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all scans are from 1998's Superman Adventures by Mark Millar, Mike Manley, Terru Austin et al“Nice to meet you, big guy” – The American Superhero Comics Of Mark Millar, Part 15

Continued from last week November 1998′s Superman Adventures #25 gave Millar one last substantial shot at depicting The Batman. Putting the overwrought misjudgements of the JLA Paradise Lost mini-series behind him, he returned to the… [more]

Russell Crowe as NoahExamining the Two Acts of Noah

Some major spoilers for a movie based on a 24,000-year-old portion of the Bible follow: The world in the first act of Noah is magical. It’s not just the Watchers, angels punished to serve their… [more]

Dark Knight Returns 2, cover“‘Cause It’s Witchcraft, Wicked Witchcraft”: Wicked, Broadway, and Revisionist Super-Heroes

When you write a weekly column, it doesn’t take long before you find yourself talking about something you don’t know anything about.  For me, that moment is now, and I just want to get that… [more]

jack-kirby-frank-giacoia-y-stan-lee-captain-america-the-blitzkrieg-of-batroc-tales-of-suspense-nro-85-enero-de-1967-marvel-comicsCapital Thoughts: An Open Letter on The Winter Soldier

Dear Steve Englehart, This past week, I took my Graphic Novels class to the cinema to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The class has both serious and not-so-serious comic book readers: A few are… [more]

yggsadrasilTwilight of the (New) Gods Part 2

Death as a Beginning. Both Ragnarök and Final Crisis begin with the unthinkable: the death of a god. For Ragnarök, it is the death of Baldr that signifies that something is very wrong in the… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 015.cbr - Page 13Buffy: Wolves At The Gate

After two big story arcs starting off Buffy Season 8, it’s really here at the third that the Slayer Army really gets “down to business”. Joss Whedon and his collaborators have set up the situation,… [more]

120Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol #19, Addendum

Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #19 “Crawling From the Wreckage” Written by Grant Morrison Art by Richard Case Ink by Carlos Garzon Published by Vertigo/DC Comics February, 1989 While reviewing my notes on Doom Patrol #19… [more]

hydra logoThe Winter Soldier as an Indictment of the Post-9/11 Military Industrial Complex

SPOILER WARNING… Much like Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier wants you to view the events through Steve Rogers’s World War II lens. The events are framed through the true evil… [more]

Uncanny X-Men #231 coverX-Men: To The Outback & Beyond… Part 3

Continued Technically speaking, well rather chronologically speaking, the next issue to be addressed in this look back at my formative X-Men years would be #230.  Since I already addressed that story here on the site, I… [more]

Daytripper CoverDaytripper: A Story of Life

Daytripper’s story follows the life of Brás de Olivia Domingos, the son of a famous Brazilian author. Living in his father’s shadow, he dreams of becoming a famous author himself and having his words live… [more]

photo 4The Grind: Nine to Five With Patton Oswalt’s Olympians

Truth be told, I have about three drafts sitting on my computer hard drive that constitute my attempts at writing this essay. I have never read anything like JLA: Welcome to the Working Week before,… [more]

Cover to 1998’s JLA Paradise Lost #3, by Ariel Olivetti“Forgive me, Superman. I’m not very good at losing.” – The American Superhero Comics Of Mark Millar, Part 14

Continued from last week Some in the UK fan community saw Millar as Morrison’s heir apparent on the JLA. But despite later claiming that he’d once turned down the chance to write the Justice League,… [more]

Charlie Gibson and Sarah PalinThe Politics of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

CHARLIE GIBSON:  Do you agree with the Bush doctrine? SARAH PALIN:  In what respect, Charlie? GIBSON:  The Bush — well, what do you — what do you interpret it to be? PALIN:  His world view. GIBSON:  No,… [more]

Batman Year OneSuperhero Accessories: Part Three: Mo Bat-Money, Mo Bat-Problems

…continued from here. It’s worth noting that the original Klan and the fictional KKK seen in The Birth of a Nation were both begun by young rich white guys who lived in mansions. The hero… [more]

bates yakuza00033Hannibal vs. Bates Motel: One Kills the Other

Sometime last year a friend of mine recommended I watch Bates Motel, a show about a young Norman Bates. For those of you who don’t know who Norman Bates is – we can’t be friends.… [more]

FinalCrisisTwilight of the (New) Gods, Part 1

Introduction “This is the way the world ends…” William Blake. Ever since the moment humanity began to ask about its origins, we also began to wonder about our ultimate end, and what, if anything, comes… [more]

1985510-03Bugged Out! : Scarab Reconsidered 20 Years On, Part Nine

If you wanted to define the visual aesthetic of Scarab in one word, that word would probably be ugly. Everything from Glenn Fabry and Tony Luke’s covers to the title character’s costume/second skin design to the look… [more]

6Sandman #75: How It Ends, and Begins

What made Shakespeare famous was his ability to pen adaptations. This salacious fact draws from his purloining of content from long dead authors, incapable of making too much of a fuss, though some noticed. Gaiman,… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 009.cbr - Page 2Buffy: No Future For You

The next story arc of Buffy Season 8 once again hits on the main theme of this season and indeed the later seasons of the TV series: what does it mean to be a Slayer?… [more]

Panel from 1997’s JLA #4, By Morrison, Porter, Dell et al“An Arrogant, Aristocratic Batman?”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 13

Continued from last week. But how were Morrison and Millar to explain away the Batman’s aloof and frequently contemptuous attitude towards even his fellow super-heroes? If the Dark Knight was to be cut away from the… [more]

A Small Killing, CoverAlan Moore, Oscar Zarate, and One Killer of a Graphic Novel

I was reconnecting with some of my former professors at a reception this past weekend when one of them asked what I was working on.  I said I had almost finished writing a book about… [more]

cap 18Capital Thoughts: Captain America #18 (Remender/Klein/White)

Cap #18 has our heroic team racing off to a top-secret SHIELD installation. But Mindbubble is already there and has used his psychotropic powers to convince Fury and his agents that Hydra has taken over… [more]

jfhkd-625x937Perfect Chaos: Why the Joker is the Greatest Comic-Book Villain

Simply put: the Joker is the greatest comic book villain of all time. But before I get into the whys, let’s define “great”. The greatest villain doesn’t need to defeat all other villains in a… [more]

19Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol #19, A Companion Reader

Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #19 “Crawling From the Wreckage” Written by Grant Morrison Art by Richard Case Ink by Carlos Garzon Published by Vertigo/DC Comics February, 1989 I’d prefer to state my over-arcing ideas about… [more]

Uncanny X-Men #229 - Page 1X-Men: To the Outback & Beyond… Part 2

Writer: Chris Claremont Penciler: Marc Silvestri Inker: Dan Green Colorist: Glynis Oliver Letter: Tom Orzechowski Editor: Ann Nocenti continued With the eulogy to their previous lives delivered last issue in Deadly Games! , with this… [more]