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Thor 263Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 2

The story: all the Asgardians (Thor, Sif, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg), with the Recorder, battle against the Odin-force body, created and controlled by the alien within the spirit mold. All fail, until somehow the voluminous… [more]

st-galileo1Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 13 – “The Galileo Seven”

Star Trek is not Game of Thrones. No matter how much peril the main characters are placed in, we know that they’ll be out of it and safe by the end of the hour. That… [more]

theconscienceofthekinghd002Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 12 – “The Conscience of the King”

Star Trek: The Original Series often referenced Shakespeare, both in its themes and in its style. This is only to be expected, as elevated themes of tragedy and highly stylized stories of great people pulling… [more]

Mighty Thor 262Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 1

My favorite Marvel character in August 1978 was The Mighty Thor. What follows is an examination of every issue of his Marvel comic book, from August 1977 to July 1978, issues #262 through 273. The… [more]

ManifestDestinyV5-Review coverManifest Destiny #s 25-30: Into the Fog

[Editor’s note: Sorry that I have fallen behind recently with my coverage of Manifest Destiny. But since the 5th trade paperback is released this week, it seems the perfect time to catch up. For those… [more]

06Remembering and Celebrating Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut

By wide consensus, the first two Superman films from 1978 and 1980 are considered if not the strongest, at least among the strongest superhero films ever made. Especially the first of the two, directed by… [more]

Action 12aThe Early Superman

Though I was never a regular reader of Superman comics, his presence was felt. In the Justice League comics and on cartoon shows of the era, Superman was always featured, his powers looming large over… [more]

100 Things Spider-ManBook Excerpt: 100 Things Spider-Man Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

Editor’s Note: Sequart contributor and Spider-Man sage Mark Ginocchio has a new book out! Not shockingly, its focus is on the ol’ Web Head himself. Below is an excerpt from the book. If you like… [more]

Legends of Tomorrow Season Two crewWhatever Happened to the Legends of Tomorrow?

It had been advertised for a little while before. The teaser commercial and trailer were fascinating. The Flash had reached another critical story arc mass and Arrow was continuing on. Moreover, in the wake of… [more]

Dark Crystal Age of ResistanceAn Age of Resistance: Legends, Myths, and Shadows

It was a surprise. The Jim Henson Company had been seeking to revisit the world of Thra for quite some time. There were, of course, developments. TokyoPop’s Legends of The Dark Crystal and The Dark… [more]

Mxyzptlk 1Mister Mxyzptlk and the Dilemma of Drawing in Five Dimensions

A 3-D visualization of Mister Mxyzptlk, courtesy of Mattel. As evidenced by 2017’s “Rebirth” storylines, one of Superman’s more enduring adversaries has proven to be Mister Mxyzptlk, a contemporary entry into trickster god lore. Across… [more]

Captain America #1The Fundamental Things Apply: A Brief Meditation on Reading Jack Kirby in 2017

In times of stress, many of us look to the arts to help fill our emotional wells after they’ve gone dry. And right now, for me, Jack Kirby is like some kind of magical mountain spring. [more]

Diana_Steve 2“What I do is not up to you”: Respect and Agency in Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins’ exceptional Wonder Woman is rightly being celebrated as one of the most inspiring and exhilarating superhero films to date. Still, it has not been immune to criticism, especially with regards to the female lead’s… [more]

Wonder Woman film image 1Academics Weigh in on Wonder Woman

Released on June 2, 2017, Wonder Woman was a movie decades in the making.  As Wonder Woman’s first solo movie, it not only had to do well at the box office but also had to… [more]

malikkkkk4_edited-4-colours1 shrunkAll Hail the Queen Malika (and the Princeless Princess)

It’s tempting to compare Malika: Warrior Queen from YouNeek Studios to Black Panther from Marvel Comics. Both feature a heroic leader, the inheritor of a royal legacy, attempting to bring security to their fictional African… [more]

Holdier image 2Wonder Woman: More than Just an Object

What do armpits, a marketing campaign, and the United Nations all have in common? If you guessed “Wonder Woman,” then you’re close; more specifically, each of these things have been at the center of recent… [more]

bettercallsaul308-1170x658Better Call Saul Season 3, Episodes 8 and 9: Slipping and Falling

The last two episodes of Better Call Saul have been titled “Slip” and “Fall”, which pretty much sums up what’s happening to every character (except Gus and Mike). The victories that Jimmy and Chuck thought… [more]

3The Classical Roots of Wonder Woman and Sandman

Note: Here I am primarily concerned with George Perez’s run as writer-artist, issues 1-25 Neil Gaiman likes to wear his influences on his sleeves. Every issue of Sandman has more than enough references to classic… [more]

Wonder Woman Ambassador of PeaceWonder Woman: Spirit of Truth and Child of Love

By the time this article is seen, Wonder Woman will return to Patriarch’s World on the big screen thanks to DC Comics, Warner Brothers, Patty Jenkins, and Gal Gadot. As such, I really wanted to… [more]

Wonder WomanBeyond the Sword and Shield: What Wonder Woman Stands for and Why She Serves as a Good Example for the Power that Modern-Day People Possess

It’s not difficult for a comic book fan to understand the reasons why Wonder Woman is one of the greatest superheroes in the extensive gallery that is the DC Universe. It is also just as… [more]

ww-tv-multiverse001Wonder Woman’s Origin is Clay to Be Molded

Wonder Woman is not an archetype. Actually let me rephrase that by saying her current origin of being Zeus’s (Greek God and serial cheater) progeny via an affair with Queen Hippolyte (Diana’s mother and hereafter… [more]

4-WW_Trinity“Where Have You Been?”: Wonder Woman and the Dawn of Justice in a Polarized World

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) “This is how a democracy works. We talk to each other. We act by the consent of the governed, sir. I have sat here before to say that… [more]

wonder-woman-pilotWonder Woman ‘11: Ill-conceived

There is nothing more frustrating than a squandered opportunity. In 2011, as the Smallville series was reaching its finale, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment attempted to capitalise on the interest in its superhero brands… [more]

WW scott artWonder Woman: The Promise of Hope

Superheroes are often symbolic representations of any number of emotional, psychological, or behavioral traits. In them, we see highly exaggerated and stylized versions of ourselves. Taking an oath to wage a lifetime war on crime,… [more]

Wonder Woman 197An Amazon and a Crime Writer Walk into a Wardobe: The Retconned Legacy of Dorothy Woolfolk

Last December, the UN decision to strip Wonder Woman of her role as Ambassador to Women and Girls felt a bit like the universe had been retconned. Again.  It was ugly timing after the U.S.… [more]