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justiceleague4intA “Redundant” Justice League: An Analysis of DC’s New 52 in Light of Umberto Eco’s Theory of Narrative Redundancy

It can be argued that Justice League, the flagship title of DC’s “New 52,” is predominantly a narrative of images.

bode headThe Evolving Symmetry of Locke and Key

If there is one thing just brutally asymmetrical to the series Locke and Key is how overwhelmingly overlooked it is.

Good_LifeOn Seth’s It’s a Good Life, if You Don’t Weaken

Please be warned: spoilers ahoy!

from "The Yesterday Gambit," page 5“The Yesterday Gambit,” Part 2

We’ve introduced Alan Moore’s Miracleman interlude from Warrior #4, “The Yesterday Gambit”, and examined its first segment. We now turn to its second segment, illustrated by Paul Neary, in which Miracleman and Warpsmith revisit the 1963… [more]

DodolaHabibi: Open Dialogues with Difficult Literature

My first impression upon picking up my copy of Craig Thompson’s latest work, Habibi, was one of both excitement and trepidation.

Damian defiantDeconstructing Batman and Robin: Damian’s Transformation (Part 3)

While Damian’s name can be interpreted as “to tame,” it can also be interpreted as “to conquer,” which seems to be Talia’s reasoning for his name when she says in issue #7, “Damian will stride… [more]

Howard The Duck #24On Steve Gerber and Gene Colan’s Howard the Duck Story, “The Night After You Save the Universe?”

Violence is generally presented as a solution to problems in comics, because, being the illustrated form they are, they tend to over-simply, reduce everything to its most basic.

from "The Yesterday Gambit," page 1“The Yesterday Gambit,” Part 1

We began discussion of “The Yesterday Gambit” last time, having previously introduced Miracleman and discussed its first, second, and third chapters. We now turn to the story of Alan Moore’s “The Yesterday Gambit,” from Warrior #4.

mag_amazingworld3Consumption Junction

Human activity is not entirely reducible to processes of production and conservation, and consumption must be divided into two distinct parts. The first reducible part is represented by the use of the minimum necessary for… [more]

Damian neckDeconstructing Batman and Robin: Damian’s Transformation (Part 2)

While Dick Grayson’s growth as Batman is certainly one way of interpreting Batman and Robin, one shouldn’t forget the “Robin” part of the title.

OceansideOn Mister Wonderful, by Daniel Clowes

Please be warned; this second Valentine’s Day piece contains very significant spoilers!

Warrior #4 (Summer 1982)“The Yesterday Gambit” (A Miracleman Interlude)

We’ve introduced Miracleman and discussed its first, second, and third chapters. We now turn to the famous “The Yesterday Gambit,” from Warrior #4.

Screen shot 2012-01-11 at 7.07.40 PMRealism and the Art of Action

Sequential art is a purely visual medium, one that relies on the combination of words and pictures in order to give the illusion of animation and sound.

Steve CanyonMeeting with Bosses Old and New

[Marshall] Field asked, “What do you want?” [Milton] Caniff didn’t even have to hesitate. “I told him full ownership [of Steve Canyon] and full editorial control.” – “Setting the Stage,” by Chris Jenson in Steve… [more]

Damian revealedDeconstructing Batman and Robin: Damian’s Transformation (Part 1)

The very idea of Batman having a son was criticized before Damian ever made his first appearance.

Goodbye KissOn Bill Finger and Wayne Boring’s “The Girl in Superman’s Past”

It’s hard to tell at first from looking that the Clark Kent of 1959’s “The Girl In Superman’s Past” is desperately in love.

from Miracleman, Chapter 3, page 6 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 3 Concludes

We’ve introduced Miracleman and discussed its first and second chapters, plus most of the third (part one, part two). We now conclude our look at this third chapter of Alan Moore and Garry Leach’s Miracleman… [more]

Sinestro_evil_rantThe Power Ring and the Comic Book (Part 4)

In part 1 of this series I wrote: When DC Comics issued their refurbished versions of such characters as the Flash and Green Lantern, the heroes still fought assorted “done-in-one-story” menaces while the narratives remained… [more]

Batman deadDeconstructing Batman and Robin: The Grayson Foils, Part 3

The first six issues of Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin expertly put Dick Grayson in a position that readers weren’t used to seeing him in – one of vulnerability.

Crime Does Not Pay 24On Crime Does Not Pay

Some of it is still shocking.

from Miracleman, chapter 3, page 2 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 3: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”

We’ve introduced Miracleman and discussed its first and second episodes, plus the first page of chapter three. We now continue our look at that third chapter of Alan Moore and Garry Leach’s Miracleman stories, which… [more]

Red HoodDeconstructing Batman and Robin : The Grayson Foils, Part 2

There is no one who could make a better foil for Dick Grayson than Jason Todd.

TerrorOn Garth Ennis and Gary Erskine’s War Stories: Archangel

There’s such an obvious distinction to be made between the two, but there’s a lot of folks who consistently fail to do so.

from Miracleman, chapter 3, page 1 (Eclipse version)Sex and the Super-Hero in Miracleman, Chapter 3

Having briefly introduced Miracleman and discussed its first and second episodes, let’s turn to the third of Alan Moore and Garry Leach’s Miracleman stories, which appeared in the legendary British magazine Warrior.

Pyg performanceDeconstructing Batman and Robin: The Grayson Foils, Part 1

In all great works of literature, the hero must have a foil; that special character designed to enhance the inherent heroic qualities of the protagonist.