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dont rapeStop Sexually Assaulting Women at Cons!

Convention season has become a really sad time for me. What was once a fun, light gathering of comics fans has become a Bingo card of sexual assault. Women of a sadly growing number are… [more]

burn-the-orphanage-2-cover-image-comicsFight Comics: Burn the Orphanage #2

I should have really liked Burn the Orphanage more than I did.  But I am, as always, getting ahead of myself. The second oversized – and a bit overpriced – issue of Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman’s… [more]

Amazing Spider-Man posterMaybe this Franchise Thing is Out of Control

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when super-hero movies were few and far between. Now, they’re so ubiquitous that even super-hero fans worry there are too many. Marvel’s had success tying movies… [more]

Zombo CoverPhony Beatlemania: Zombies, Nostalgia, and Satire in Al Ewing and Henry Flint’s Zombo: You Smell of Crime and I’m the Deodorant

One of my favorite moments in Al Ewing and Henry Flint’s 2000 AD serial Zombo takes place when the titular character – a half human / half zombie hybrid created by the British government to… [more]

1The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Review

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Story by: L. Frank Baum Written by: Eric Shanower Art by: Skottie Young Cover by: Skottie Young Rating: 8 (of 10) Of all the contemporary and modern American fantasy and… [more]

crisis28Bugged Out!: Scarab Reconsidered 20 Years On, Part Two (or, The British Invader Who Stayed Home)

Believe it or not, I’ve never known a John Smith. They say it’s the most common male name in the English language, but seriously — I never went to school with one. I’ve never worked… [more]

Harley and DogHarley Quinn #1 Review

With last month’s zero issue restoring my – and no doubt many other people’s – faith in the Harley Quinn character, as presented in DC’s new continuity, this month’s issue was eagerly anticipated. And it… [more]

9781597071413-invisibleman2_zoomOn Comic Book Adaptations

This article isn’t about comic book movies. Quite the opposite in fact. What follows is a semi-directionless musing on why there are so few good comic books that adapt their stories from books and movies.… [more]

The Night the Transformers Saved Christmas, page 1On “The Night the Transformers Saved Christmas”

Surely among the least-known early Transformers comics, “The Night the Transformers Saved Christmas” appeared in the 26 December 1985 issue of Woman’s Day magazine. The four-page story wasn’t an insert; it was printed on page… [more]

Dream 1Flowers, Fire, and Dreams in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Overture #1, Part 3

The next segment of The Sandman Overture Issue #1 doesn’t have a very auspicious beginning.  Pages twenty-five and twenty-six open up into a spread with Morpheus flying towards his Castle and his Dreaming kingdom: now… [more]

photo 1Batman: Noël — The Redemptive Dickensian Drama

It’s not uncommon this time of year to hear the phrase “holiday cheer” being thrown around. It’s a nebulous saying, undefined, and passed around like an offering plate collecting alms for the poor. In our… [more]

Shia LaBeoufOn Shia LaBeouf: An Explanation, but Not an Excuse

Recently, one of the big comics news stories involves actor Shia LaBeouf and his adaptation antics. To review: LaBeouf produced a short film titled HowardCantour.com, starring the fine comedian Jim Gaffigan and presented it at… [more]

Scott LobdellWhy We Shouldn’t Have to Play Detective When it Comes to “DB,” or Why Douchebags Need to Be Named and Shamed

On December 18th, MariNaomi, author of Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Résumé, Ages 0 to 22, posted an article on popular feminist website xoJane.com. It detailed how she was publicly humiliated and heckled by a heterosexual man… [more]

Comic Book Guy shrugsAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 5: Caveats Galore

Continued from last week. Perhaps at this point, I really ought to begin another round of caveats. First, I don’t regard the super-hero fans I’m describing as “emotionally subnormal,” nor do I think they’re representative… [more]

Mike CareyColloquium #6: The Monster that Wears Our Face — Mike Carey on Suicide Risk

Markisan interviews Mike Carey on Suicide Risk, his ongoing superhero series for BOOM! Studios. They discuss the epic scope of the book, the possibility of a Careyverse, and how real people would react if they ever got… [more]

moore2001Chronocops! – An Alan Moore Time Twister, Part 3

A Link in Comic Book History As Lance Parkin correctly states: “A lot of Alan Moore’s work is concerned with the history of comics – subverting it, redefining it, challenging it, or often just celebrating… [more]

Curing the Postmodern Blues: Reading Grant Morrison and Chris Weston's THE FILTH in the 21st CenturyThe Village Voice Names Sequart’s Curing the Postmodern Blues One of the Year’s Best Graphic Novels

Even though Curing the Postmodern Blues: Reading Grant Morrison and Chris Weston’s The Filth in the 21st Century isn’t a graphic novel, the legendary taste-making newspaper The Village Voice named it one of the best… [more]

Screen shot 2013-12-02 at 5.13.17 PMBeware the Batman Episode 2 Review

A few weeks ago, I weighed in on the first episode of Beware the Batman, the Batman franchise’s current animated iteration. The new series features a younger Bruce Wayne entering into his crime-fighting career with… [more]

Golden Age Wonder WomanSteel Sinews: Sex and the Super-Hero

There’s a moment in Cable and X-Force #5 where Dennis Hopeless’s script introduces some foreplay between mutants Colossus and Domino. Poor Piotr Rasputin has been experiencing some control issues recently as a result of being… [more]

san1Our Dearly Departed: Mortality and Death in “Cerements”

There is an inside joke at the beginning of Hamlet that few catch. Shakespeare, well known for his wit and narrative charm, deals with religion quite frequently in his plays. This is to be expected… [more]

titleAn Unknown Soldier in an Unknown War: Joshua Dysart’s Unknown Soldier Issue #2

Unknown Soldier #2 Writer – Joshua Dysart Art – Alberto Ponticelli Vertigo/DC Comics January, 2009 Or maybe this is an African story after all. At least, Afrocentric. In the last article I wanted to hit… [more]

Dream 1Flowers, Fire, and Dreams in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Overture #1, Part 2

In the next part of The Sandman Overture Issue #1, we now get to focus on Morpheus’ tools in trade: dreams. After transitioning to page fourteen, what we have waiting for us is something that… [more]

scan1AThe Best of Millar: The 10 Most Enjoyable Examples of Mark Millar’s Work for UK Publishers, 1989-1997

As in last week’s “worst-of”, the following selections are presented in no order of preference; 1. Tales From Beyond Science: Long Distance Calls, with artist Rian Hughes, from 1992’s 2000AD #776. Just as I could… [more]

Santa Claus Conquers the MartiansAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 4: But Alan Moore’s Not Wrong

Continued from Wednesday. When talking about how super-heroes have changed, we always have to beware of nostalgia. The good old days weren’t all that good, and we tend to remember the comics, television, and movies… [more]

colorChronocops! — An Alan Moore Time Twister, Part 2

Family Time When Ed hears the name of the baby he mistakenly tried to arrest when going after Yolinda Y. Yorty in 1989, he loses his mind and tries to wed his own grandmother, Tuesday,… [more]