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captain-america-13Capital Thoughts: Captain America #13

Cap wallowing in bed, grief-stricken over the loss of his son; in the next room, Zemo’s daughter, the shapely Jet, works a heavy bag and tells Sam that he’s no longer numero uno in Steve’s… [more]

Scarab_Sendak_hBugged Out!: Scarab Reconsidered 20 Years On, Part One

So here’s the deal — your newbie (at least around these parts) author found himself having a few back-and-forth conversations with Sequart founder Julian Darius via Twitter over the course of the past several months,… [more]

Dream 1Flowers, Fire, and Dreams in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Overture #1

An overture is traditionally the opening or introduction to an opera. Yet if anything in the past twenty-five or so years of the comics medium can be compared to an opera–as a masterpiece made up… [more]

MandelaNelson Mandela: Comic Book Hero

Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week at the age of 95, certainly lived a life with enough twists and turns of fortune and fate to be included among the great comics characters. His story… [more]

scanAAAThe Worst of Millar: The 10 Least Commendable Examples of Mark Millar’s Work for UK Publishers, 1989-1997

Shameless? will be moving on in the new year to discuss Mark Millar’s post-1993 career with a host of American publishers. But before setting out in the direction of Swamp Thing, Skrull Kill Krew and… [more]

JoeChronocops! — An Alan Moore Time Twister, Part 1

Introduction In February 1977, IPC Magazines first published a new weekly British comic anthology featuring various separate science fiction stories. Consequently, it was given the then futuristic name 2000 A.D. Although this suggests that nobody… [more]

openingAn Unknown Soldier in an Unknown War: Joshua Dysart’s Unknown Soldier Issue #1

An exploration of the Unknown Soldier’s meta-mythology about war and the individual. Joshua Dysart reboots the franchise in Uganda. [more]

san 1Let Us Worship the Golden Boy: Gaiman’s Teen Prez Messiah

Patriotism is difficult to define. There is no true article or concept of what patriotism is. It can, in the hearts and minds of the common man, come to signify a love for one’s country,… [more]

uxm303Tears of Joy and Nightcrawler

Two times… There are two times in my twenty-five plus years of reading comic books that I can remember shedding tears over the content of an issue. I have been upset, I have felt sadness… [more]

behind the Simon Davis cover to 1997’s 2000AD 1030 lies Millar’s last published Judge Dredd story“Our ‘War-is-Fun’ Attitude”: Shameless? Part 37

Continued from last week. Hindsight suggests that Canon Fodder marked the beginning of the end of Millar’s relationship with 2000AD. It was by no means the last of his scripts to appear in the comic,… [more]

MAI VOL 4 CH 13 PG 250Super-Powers in Mai, the Psychic Girl’s Final Act

Continued from our introduction to Mai, the Psychic Girl and parts one and two of our discussion of how super-powers are depicted in the series. In the story’s truncated third and final act, Mai’s life has… [more]

cbCowboy Bebop, Coolness, and Genre Mash-ups

There is an endless number of reasons to love Cowboy Bebop. This kung-fu, detective, sci-fi, crime, honky-tonk tinged mashed-upped masterpiece is cooler than any of us. Not because it wears the clothing of those genres,… [more]

screenshot from Oldboy (2003)Revenge, Hypnotism, and Oedipus in Oldboy (2003), Part 2

Last time, we began examining the 2003 South Korean movie Oldboy, directed by Park Chan-wook and adapted from the 1996-1998 manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi. We just got to the movie’s big twist ending. So be warned:… [more]

shinjiMy Body is a Cage: Evangelions, AT Fields, and Hedgehogs

My body is a cage that keeps me From dancing with the one I love But my mind holds the key – My Body is a Cage, The Arcade Fire Talking about the soul is… [more]

MAI VOL 3 CH 12 PG 230Super-Powers in Mai, the Psychic Girl’s Second Act

Continued from our introduction to Mai, the Psychic Girl and part one of our discussion of how super-powers are depicted in the series. As the narrative shifts into its second half, in which the Wisdom… [more]

AkiraThe Noise They Make: Akira and the Bosozoku

Akira is an odd film.  Some like to believe it a riddle that if you can just get a crowbar into, you might crack it open and spill it’s meaningful contents.  And while it is… [more]

screenshot from Oldboy (2003)Revenge, Hypnotism, and Oedipus in Oldboy (2003)

The brilliant 2003 South Korean film Oldboy, directed by directed by Park Chan-wook, is a revenge story. As such, it has to negotiate this genre’s long history, which it manages to do rather successfully by simultaneously… [more]

MAI VOL 1 CH 02 PG 058Super-Powers in Mai, the Psychic Girl

Continued from our introduction of Mai, the Psychic Girl. Ryoichi Ikegami is one of manga’s most talented artists, and he’s certainly one of my own favorites. His cityscapes and vehicles are bafflingly realistic. And while… [more]

Osamu_TezukaThe Grandmasters

I’ve been planning a series of articles about the all-time greats of the medium for a while. I was planning to focus on living greats, but with Sequart doing this Manga Week it seemed like… [more]

Mai, the Psychic Girl #1On Mai, the Psychic Girl

In early 1987, Eclipse introduced American comics readers to manga with three translated series. The first, debuting one week before the other two, was Mai, the Psychic Girl. The following week, Eclipse debuted The Legend… [more]

JFK New US PresidentJFK: Comic Book Hero

(…continued from THIS) It was a bright, sunny Friday like this one, 50 years ago, that John F. Kennedy met his end in Dallas, Texas. This is, of course, well known, and one of the… [more]

metamythAn Unknown Soldier in an Unknown War: Joshua Dysart’s Unknown Soldier

An exploration of the Unknown Soldier’s meta-mythology about war and the individual. Joshua Dysart reboots the franchise in Uganda. [more]

Bechdel TestThe Bechdel Test and a Sexy Lamp: Detecting Gender Bias and Stereotypes in Mainstream Comics

Recently, the Swedish Film Institute began sponsoring a movement spearheaded by a number of theaters who are now making use of the “Bechdel Test” to evaluate their films in order to determine the extent of… [more]

Oswald ShotLee Harvey Oswald: A Comics Villain?

This week marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most infamous days in world history: November 22nd, 1963. Based on the violent and deadly events of that day, the names John F. Kennedy and… [more]

trinitySlip and Slide

A few weeks ago, I went to the New York City Comic Con for the first time in my life and suffice it to say, it was an incredible experience.  From meeting creators who were… [more]