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July 2013

WatchmenThoughts on Reviewing Comics

Every Wednesday, local comic shops and online retailers provide readers with a bevy of new comic book titles and issues.  Some superhero series take flight while others crash without rhyme or reason.  Some of us… [more]

scan1“Lots of People Dressed Like That in the Sixties”: Shameless? Part 21

Continued from last week. Fifteen months would pass until March 1992′s 2000 AD Action Special and the next of Millar’s superhero stories to see print. A stillborn revamping of the Sixties British superhero The Spider, it… [more]

The Wolverine (2013) posterHalf Action Movie, Half Art Film, The Wolverine Delivers

The Wolverine has everything fans require. It’s got lots of great actions sequences, culminating in a big showdown. But it’s also got some art-film DNA in the mix. It’s an action film that also works… [more]

superman-earthWhy the World Needs Superman

I look back on the things I’ve written occasionally and discover old parts of me that I can treasure and hold on to nostalgically. This is one of those pieces. What follows is the script… [more]

superwinkWhat it Means to Take Superheroes Seriously

It’s been a few weeks now, and I think that maybe, just maybe, comic book fandom is ready to talk about something else besides Man of Steel. Maybe. As expected, the movie turned out to be… [more]

Action 9Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #9

After completing the first arc on Action Comics, Morrison spends one issue in the alternate universe of Earth-23 where Superman is not only black, but also the President of the United States. President Superman had… [more]

r1Archetypes of Conflict: Weaponized Narratives in “Parliament of Rooks”

“How does the story end?” is a legitimate, but not often enough asked, inquiry of our narratives. Imagine any fairy tale. The Tortoise and the Hare embodies the weathered adage, “slow and steady wins the… [more]

Swamp Thing #50“The End” Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing #50

Swamp Thing #50 “The End” Writer: Alan Moore. Editor: Karen Berger. Artists: Stephen Bissette, Rick Veitch and John Totleben (and special thanks to Tom Mandrake). Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. Cover Date: July 1986.… [more]

Boix’s cover for 1977’s 2000AD #8, a prime example of the “slightly dodgy, anarchic material” which young Millar struggled to enjoy.“That Slightly Dodgy, Anarchic Material”: Shameless? Part 20

Continued from last week. The obviousness of Millar’s influences would become more and more of a problem as his work for Fleetway continued. Of course, 2000AD had been founded upon a deliberate policy of appropriating and… [more]

Miracleman #3, chapter 9, page 7Miracleman, Chapter 9 Concludes

We’ve begun discussing chapter nine of Alan Moore’s Miracleman (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6), illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter.

The-Amazing-Spider-Man-2-Spidey-VictoryWhy Can’t Spider-Man Swing Both Ways?

Recently, Entertainment Weekly ran a piece in which Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield questioned why his character, Peter Parker, couldn’t be rewritten as being gay in the upcoming film. Garfield, who last played Parker/Spidey… [more]

WalkingDead3_mainimageThe Garden and the Wilderness – Walking Dead #13-19

The “prison saga” is one of the longest-running and commercially successful arcs in Walking Dead history, and also captures better than any other storyline to date how the “garden and wilderness” theme is unique to… [more]

1Tyrant Issue Three: The Egg

The third issue of Steve Bissette’s Tyrant is devoid of any title, which is odd. Every other issue opened with a strong title page. Perhaps Bissette wanted to distance this issue from the others, as it… [more]

Colloquium logoColloquium #2: Blindspots — David Mack on Daredevil: End of Days

Markisan interviews David Mack on the mysteries and characters of Daredevil: End of Days. Plus, David discusses his brush and ink paintings, featured at the Century Guild Galleries in Chicago and L.A. (1:25:39)

The cover to AARGH!, by Bill Sienkiewicz“A Worm Shouts a Magic Word”: “Shameless? Part 19

Continued from last week. Millar hardly made it easy for the reader to sympathise with his protagonist. Arthur Montgomery is as unconvincing as a type as he’s unsympathetic as a character, and it’s only in… [more]

Miracleman #3, chapter 9, page 4Miracleman, Chapter 9: The Masculinity of Miracleman

We’ve begun discussing chapter nine of Alan Moore’s Miracleman (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5), illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter.

Colloquium logoColloquium #1: Blood’s Blood — Brian Azzarello on Wonder Woman

In the debut episode, Markisan interviews Eisner-Award winning writer Brian Azzarello on how he has reinvented Wonder Woman and the Greek Gods for DC Comics’ New 52. (25:44)

CatalystComix_CoverCatalyst Comix #1 (of 9) Review

Catalyst Comix #1 (of 9) Written by Joe Casey Art by Dan McDaid, Paul Maybury and Ulises Farinas Colors by Brad Simpson Published by Dark Horse Comics Rating: 7 (of 10) “Catalyst Comix #1 is… [more]

Picture 10Yet Those Hands Will Never Hold Anything: Emiya Shirou as the Interactive Superhero of Fate/Stay Night (Part 2)

Continued from part one. At some point in the superhero trope, the hero has to start building on the foundation of their training and perfecting their powers. For Shirou, this results in the mangling of… [more]

Action 8Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #8

The issue begins inside the bottle city of Metropolis as Lex Luthor explains that he has no desire to be rescued by Superman and then tries rationalizing his alliance with the Collector as a plan… [more]

Ender's Game posterWhy I’m (Proudly, this Time) Boycotting Orson Scott Card

Having weighed in on the Orson Scott Card controversy earlier this year, when he was hired to write Superman, I feel compelled to weigh in now that he’s issued his non-apology apology. The controversy earlier… [more]

Sandman_Vol_2_39Sandman’s Soft Places: Travelogue Through the Dreaming

Corporeality is overrated in the comic book multiverse. Grant Morrison’s theoretical conceptualizations of the infinite reality have interwoven themselves through the vein of modern storytelling, but Gaiman’s play on this concept is also well documented… [more]

swampthing49“The Summoning”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing #49

Swamp Thing #49 “The Summoning” Cover date: June 1986. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Stan Woch and Alfredo Alcala. Editor: Karen Berger. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza This issue opens with a recap of the… [more]

by Simon Bisley“It’s A Rare Thing to be Ordinary These Days”: Shameless? Part 18

Continued from last week. In fact, it’s more than possible that Morrison actually had a considerable influence upon the format of Zenith: Tales of the Alternative Earths. Four years previously, he’d written his own series of… [more]

San Diego Comic-Con logoSequart’s 2013 San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Sequart is proud to announce its 2013 San Diego Comic-Con panel, Sequart: Advancing Comics as Art.