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Shaolin Cowboy 1Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign?

Writer and Artist: Geof Darrow, Colors: Dave Stwart, Publisher: Dark Horse Originally published via the still-up-in-the-air Burlyman Entertainment (the website is still functional and offers all the glories of the internet circa 2006), a publishing… [more]

Alack Sinner 1Alack Sinner: The Age of innocence

Writer: Carlos Sampayo, Artist: Jose Munoz, Publisher: Euro Comics / IDW “When it comes to stories Alack Sinner heard his share. He had spent his life listening to others… that’s what he was paid for.”… [more]

Thor 264Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 3

In The Mighty Thor #264, Loki sits on the throne because Balder, though left in charge of Asgard, departed to visit Karnilla, Queen of the Norns. The throne was left empty. Now that Loki was… [more]

wp_ss_20170912_0005 (2)Dark Days, Dark Nights and Taking DC Continuity to the Nth Degree

Thirty two years ago DC attempted to bring order to their continuity through the process of subtraction. Thus was born Crisis On Infinite Earths. Ever since then however DC has constantly attempted to bring back… [more]

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Comic AdvertisementDo You Want to Know My Secret Identity: Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

I haven’t had the opportunity to see any advanced screenings of Professor Marston & the Wonder Women yet and, as such, I only have the majority of positive advance reviews to go on. Nevertheless, the… [more]

Samurai Jack Under the Cherry BlossomsBack to the Past with Samurai Jack, Part 2

In Part I of “Back to the Past: Samurai Jack,” I began to look at Genndy Tartakovsky’s final season of his series in terms of its strengths and weaknesses with regards to its overall physical… [more]

bd5fcde5df6386263a6cbe636268d164--super-marvel-marvel-vsNetflix’s The Defenders and the Comics that Inspired Them

The Defenders was the first comic book I ever read. To be precise, my Dad had to read it to me because I was so young. That makes the memory even more special. As I… [more]

Samurai JackBack to the Past: Samurai Jack

So, this past while I’ve been ruminating over Samurai Jack. Originally, I focused on Aku and how ridiculous he is as a villain. However, like I said in my first article on the subject Aku… [more]

Nashville SkylineAwkward Encounters of the Conventional Kind: Nashville Comic Con Notebook, Part 1

Conventions always have their ups and downs, but I felt like I had bungled every part of this one, and it was still only Friday night. [more]

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]