Editorials

Opinion pieces. Views expressed are not necessarily those of Sequart.

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Frank-Miller1Who Needs Killing?: Frank Miller and Blanket Morality

Each day we get closer to having to admit that some of our heroes have views we disagree with. Some views we might even call nuts. Sure, we might love our heroes to be a… [more]

Stan_LeeStan Lee, Presented

“A creative producer is very involved with the writing, even though he does not do the screenplay and is not the author of the original material.  You work with the writer, you guide the writer,… [more]

27061-4034-30027-1-v-for-vendetta_superV for Vendetta Provides a Face for the Frustrated

If you follow my twitter feed at all, you might notice lately that I have been retweeting several updates from various professional journalism and citizen journalism sources regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement.

thespiderjudgmentofthedamnedThe Growing of Adult Pulp

In “The New 52 and the New Adult Pulp,” I asserted that DC’s new line followed the sensationalistic tradition of American pulp magazines, upon which most (though not all) early American comic books modeled their… [more]

The_Legend_of_BatmanDamian, You Son of a Bat!

Damian is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al-Ghul, and has become one of the central characters in Morrison’s Batman epic and beyond.

frankmiller-asbar-angel-00DCU Animated: Some Meditations on Adaptations

Of all the comics I’ve read throughout the years, I think I’ve read Batman: Year One the most, so it’s sort of strange that it’s not a particularly memorable comic to me.

ACTION COMICS 1 - PAGE 13How to Level a Lumpy Playing Field

In The Linking Myth I stated that I thought that the Jungian approach to understanding the myths in all the stories humans tell proved superior to any linguistic analysis.

pride of baghdadWhy I Believe in Comics

On NPR, there is a program called This I Believe… where respondents briefly explain their particular belief about a certain topic in around 500 or so words.

the-new-52Have We Isolated Ourselves?

Every so often we get a good comics scandal involving a creator and random fan bickering across the internet. Seemingly within days it, has sent ripples across the comics world. Jack Creator and Ralph the… [more]

New RobinArkham City Fights to Make Robin Relevant Again

One of my favorite things to ponder when it comes to the realistic or quasi-realistic treatment of superheroes is the treatment of Robin, The Boy Wonder.

Comic Book Guy from The SimpsonsWhy Comics Have Failed to Achieve Real Respect

It might superficially seem as if comics have finally achieved respect. They’re covered by the mainstream press. They’re increasingly taught in colleges. Their adaptations account for a huge percentage of Hollywood blockbusters. Hey, even nerd… [more]

Catwoman BatmanSuper-Heroes Getting Laid

By now, everyone in the comics blogosphere is more than familiar with the controversy that arose from the recent Catwoman #1.

These guys are outselling every monthly comic publishedRespect Your Audience: The New 52 and Calvin and Hobbes

DC’s New 52 initiative has sparked a lot of recent controversy over the presentation of women and female characters. 

Jezebel_JetHer Name was Jezebel

After finishing Batman R.I.P., many complained that the reveal of Jezebel Jet as a member of the Black Glove was completely obvious – that it was not the shocking plot twist Morrison had promised them in the beginning.

jukebox_hero2“Ladies and Gentlemen, on the Guitar… Superman!”

The Last Son of Krypton, looking a little less brawny than I imagined him to be and with less than enough hair to pull off a spit curl, took center stage while his superfriends disappeared… [more]

from Red Hood and the Outlaws #1, page 10, as originally colored (with Starfire in a transparent bikini)How Could They Do That?: Understanding Scott Lobdell and the New Comics Criticism

I’m quite certain writer Scott Lobdell, writer of Red Hood and the Outlaws, didn’t intend to make Starfire in any way diminishing of women. I know this because it’s leaked that DC was concerned, prior… [more]

Flash_133Seeing through Spectacles

Julian Darius’s essay Hollow Spectacle cites a current DC comic for its overuse of meaningless spectacular scenes, such as a scene in the recent Justice League #1, in which Green Lantern uses his power ring… [more]

Green Arrow outsells Wonder Woman and DC Women Kicking Ass somehow thinks this is DC's fault.Female Leads in Comics: Don’t Shoot the Messenger

There has been a lot of talk about comics being sexist or DC comics in particular not wanting to hire women and while it can be construed as a problem when DC’s titles went from… [more]

Image courtesy of "Our Valued Customers"The Curious Case of Hyper-Criticism

Let’s talk about who we are as fans for a moment, shall we?

WareSupermanClash of the Mythologies

I can appreciate someone like Chris Ware for his artistry, which I think is beautiful, but I think his attitude stinks, it just seems to be the attitude of somebody really privileged, and honestly, try… [more]

stormbreakerThe Heroic Struggle of Beta Ray Bill

This is a somewhat informal essay on a character that has fascinated me for a few years, Beta Ray Bill. While it echoes the work of folklorists and the hero narrative (Propp, Campbell, et al),… [more]

Swear for foodSpider Jerusalem and Friedrich Nietzsche

“Spider Jerusalem is like Hunter S. Thompson in the 25th century.” That is how the lead character of Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan was first described to me.

Captain Picard facepalmHollow Spectacle (or How Super-Hero Comics Warped My Logic Circuit)

There’s nothing wrong with spectacle. Even, I’d argue, for its own sake. Hell, it used to be its own genre of Hollywood movie (e.g. Cleopatra and more recently Gladiator)! But there’s good and bad spectacle,… [more]

Speedy on HeroinLoud Sounds and Bright Lights: Comic Books and the Addict

I hate the new Justice League. Let me be emphatic on this point: I loathe the new Justice League. I realize to a few this may seem a bit dramatic. After all, isn’t this book exactly what… [more]

IdentityCrisisCv1Defending Identity Crisis

In the past week, not only has my hero Grant Morrison said some pretty strong opinions over Brad Meltzer’s Identity Crisis, but Newsarama has listed the crossover as being their number 1 moment worth forgetting… [more]