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June 2014

Silver Surfer 003Hanging Ten: A Review of Silver Surfer #3

Of all of Marvel’s cadre of cosmic characters, none are more misunderstood or have as rich a history as the Silver Surfer. Introduced in 1966 in the pages of Fantastic Four #48 by Stan Lee… [more]

Call me a snob if you want, Brusha, but I’m judging Fly before I read it.Zenescope’s Joe Brusha and the Problem with Provocative Covers

Founded in 2005 by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, Zenescope’s notorious covers have been a topic of intense conversation within the comic community for the entirety of the company’s history.  From souped-up, sexy Dorothy and… [more]

Dick and Liz CheneyLarry Gonick, Thomas Jefferson, and the Fourth of July

The first time I proposed teaching a comics class, someone asked me what I wanted to call it.  “Um … Comics?  Comic Books?  Something like that,” I said, thinking it should’ve been pretty obvious.  The… [more]

Uncanny X-Men #239 - coverX-Men: To the Outback & Beyond… Prelude to Inferno

Genosha was now in the rearview mirror but for the last several issues, ever since her dream sequence with S’ym, something had been building with Madelyne Pryor.  The demon “stabbed” her in the heart with… [more]

SeasonoftheWitchReview of Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

In her award-winning novel, Mostert blends alchemy, the art of memory, high magic, and murder to create a highly original psychological thriller. Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual… [more]

Alan TuringAlan Turing in Context

If you are reading this on a computer, and you almost certainly are, you owe a small debt to Alan Turing. He was the genius code breaker in WWII who theorized and created the first… [more]

imageTransformers: Age of Extinction Review

The fourth Transformers movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is pretty terrible. It’s not really going to have its critical defenders, so piling on the bandwagon and expressing my many problems with the film doesn’t seem… [more]

Optimus PrimeOptimus Prime Died So The Transformers Could Live

In 1986, Optimus Prime died. And I cried. Not big, wracking sobs or anything, mind you. But it’s entirely possible a single tear rolled down my cheek. I feel comfortable admitting that in a public… [more]

TF_MTMTE_30_cvrARoll Out! A Review of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #30

Since the beginning, the Transformers have had a long and distinguished history in comics that have included stories that have been both revered and fondly remembered over the years. From the concept’s earliest days at… [more]

Convoy x Melissa toy box detailOptimus Prime, Pedophile

Did you know that the beloved leader of the Autobots had a fetish for underage girls? Or that a Megatron look-alike not only shared the same fetish, but repeatedly tried to rape those girls? Or that… [more]

originalbwstockReinventing the Cog: A Conversation with The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye’s James Roberts

Many might think Transformers comics are glorified toy catalogues at best. However, to Transformers fans old and young, the toys are but one facet or tool for the indulgence of the imagination in creative and… [more]

Transformers #37When the Good Guys Deserted: On the Blaster Saga, Conclusion

Continued from yesterday. The following American issue — #37 (Feb 1988), also by Budiansky, Delbo, Akin, and Garvey — follows up on the Throttlebots plot. It also features Ratbat and the Earth-bound Decepticons, who haven’t… [more]

from "Man of Iron," page 37Why “Man of Iron” May Be the Best Transformers Story Ever Told, Conclusion

Continued from Wednesday. As the final chapter of “Man of Iron” begins, the British military has unearthed a portion of the side of the buried spacecraft. It’s now clear that the hill in question formed… [more]

Transformers: Dark of the MoonWhy I Dig the Transformers Movies, Part 3: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Continued from yesterday. Despite its strange title, Dark of the Moon represented a return to form for the series and managed to push both its human and Transformers plots into brave new territory. We’ve looked… [more]

shiaThey Made Me Watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon

So please God read this so it’s not in vain. I even tried to find something interesting and maybe even educational to say about it. That took effort! [more]

from Transformers #36When the Good Guys Deserted: On the Blaster Saga, Part 4

Continued from yesterday. Issue #36 (Jan 1988) doesn’t only mark the conclusion (such as it was) of the Blaster saga. It also marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Optimus Prime — a year… [more]

Warheads_Vol_1_5Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Warheads Volume 1 #5

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]

Headmasters #1Transformers: Headmasters and Cycles of Violence

When the Headmasters toys debuted, Marvel’s Transformers comic was selling well, in part due to the excitement surrounding 1986′s Transformers: The Movie. And so the Headmasters got to debut not in the monthly Transformers comic but… [more]

Transformers: Revenge of the FallenWhy I Dig the Transformers Movies, Part 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Continued from yesterday. Say what you want about the Transformers sequels — and I’ll say plenty of good and bad things below. They were directed by the original movie’s director, Michael Bay, executive produced by… [more]

the first page of Transformers #35When the Good Guys Deserted: On the Blaster Saga, Part 3

Continued from yesterday. You might think that, after issue #32, Blaster would reconnect with the Throttlebots. But that never happens — at least not on-panel. When the story picks up again in issue #35 (Dec… [more]

from "Man of Iron," page 13Why “Man of Iron” May Be the Best Transformers Story Ever Told, Part 2

Continued from Monday. As the second chapter begins, Sammy wakes from a dream and walks onto his roof, where he sees an extraterrestrial craft pass overhead. It’s a creepy sequence, and it has far more… [more]

Preacher ArsefaceSouthern Bastards Starts with a Bang (and a Plop)

Southern Bastards #1, from Jason Latour and Jason Aaron, is the most recent high point in the barrage of high-profile releases coming from Image Comics over the last couple years. Insider fans like myself have… [more]

Transformers (2007)Why I Dig the Transformers Movies

It’s become kind of fashionable to mock the Tranformers movies. In large part, that’s due to their director, Michael Bay, who’s got a reputation for big explosions and superficial plots. When someone wants to mock… [more]

the end of Transformers #32When the Good Guys Deserted: On the Blaster Saga, Part 2

Continued from yesterday. Issue #30 (July 1987) — also by Budiansky, Perlin, Akin, and Garvey — continues the story, but begins in an unorthodox fashion: by introducing the Throttlebots on Cybertron. The Throttlebots were small… [more]

UnicronUnicron Vs. Galactus: Battle of the Planet-Eaters!

When coming up with villains, you usually want someone who poses a real threat to the story’s heroes. Few things are as important to a story as making the conflict seem like something’s at stake.… [more]