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from Age of Ultron, Black WidowSuperhero Movies and the Curse of Familiarity: The Age of Ultron

The art of adaptation as well as the challenge of sequels is to allow the audience to experience things in new ways—strange ways—in order to destabilize us. [more]

sdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 28

Issue #32 “New Tricks” Writer: Dick Foreman Art: Steve Pugh Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Following The Family Man Jamie Delano hands the title off to Dick Foreman before returning to… [more]

Who's Got it RightDC and Marvel: The Politics of Universes

The superhero world is in bit of a rumble. Recently, Zack Snyder dropped another of his completely predictable little bombs, and we suddenly have a very familiar looking Aquaman on the blocks. (Did anyone notice… [more]

Dark Knight 3, promotional art copyFrank Miller, Bernie Krigstein, and “The Master Race”

As many of you probably know, last Friday DC Comics announced plans to publish a new sequel to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.  While details were sketchy, it was clear that Miller would be… [more]

Ghidorah2015-04-16-13h58m39s23The Last Hurrah: Frankenstein, Baragon, and King Ghidorah

Good men, do not be afraid! You should all single-mindedly recite the name of Guanshiyin Bodhisattva. This Bodhisattva bestows fearlessness upon living beings. If you recite his name, you shall surely be saved from these robbers, and if upon hearing that, the merchants all cry out together, Namo Guanshiyin Bodhisattva, then they will immediately be saved because they recited his name. [more]

(Siegel and Shuster, Superman Sunday Classics 138 1999)Out of the Sunday Panels and into WWII: A Look at Superman’s Relationship with the American Working Class

In 1938, a future symbol of “Truth, Justice, & the American Way” was born, and the personification of these values formed into the character known as Superman.  The first conception of superman stands in contrast… [more]

thor-insaneThor is not a God, he’s a Lunatic: Realism in Ultimate Marvel

As the Ultimate Marvel Universe is reaching it’s conclusion it is worth looking back at the magnificent alternate universe. So much of the Ultimate Marvel Universe has helped to define both the Marvel Cinematic Universe… [more]

asdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 27

Issue #31 “Mourning of the Magician” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Sean Phillips Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Over the last 30 issues of the series, it is clearly obvious that death… [more]

Doctor_Horrible_BannerDr Horrible and Commentary! The Musical!

The writer’s strike of 2007 was one of the odder labor events of the past few years, and had a distinct effect on a lot of pop culture products. NBC’s The Office had a shortened… [more]

all new Cap cover 5Capital Thoughts: All-New Captain America #5

Comics have always wrestled with consistency and continuity—hence, the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe, the Crisis on Infinite Earths series, and the ongoing Convergence. On the other hand, with all this talk of Secret… [more]

cabin-in-the-woods-2Does Cabin in the Woods Insult Horror Fans?

Almost by chance, 2012 became a pivotal year for Joss Whedon. That summer, his superhero franchise effort, The Avengers, became the highest-grossing movie of the year and of the century, changing the landscape of contemporary… [more]

Livia & CaligulaI, Claudius: Queen of Heaven Review

After six hours of seeing Livia frame and poison many can she be viewed with sympathy in her last episode? How can Caligula top all the disgusting acts of Tiberius? All this and Patrick Stewart involved in BDSM. [more]

James-WhaleA Homosexual Reading of James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein

A. Introduction Bride of Frankenstein is considered to be one of the most important horror films in the history of American cinema. It was directed by British film-maker James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as… [more]

Miracleman 13 02-03The Art of Miracleman: Olympus—Praising John Totleben

John Totleben’s artwork on Miracleman: Olympus is the single most influential art on superheroes since Neal Adams. It is also a rare case of art being “better” than Alan Moore’s writing. [more]

Ghidorah2015-04-02-19h13m16s129A Voice Like a Bell: Godzilla as a Hero and the Arrival of King Ghidorah

It was not long before awful Yamatano-orochi came. Soon, it noticed the smell of sake and struck its eight heads into each gate. It drank up the sake and began to sleep with a incredibly loud snore. Susanoo-no-mikoto cut its necks and tails one by one with his sword..The water color of the Hi-no-kawa river turned to red with its blood. [more]

Batman v SupermanWe Don’t Want What We Want: Thoughts on Superman and Movie Trailers

When I sit down to read a comic or watch a movie, I don’t know specifically what I want. And I think that’s a good thing. [more]

Behind_Candelabra_itunes_Movie“Tell Me How You Talk and I Will Tell You Who You Are”: Generational Conflict Among Homosexuals in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra

A. Introduction Behind the Candelabra is a 2013 television film produced by American premium television network HBO. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Richard LaGravenese. The film stars Michael Douglas… [more]

MatangoThe Onslaught of the Mushrooms: Toho’s Serious and Silly Sixties

“I felt that I was now seeing plain, whereas ordinary vision gives us an imperfect view; I was seeing the archetypes, the Platonic ideas, that underlie the imperfect images of everyday life. The thought crossed my mind: could the divine mushrooms be the secret that lay behind the ancient Mysteries?” [more]

sdfSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 26

Issue #30 “Fatality” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Ron Tiner & Mark Buckingham Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Picking up immediately from the previous issue, “Fatality” brings The Family Man storyline to… [more]

articlethumb“Text Is Vulnerable To Criticism.”:The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1

Well. Here we are. The penultimate issue of the Multiversity event. If we are to take anything away from this issue it is the realization that, contrary to my initial impressions and predictions, the greater… [more]

Night of the Living Dead 7Fighting Two Wars: George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead as a Critique of 1960s American Society

A. Introduction Night of the Living Dead is considered to be one of the most important horror films in the history of American cinema and is “widely recognized as the first modern horror movie” (Badley,… [more]

asdfPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Four: Way Too Calm Before The Storm

First off, apologies to those of you who may be following this series for the delay between our last segment and this one. I wanted to wrap up on my OMAC retrospective here at Sequart… [more]

The-Big-Lebowski-the-big-lebowski-30869316-1920-1200“Shut Up, Donny!”: An Existential Reading of The Big Lebowski

The Coen brothers’ most enduring film might be 1998’s improbable cult phenomenon, The Big Lebowski. Coming after the triumph of Fargo and before the inspired musical experience of O Brother, Where Are Thou?, Lebowski occupies… [more]

The Westerner (1960)“It’s Not a Game!”: Sam Peckinpah’s The Westerner

You remember that amazing TV show that got cancelled after just a few episodes?  The one from the respected TV writer who then went on to become a famous filmmaker?  The show was sort of… [more]

Charlie-Parker-in-1949-002“The Song and the People is the Same”: Authenticity and Interracial Suspicion in American Music

Amiri Baraka’s quotation “The song and the people is the same.” questions the philosophical conviction that the essence of a thing predates its existence and tells us something about music’s nature as an art form… [more]