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Batman: Noël — The Redemptive Dickensian Drama

It’s not uncommon this time of year to hear the phrase “holiday cheer” being thrown around. It’s a nebulous saying, undefined, and passed around like an offering plate collecting alms for the poor. In our… [more]

Chronocops! – An Alan Moore Time Twister, Part 3

A Link in Comic Book History As Lance Parkin correctly states: “A lot of Alan Moore’s work is concerned with the history of comics – subverting it, redefining it, challenging it, or often just celebrating… [more]

Our Dearly Departed: Mortality and Death in “Cerements”

There is an inside joke at the beginning of Hamlet that few catch. Shakespeare, well known for his wit and narrative charm, deals with religion quite frequently in his plays. This is to be expected… [more]

An Unknown Soldier in an Unknown War: Joshua Dysart’s Unknown Soldier Issue #2

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

Flowers, Fire, and Dreams in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Overture #1, Part 2

In the next part of The Sandman Overture Issue #1, we now get to focus on Morpheus’ tools in trade: dreams. After transitioning to page fourteen, what we have waiting for us is something that… [more]

The Best of Millar: The 10 Most Enjoyable Examples of Mark Millar’s Work for UK Publishers, 1989-1997

As in last week’s “worst-of”, the following selections are presented in no order of preference; 1. Tales From Beyond Science: Long Distance Calls, with artist Rian Hughes, from 1992’s 2000AD #776. Just as I could… [more]

Chronocops! — An Alan Moore Time Twister, Part 2

Family Time When Ed hears the name of the baby he mistakenly tried to arrest when going after Yolinda Y. Yorty in 1989, he loses his mind and tries to wed his own grandmother, Tuesday,… [more]

Capital 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]

Bugged 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]

Flowers, 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]

Nelson 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]

The 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]

Chronocops! — 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]

An 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]

Let 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]

Tears 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]

“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]

Super-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]

Cowboy 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]

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]

My 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]

Super-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]

The 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]

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]

Super-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]