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Ultraverse image 5Ultraverse Ten Years Later

The fairly recent announcement of a Prime feature film led me to dust off my collection of Ultraverse comics.

Rann-Thanagar War #1Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: The Rann-Thanagar War

The final of the four “Countdown to Infinite Crisis” mini-series to be published, The Rann-Thanagar War is certainly not the weakest and is just as certainly the most sweeping.

Adventures of Superman #642 (Sept 2005)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: “Sacrifice”

We’ve looked at the first three issues of The OMAC Project. Now it’s time to look at the shocking storyline those three issues flowed into: “Sacrifice,” running through an entire month’s Superman and Wonder Woman… [more]

OMAC Project #1 (June 2005)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: The OMAC Project

Having examined DC Countdown, let’s turn our attention to the four mini-series it spawned, beginning with the one that most directly springs from DC Countdown‘s narrative: Greg Rucka’s The OMAC Project.

DC Countdown #1Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: DC Countdown

We’re now in the third month after DC Countdown, and it’s time to review the various top-selling mini-series and other events counting down to Infinite Crisis…

The DC spinOn DC’s New Logo

On 8 May 2005, DC Comics unveiled its new logo — the first in 30 years or so. What’s in a logo? Does it matter?

Mark Trail (misplaced word balloons example 2)Tensions Between Text and Image

The medium variously known as comic books, graphic novels, bandes-dessinés, manga, manga, sequential art, and sequart has been defined as the juxtaposition of text and image on the static page. Once can here recall Words… [more]

Dr. Manhattan thinking on MarsWatchmen and Intertextuality: How Watchmen Interrogates the Comics Tradition

Today, Watchmen is celebrated as an autonomous work — and it is partly on this basis that its greatness rests.

Jean Grey confronts Cyclops and Emma FrostConfessions of a New X-Men Reader

Grant Morrison made me care about the X-Men for the first time. Oh, I’d read the X-Men.  I liked the ideas behind “Days of Future Past” and “The Dark Phoenix Saga.”  I just didn’t care.

Jerry Siegel and Joseph ShusterSuperman’s Copyright: The Never-Ending Battle?

With the current focus on the rights to Superman, it’s worth taking a moment to discuss the history of the Superman copyright.

Understanding_ComicsThe Sequart Manifesto

What do we call our medium? The most common answer is “comics.” Some would say otherwise, offering “comix,” “the ninth art,” or “sequential art.” Others abroad would say “manga” or “les bandes-dessinés.” All, however, are… [more]

Bill JemasBill Jemas Autopsy

Bill Jemas was for a few years the man everyone loved to hate. He played the bad guy to Joe Quesada, who more effectively cultivated himself as the “people’s man” in Marvel Comics’ administration. Now… [more]

Real-world preemption in Authority #13.Mark Millar’s The Authority and the Polemic over Iraq

For some reason, as I think of the polemic over Iraq (as I often do these days), I keep thinking about The Authority.

Flash #1 (June 1987)Memoir in Ben-Day Dots

I can’t recall the first comic I ever read. I’m sure they featured in my early childhood, as my family has tattered old Donald Duck and other Gladstone comics to prove it.

Zero Hour timelineOn Continuity: No-Prizes, Retcons, and the Mental Acrobatics of Continuity Repair

In the Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s, comics were mostly episodic tales in which characters barely changed.

The Authority Vol. 1 #13 pageExposing Status Quo Super-Heroics in Mark Millar’s The Authority

In 2000, a largely unknown writer named Mark Millar took over an already revolutionary title called The Authority, published by DC / WildStorm.

Legion of Super-Pets imageThe Genius of the Super-Pets

The creation of derivative versions of super-heroes goes back to Captain Marvel’s derivatives, Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr. — which were introduced in the 1940s.

X-Men Vol. 1 #4X-Men is Not an Allegory of Racial Tolerance

It’s funny that it’s so resoundingly universally accepted. It’s been repeated so many times, from everyone from fans and comics professionals to scholars, that it’s become an article of faith.

Alan MooreThe Cult of the Writer

One of the major phenomena occurring in American comic books in the last two decades has been the cult of the writer, often in competition with the cult of the artist or illustrator. Various years… [more]

Sandman #23 (Feb 1991)A Brief Consideration of Gaiman’s Usage of Lucifer in The Sandman

Before he had his own ongoing series, Lucifer came to prominence in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. But Gaiman’s Lucifer went through three very different depictions, somewhat inconsistent with one another.

authority24originalCensorship of The Authority

The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks upon the United States of America left many Americans, and much of the world, seriously shaken and disturbed. Almost immediately, the shockwaves echoed throughout the artistic world:

Hellblazer #72 (Dec 1993)Belfast and New York, Ireland and America, and “Irish Studies” as Reflected by Garth Ennis

Garth Ennis, an Irish writer working in the graphic novel (or extended comic book) format, represents a literary outsider. Although he shows considerably greater disdain for many other groups, Ennis has openly shown disdain for… [more]