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Hellblazer #63 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 52

Issue #63 “Forty” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; As discussed in prior installments of this column, Hellblazer was one of the few… [more]

better-call-saul-episode-204-mike-banks-935Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 4: Half-Measures

If there were any doubts about the nature of Jimmy McGill’s feelings for and commitment to Kim Wexler, the latest episode of Better Call Saul lays them to rest. Jimmy has made mistakes, and will… [more]

providence7“It’s Like Underneath Everything There Is Just Chaos…” – Perspective and Politics in Providence #7

“Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around wildly and call it a nightmare or a Witches’ Sabbath or a portrait of the devil, but only a great painter can make such a thing really scare… [more]

StormThe X-Men Series Re-Watch: X-Men

Does the first X-Men stand the test of time, or is it a film that is better remembered than revisited? [more]

Hellblazer #62 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 51

Issue #62 “End of the Line” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Life is full of many choices and in a way it… [more]

better-call-saul-episode-203-jimmy-odenkirk-pre-800x600Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 3: The Scorpion and the Frog

Breaking Bad certainly had its share of contemplative scenes, but it still had suspense, action and tension. It’s offspring, Better Call Saul is in an entirely different key, drawing out the slow game, lingering on… [more]

purge-anarchyGenre Bliss: Surviving The Purge: Anarchy

I recently spent a sick day at home, trying to recuperate from a nasty cold. In the grand tradition of sick days, I decided to spend it on the couch watching movies and catching up… [more]

Black Panther CoverA Priest, a Panther, and the Dora Milaje Walk into a Bar: Christopher Priest’s Black Panther

With the Black Panther entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon, I figured it was high time I explored the character in print, at least more so that I have previously. I’ve always liked T’Challa but… [more]

Hellblazer #61 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 50

Issue #61 “She’s Buying a Stairway to Heaven” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: William Simpson; Inks: Mike Barreiro; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; When distilled down to its raw… [more]

maxresdefault-111.22.63: A Primer for and Review of this Fascinating New Mini-Series

Hulu’s new series 11.22.63 is based on one of Stephen King’s most intriguing and absorbing novels, 11/22/63, in which a man travels back in time to stop the Kennedy assassination. That particular plot contrivance is… [more]

Image21Aftermath: A Few Thoughts on The World’s End as Imagined by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

In the previous chapter of these loose musings on Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End” we left the film’s protagonists in a secret alien base hidden below the final pub of the infamous pub-crawl known as… [more]

saul.thm_Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 2: Let’s Be Honest

A frequent discussion point among my colleagues about Better Call Saul is the question of why Kim isn’t in Breaking Bad. She’s such an important character to Jimmy McGill, and indeed has been central so… [more]

Hellblazer #60 - coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 49

Issue #60 “Guys & Dolls Part Two: Nativity Infernal” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: William Simpson; Inks: Mike Barreiro & Kim DeMulder; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; In “Guys… [more]

Image17The End is Nigh!!!: A Few Thoughts on The World’s End as Imagined by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

In the ninth pub of the “Golden Mile”, the “Beehive”, the friends meet the blank of their former teacher Mr. Guy Shepherd. So it can be safely concluded that not even this figure of the… [more]

better-call-saul-3-800Better Call Saul Goes its Own Way in the Season 2 Opener

One of the many remarkable achievements of Better Call Saul is that its drama does indeed have a final destination (it’s in the title), but it doesn’t feel inevitable. Quite the contrary — judging from… [more]

Daredevil_168Frank Miller’s Daredevil Saga, Part 2: Enter Elektra!

Frank Miller’s most iconic creation at Marvel Comics makes her debut; and will Daredevil save Bullseye, and should he? [more]

BladeHow to Be Single: Super-Hero Movie Style

Spider-Man 2 (2004) “Am I not supposed to have what I want? What I need? What am I supposed to do?” -Peter Parker, Spider-Man 2 “That’s all part of living, sir.” -Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark… [more]

431-film-page-largeWatching the Anti-Hero Rise to Power

The best stories are usually about the flaws of the characters, which may be why we have always been fascinated by the anti-hero. In fact, it’s this particular fascination that has led to the ascension… [more]

Hellblazer #59 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 48

Issue #59 “Guys & Dolls Part One: Fallen Women” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: William Simpson; Inks: Mike Barreiro & Kim DeMulder; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Shared universes… [more]

Image16An Inconvenient Truth: A Few Thoughts on The World’s End as Imagined by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

At one point of Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End” one of the film’s protagonist’s, Andy, describes Newton Haven as a black hole. Unknown to him at the time, this will prove to be an accurate… [more]

Hellblazer #58 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 47

Issues #57-58 “Mortal Clay” & “Body & Soul” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Zuiko, Daniel Vozzo; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; In a world filled with demons, angels,… [more]

Image5Returning to the “Golden Mile”: A Few Thoughts on The World’s End as Imagined by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

As I promised you in the last instalment of my deliberations on “The World’s End” by Edgar Wright, we shall now join the film’s protagonists on the pub-crawl known as the ”Golden Mile”. Before entering… [more]

straitgate-ch-003-003-panelPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Twenty-Two : Breaking Point

Hard as it may be to believe, Dave, the troubled-to-put-mildly “star” of John Smith and Sean Phillips’ Straitgate, does, in fact, have friends. In fact, if you’ll recall, we met a few of them back… [more]

Hellblazer #56 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 46

Issue #56 “This is the Diary of Danny Drake” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: David Lloyd; Letters: Elitta Fell; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; A friend of mine once told me over beer that “the… [more]

Image1Old Red Eyes Is Back: A Few Thoughts on The World’s End as Imagined by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

After their previous ventures into the horror genre with “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) and the crime-fighting-buddy-action-movie with “Hot Fuzz” (2007), Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have applied themselves to science-fiction and its tropes in… [more]