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spidermantaxiLights Go Out on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Saturday, January 4,  saw the last ever Broadway performance of Julie Taymor’s calamitous superhero musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. I’m a huge Spidey fan (who isn’t?), so I’ve been curious to see the play… [more]

Breaking Bad final seasonTop 5 TV Farewells of 2013

In 2013, we got to see a lot of comings and goings in the world of television. You had new shows making their bid for supremacy, and you had some oldies (but goodies) take that… [more]

trans feedpic autobot megsMegatron, Supreme Leader of All Decepti– Wait. What?

Recently, IDW pitched upcoming events in their Transformers titles very much from the left of field when they began soliciting artwork of leader and founder of the Decepticons, Megatron, wearing an Autobot symbol. This move,… [more]

Batman SupermanWhat Batman vs. Superman Could Get Right (And Wrong)

Last year when Man of Steel came out, I was reminded of the line uttered by Chastity (Gabrielle Union) in 10 Things I Hate About You: “I know you can be overwhelmed… and you can… [more]

Alan Moore's Twisted TimesTwisted Times: My Part in Alan Moore’s “Last Interview”

We are told that Alan Moore doesn’t use email, and rarely goes online. By contrast, I’ve been online – on and off – for twenty years now. I started using the internet when it was… [more]

Heavy MetalA New Heavy Metal Movie Soon?

It was announced last week that Heavy Metal magazine had been sold from Kevin Eastman to investors from the world of music and film, who are keen to capitalize on their new acquisition. New owners… [more]

Michael Douglas 001Michael Douglas Adds to Ant-Man’s Legacy

While Marvel Studios’ Avengers franchise (and appendages) tends to garner the most ink, I have to say I find development on the studios’ secondary properties far more fascinating, as it demonstrates their willingness to continually… [more]

Will BrookerAn Apology to Dr. Will Brooker

When I wrote yesterday’s piece on Alan Moore’s most recent interview, I wasn’t aware that the “Batman scholar” Moore was mocking was Will Brooker. I feel really bad about not identifying him, because it perpetuates… [more]

The Mirror of LoveOn Alan Moore’s “Last” Interview

This post, which was about Alan Moore’s recent interview, has been removed. After its publication, I became aware that what I had written was factually inaccurate. I also became aware that what I had written… [more]

alan-moore-by-frank-quitelyAlan Moore Might be Insane Now

It seems fittingly ironic that Alan Moore announces his exit from the public eye with a 16,000-word harrumph. This interview was a roller coaster of emotions for me – all negative. When I finally finished… [more]

Image Comics logoImage Expo and the Changing Value of the Creator

Among with the flurry of new series announced at this year’s Image Expo was the news that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Criminal, Incognito, Fatale) had signed a five-year deal with the publisher that effectively… [more]

Flash EndWally West to Make His Return in DC’s New 52

DC Comics is looking to make 2014 a year that counts for their swiftest hero, the Flash. A TV series is on the launch pad at the CW, and a new creative team is lined… [more]

batman-inc-1-variantBill Finger’s Quest for a Google Doodle

This February 8th is an historic date in the comics history: the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bill Finger (and coincidentally, this year marks the 40th anniversary of his death and the 75th anniversary… [more]

dont rapeStop Sexually Assaulting Women at Cons!

Convention season has become a really sad time for me. What was once a fun, light gathering of comics fans has become a Bingo card of sexual assault. Women of a sadly growing number are… [more]

Amazing Spider-Man posterMaybe this Franchise Thing is Out of Control

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when super-hero movies were few and far between. Now, they’re so ubiquitous that even super-hero fans worry there are too many. Marvel’s had success tying movies… [more]

9781597071413-invisibleman2_zoomOn Comic Book Adaptations

This article isn’t about comic book movies. Quite the opposite in fact. What follows is a semi-directionless musing on why there are so few good comic books that adapt their stories from books and movies.… [more]

Shia LaBeoufOn Shia LaBeouf: An Explanation, but Not an Excuse

Recently, one of the big comics news stories involves actor Shia LaBeouf and his adaptation antics. To review: LaBeouf produced a short film titled HowardCantour.com, starring the fine comedian Jim Gaffigan and presented it at… [more]

Scott LobdellWhy We Shouldn’t Have to Play Detective When it Comes to “DB,” or Why Douchebags Need to Be Named and Shamed

On December 18th, MariNaomi, author of Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Résumé, Ages 0 to 22, posted an article on popular feminist website xoJane.com. It detailed how she was publicly humiliated and heckled by a heterosexual man… [more]

Comic Book Guy shrugsAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 5: Caveats Galore

Continued from last week. Perhaps at this point, I really ought to begin another round of caveats. First, I don’t regard the super-hero fans I’m describing as “emotionally subnormal,” nor do I think they’re representative… [more]

Golden Age Wonder WomanSteel Sinews: Sex and the Super-Hero

There’s a moment in Cable and X-Force #5 where Dennis Hopeless’s script introduces some foreplay between mutants Colossus and Domino. Poor Piotr Rasputin has been experiencing some control issues recently as a result of being… [more]

Santa Claus Conquers the MartiansAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 4: But Alan Moore’s Not Wrong

Continued from Wednesday. When talking about how super-heroes have changed, we always have to beware of nostalgia. The good old days weren’t all that good, and we tend to remember the comics, television, and movies… [more]

Marvel Miracleman #1What Marvel’s Miracleman #1 Preview Pages Indicate

A few days ago, Marvel released a five-page preview of its Miracleman #1, scheduled for 15 January publication. Having opined on what Marvel should do editorially with the series (and as the author of the… [more]

Watchmen manipulationAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 3: Alan Moore Needs a Hug

Continued from yesterday. For a man who’s such an indisputable master of language, Moore seems to be surprisingly unconscious of how his own words reveal aspects of his character. If a fictional character said writers… [more]

Moore Vs. MorrisonAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 2: Moore Vs. Morrison, Round the 898th

Continued from yesterday. In some cases, Moore’s claims not to have read works which he goes on to criticize might be read as a case of feigned ignorance as a form of politeness. The specific… [more]

Alan Moore on The SimpsonsAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 1: Promethea Didn’t Happen Now

Recently, Alan Moore’s made waves by criticizing the super-hero genre. Speaking with The Guardian, Moore said: I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they… [more]