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April 2012

From the Dark Phoenix sagaAlan Moore’s Miracleman and the Influence of Chris Claremont’s Dark Phoenix Saga

Having reached the halfway point of Book One, let’s pause and consider the influence of Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s Dark Phoenix saga on the way Moore presents his own hero-turned-villain, Kid Miracleman.

AnimalMan_GrantMorrisonFiction Suit

Alan Moore’s done it. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee did it. Osamu Tezuka did it. Grant Morrison did it so regularly and intently that he gave it a name.

Dark Knight Strikes AgainThe Anxiety of Influence and Failed Sequels: Frank Miller and The Dark Knight Strikes Again

“I mean the criticism teaches not a language of criticism […] but a language in which poetry already is written, the language of influence, of the dialectic…” (Bloom 25).

Joker and HurtDeconstructing Batman & Robin: A Game of Villainy, Part 4

Once the transformation into the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh is complete, the comparisons to the Joker are apparent and numerous.

coverDan Dare, by Garth Ennis and Gary Erskine (2008)

Dan Dare is ancient comics history now.

from Miracleman, chapter 5, page 7 (Warrior version)The Conclusion of Miracleman, Chapter 5

We’ve looked at chapter five of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, examined it in the context of the 1981 Brixton riots, and carried through to Kid Miracleman’s defeat. We now conclude our look at this chapter, originally printed… [more]

BuffyMaking a Dirty Breast of the Matter, Part 2

I want to focus on one remark made by Kelly Thompson in the essay “No, It’s Not Equal,” regarding the inequitable objectification of male and female characters in superhero comics:

incognitoThe Difficulties of Being “Just” Good and Bad in Comics of the New Millennium

In 1974, Frank Castle—also known as The Punisher—made his debut in Amazing Spider-Man #129, and the comics world was introduced to what would become one of the most popular anti-heroes—though he certainly was not the… [more]

Joker Black and WhiteDeconstructing Batman & Robin: A Game of Villainy, Part 3

The most controversial storyline in Morrison’s Batman run, R.I.P. is the psychological destruction of the Dark Knight.

The Evolutionary WarOn The Evolutionary War (Marvel Comics, 1988)

Those who choose to see the superhero comic’s decline as a relatively recent occurrence may prefer to keep their preconceptions away from The Evolutionary War, a sequence of often-awkwardly linked stories which were originally strung… [more]

from Miracleman, chapter 5, page 5 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 5 (Cont.)

We’ve begun looking at chapter five of Alan Moore’s Miracleman and examined its reference to the 1981 Brixton riots. We now continue our look at this story, originally printed in Warrior #6 (Oct 1982), which concludes Miracleman’s… [more]

Marvel Super-Heroes #387Becoming Alan Moore

1. When did Alan Moore become ALAN MOORE? When did the promising prospect become the master Bardly craftsman? If his work for Marvel UK in the early 1980s is to be trusted, the graduation occurred… [more]

endJustice League #1-6 Review: Not the Back-Ups, Not All the Filler Art or Teases for Future Storylines

Team books were always a challenge in the old days.

john-carter-of-mars-frazettaJohn Carter Vs. Superman

With the recent release of the Disney film John Carter (which may or may not still be in theaters by the time you read this piece, judging by the film’s reviews) it seems pertinent to… [more]

chrisware_superman_cover_fullJimmy Corrigan and Smartest Deconstruction of the Superhero in the World

When dealing with 20th-century novels, James Joyce’s Ulysses is arguably the most significant work in terms of its influence on writers who would follow in the modern and postmodern traditions.

Third GhostDeconstructing Batman & Robin: A Game of Villainy, Part 2

While the Black Glove doesn’t actually make an appearance until later in the series, the presence of Dr. Hurt can be felt in the very first issue as Batman throws the Joker into a dumpster… [more]

CoverOn The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln, by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud’s The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln reads as if it had been pieced together by a team of expert comic-book historians from a great mass of often incomplete and even contradictory notes, sketches,… [more]

from Miracleman, chapter 5, page 3Miracleman, Chapter 5, and the Brixton Riots

Last time, we began our examination of chapter five of Alan Moore’s Miracleman. Originally printed in Warrior #6 (Oct 1982), it concludes Miracleman’s fight with Kid Miracleman and marks the midpoint of Book One.

Comic Book NationDiagram for Delinquents Update #22: KAPPPPPPOOOOOOM!

In the past few days there has been an EXPLOSION of updates for Diagram for Delinquents. Most of which is the acquisition of new interview subjects for the film. Our next interview trip will include… [more]

ImageImageSequart Debuts First Live-Action Trailer for Image Documentary

Over on our Image documentary’s Kickstarter page, we’ve debuted the film’s first live-action trailer. 

TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles_01_cvrSpreadTurtle Power

Hell hath no fury like a fanboy scorned.

Herge-Group ShotThe Adventures of Tintin in Critical Controversy

It is commonly held that the United States helped create the comics art and literary genre; however, what is often overlooked is the significant comics community thriving in Europe during these early years, particularly in… [more]

Joker transformedDeconstructing Batman & Robin: A Game of Villainy, Part 1

While Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne were busy learning how to adjust to their new identities, a secret war was being waged between Dr. Thomas Hurt and the Joker.

CoverOn Michael Fleisher and Russ Heath’s Jonah Hex Story, “The Last Bounty Hunter”

It’s not just great artists who steal.

Miracleman #2Miracleman, Chapter 5: “Fallen Angels, Forgotten Thunder”

Having introduced Miracleman and discussed its first, second, third, and fourth chapters, as well as the interlude “The Yesterday Gambit,” we now turn to chapter five of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, which concludes the hero’s first… [more]