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J.M. DeMatteis and His Neglected Contribution to the Revival of DC

“Has our world become so twisted, so violent, that this is the kind of hero we produce?” Lois Lane, in a different world, types on her computer a new story and reveals to the world… [more]

The Sixty-Seven Million Dollar Man*: (*Adjusted for Medical Inflation)

“It feels like a Six Million Dollar Man night tonight!  Who’s with me?” Those were the words that escaped my lips last Tuesday evening.  I still don’t know where they came from.  It wasn’t anything… [more]

Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Twelve

Before we get into the beginning of the end here, I suppose we’d better talk about that cover first. Yeah, it’s not by Kirby. In fact, I’m willing to bet that even if his distinctive… [more]

Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Three: Every Day Is Like Sunday

I can’t stand Morrissey, but when I was between the ages of, say, 16 and 19, I thought he was pretty cool—which is precisely what I was supposed to think, given that his music has… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 15

Issue #17 “Fellow Travellers” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Mike Hoffman Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Todd Klein Cover: Dave McKean Over the course of Jamie Delano’s 40 issue run on the series, and his return in… [more]

The Challenger Remembered Through a Great Scientific Drama

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger and seven astronauts on launch, on January 28, 1986. It was an historic moment for the US space program, but sadly it… [more]

Asa Nisi Masa: Casanova vol. 2 “Gula”

The second volume of Casanova (issues 8-14 of the original Image run and collected under the title Gula) with art by Gabriel Ba’s brother Fabio Moon, picks up soon after the end of the first… [more]

Orson Welles Gives Peas a Chance

By the 1980s, Orson Welles was alive, creative, charming, and essentially unemployed. He had spent the last decade working on a number of projects, only one of which (F for Fake) saw release. (The most… [more]

American Sniper, Justice, and Equity before God and Country

In the 2015 film American Sniper, following the first kill that Navy Seal Chris Kyle undertakes, he arrives on base and is greeted by fellow soldier, and future friend, Biggles reading a Punisher comic. After… [more]

Too Big to Forfeit: Deflategate, The Goon, and the Business of Football

It’s Super Bowl Week at Sequart, so you know what that means! What’s that you say?  You think it probably means nothing?  Just the usual assortment of insightful articles about comic books and movies and… [more]

Godzilla: One Complicated Lizard

Bombardier Major Thomas Ferebee opened the bomb bay of the Enola Gay B-29. Out plummeted “Little Boy,” a 9,700-pound nuclear warhead, which detonated 1,900 feet above a surgical clinic in downtown Hiroshima. The bomb was… [more]

Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Two: Trident Makes Its Mark—But Ultimately Gets Speared

In August of 1989, a modest little anthology series with some serious “A-list” talent appeared on British comic store shelves and, presumably, at a few newsstands (or newsagents, as they’re called across the pond) as… [more]

David Bowie and the Side Effects of Fame

It’s easy for us today to think of rock and roll as being a big business, staging huge shows for audiences of teeming thousands, and the people who make the music being lauded as near-Gods.… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 14

Issue #16 “Rough Justice” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Buckingham Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Elitta Fell Cover: Dave McKean During the opening issues of The Fear Machine, we have seen Constantine adapt… [more]

The Artfully Crafted Toxicity of David Fincher’s Gone Girl

I’m going to proceed with a fair degree of caution as I write this, and you should probably do the same while reading it, because I’m about to level a pretty serious charge at a… [more]

Understanding Adventure Time’s Worldwide Adoration

In the modern iteration of pop culture, there are few television shows that have been as impactful as Adventure Time, and it is certainly not hard to see why. Whether it be nostalgia for a… [more]

Hinterkind Volume One Lacks Humanity

The concept of the ruins of the United States devolving into factionalism has been well-explored in other post-apocalyptic literature, but Edington refreshes the idea by incorporating monsters and races one might encounter in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. His human characters, however, leave a lot to be desired. [more]

Tired, Weak, and Worn: Humanizing Martin Luther King in Selma

I was standing at a urinal when the man next to me suddenly blurted out,  “You just saw Selma?” “Um … yeah,” was all I managed to stammer in response.  I figure the world is… [more]

Interstellar and the Question of Sci-Fi Plausibility

Warning: Mild spoilers of Interstellar are discussed in this article. The spoilers do not give any description of what actually occurs, but if you want to avoid even the vaguest of descriptions, then avoid this… [more]

Jane Austen, World War II Veteran: or, Churchill’s Cinematic Women Warriors

“You cannot make peace with dictators!” cries Lord Nelson. “You have to destroy them! Wipe them out!” In this over-determined dialogue from the 1941 film Lady Hamilton, the cinematic Nelson is calling for Napoleon’s blood… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 13

Issue #15 “Shepherd’s Warning” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Buckingham Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Elitta Fell Cover: Dave McKean Throughout Hellblazer, Constantine remarks how weirdness is attracted to him, how no matter… [more]

Cops and Cosplayers: Two Minorities in Conflict

In the last year, cops have killed average citizens, black, white, and otherwise. How many? No idea. Sadly, a Facebook bot page is likely the best count available. In the last year, average citizens have… [more]

Capital Thoughts: All-New Captain America #2

Karl Marx, writing on the Anglo-French wars, observed that history repeats itself, first in tragedy then in farce.  His example was Napoleon, a man defeated by the combined armies of the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Hanover,… [more]

The Top 10 New & Returning Comics to Read in 2015

2014 was a stunning year for comics. Between the debut and rapid success of many creator-owned series to superhero comics finally growing in big ways, comics are only getting even better. 2015 seems to be… [more]

The Amazing Adventures of “Stan” and “Jack”: Michael Chabon’s “Citizen Conn”

A couple of years ago, Michael Chabon gave a reading at our local library.  He was promoting a new novel, Telegraph Avenue, and the auditorium was packed.  Given my academic background, I’ve had to attend… [more]