt enjoy the latest Better Call Saul, “Sabrosito”, even more than usual. Just about half this instalment is essentially an episode… [more]

Agents of HYDRAThe Framework in Agents of HYDRA

Where do we even begin? This is yet another article that I hadn’t been planning. Well, I’m sorry: that is just an alternative fact. You see, I had been thinking of writing about this arc… [more]

League CenturyWhere’s Our Moon Over Soho in Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Part 2

In Part I of “Where’s Our Moon Over Soho in Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” I talked about The League and three major characters in its story line and some… [more]

The League of Extraordinary GentlemenWhere’s Our Moon Over Soho in Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Part 1

I’m not really sure how to start this one. I feel like I might be writing about this subject a few years too late, but it’s taken just as long to get to the point… [more]

better-call-saul-sunk-costs-photo004-1492804729125_1280wBetter Call Saul Season 3, Episode 3: Sunk Costs

The latest episode of Better Call Saul is the closest the series has come yet to feeling like Breaking Bad. The cold, meditative opening that’s paid off at the end, the long sequences set in… [more]

MatrixI’m Afraid I Must Apologize: The Matrix Rebooted

There has been talk about a reboot of The Matrix. In 1999, I didn’t really know what that was. The Matrix was created by the Wachowski sisters that took me a while to see. All… [more]

better-call-saul-giancarlo-esposito-gus-fring-1600x600 copyBetter Call Saul Season 3, Episode 2: Witnesses

The title of this episode of Better Call Saul is “Witness”, which is very fitting, since this episode in particular is about the act of watching and being watched. This is rich material, cinematically speaking… [more]

Star Wars Junior Jedi KnightsStar Wars Legacy: Junior Jedi Knights When The Force Awakens

I remember watching Star Wars for the first time. My parents rented them from the now defunct-Hollywood Movies video store before we got our own VHS collection set. We got one movie a week and… [more]

spreadWe Are All Children of the Atom: Marvel’s X-Men Gold Controversy, the Qurʾān, and the Problem of Diversity

[Note: This article originally appeared on Mizan Pop on the 10th of April, 2017. Since its publication, Marvel has terminated Syaf’s contract.] The recent launch of the new comic series X-Men Gold has generated international controversy… [more]

lead_960Better Call Saul Season 3, Episode 1: “Victory”

The first image we see in the third season opener of Better Call Saul is the word “Victory”. This is such a literate show, so profoundly aware of the visual language of cinema and its… [more]

Samurai Jack Vs. AkuSamurai Jack: Aku’s Folly

I knew about Samurai Jack for a long time, but I never really got into it. It was just another cartoon that my brother and some friends were into that I just, at the time,… [more]

ct-apb-fox-tv-review-ent-0206-20170203Why APB’s Revision of the Lessons of RoboCop Should Disturb You

APB is a new FOX series that focuses on Gideon Reeves, a Tony Stark character whose best friend is killed in a bodega hold up and as a result Reeves decides to use his maverick… [more]

World Without EndOn the Origin of the Sexes War: Jamie Delano and John Higgins’ World Without End

I found World Without End almost completely by accident, or rather, in a chain of events that led to a name and a title. It began when I finally read AARGH! for the first time.… [more]

all2_1920The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: A First-Class Cult Movie

Everyone seems to have their own definition of what constitutes a “cult movie”. For my part, I’d define it as a movie in which the main narrative, the overall plot, isn’t very interesting, but there… [more]

American GodsWhen Shadow Returns: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

For a while, I thought I had a horrible feeling why Shadow left America. If you don’t want any spoilers for either the book or the upcoming television series, please read no further. If not,… [more]

starsrright“…Without Doubt the Fullest and Truest Expression of Ethereal Genius…” Tragedy, Transition and Triumph in Providence #11

“…fantastic references to some plan for the extirpation of the entire human race and all animal and vegetable life from the earth by some terrible elder race of beings from another dimension. He would shout… [more]

Buffy1bCelebrating the 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Twenty years ago, the landscape of television, drama and popular culture changed with the debut of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon. Looking back at the first shaky season of what was then… [more]

verhoeven1Multiple Realities: The Hollywood Films of Paul Verhoeven

After making a name for himself in the Netherlands, Paul Verhoeven moved to Hollywood in the 1980s to work on American films. From that period through the 1990s Verhoeven directed a series of movies across… [more]