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December 2015

TheStarsMyDestinationCoverThe Stars My Destination: A Sci-Fi Masterpiece for Sci-Fi Week

When Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination was first recommended to me, it was with the promise that he “packs as much world-building, plot and character into 170 pages as Asimov did in the entire… [more]

Reverie19Constructing a Perfect Reality

“Thus only in a dream we are at one, Thus only in a dream we give and take The faith that maketh rich who take or give”-  Monna Innominata by Christina Rossetti The topic of… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #32: Kurtrissa Explains It All

In which one should know better than to pick a fight with Kurt Busiek, Iron Fist gets its showrunner, Frank Miller is not the father, war is still good for absolutely nothing at Marvel, and… [more]

prime-image000-caponcapWe are the Heroes of Earth-Prime: The Role of the Reader in the Multiverse

You. Yes, you. Staring at us. Studying us. Picking over these words and looking for meaning. Did it not occur to you that you are the one giving this significance?  Every word you read is… [more]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens posterIt’s Sequart’s Third Annual Sci-Fi Week!

Coinciding with this week’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sequart is celebrating its third annual Sci-Fi Week! All this week, we’ll be running content focusing on sci-fi comics and popular culture. Sequart ran… [more]

Elongated-ManSend in the Third String: An Argument for the Importance of Less Popular Superheroes

It is difficult to choose your favorite superhero. Most fans of any universe or mythology will immediately select the one that is the most well known or frequently seen in comparison to those that are… [more]

Hellblazer #49 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 39

Author’s note: Up to this point in my analysis I’ve tried to remain as objective as possible in the analysis of the content within the series,  but the subject matter of the following issue, combined… [more]

adventure-time-screensaver_1Adventure Time: Losing Momentum

Warning: Spoilers for the latest Adventure Time miniseries, Stakes, as well as plot elements from older seasons below. Recently, I had just finished watching Adventure Time’s eight-part miniseries, Stakes, and needless to say, I enjoyed… [more]

creed-largeCreed Plays the Spin-Off Game Right

I wasn’t really anticipating enjoying Creed. I had heard some fairly positive response, but I sort of assumed I’d be able to appreciate it without being especially engrossed or involved in the proceedings. It’s not… [more]

Colloquium_KahnColloquium #15: Back to Life — Ben Kahn on Shaman

Markisan interviews Ben Kahn on Shaman! Ben talks about writing the supernatural and sassy world of Shaman, tattoos, his Kickstarter success and the problems with Superboy punching time… (1:56:00) Find out more about Shaman at… [more]

Ages of Iron ManJoseph J. Darowski on His Comics Scholar Career and The Ages of Iron Man

Marvel’s shared cinematic universe has been a series of movies that have generated several billion dollars at the box office.  It is a franchise that owes much of its success to the Robert Downy, Jr.’s… [more]

Copyright 2015 This Image Taken from "El Comercio BLOGS"“Through the Eyes of a Fan”: How Being a Fanboy Changes One’s Outlook Both In and Outside the World of Comics

I am not pessimist. Let me make that very clear before I begin this exposition. I am not some kind of troll who sits behind a computer screen, ready to pounce on the latest superhero… [more]

469735950Jessica Jones and Netflix’s New Storytelling

SPOILER WARNING Jessica Jones has a lot going on. It’s about trauma, PTSD, rape, and domestic abuse. (Oh, and superheroes, and Hell’s Kitchen, and the Marvel cinematic universe MCU). The fact is that Jessica Jones… [more]

trinitylargeA Problematic Trailer for a Problematic Film: BvS

It’s a dangerous game to review a trailer, or draw inferences from one. I’ve done it here before and made some (probably) wrong assumptions about a film, as well as some (probably) right ones. (I… [more]

021409Fancy02.4781147Samuel Fuller’s Fraught Release: White Dog

The American film White Dog was finished in 1981. It was released in Europe in 1982. It wasn’t released in America until 2008, when Criterion released the film on DVD. You can probably tell by… [more]

Bat-ManSuperheroes: The American Mythology Part I

Beginning in 1938, two simple creators will develop an entire genre of entertainment that will change the world. The humble beginnings of superheroes as pure heroes to guide America through the Great Depression. [more]

Hellblazer #47 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 38

Issue #47-48 “The Pub Where I Was Born” & “Love Kills” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson, Mike Hoffman; Inker: Stan Woch; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; Being that Hellblazer is… [more]

plutona03_Review coverPlutona #3: Want To Be A Superhero?

The Roman Empire had nothing on groups of kids when it comes to conspiracy, collusion, forming alliances and keeping secrets. That’s one of the great truths about young people that Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox… [more]

2015-09-04-1441380921-1272728-Spotlight_film_2015The Basic Competency of Spotlight

Spotlight is a fairly derivative film in a lot of ways. The movie, which deals with The Boston Globe’s investigation into the systemic sexual misconduct of the Catholic Church, owes an arm and a leg… [more]

0d794f9b693da11363c2a2efedba0ceeEco-Horror: Energy Crises, Pollution, & the End of Humanity

The eco-horror genre of films may now have a proper name, but it’s been around for a long time. Movie goers have been flocking to theaters to see the explosive battle between man and nature… [more]

Crimson PeakSome Short Thoughts on Recent Theatrical Releases

As you may or may not have noticed I’ve been falling rather dramatically behind on reviews this past month or so. All I can say to excuse it is that I’ve been busy and I’m… [more]