Magazine Archives for:

March 2014

Serenity_Leaves_Wind_3_cover_1Moving Pieces into Place with Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3

In the new Serenity comic, issue #3 of Leaves on the Wind, there’s a lot of ground covered in very little time. If there’s one issue where we can feel the story not exactly slipping… [more]

From Uncle Sam, art by Alex RossCaptain America, Alan Moore, Alex Ross, and the Truth

I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus.  The Captain America film is coming out, but I’m not happy.  I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.  I just don’t understand Captain… [more]

Sex Criminals #5Sex Criminals #4-5 Review

What’s going on with our heroes, the sex criminals, for issues #4 and 5? Well, a bit of sex, a bit of criminality, and somewhere in there a bit of reality intrudes. This continues to… [more]

captain-america-17cover-artjpg-703c1dCapital Thoughts: Captain America #17

Captain America # 17 is ostensibly about Dr. Mindbubble’s attack on Nick Fury and SHIELD. Mindbubble seems to be doing the bidding of Iron Nail, who argues that SHIELD exerts “fascist control” over the planet.… [more]

arrow picReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 16

There comes a time in just about any season of television where a show has to slow down for a bit and push its pieces around the board. Slowly edging forward conflicts and building to… [more]

Eric-StephensonThe Eric Stephenson Thing

So… that address Eric Stephenson gave at ComicsPRO recently seems to be making lot of waves (in the still small pool of American comics) and while there were things to be applauded there were, also,… [more]

community vcr-maintenance-and-educational-publishingReview of Community Season 5, Episode 9

VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing might be my favourite episode yet of Community’s fifth season. It’s not necessarily the best one – the b-plot was a bit weak – but it made me laugh in… [more]

1985509-02Bugged Out!: Scarab Reconsidered 20 Years On, Part Eight

The other day I was banging out a review for issue number two of Marvel’s new George Romero-scripted zombie series Empire Of The Dead and I remarked that second issues are kind of a tricky deal… [more]

Noir City #2Cody Walker on Noir City

Cody Walker, Webmaster here at Sequart, has put together a Kickstarter for the second issue of his comic book Noir City. JULIAN DARIUS: You and your co-writer, Rich G. Valerius, have been working on Noir City… [more]

1Sandman: Omnia Mutantur Nihil Interit — Hope for the Exile

The words of Ovid’s Metamorphoses bear the emblematic slogan of Sandman #74, the second to last Sandman of it’s original run: “Omnia Mutantur Nihil Interit.” Gaiman’s translation of the phrase in the comic is “Everything… [more]

120th Century Boys, Volume Five

This is an important volume, deserving of a particularly long write-up. You’ve been warned. This volume starts the conclusion of Kenji’s story, and introduces the next part of this tale – Kanna’s story, which takes… [more]

By Morrison, Porter, Dell et al, from 1996/7’s JLA #1The Secret Origin of the JLA, and of “Mark Millar” Too: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 11

Continued from last week. It would be another seven months until Morrison and Millar’s next public collaboration on the Batman. In that time, the new JLA title would establish itself as a remarkably successful reboot. Its… [more]

Xerxes becoming a god300 Things I Hate about 300: Rise of an Empire

[NOTE: the following essay contains spoilers.  As to whether a film that’s already rotten can be “spoiled” … well, that’s a debate for another time.] You know it’s a bad sign when you only have… [more]

2.1Superhero Accessories: Part Two: Truth, Justice, All That Stuff

…continued from here. DC have long had a problem fitting Superman into the grimmer world the DC Universe has become now its readership mostly consists of adults. It’s clear that senior editors feel the ‘big… [more]

cap 16Capital Thoughts: Captain America #16

Issue #16 of Captain America lacks a lot of things, including Captain America, who does not make an appearance except in a hallucination where he appears as the Red Skull’s domesticated pet—I kid you not.… [more]

Jimmy's End 1Review of Alan Moore’s Jimmy’s End

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this one. How do you review anything by Alan Moore, much less a short film he’s written? The guy’s a genius. I’m not simply saying that… [more]

Morrison TitlesGrant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, A Companion Reader

The intention of this essay series will be to devote time and attention to Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol run, from #19 to #63. [more]

The-Goon-vol-1Celebrating 15 Years of Cult Classic The Goon

After going through three publishing houses, multiple collaborations, and the eternal wrath of “Margaret Snodgrass”, The Goon has reached its 15th anniversary (or ‘gooniversary’, as creator Eric Powell punned on Twitter). I personally love The… [more]

Uncanny X-Men #228 - coverX-Men: To the Outback & Beyond… Part 1

It was certainly not the first time that Marvel’s Merry Mutants left the comfortable grounds of the Xavier Mansion that housed The School for Gifted Youngsters. Way back in the late 1960’s, when Charles Xavier… [more]

serenity leaves on the wind 2Death Comes Calling for Serenity in Leaves on the Wind #2

Life and death are very much on Mal Reynolds’ mind in Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2. Whereas the previous issue was about how life is continuing for the Serenity crew, with Mal and Inara… [more]

Image 1Monstrosity in The Unwritten: Frankenstein’s Creature and Father Figures

A book within a book is not an original story. On the other hand, many books in a comic connected by the collective consciousness in a universe similar to ours is a completely other thing.… [more]

Cover from the 2008 Aztek TPB – and before it the comic’s 1st issue in 1996 -  by N Steve Harris & Keith ChampagneThe Batman As Father Figure: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar Part 10

Continued from here. DC’s post-crisis, Dark Age portrayal of the Batman had long been a source of aggravation for both Morrison and Millar. Years before Morrison landed the job of scripting the JLA, the two men… [more]

Edison vs. TeslaJeff Smith Delivers the Old Rasl Dasl

One of the running gags I used to enjoy on The Simpsons was the dreaded educational filmstrip.  Whenever Bart or Lisa’s class would settle in to watch one of these out-of-date filmstrips, the faded color,… [more]

mgmt2MIND MGMT Volume 2: The Futurist Review

Writer/Artist: Matt Kindt Published by Dark Horse In my review of Matt Kindt’s MIND MGMT Vol. 1, I wrote that I preordered the second volume instantly upon finishing volume 1. I was that engrossed in… [more]

Community 57b316aa380b45ecc5b5b4cfcbe5842fReview of Community Season 5, Episode 8

Community’s fans have always extolled the virtues of the show’s concept episodes. School-wide paintball games, science projects, Chang, and more have all served as excuses for pitch-perfect genre parodies that remained firmly grounded in character-based… [more]