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CouriersThe Spectator Left: Self-Disgust and Self-Mockery in Brian Wood’s Channel Zero and The Couriers

As Brian Wood branches out into more mainstream work with Conan the Barbarian and X-Men, it’s important to peer back to his formative days.

Joker_Oberon_SextonDeconstructing Batman & Robin: A Game of Villainy, Part 6

While R.I.P. could be argued to be a game of chess between Batman and Dr. Hurt, the game of dominoes is at the forefront of Batman & Robin.

CoverOn The Zaucer of Zilk, by Al Ewing and Brendan McCarthy

NB: The Zaucer of Zilk is currently being serialised in 2000AD, so please be aware of oncoming spoilers as well as the likelihood that most if not all of my presumptions are entirely misplaced.

AnorexiaOn Body Typing in Comics: What We’re Not Saying and Why It Matters

This is not an essay I wanted to write. Doing so, I’m conscious of wading into waters famous for their landmines. This is at least the sixth full draft of this essay. Most of the… [more]

Galactus_(Earth-20050708)Galactus: Meditations on a World-Eater

The Uncreator. The Universal Endbringer. The Anti-God. Gah. Lak. Tus.

PersepolisPersepolis & Fun Home: Women and Comic Books in the College Classroom

There’s been a lot of controversy over women’s rights in the United States in the media lately.

Batman and Robin 3Deconstructing Batman & Robin: A Game of Villainy, Part 5

In the footnotes for the first volume of Batman & Robin, Grant Morrison discusses the strange coincidence of the third issue’s cover resembling an image of the Joker that Brian Bolland had done years previous.

VoodooNot the Way We Play the Game

I’ve never once criticised the work of another blogger in public, so why start now? Yes, Gene Phillips’s Making a Dirty Breast of the Matter (parts 1 and 2) are appallingly written pieces which express… [more]

From the Dark Phoenix sagaAlan Moore’s Miracleman and the Influence of Chris Claremont’s Dark Phoenix Saga

Having reached the halfway point of Book One, let’s pause and consider the influence of Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s Dark Phoenix saga on the way Moore presents his own hero-turned-villain, Kid Miracleman.

AnimalMan_GrantMorrisonFiction Suit

Alan Moore’s done it. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee did it. Osamu Tezuka did it. Grant Morrison did it so regularly and intently that he gave it a name.

Dark Knight Strikes AgainThe Anxiety of Influence and Failed Sequels: Frank Miller and The Dark Knight Strikes Again

“I mean the criticism teaches not a language of criticism […] but a language in which poetry already is written, the language of influence, of the dialectic…” (Bloom 25).

Joker and HurtDeconstructing Batman & Robin: A Game of Villainy, Part 4

Once the transformation into the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh is complete, the comparisons to the Joker are apparent and numerous.

coverDan Dare, by Garth Ennis and Gary Erskine (2008)

Dan Dare is ancient comics history now.

from Miracleman, chapter 5, page 7 (Warrior version)The Conclusion of Miracleman, Chapter 5

We’ve looked at chapter five of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, examined it in the context of the 1981 Brixton riots, and carried through to Kid Miracleman’s defeat. We now conclude our look at this chapter, originally printed… [more]

BuffyMaking a Dirty Breast of the Matter, Part 2

I want to focus on one remark made by Kelly Thompson in the essay “No, It’s Not Equal,” regarding the inequitable objectification of male and female characters in superhero comics:

incognitoThe Difficulties of Being “Just” Good and Bad in Comics of the New Millennium

In 1974, Frank Castle—also known as The Punisher—made his debut in Amazing Spider-Man #129, and the comics world was introduced to what would become one of the most popular anti-heroes—though he certainly was not the… [more]

Joker Black and WhiteDeconstructing Batman & Robin: A Game of Villainy, Part 3

The most controversial storyline in Morrison’s Batman run, R.I.P. is the psychological destruction of the Dark Knight.

The Evolutionary WarOn The Evolutionary War (Marvel Comics, 1988)

Those who choose to see the superhero comic’s decline as a relatively recent occurrence may prefer to keep their preconceptions away from The Evolutionary War, a sequence of often-awkwardly linked stories which were originally strung… [more]

from Miracleman, chapter 5, page 5 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 5 (Cont.)

We’ve begun looking at chapter five of Alan Moore’s Miracleman and examined its reference to the 1981 Brixton riots. We now continue our look at this story, originally printed in Warrior #6 (Oct 1982), which concludes Miracleman’s… [more]

Marvel Super-Heroes #387Becoming Alan Moore

1. When did Alan Moore become ALAN MOORE? When did the promising prospect become the master Bardly craftsman? If his work for Marvel UK in the early 1980s is to be trusted, the graduation occurred… [more]

endJustice League #1-6 Review: Not the Back-Ups, Not All the Filler Art or Teases for Future Storylines

Team books were always a challenge in the old days.

john-carter-of-mars-frazettaJohn Carter Vs. Superman

With the recent release of the Disney film John Carter (which may or may not still be in theaters by the time you read this piece, judging by the film’s reviews) it seems pertinent to… [more]

chrisware_superman_cover_fullJimmy Corrigan and Smartest Deconstruction of the Superhero in the World

When dealing with 20th-century novels, James Joyce’s Ulysses is arguably the most significant work in terms of its influence on writers who would follow in the modern and postmodern traditions.

Third GhostDeconstructing Batman & Robin: A Game of Villainy, Part 2

While the Black Glove doesn’t actually make an appearance until later in the series, the presence of Dr. Hurt can be felt in the very first issue as Batman throws the Joker into a dumpster… [more]

CoverOn The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln, by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud’s The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln reads as if it had been pieced together by a team of expert comic-book historians from a great mass of often incomplete and even contradictory notes, sketches,… [more]