Magazine Archives for:

October 2013

Sandman_Vol_2_52Aurelia, Restitutor Orbis: Meddling with Sovereignty in Sandman #52

“Cluracan’s Tale” marks the second installment of single, one-shot style issues in the Worlds’ End story cycle in the Sandman. Exhibiting the wit of the Faerie and the corruption of Man, Cluracan’s yarn advances a… [more]

USM10Ultimate Spider-Man #10-12 is a Coming of Age Story with Tights, Crime Lords, and High School Girls

The coming of age story is one of the most enduring story types in Western literature. From Telemachus in the Odyssey to Huckleberry Finn and more recently the boy wizard Harry Potter, readers young and… [more]

scan340“Keep Calm. I’ll Wrap This Up Quickly.”: Shameless? Part 34

Continued from last week. The world-building that Millar had begun to invest in Canon Fodder was unusually rich, distinctly quirky, and full of promise. Yet that surprising combination of Catholicism, Holmesian characters, alt-world SF and superheroes… [more]

Young Miracleman in Warrior #12, page 4Sex and Nuclear Armageddon in Young Miracleman’s “Quiet Desperation”

We’ve begun discussing the silent Young Miracleman story originally printed in Warrior #12. Today, we continue that discussion. (If you’re new, hop to the introduction, to the beginning of Book One, or to the interlude… [more]

ImageYour Indie Weekly: Owlgirls #1

Owlgirls #1 Written by: Robert Sodaro Art by: Rachele Aragno with Dave Ryan Published by: Red Anvil Comics Website: http://www.redanvilcomics.com 1940s New York. An amazing time to live in a growing city that is full… [more]

CAPA2012011_DC11_LR_00001Capital Thoughts: Captain America #11

Consistency. It’s not much to ask for in a serial. In fact, without consistency, the serial form is moot. Last issue, Remender told us in the “letters” section that Cap “has spent more time in… [more]

assimilation 3Political Heroes in Assimilation: Dissecting the Star Trek / Doctor Who Crossover

Should the hero remain an outsider to corrupted society, or should he actively recover that society from within? Political heroism explored in the Star Trek / Doctor Who crossover “Assimilation” (2012). [more]

Dial_H_Vol_1_11Dial H and the Superman for the Modern Age

How many times have you heard the phrase “a Superman for the modern age?” This oft used, clichéd phrase gets tossed around all the time, especially when it comes to heroes that betray some effect… [more]

Spread 2Sharing the Love From Ground Zero: Spread by Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm

In the comics medium, a spread is usually an image that takes up two or more pages in both volume and sheer scope. That is what most fans and comics scholars would first think when… [more]

from the 2008 reprint of Canon Fodder, by Mark Millar & Chris Weston“Bones Gnawed to the Marrow”: Shameless? Part 33

Continued from last week. “I had no idea what I was doing for the most part and just learning how to do very basic stuff then. Only good stuff I’d recommend would be Big Dave (which… [more]

Young Miracleman in Miracleman #6Miracleman, Book Two: “Quiet Desperation”

We’ve previously introduced Miracleman and discussed all ten chapters of Book One (starting here), along with the interlude “The Yesterday Gambit,” which were originally published in Warrior #1-11. We now begin Book Two… with the… [more]

tn-c5-012aYour Indie Weekly: Tara Normal #1-2

Tara Normal #1 and #2 Written and Drawn by: Howie Noel Website: TaraNormal.com Tara Normal is about “a female paranormal investigator with supernatural powers fighting for her late mother’s soul.”  The series has its origins… [more]

In the Dark coverIn the Dark with Rachel Deering: An Interview About a Horror Anthology

Billed as “A monstrous collection of all-new, original terror tales from the darkest and most brilliant minds in comics,” Rachel Deering’s Kickstarter In the Dark promises to deliver a hefty tome of over 250 pages… [more]

uxm224p7Accessibility and the X-Men: A 2-Part Look at My First Comic, Part 2

Two more characters enter the picture in Havok and Longshot and I picked this first page, despite their introductory sequence lasting several more filled with great character insight, because I think it depicts Longshot in… [more]

san2“Life on the Edge”: In Which a Man Named Robert Finds Himself Stuck in a City

Sandman has fostered its reputation as a staple in the Horror genre since its conception, often executing stories and fables instigating the subtle and unnerving fear lurking in the modest and mundane. Gaiman’s style, very… [more]

USM8Ultimate Spider-Man #8-9 Uses a Variety of Character Perspectives to Show Spider-Man’s Development As a Hero

After the editorial mandated origin story, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley get to cut loose and tell their first official Ultimate Spider-Man story. The name of the story arc is “Learning Curve”, which signifies… [more]

Miracleman logoEditing Miracleman: How Marvel Can Do It Right

The long-awaited news has broken, over the weekend, that Marvel plans to finally move forward on its reprinting of Miracleman, beginning with Alan Moore’s issues, moving through Neil Gaiman’s, and culminating by allowing Gaiman and… [more]

scan1“Two Tickets for My Next Performance”: Shameless? Part 32

Continued from last week. So how did Morrison and Millar use the pages of Big Dave to express their contempt for homophobia? Starting from the premise that their readers were similarly liberal-minded, they studded the strip’s… [more]

from Miracleman #3, chapter 10, page 8Miracleman, Book One Concludes

We’ve begun discussing the conclusion of Book One (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10) of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of this historic… [more]

Christos GageColloquium #4: Point of No Return — Christos Gage on Absolution

Markisan interviews Christos Gage on his creator-owned superhero series, Absolution. They talk about how protagonist John Dusk becomes a killer, the effects of PTSD on police officers, the parallels between Absolution and Breaking Bad, and how to get… [more]

Captain-America_10-674x1024Capital Thoughts: Captain America #10

Last time, we explored the death of Cap’s son, Ian, and its emotional fallout. We wondered, for example, how Ian’s death would affect his relation with Sharon, who killed the boy. At least some of… [more]

Something Terrible SplashDean Trippe on the Autobiographical Something Terrible

I don’t do much writing for Sequart. Most of what I do here is behind the scenes. (I edit the books and produce the documentaries.) However, every once in a long while, something moves me… [more]

uxm224coverAccessibility and the X-Men: A 2-Part Look at My First Comic

ac·ces·si·ble adj: Easily approached or entered. I never thought much about the concept of accessibility in comic books for the first 20-something years of my comic book reading career (I think it’s safe to call… [more]

picture 12How Comics Work: The Fight Scene, Part 4

Young Avengers 3 Kieron Gillen (writer), Jamie McKelvie (artist), Mike Norton (artist), Mathew Wilson (colourist), et al The third issue of Young Avengers breaks all the rules. The fight has little to no context in the… [more]

Heropa Image 1Revisionism Comes to a Silver Age: Or Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?

Julian Darius, in a response to a comment of mine in his article “On Underworld Unleashed, Precursor to Kingdom Come” explains that Reconstructionism with regards to the superhero comics genre is a term coined by… [more]