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That Grey Place: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“I am your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.” “So what does that make us?” “Absolutely nothing….” – Dark Helmet and Lone Starr, Space Balls As of this writing, everyone and their Force immaculate parent… [more]

Fear 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]

Nietzsche in 40,000 Years, Part Three: Chaos

The Imperium foils and fails the Nietzschean criterion, but perhaps the Forces of Chaos offer the will to power? [more]

The 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]

The 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]

The 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]

New 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]

Nietzsche in 40,000 Years, Part Two: Imperium

The Imperium of Warhammer 40,000 is a Nietzschean dream… and nightmare. This article includes an exploration of the Emperor as an Übermensch. [more]

Deep 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]

Jodorowsky 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]

Nietzsche in 40,000 Years, Part One: Foundation

To understand Warhammer 40,000, you must understand Friedrich Nietzsche. [more]

Sequart 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: 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: 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 ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 3

The Mighty Thor #264: In this issues, 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… [more]

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 the… [more]

Do 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]

Back 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]

Netflix’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]

Back 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]

Awkward Encounters of the Conventional Kind: Nashville Comic Con Notebook

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 ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 2

The Mighty Thor #263: 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,… [more]

Star 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]

Star 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]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 1

The Mighty Thor #262: 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… [more]