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War for the POTA Prequel 3 Comic CoverFear on The Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes does not belong in the same category as Saw or Friday the 13th. It is not a horror movie. That being said, the Planet of the Apes franchise preys on our… [more]

NNietzsche in 40,000 Years, Part Three: Chaos

Art by Raymond Swanland. The Imperium fails the Nietzschean criterion, but perhaps there is another society in 40K where the individual can self-overcome. What of those hostile forces who tore from the Imperium in civil… [more]

keyartThe Orville Is Everything I Love About Star Trek

I’ve been a Star Trek fan for as long as I can remember, and The Orville is absolutely the Star Trek show I’ve been waiting for. Relaxed, self-aware, smart and open-minded, The Orville succeeds so… [more]

Star Wars Holiday SpecialThe Commercials of the Star Wars Holiday Special

I come not to praise the Star Wars Holiday Special, nor to bury it. You can find that elsewhere on the world wide web (Much more of the latter than the former, of course- it… [more]

Star Wars PosterThe First of Many: A Critical and Cultural Investigation into the New Star Wars Trilogy and What it Can Teach Us about Long-Awaited Sequels

I purchased my tickets for The Last Jedi literally two months in advance and I was still only able to get a Saturday showing, with seats in the back row. Not a bad result, and… [more]

the orvilleNew Frontiers and Bleak Futures: The Parallel Premieres of The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery

This fall season saw the premiere of both The Orville  and Star Trek: Discovery, and with both set in space, invoking nostalgia, and claiming classic Star Trek as a foundation/inspiration, it’s hard not to make… [more]

GNietzsche in 40,000 Years, Part Two: Imperium

Art by Alex Boyd. In Warhammer 40,000, Nietzsche’s project is taken to its logical extent. However, instead of the revitalization that Nietzsche hoped for, his values in application generate endless chaos, decay, and futile war.… [more]

DS9-B5-1Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5: Remarkably Similar — Or Similarly Remarkable?

During the past two decades, fans of Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine have noted many similarities between the popular science-fiction franchises. Such comparisons were inevitable, given the controversy involving the two series’ genesis. It… [more]

217601_origJodorowsky and Moebius’ The Incal

According to J. G. Ballard, Fantasy and Science Fiction are the genres that, out of the whole production of the most part of the XX century, will, in time, become the most canonical. Fredric Jameson… [more]

ANietzsche in 40,000 Years, Part One: Understanding Nietzsche

Art by Alex Boyd (2008). Warhammer 40,000 (40K) is a science-fiction property owned by the British hobby company Games Workshop, located in Nottingham, United Kingdom, with subsidiaries and stores worldwide (GW Investor Relations). 40K is… [more]

A More Civilized AgeSequart Releases A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Sequart is proud to announce the publication of A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe, edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato. Almost as soon as there were Star Wars films, there were Star… [more]

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]