DC’s New 52 initiative has sparked a lot of recent controversy over the presentation of women and female characters.
The right-wing media went apeshit over Peter Parker being replaced by Miles Morales, based on a single seven-page sequence (really its own short story) in Ultimate Fallout #4. Lots of people were perfectly prepared to… [more]
Yes, yes, yes. It has been a while since the last update. So here’s an explanation: For the last month I have been working on a play and I will be for the next two… [more]
On Saturday, 12 November, Warren Ellis will appear at the U.K. premiere of Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, our feature-length documentary film about his work and its vision of the future. He will also participate in a conversation… [more]
Our documentary film Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts will make its world premiere on Friday, 11 November as an official selection at the inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival, alongside the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and gala screenings of Alexander Payne’s The… [more]
Promotional postcards have been created for the upcoming theatrical debut of Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, and we thought we’d share them with you. The front features a distorted image of Warren Ellis, along with the… [more]
Satires can often times be complicated affairs. Every nuance and hiccup is pondered for its dual meanings. But not all satires are like carnival mirrors, some are accidental and in a manner more revealing than… [more]
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.
The motif of the power of names was established from the very beginning of Captain Marvel’s history, but it would take another 40 years for the Wizard Shazam to be developed beyond the all-knowing God… [more]
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]
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]
On the evidence of Messrs. Hickman and Ribic’s The Ultimates #1, the fundamental concerns of feminism haven’t yet become a matter of public concern and debate on Earth 1610, or (it needs to be said) in… [more]
Even putting the context of DC’s “New 52″ initiative aside, it’s difficult to imagine a situation in which Legion Lost might qualify as even a barely-adequate comic. For it’s such an awkwardly and unhelpfully written book… [more]
Somewhere in your comic shop there is a small section left orphaned. It sits alone, dying like the character Cerebus was fated to: unloved, unmourned and alone. This is the section that is often scary… [more]
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]
Sequart and Respect! Films are proud to announce a special New York Comic Con screening of Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts at the downtown theater Cinema Village (22 E. 12th St. NYC 10003, ph# 212.924.3363) on Friday, 14 October, at… [more]
Night in the city. “Papers!” a boy calls out into the storm ravaged night.
Earlier this month, I had a look at Scott McCloud’s The Right Number, an experimental web-comic with a unique format based on digital technology. The zooming format and the forward reading convention were both novel… [more]
Last week’s DC relaunch offerings didn’t prompt much serious debate over which title was the best, but they launched a flurry of reactions against their portrayal of women. But first, a warning: my goal here… [more]
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]
As a comic book character, Batgirl only really took flight once she became permanently grounded.
Much like any super-hero team around for 50 years, you eventually run out of stories to tell. Especially with a property like the X-Men, you can only tell the persecution story so many years before… [more]
Given how often Superman and Batman have been paired into dualisms ranging from “day and night” to “Apollo and Dionysus,” it’s surprising that in the second week of DC’s “new 52” they paired the Grant… [more]
Let’s talk about who we are as fans for a moment, shall we?
Action Comics #1 is a simple story with a simple premise – introduce the character Superman, make the readers care about him, and put him in a dangerous test to set up for the next… [more]