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1Scott Snyder: Then and Now

I was slow to the Scott Snyder game, I’ll admit it. Back when the hyper popular writer started Batman I was only vaguely aware of his existence. As his run continued I started to read… [more]

action-comics-12Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #12

Captain Comet has invaded Superman’s mind and created a false history that secretly reveals Clark’s desires (and also what most fans would probably want from the hero). Ma and Pa Kent wave their son goodbye… [more]

bl4-6 1Typically Endless: The Distance Between Gods and Men in “Brief Lives,” Chapters 4-6

Sandman’s Brief Lives follows closely with its former, titular predecessor penned by John Aubrey. His work, which compiles the veritable who’s who of the Western Enlightenment from 17th century Europe, succeeds at creating a window… [more]

GrowingPainsUltimate Spider-Man #2-3 Reveals the Perils of Power without Responsibility

Unlike the first double-sized issue of Ultimate Spider-Man, the second and third issues move at a much slower clip. At the end of Ultimate Spider-Man #2, Norman Osborn tells his scientists that he is testing… [more]

scan1“What’s the Point Chief?”: Shameless? Part 26

Continued from last week. Laughter can be used to reveal prejudice before the mind has the chance to stifle it. But the Millar of the period gave no sign that he disapproved of his own heartless… [more]

from Miracleman #3, chapter 10, page 4Miracleman, Chapter 10: The Secret Origin of Miracleman, Part 3

We’ve begun discussing chapter ten, the conclusion of Book One (parts one, two, three, and four), of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter.

WalkingDeadPart5_mainThe Garden and the Wilderness: Walking Dead #25-36

Since its onset, Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic book series has focused on the survival of one man, former police officer Rick Grimes, and the group of people he keeps company with. Starting with Walking… [more]

superman_battles_doomsday-875x1024How Comics Work: The Fight Scene, Part 1

Most Superhero comics are based around two things: character-based drama and fight scenes. Many even forgo the former for the latter, under the horrible impression that they’re the same thing. This is in part due… [more]

Image 1The Stitching Together of a Mythos: Kris Straub’s Broodhollow

It’s a rare thing to watch a reality in the process of its own formation. It’s like observing a building being created row by row: block by block. But in this case it’s more like… [more]

Art by Anthony Williams, from Babe Race 2000: chapter 1, from 2000AD #883, 1994“Never Trust A Woman… Women Will Eat You Alive”: Shameless? Part 25

Continued from last week. But Millar’s work for Fleetway often went far beyond casual, unthinking sexism. As the months passed and the examples of this piled up, he gave every impression of being a died-in-the-wool misogynist.… [more]

from Miracleman #3, chapter 10, page 3Miracleman, Chapter 10: The Secret Origin of Miracleman, Part 2

We’ve begun discussing chapter ten, the conclusion of Book One (parts one, two, and three), of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter.

dd coverI Once Was Blind: Waid’s Daredevil & How Expectations Can Ruin Even the Best of Things

I hated it. There, I said it, and like an alcoholic (“My name is Chris and I have a problem”), it feels good to get it off my chest. When I opened up the pages… [more]

AC_Cv11Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #11

The construction motif returns on page one of this issue as Metalek attacks Metropolis and destroys a tenement building in the process. Metalek is an artificial intelligence that looks like construction equipment and was first… [more]

sandman7Coping by Change: Sandman’s “Brief Lives,” Chapters 1-3

Investigating the corpus of Gaiman’s literary contributions draws fruitful results when contemplating his creative process. Earlier works often foreshadow later ones, the latter being throwbacks to ideas at their genesis, now fully developed theses. American… [more]

Ultimate_Spider-Man_Vol_1_1Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Introduces Peter Parker, his “Fathers,” and Hints at a Rich Supporting Cast

Ultimate Spider-Man #1 is one of the most important comics issues of the 21st century. The  series was the brainchild of Marvel publisher Bill Jemas, who wanted to create a Marvel universe that was accessible… [more]

scan one“Comic Books Most Dripping-Wet Liberal”: Shameless? Part 24

Continued from last week. The image of Millar as a tykish, daring and promising newcomer was wearing through by the end of 1992. What had at first seemed like boyish ambition, conspicuous potential and a novice’s… [more]

from Miracleman, chapter 10, page 3 (Warrior version)Miracleman, Chapter 10: The Secret Origin of Miracleman

We’ve begun discussing chapter ten, the conclusion of Book One (parts one and two), of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter.

Picture TwoTyrant Questions and Answers with Steve Bissette

Previously we looked at Tyrant’s letter pages, issue one, issue two, issue three, and issue four. Steve Bissette’s Tyrant leaves us with more questions than it does answers. The series came to a crashing conclusion with… [more]

The Steve Yeowell cover – featuring his and Grant Morrison’s Zenith, of course – to X-static #1, the fanzine in which the first of Martin Conaghan’s “interviews” with Morrison and Millar appeared.“The Best Thing Since Dark Knight, Possibly Better”: Shameless? Part 23

Continued from last week. Despite years of cold shoulders and rejection letters, Millar’s determination to write for the major players in the American comics industry never seems to have wavered. In particular, he continued to long… [more]

from Miracleman #3, chapter 10, page 2Miracleman, Chapter 10 as a Mystery Story

We’ve begun discussing chapter ten, the conclusion of Book One, of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter.

Fig 1 Treasure Chest p1“Let Them Serve as Signs”: Graphic Adaptations of Christian Texts

In issue number 301 of The Comics Journal, there are articles critiquing two major spiritual works in the graphic tradition. One of these works is R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis, the other Dave Sim’s Cerebus. While the latter… [more]

Action_Comics_Vol_2-10_Cover-1Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #10

After taking an issue off to visit Earth 23 and President Superman, Morrison returns the narrative back to Maxim Zarov (also known as Nimrod the Hunter) who was last seen killing a T-Rex at the… [more]

Sandman specialSong of Death: The Tragedy of Dream’s Only Begotten Son

Through the Sandman, one recurring theme endures that tempers the fantasy offered by Gaiman and his titular protagonist. This is deconstructing the fantastic and popularizing ancient tales into pedestrian  tongues. He is contextualizing tales culturally… [more]

scan1“But The Bad People Haven’t Gone Away”: Shameless? Part 22

Continued from last week. The Spider wasn’t the only long-unseen British superhero to be radically reworked by Millar in Vicious Games. He also briefly laid claim to Tri-Man, who’d been a far more conventional example of the… [more]

from Miracleman #3, chapter 10, page 2Miracleman, Chapter 10: “Zarathustra”

We’ve previously introduced Miracleman and discussed all but the final chapter of Book One. We now continue this critical examination with chapter ten (written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Alan Davis) of this celebrated but long-unavailable series that… [more]