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April 2014

cap america 2On Your Left: A Review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

ALERT: THERE BE SPOILERS HERE!! Let me be upfront: The Avengers is a fantastic movie. It is. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out.  But, it really missed an emotional core that left… [more]

Panel from 1997’s JLA #4, By Morrison, Porter, Dell et al“An Arrogant, Aristocratic Batman?”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 13

Continued from last week. But how were Morrison and Millar to explain away the Batman’s aloof and frequently contemptuous attitude towards even his fellow super-heroes? If the Dark Knight was to be cut away from the… [more]

maxresdefaultJodorowsky’s Dune: Where Trying Matters

Francis Coppola once said (while making Apocalypse Now) that to reach for greatness and not get there is the greatest artistic sin. A film that aims for the top and doesn’t get there is “shit!”… [more]

A Small Killing, CoverAlan Moore, Oscar Zarate, and One Killer of a Graphic Novel

I was reconnecting with some of my former professors at a reception this past weekend when one of them asked what I was working on.  I said I had almost finished writing a book about… [more]

Arrow WarehouseReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 17

I didn’t take any notes while watching “Birds of Prey”.  Not to say I’m a prolific transcriber of material when I’m watching TV, but generally when I’m watching something I intend to write about later… [more]

cap 18Capital Thoughts: Captain America #18

Cap #18 has our heroic team racing off to a top-secret SHIELD installation. But Mindbubble is already there and has used his psychotropic powers to convince Fury and his agents that Hydra has taken over… [more]

Community -- 5X10_main_photoReview of Community Season 5, Episode 10

Season Two’s Advanced Dungeons and Dragons was one of the best Community episodes ever. It was a perfect melding of form and theme. The episode’s gimmick was telling the entire story through a Dungeons and… [more]

jfhkd-625x937Perfect Chaos: Why the Joker is the Greatest Comic-Book Villain

Simply put: the Joker is the greatest comic book villain of all time. But before I get into the whys, let’s define “great”. The greatest villain doesn’t need to defeat all other villains in a… [more]

negative manGrant Morrison’s Doom Patrol #19, A Companion Reader

The first four issues of Grant Morrison’s run of Doom Patrol are rife with allusions to popular culture and the fine arts bound by a love of opposites. [more]

Manifest Destiny cover featuredManifest Destiny #1-5, or “Lewis and Clark vs the Vegetable Zombies”

The slug-line description of Manifest Destiny, a comic by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts, is “Lewis and Clark go west to fight monsters”. That would be interesting enough right there, but thing that gives this… [more]

Uncanny X-Men #229 - Page 1X-Men: To the Outback & Beyond… Part 2

Writer: Chris Claremont Penciler: Marc Silvestri Inker: Dan Green Colorist: Glynis Oliver Letter: Tom Orzechowski Editor: Ann Nocenti continued With the eulogy to their previous lives delivered last issue in Deadly Games! , with this… [more]

01 Pynchon-Smith677The Crying of Timeline 919: Casanova

In the backmatter for issue #1 of Casanova, (Image, June 2006) Matt Fraction compares the story to Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production technique—where hundreds of different instruments and sounds are compressed down to a… [more]

by Millar & Kelly Jones, from 1997’s JLA Secret Files & Origins“This is Not a Dream, but a Plan”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 12

Continued from last week. There are other indications that Millar might have been a major contributor to the new JLA’s origin tale. In the Justice League’s own title, Morrison had scrupulously ensured that his innovations were… [more]