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Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 9

The Mighty Thor #270: Blastaar, the Living Bomb-Burst, engages Thor in battle and prevents him from retrieving his hammer. Conveniently though, before Thor can change back into Don Blake, Blastaar throws him into an alley.… [more]

Dracula, for the Mature Reader: How Marvel Built a ‘70s Horror Book Around a Victorian-Era Monster, Part 2

On the 50th Anniversary of Tomb of Dracula, Gerard Waggett concludes his look back at the book, warts and all. [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 8

The Mighty Thor #269: The splash page shows Thor reading a newspaper at a New York City newsstand. As a crowd gathers, he gets pressured into signing autographs. Telling his fans he has duties to… [more]

Dracula, for the Mature Reader: How Marvel Built a ‘70s Horror Book Around a Victorian-Era Monster, Part 1

On the 50th Anniversary of Tomb of Dracula, Gerard Waggett takes a look back at the book, warts and all. [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 7

The Mighty Thor #268: Damocles escaped from Thor, but events take place leading Thor right back to him. To begin this issue, the police contact Dr. Blake and ask him to contact Thor. Being one… [more]

Vehicular Violence, the Lawmaster, and Judge Dredd

The character of Judge Dredd that appears in the 1995 adaptation from director Danny Cannon and starring Sylvester Stallone, then later in the more faithful 2012 film with Karl Urban, is based on a British… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 6

The Mighty Thor #267: After an epic battle with the Destroyer, Asgard needs major reconstruction. Balder takes charge and repairs are happening swiftly. Odin banishes an unrepentant Loki to Midgard (Earth) in the form of… [more]

Detective Comics #871: Analyzing an Opening Scene, Part Three

Though all this information can be inferred, what the black pin signifies is not explicitly stated on page one, and so readers are encouraged to turn the page to learn more. Page two is an… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 5

The Mighty Thor #266: Neither Thor nor Sif realize Balder’s life force is powering the Destroyer, so they don’t understand why Karnilla has ended her attack on him. Thor continues the fight alone, but Sif… [more]

Detective Comics #871: Analyzing an Opening Scene, Part Two

The final page of the opening scene, page three, is a splash page. In fact, the boy literally emerges from the depths with a splash. This splash page is effective in part because it follows… [more]

Black Lions and Black Panthers: Wakanda as a Representation of Ethiopia

Wakanda is not a true African nation but it can certainly be compared to many African countries. As a fictional nation whose relationship with the real Africa has always been nebulous (to the extent that… [more]

Detective Comics #871: Analyzing an Opening Scene, Part One

Several years ago, I received a rejection letter from 2000AD in the mail for a story I had pitched called “The Colorblind Cannibal”. In the letter was a brief note explaining that the story didn’t… [more]

Yearning for Wakanda: The Complex Relationship Between Black America, Black Africa, and the Black Panther

I am a Negro: Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa. – Langston Hughes, “Negro” Although many Black people in the United States feel a kinship or even yearning… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Epilogue: Altruism in House of X / Powers of X

“MUTANTS—feared and hated by the world they have sworn to protect. These are the STRANGEST heroes of all!” These words greeted readers of Uncanny X-Men in an introductory caption-box at the top of the first… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 12: Prophecy in Powers of X #6

Chapter 12: Prophecy – Foreknowledge Motivating Change in Powers of X #6 – I Am Not Ashamed Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva with Pepe Larraz Inker: R.B. Silva Color Artist: Marte Gracia with David… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 11: Commandments in House of X #6

Chapter 11: Commandments in House of X #6 – House of X Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia with David Curiel Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia Who decides right… [more]

Mister Sandman, It Was a Dream: Was Back to the Future Just a Character’s Dream?

Remember when Marty McFly first arrived in 1955? Remember the song that played? Remember the words, “Mister Sandman, bring me a dream”?  You’re probably singing the song now to yourself as you read this because… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 10: The Soul in Powers of X #5

Chapter 10: The Soul in Powers of X #5 – For the Children Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: R.B. Silva and Marte Gracia One theory… [more]

Excerpt from Sequart’s Book How to Analyze & Review Comics: Underrepresentation, Stereotyping, Objectification, and Plot Devices: Female Characters in Superhero Comics

The following is an excerpt from Sequart’s book How to Analyze & Review Comics. For more information, including purchase options, click HERE. Female superhero characters have historically been much less numerous, much more often stereotyped,… [more]

Excerpt from Sequart’s Book How to Analyze & Review Comics: Comics and Context: The Questions That Must Be Asked

The following is an excerpt from Sequart’s book How to Analyze & Review Comics. For more information, including purchase options, click HERE. You have a blindspot. More literally, you likely have two, given a pair… [more]

Excerpt from Sequart’s Book How to Analyze & Review Comics: In Defense of Comics Criticism: Why We Need Analysis

The following is an excerpt from Sequart’s book How to Analyze & Review Comics. For more information, including purchase options, click HERE. When you watch Penn & Teller do their particular brand of magic, it… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 9: Resurrection in House of X #5

Chapter 9: Resurrection in House of X #5 – Society Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia “I will deliver this people from the power… [more]

Judge Dredd: America as a Critique of Unethical Police Practises

Recently Rebellion 2000AD Ltd collected a series of stories from the long running Judge Dredd “Democracy” storyline in a collection called Essential Judge Dredd: America (2020). In this collection, the stories “Letter from a Democrat”,… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 8: Evil Beings in Powers of X #4

Chapter 8: Evil Beings in Powers of X #4 – Something Sinister Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: R.B. Silva and Marte Gracia At the end… [more]

Evolution of the Islamic Superheroine: Post-9/11 Representation of Muslim Women in Comics

Introduction The primary purpose of this piece will be to discuss the history regarding the increased representation of Muslima, or female adherents of Islam, within fictional mediums such as superhero comics. Specifically, following the September… [more]