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avengers endgameAvengers: Endgame, Iron Man, and America

Disclaimer: this article includes spoilers starting in the third paragraph, so I wouldn’t read too far if you haven’t watched Avengers: Endgame yet. It also won’t make much sense if you haven’t watched Endgame and… [more]

Duerr and O’Neill’s The Temple of SilenceThe Invisible Art that Makes The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley

Recently, I read an article by Noah Charney about Davie Bowie and William Boyd’s connection to an obscure American abstract expressionist artist Nat Tate, operating in the mid-twentieth century, who destroyed most of his paintings,… [more]

Batman 321 page 12A Birthday Card for a Friend

One of my childhood friends turns 80 today. Perhaps he’s your friend too. [more]

Stormwatch volume 2 number 2“I won’t wear one of those damnfool spandex body-condom things. I don’t have the bust for it”: Superhero Costume in the WildStorm Comics of Warren Ellis, Part 1

The title of this essay comes from lines spoken by the character Jenny Sparks in Warren Ellis’s first issue as writer on the WildStorm title Stormwatch (#37, July 1996), after she is recruited to the… [more]

Spider-Verse image 4Academics on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Released on December 14, 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a movie that shouldn’t exist. Superhero movies have been dominated by live action adaptations for well over a decade, while animated comic book movies have… [more]

Deltarune EmblemThis Next Experiment and the Values of Fun: Toby Fox and Gaster’s Deltarune Part III

In our second article, I wrote about Undertale, the presence of W.D. Gaster in the game and its code, the collaborative dynamic between Toby Fox and his audience as well as the implications it had… [more]

The Unbelievable Gwenpool 017 (2017)Breaking Panels, Breaking Time: Examples of the Connection Between Panel Construction and Narrative Time

In Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, he makes the comment, “To kill a man between panels is to condemn him to a thousand deaths”. An incredibly evocative piece of language, and very poetic in itself. But… [more]

Undertale Intro 201XPreliminaries in Undertale: Toby Fox and Gaster’s Deltarune Part II

Where we last left off, I wrote a general outline of how Toby Fox’s work in game hacking, music creation, and his participation in and moderation of EarthBound forums helped influence his development of Undertale,… [more]

Deltarune Title ScreenEarthBound Dress Rehearsals and The Beginnings of Interaction: Toby Fox and Gaster’s Deltarune Part I

It feels like everyone, and their mother too, has already been talking about the first chapter of Toby Fox’s new video game Deltarune, the spiritual sequel to the popular 2015 independent game Undertale. So many… [more]

ward1So Long, Iron Fist—We’ll Miss Ward Meachum Most

Netflix recently cancelled Iron Fist after two frustrating seasons of mediocrity. At least season two was a marked improvement in many ways over the first—robbing Danny Rand (Finn Jones) of the Iron Fist and giving it… [more]

Avengers World“We Go Bigger”: Diving into Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers

Jonathan Hickman’s run on the Avengers picks up just after Brian Michael Bendis’s eight-year run on the title came to an end. Bendis’s time on the title was a veritable event generating machine, beginning with… [more]

How to Talk to Girls at Parties CoverThere is Punk and Heart in How To Talk To Girls At Parties

I’d read Neil Gaiman’s short story “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” a long time ago now, back in 2006 when it had been published in Fragile Things. It’s hard for me to remember… [more]

Kingpin coverJason Aaron & Steve Dillon’s PunisherMAX: Kingpin Becomes Walter White

Though many fans will rightfully clamor for Ennis’ Punisher, Aaron & Dillon’s 22-issue run on the Punisher is the greatest Punisher story ever told. Beginning with Wilson Fisk rising in the criminal world. [more]

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Tempest LoEG image 1Curtain Call: On The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and LoEG: The Tempest #1

So here we are. The last League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Not the latest, the last. If one believes the hype, this will be the final comic book published by either Moore or O’Neill – making… [more]

IA!“Also, It’s Congruent with Lovecraft’s Ideal State of Ataraxia…” – Providence #12 and the Acceptance of Apocalypse

“…of all the space unoccupied by familiar material objects not one particle was vacant. Indescribable shapes both alive and otherwise were mixed in disgusting disarray, and close to every known thing were whole worlds of… [more]

1 3Hellboy Omnibus

The new collection initiative from Dark Horse is, potentially, a chance to give us a fresh outlook on Hellboy – already one of the most reprinted and talked-about comics of the last twenty-five years. The… [more]

thanosfeatureartInstinct War: Sigmund Freud, Thanos, and the Theory of Drives in Infinity Gauntlet

Thanos is often considered a Darkseid knockoff but perhaps his connection to Sigmund Freud contains some redeeming qualities. [more]

Alien-1979-Wallpaper-3Ridley Scott’s Alien: The Horror of the Unknown

In honor of “Alien Day” a look back on the sci-fi horror classic that introduced the world to the most iconic movie monster of the 20th Century. [more]

Miracleman-LaughingAlan Moore’s Marvelman, Part 2: Welcome to the Real World

What if Marvelman woke up in the real world? That was the simple and enticing high-concept that Alan Moore wished to explore when he began to write his graphic novel Marvelman. In the hands of a great writer something as simple as “Superman landing in the Soviet Union” can be developed into something profound and thought-provoking. On the surface, Moore’s premise can sound simple and a desire to bring more realism into the superhero genre. [more]

Billy vs MickyAlan Moore’s Marvelman, Part 1: From the Ashes of Obscurity…

Alan Moore brought new life to one of the most unoriginal superheroes. See how Alan Moore utilized Marvelman to explore and critique the Golden Age of Comics. [more]

title imagePolitics, Power, and the Black Panther: A Commentary

Much has been said about the recent blockbuster film, Black Panther. As of this writing— and the film has yet to play a full week—it has already grossed nearly $1 billion, and global box office… [more]

Academics on Disney buying Fox - image 5Academics on Disney Buying Fox

As of now, there are currently six major film studios: Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Fox Entertainment Group, Sony Pictures, and Paramount Motion Pictures Group. These studios form the “Big Six” and are… [more]

Elfquest SendingWhen I Found “The Heart’s Way” In the World of Two Moons

Wendy and Richard Pini’s Elfquest is a comics series that has been around for forty years. Soon, this ongoing story about the World of Two Moons and its denizens will be coming to an end… [more]

MOORE & MORRISONThe Tao of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison

I have something of a fascination for the recurring manufactured drama between comic/occult/visionary writers Alan Moore & Grant Morrison. Often times billed as an epic magickal war, w/ thematic shades of Aleister Crowley vs. William Butler… [more]

Super_Sons_Vol_1_6_Textless_VariantLarry Nevin Should Never Have Been Taken Seriously, or Why the Super Sons Matter

DC One Million and Batman Beyond along with many other examples suggest that the concept of legacy characters and superhero parenthood can work. Yes, this ages the characters, but we have been stuck in the… [more]