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Sequart logoSmorgasbord #46: A Valiant Effort

Shawn & Tom talk about Valiant’s unexpected takeover of the Harvey Awards, Ron Wimberly vs. Erik Larsen, the latest round of casting news, and the wasted potential of Tom Felton. On the review side, it’s… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #45: Quit Cloning Around

Shawn and Tom react to unwelcome events and crossovers at DC and Marvel, Ulises Fariñas’s new project is Buño and muy bueno, some unexpected names turn up in casting news for Supergirl and Spider-Man: Homecoming,… [more]

Image1Overwatch: The Pleasures of Not Giving a Damn about the Story

Overwatch, launched just a month ago, is a new MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) in which teams of six human-controlled players battle six-person teams controlled by humans or the computer, your choice. Each player chooses… [more]

Comics in EducationThe Voice Of The Arts: Why The Philosophy Of The Liberal Arts Are Needed Now More Than Ever Before

The world sucks and people are sad. The news is reporting yet another disaster and more fear are being pumped into the subconscious minds of viewers everywhere. This is but a common experience people have… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #44: Hail to the King

A fairly quiet week of comic news brings with it a long discussion over recent casting announcements (from Captain Marvel to Mandrake, the Magician), as well as a debate over the viability of a certain… [more]

Rogue-One-Jyn-Ersa-Geared-UpHow Much Trouble is Rogue One Really In?

As some are no doubt aware, there’s something interesting brewing over at Lucasfilm, on the production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film, to be released this Christmas, tells the story of how… [more]

GL_OMNI_V3Super Karate Monkey Death Car: Geoff Johns and the DC Universe

It’s true, pobody’s nerfect.  We live with our foibles and imperfections, our biases and misconceptions, and hope that they don’t cause too many problems for ourselves or those around us.  The human failing that most… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #43: With Treelike Reptile Erections

As the Internet rages at Rebirth and Nick Spencer, Tom and Shawn discuss the passing of Darwyn Cooke, the latest desperation tactics at Marvel and DC, casting news for Thor: Ragnarok, and August Previews. We… [more]

CA.0413.the.avengers.A Marvel Cinematic Universe Wish List

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including their Netflix series, is expanding rapidly. Since having kids, the wife and I can’t seem to keep up. I’m not sure she’s as impatient to see Captain America: Civil War… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #42: The 99% Strikes Back

After a week off, Shawn & Tom are back to deal with the fallout from Shelly Bond’s firing from Vertigo, Oni’s new imprint, the release of Captain America: Civil War, movie announcements for both Sexcastle and Irredeemable,… [more]

1401x788-000063.1674.16192_YogaHosers_still1_HarleyQuinnSmith_LilyRoseDepp__byAllanAmatoKevin Smith’s Critic-Proof Yoga Hosers Trailer Debuts

For the past few years, particularly since the release of 2011’s Red State, Kevin Smith has led a (mostly) one-man campaign to carve his own path through 21st-century popular culture. Temporarily ditching his film career… [more]

Donald TrumpPolitics, Comics, and Trump: How the Current Political Landscape is Mimicking Comic Heroes and Villains

It’s difficult not to make any comparisons between what is happening in the current political landscape and what is, and always has happened, in the pages of comics. Yes, I understand that I am a… [more]

netflix-better-call-saulBetter Call Saul vs Breaking Bad: Companion Pieces in a Compelling Universe

A piece by Slate magazine’s Julia Turner is making the rounds today that argues passionately why Better Call Saul is the superior show, when compared with its parent, Breaking Bad. It’s a great piece, and… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #41: The Cat who Vomits Blood and Other Grisly Tales

The post Emerald City Comicon is a very strange place indeed, with DC announcing a new mature comics imprint, IDW assimilating other companies as if it were the Borg, HeroesCon facing backlash over the Virginia… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #40: He Came from (and in) Canada

On this Very Special Episode of Smorgasbord, Tom and Shawn talk about dissenting critical opinions of Batman v Superman and season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, Dark Tick is a thing we’re pretty sure nobody asked… [more]

justice-league-war-2Thoughts on Batman V Superman

When I was first introduced to Zack Snyder’s DC universe, with Man of Steel, I was very hopeful for the project given Snyder’s previous track record with comic book films. I’ve heard from the multitudes… [more]

Image 2Why CBS Would be Right to Cancel Supergirl: A Ratings and Narrative Analysis

Before diving into this very long article I feel that I should lay my cards on the table. I enjoy watching Supergirl. I enjoy watching most television shows based on comic books. I also have a… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #39: A Fistful of Nothing

This week on the Smorgasbord: Tom and Shawn discuss AMC’s Preacher, the Civil War trailer (you know which one), the return of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill to their iconic roles, questionable decisions at Valiant,… [more]

Dinosaur ExtinctionThe Near and Distant Horizon

Timeliness is next to prescience, or something like that.  Here I was preparing this screed when I chanced upon an article by a person who insists that the survival of comic books is dependent upon… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #38: Moon Witch is Gonna Get Ya

The Iron Fist casting news brings with it a large discussion which dominates the episode as Shawn and Tom discuss the Marvel monochrome universe, the diminished importance of source fidelity, and being uncomfortable by heaving… [more]

ty0neic0o4jqee5oms8eWhat Marvel and Fox Should Learn from Deadpool

The breakout movie-related story of the past couple of weeks has been the astounding box-office success of Deadpool, the most popular R-rated superhero film ever made. It isn’t, in fact, the first film of that… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #37: The Merc with the Merch

Shawn & Tom talk DC reboot (again), DC exclusives (including the man who would be Tom King), the unexpected success of the Deadpool film (and the results thereof), and some of the driest previews ever… [more]

Robin and Batman, from Superman Annual #11 (1985)Sidekicks Aside: Is The Concept of a Hero Partner Dying or Returning Slowly to Life?

What is the purpose of a sidekick? The word itself arouses about as much sympathy as one would receive when he or she is referred to as a “second wheel” or “second class citizen” by… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #36: Rebirthing Pains

It’s a cavalcade of bad news as Tom and Shawn discuss the first casualty of All-New All-Different Marvel, more Angoulême shenanigans, the consequences of disturbing Hanna-Barbera’s grave, rumors of yet another DC reboot, and possible… [more]

mohawk stormOn X-(Wo)men and Third-Wave Feminism

Sometimes you find ideological influences in the unlikeliest places. For example, X-Men comic books helped make me a feminist. Those comics were some of the first places that I saw women as leads who did… [more]