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Chapter 4 page 32Delivering the 20th Century, Part 2: Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell

Last week’s column looked at the origins of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell.  This week it’s time to dive into some of the highlights from the first half of the book. The Prologue,… [more]

2001-a-space-odysseyWhat Makes a Great Movie?

Ever wondered how I would define a great movie? No. Um… Maybe give this a read anyways? I explain how I would define a great movie, if you couldn’t guess. [more]

catwoman-sexThe Politics of Batman, Part 4: Sex, Sexism, and the Dark Knight

[Note: The following is reprinted from the book War, Politics and Superheroes] One of the main problems Batman has had from the outset of his career as Feudal Lord crime fighter is that he cannot… [more]

image 1Laugh it Up: Two Perspectives on Humor in Guardians of the Galaxy

Part I “The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall… [more]

erBrian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Ms. Mystic Deathwatch 2000 Volume 1 #3

This Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

Wonder Woman_5Overcoming the Status Quo: Wonder Woman, Superheroes, and the American Criminal Justice System (Part 2)

In this three-part series, I explore where superheroes fit into popular conceptions of criminal justice in the United States, and the potential for Wonder Woman to help improve those conceptions. Last week, I looked at… [more]

from Swamp Thing #153, by Millar, Hester et al.“Do You Remember Earth Two or Earth X?”: The American Superhero Comics Of Mark Millar, Part 35

Continued from last week. Though Millar’s River Run tales are rarely anything other than predictable, they’re also undeniably focused, purposeful and enthusiastically told. Even when he’s sketching out the inevitably baleful career of a psychopathic… [more]

From Hell, CoverDelivering the Twentieth Century, Part 1: Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell

If you’re like me, you’ve read with interest the recent news stories about a man named Russell Edwards who claims to have finally and definitively solved the mystery of Jack the Ripper.  Much like the… [more]

Timm2FaceThe Politics of Batman, Part 3: Understanding Batman’s Enemies

[Note: The following is reprinted from the book War, Politics and Superheroes] Aside from the fact that they are all, effectively, his “subjects,” Batman’s villains are connected to him in an even more visceral, symbolic way.… [more]

Uncanny X-Men #245 - Page 1X-Men: To The Outback & Beyond… Inferno Aftermath

The Inferno is over… Secrets have been revealed while the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled.  The ultimate fates of both Madelyne Pryor and Nathan Christopher Charles Summers are left to the pages… [more]

ADD_8Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Volume 1 #8

This Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

Wonder Woman_1Overcoming the Status Quo: Wonder Woman, Superheroes, and the American Criminal Justice System

In this three-part series, I explore where superheroes fit into popular conceptions of criminal justice in the United States, and the potential for Wonder Woman to help improve those conceptions. This week, I look at… [more]

from Swamp Thing #153, by Millar & Chris Weston.“There Is Something Wrong With This World”: On Swamp Thing #140-171 (The American Superhero Comics Of Mark Millar, Part 34)

Continued from last week. Even when Millar put an appropriately exotic backdrop to use, he frequently neutered its dramatic potential. The desert setting used to conclude the first arc was portrayed in an entirely throwaway… [more]

Red Tide, Revised ArtFrom the Steranko Files: The Hunt for Red Tide

The sun was going down and the shadows from the Venetian blinds made the desk in my office look like it was covered in zebra skin.  It had been a long day and my eight… [more]

bb-houseThe Politics of Batman, Part 2: Batman Begins, Feudalism, and Neoconservatism

[Note: The following is reprinted from the book War, Politics and Superheroes] Batman Begins won the support of comic book aficionados across cyberspace as a “traditional” and pitch-perfect portrayal of Batman, while simultaneously providing a… [more]

gwenevowarDid Cinematic Gwen Stacy Have To Die Too?

Let me start by saying I am not a “Spider-Man Guy” and a great deal of my knowledge of the character comes from osmosis (from my college roommate who was a Spidey Guy and from… [more]

Image 1Only Humanoid: Cheese, and other forms of Cake

Muse Writer: Denis-Pierre Filippi Art: Terry Dodson I’ve got nothing against cheap entertainment. These works, in whatever medium, are nothing more than bread and circus – exciting violence, loud explosions, shallow humor, and beautiful bodies… [more]

Third Man 10The Third Man: A Near-Perfect Movie

In continuation of our informal Orson Welles series, I think it’s appropriate to give a small nod to The Third Man, a film that became closely associated with him but to which his contribution was… [more]

29232-3789-32485-1-firestorm-the-nucleaBrian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Firestorm Volume 2 #95

This Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

Articlethumb“Nobody Actually Believes This Comic is Haunted or Cursed, Right?”: Multiversity #1 and The Past, Present and Future of Grant Morrison’s Grand Narrative

Whenever one reads a Grant Morrison title one ends up contemplating his other works in varying degrees. His separate tenures on a variety of DC titles, alongside his creator owned titles, and even works for… [more]

crop from John Totleben's cover to 1976's Swamp Thing #171.“Not Walking in Alan Moore’s Footsteps”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 33

Continued from last week. Of course, there’s no reason why an obvious ending can’t also be a satisfying one. Similarly, a protagonist that seems to lack personality or potency can still be used in a… [more]

All Night Long, PosterPrisoner Number Six, Willie the Shake, and All that Jazz

Will you do me a favor?  No matter what I write in the next paragraph, I want you to commit, right now, to continue reading this column—no matter what.  Do we have a deal?  Okay,… [more]

X-Men - Inferno HC - Page 481X-Men: To The Outback & Beyond… Inferno Finale

Writers: Chris Claremont (X-Men), Louise Simonson (X-Factor) Pencilers: Marc Silvestri (X-Men), Walter Simonson (X-Factor) Inkers: Dan Green/Hilary Barta (X-Men), Al Milgrom (X-Factor) Colorists: Glynis Oliver (X-Men), Tom Vincent (X-Factor) Letters: Tom Orzechowski (X-Men), Joe Rosen… [more]

omac buddy blankOh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Three

It occurs to me that, before we dive too deeply into the contents of the first issue of OMAC, a brief overview of our title character’s “civilian” identity of Buddy Blank might be in order,… [more]

Cap 23Capital Thoughts: Captain America #23 (Remender / Pacheco / Taibo / White)

Issue 23 has more than its fair share of mayhem, so much so that finding a theme to discuss is difficult.  Oh, there are plot twists, to be sure:  Zola is invading from Dimension Z… [more]