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June 2014

Hector HammondGreen Lantern: How Not to Write a Comic Book Movie Supervillain

Green Lantern has gotten a bad rap. Critics like to point out that if a DC movie doesn’t have Batman or Superman, it doesn’t work. Some blame Ryan Reynolds as being miscast. Some say Martin… [more]

Julian DariusJulian Darius Surpasses One Million Words on Sequart.org

In a first for our site, founder Julian Darius’s Sequart.org word count has surpassed one million words! Add to that the books he’s written for Sequart, the pieces he’s contributed to our essay anthologies, and any… [more]

DrNoJames Bond’s Scrambled Eggs Recipe and Ian Fleming’s Quirks

The James Bond films are, in many ways, fairly weird and offensive to notions of good taste, political correctness, and plausible storytelling, but many of us are used to their excesses and enjoy them as… [more]

thumbX-Men: To the Outback & Beyond… Part 8

Writer: Chris Claremont Penciler: Marc Silvestri Inker: Dan Green Colorist: Petra Scotese Letter: Tom Orzechowski Editor: Bob Harras With this issue, Marc Silvestri is back on pencil duty along with Dan Green on inks.  In… [more]

doctor-spektor-master-of-the-occult-1-coming--L-4TTstVMark Waid’s Doctor Spektor, Master of the Occult #1

[Mild spoilers ahead.] Mark Waid’s new reboot of the Gold Key classic Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult brings the right level of goofy fun to a title that has languished in the margins of… [more]

y0a23AtTrailer Park Boys Live in Fuckin’ Dublin Review

I should confess a slight conflict (or confluence?) of interest when writing about Trailer Park Boys. Not only did I grow up in Nova Scotia, I hail from the exact community (Dartmouth/Cole Harbour) in which… [more]

The Butcher cover artThe Butcher by Jennifer Hillier: A Review

A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous “Beacon Hill Butcher” was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 031.cbz - Page 2Buffy: Turbulence

From issues #32-40, the climax of Buffy Season 8 plays out on an epic scale. We have yet to have a visit from Spike and Angel, for example, and they’ll both make appearances as circumstances… [more]

banned-comicsBanned Books Week 2014 Features Comics

This year for Banned Books Week, always an important week for libraries and literature awareness, the focus will be on comics. By encouraging people to choose and read a book that has been challenged, somewhere… [more]

conquest of the planet of the apes00136Conquest of the Planet of the Apes: An Amazing Science-Fiction Film

The Planet of the Apes series handily proves its superiority with this awesome movie. [more]

The quintessential reunion.Fighting for Control: Present Masculine and Feminine Emotion in X-Men: Days of Future Past

I very much enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Even with its flaws, who can complain about that ending, or the post-credits scene? Hands down, my favorite element of the film, outside of the ending,… [more]

titleAn Unknown Soldier in an Unknown War: Joshua Dysart’s Unknown Soldier #4

Joshua Dysart explores the “eye-for-an-eye” model often used against violent “terror” groups in Africa and the Middle East in this issue of the Unknown Soldier #4. [more]

1Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Suicide Squad Volume 1 #26

Last 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]

Nightwing #30 cover artEndings & Beginnings: A Review of Nightwing #30

SPOILERS BELOW:

Bryan CranstonBryan Cranston Calls Breaking Bad Finale into Question

In an interview with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN, Bryan Cranston has called the ending of Breaking Bad into question. Needless to say, this has spoilers for those who haven’t finished watching the show. If you’ve… [more]

filth00021X-Men: Days of Future Past is Just Okay

Which still makes it better than a lot of the franchise. [more]

e8d38d9cf94d513273febafe4cd29e46Serenity, Leaves on the Wind #5: Love Keeps Them Flying

[This review contains minor spoilage. It’s a bit spoiler-y. (I feel obliged to put it in Whedonesque terms.)] Issue #5 of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind has a distinctly Whedon voice. I mean that in… [more]

Hannibal-Season-2On Season Two of Hannibal

A generally spoiler-free look at the second season of the delightfully depraved chronicles of everyone’s favorite cannibal… [more]

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.25.31 AMTwain and Tesla Versus Evil: A Review of The Five Fists of Science

A steampunk graphic novel starring the bromance between Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla as they create giant robots and battle Cthulu cults. [more]

wallHugs1American Dad Finishes its Run on Fox

Although this weekend saw the release of Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, it also saw the first weekend without one of his other shows, American Dad, on Fox. After nine… [more]

timecrimes00148Timecrimes is Good, but not Unexpected

This Spanish science-fiction thriller wasn’t quite what was advertised… [more]

Swamp Thing 140 by Morrison, Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al“Make Him a Monster Again, Make Him Dangerous”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 21

Continued from last week. Morrison later made a point of emphasising how central his contributions to Millar’s Swamp Thing had been; “I worked out a large scale thematic structure based on a journey through the… [more]

Bugged 13Bugged Out!: Scarab Reconsidered 20 Years On, Part Thirteen

And so the big wind-up (or wind-down, depending on how you look at things) begins — I have no idea how much tinkering John Smith had to do with “The Power And The Glory,” his… [more]

action-comics-gonzalezAction Comics #1 Up for Auction

It’s always news when a copy of Action Comics #1 goes on the auction block, and that’s exactly what happened this past weekend when San Diego based collector John C. Wise put his collection up… [more]

Neil Gaiman and Hayley CampbellThe Lion, the Witch, and The Art of Neil Gaiman

Does Neil Gaiman ever get into your dreams?  I don’t mean literal dreams where you toss and turn in the middle of the night and wake up convinced that the Goodyear Blimp is being piloted… [more]