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May 2014

1985513-05Bugged Out!: Scarab Reconsidered 20 Years On, Part Eleven

Like you, I’m not quite sure what Glenn Fabry and Tony Luke’s cover for Scarab #5 is exactly supposed to be depicting other than some weird electricity coming out of our protagonist’s head, but it… [more]

RatQueens_06-1Rat Queens #6: Hangovers and Dark Magic

We last left the Rat Queens at a wild party, having defeated an evil army, brought one of their members back from the brink of death and they celebrated appropriately. (Or, as we soon find… [more]

1Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Tangent Comics: Nightwing Volume 1 #1

This Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

justified-season-4-poster1Why You Should Watch Justified

Justified should be a way more popular show. It’s not that it’s unpopular, in fact it’s heading into its sixth season, it’s that it should be resonating more clearly with viewers. It is the kind… [more]

"Old Soldiers Never Die"Grant Morrison: The Zoids Years

Grant Morrison is well known for looking at the banality of life and giving things a unique cosmic twist. To live in his world of a magic-fuelled, comic rock-star means working in a world of… [more]

Arkadin featuredOrson Welles’ Mr. Arkadin

In honour of what would have been Orson Welles’ 99th birthday today, I’d like to offer some insight on one of his lesser-known and seldom-seen films, 1955’s Mr. Arkadin. It’s impossible to meaningfully discuss Orson… [more]

Swamp Thing 140 coverStarting Out Again at the Top: Swamp Thing (1994 to 1996) — The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 17

Continued from last week. It’s no overstatement to say that Mark Millar’s first major breakthrough at DC Comics owed everything to Grant Morrison.  Offered the chance in 1993 to write Swamp Thing, Morrison assumed the… [more]

filth00476Delightfully Dirty: A Review of Filth

“Same rules apply.” James McAvoy gets to say this a few times as Bruce Robertson in the movie Filth. The adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s book of the same name is directed by the relatively unknown… [more]

Kind of BlueAbsolute Editions, 3D Movies, and the Silent War on Democratic Art

Last summer I decided to re-read the entirety of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.  Even though I’m a big fan, it had been years since I sat down and systematically went through the whole ten-volume series, so… [more]

Arrow-season-2-episode-21-Sebastian-in-the-Skull-Mask-e1398522227150Review of Arrow Season 2, Episode 21

“City of Blood” has a mostly unenviable task, effectively setting the stage for the finale of a twenty-three episode season of television. It’s mostly devoid of action, and generally a talky episode of Arrow, which… [more]

Frank Miller's RoninWith Ronin on the Way from SyFy, Can We at Least Discuss Frank Miller?

With SyFy having announced that work has begun on a Ronin mini-series, can we at least discuss Frank Miller’s views? Miller’s Holy Terror was deeply Islamophobic. He plead ignorance of not only the history of Islamophobia… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 020.cbr - Page 2Buffy: Harmonic Divergence

The next five issues of Buffy Season 8 (#20-25), seem to represent a determined and conscientious effort on the part of the Whedon crew to experiment. They revisit some old ideas, and old characters, and… [more]

objectivistSpider-Man Shrugged: The Lack of Randian Heroes in The Amazing Spider-Man

A cursory exploration of “The Amazing Spider-Man” #1-#38 and its tangible threads to Steve Ditko’s known ardent Objectivism, a philosophy of self-interest developed by Ayn Rand. [more]

Night of the Hunter00283Examining the World of Night of the Hunter

“Lord save little children…They endure and they abide.” These words are spoken directly to the camera at the end of Night of the Hunter, Charles Laughton’s directorial debut. This ending reminds me of another classic… [more]

codGrant Morrison’s Doom Patrol #20, A Companion Reader

This article series will act as an informal annotated bibliography for Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, which ran from 1989 to 1993. Have I ever seen an annotated bibliography before? Apparently not. [more]

40014Spider-Man Was Never Just the “Loveable Loser”

“Yes siree, things are sure looking up for my favorite couple of guys–namely, me!”—ASM #12 Quick: what’s Spider-Man really all about, in one sentence? With most major superheroes, someone might have to pause a second… [more]

23611Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4: Where River Gets Scared

The return of The Operative in the previous issue of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind excited fans all over the world, but it sure didn’t excite the Serenity crew. Though we all love Chiwetel Ejofor’s… [more]

Amazing Spider-Man 33 cover“The Final Chapter!”: Peter Parker, Steve Ditko, and the Greatest Spider-Man Story Ever Told

It was clear from his first appearance in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15 that Spider-Man was a very different character than any of the other super-heroes battling for justice on the newsstands at the time. Unlike… [more]