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Sharpening the Image: Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood, the Man and the Comic that Started It All (Part 4)

Part Four: Final Thoughts

On the Entirely Uncomplaining, Yet Distinctly Overworked Doctor Strange (Part 5)

It seems hard not to believe that Strange was deliberately making himself and his mission known to the world in a somewhat indirect and yet undeniably insistent way.

On DC One Million, by Grant Morrison and Val Semeiks (Part 2)

In which we continue our discussion of DC One Million, begun here. As issue #2 opens, the present-day narrative has caught up with the Montevideo explosion. The Justice Legion A, infected with the virus, joins… [more]

The Girl Who Was Let Down: Examining Volume I of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel Adaptation

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has become a very recognized international brand. It started when a Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson wrote a few manuscripts that he intended to get published. It’s said that he… [more]

A New Look for Doc Ock and Gobby

For the most part, I’m not a very big fan of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series.

Why Flash Thompson was the Top Character of 2012

If you had told me last year that Flash Thompson would be on my list of favorite comic characters by the end of 2012 I would have told you,

“Rite of Spring”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing Issue #34

Swamp Thing #34 “Rite of Spring” Cover date: March 1985. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. Editor: Karen Berger. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza.

On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange (Part 4)

Even smiling at the literal-mindedness of the West was no little matter in the Marvel books of the period.

On DC One Million, by Grant Morrison and Val Semeiks

DC One Million was published in September 1998 (the month cover-dated Nov 1998) as a weekly four-issue mini-series – or almost weekly, since the JLA tie-in issue effectively served as an issue of the mini-series.… [more]

Sitting Down with Superman: Q&A with the Man of Tomorrow

The world wasn’t ready for Superman. For what could be expected when comics were only budding and bursting from the confines of syndicated sequential art, with their pithy quips and political yarns? Fantastic worlds had… [more]

Controversy Contrivances

I think it is part of human curiosity to be drawn to controversy.

Change or Die: A Farewell to The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man got me in to comics.

Sharpening the Image: Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood, the Man and the Comic that Started It All (Part 3)

Part Three: When Pictures Aren’t Worth a Thousand Words

On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange (Part 3)

The Sorcerer’s Code committed Strange to the defense of the Earth, and it obliged him to place the welfare of humanity above that of any alien race.

Secret Wars, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the Development of the Universe-Wide Crossover

While Crisis on Infinite Earths was DC’s first universe-wide crossover, there’s some dispute over whether it was the first in comics. The answer largely depends on one’s definitions. Whatever one thinks about this, one shouldn’t… [more]

Grant Morrison on the 2012 Apocalypse

Well we’re still here. But for quite a while, Grant Morrison was, let’s say, fairly curious to see what was going to happen on December 21st, 2012.

Theology and Bullshit

To be honest, the end of the world has always scared the shit out of me.

Peeking from Behind the Sofa: The 25th Anniversary of Violent Cases

Violent Cases is the greatest comic ever written about an osteopath.

Yellow Capes and Nondescript Domino Masks: Examining the Recently Enhanced Value of the Sidekick

One of the most known comic book conventions is the insertion of a sidekick into the main character’s plot.

“Pog” and “Abandoned House”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing Issues #32 and #33

Saga of the Swamp Thing #32 “Pog” Cover date: January 1985. Writer: Alan Moore. Artist: Shawn McManus. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. Editor: Karen Berger.

2000AD, a British Institution: An Interview with Writer Al Ewing and Henry Flint

2000AD artist Henry Flint still recalls the excitement of encountering the first issue of the weekly SF-adventure comic. It was, he says, “nasty, brutal. Parents hated it. The morality of the heroes was questionable. After… [more]

The DC Canon

This is the beginning of a series of articles on classic works of the DC Universe. It is the contention of this series that the DC Universe has been around long enough and has produced… [more]

Bringing Superman Out of the Dark

Last week, I called DC a bunch of tone-deaf morons (or something along those lines) and said that they need to lighten up in their approach to super-hero cinema.

Deconstructing Death and Vigilantism: A Dark Knight Eulogy

Death is not welcomed in DC, but occasionally, and fortunately, an opportunity arises to talk about death and its greater significance in the DC timeline.

Changing of the Spider-Guard

There is a new Spider-Man in town and his name is Peter Parker….wait… If that statement seems a little off to you then you may not have read the shocking conclusion to Amazing Spider-Man #698.