Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: “Sacrifice” Concludes
It’s time to update our look at “Sacrifice,” the storyline that spun out of The OMAC Project. Specifically, it’s time to look at the end of that storyline…
Ultraverse Ten Years Later
The fairly recent announcement of a Prime feature film led me to dust off my collection of Ultraverse comics.
Your 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.
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]
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.
Your 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…
On 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?
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]
Watchmen 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.
Confessions 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.
Superman’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.
The 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 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]
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.
On 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 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 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.
The 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]
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.
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]