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Identifying the Complete Story: Diablo #1

In my last article, I discussed how Watchmen #2 was successful as an individual comic book issue by satisfying the reader with a complete chunk of story. 

Screen Villains

It’s often said that a hero is only as good as his villain. I think.

Ultimate Captain America: A Meditation on American Identity

While Mark Millar was experimenting with narrative during his return to the Ultimates, Jason Aaron was exploring the inner-workings of Captain America in his mini-series Ultimate Captain America.

O Captain? Not My Captain

Captain America: the First Avenger—henceforth abbreviated to Captain—is a fairly entertaining film that illustrates both the advantages and disadvantages of applying real-world verisimilitude to comic-book superheroes.

A Place for Bold: Understanding Frank Miller

No one seems to get Frank Miller. Despite the flurry of digital ink spilled over him, most critics seem to be left scratching their heads. Indeed, the entire body of Frank Miller criticism can now… [more]

Building a Better Batman: An Introduction to Morrison’s Batman

From the first few pages of Batman #655, “Building a Better Batmobile,” Grant Morrison makes it abundantly clear to his readers that this is not your typical Batman story, nor should it be read like… [more]

Death and the Super-Hero

Let’s talk death.

Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 8: The Grand Exit

A word of advice before going into this series: ignore the “Death of Spider-Man” banner at the top and you’ll be just fine.

Stan Lee, Presented (Part 2)

In the previous installment of “Stan Lee, Presented,” I argued that Stan Lee had functioned as a “truly creative editor” during his tenure as editor/writer at Marvel Comics. 

The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 4

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue (and some of that prologue’s implications), as well as chapters one, two, and three (in two parts). This time, we’ll begin to look at chapter four,… [more]

The Captured Ghosts Movie Tour Rages On!

After a successful premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts is now screening worldwide! If you’re a fan of Warren Ellis and live within driving distance of any of the below… [more]

Sequart’s Chris Claremont Documentary Adds New Kickstarter Rewards

Sequart & Respect’s Chris Claremont Kickstarter campaign has entered its final days, and two exciting donation reward levels have been added: Would you like to ask Chris Claremont a question and have it possibly end… [more]

Moore, Gibbons, and Superman Annual #11: For the Story that Has Everything

Superman Annual #11 is a comic that stands as a classic for all the right reasons.

Pacing and Punch in Watchmen #2

Watchmen is commonly thought of as one of the greatest graphic novels of our time, but it’s actually a reprint collection. The work originally came out as 12 separate issues, although they were all planned… [more]

Sequart’s Books Get New, Cheaper Editions

Sequart Research & Literacy Organization’s entire line of eight books of comics scholarship is now available in revised editions featuring significantly lower cover prices.

Mark Millar’s The Ultimates, Part 7: The One About Vampires

With the release of each new issue of Ultimate Comics Avengers 3, I would call up my friend Caleb (fellow contributor to Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide) and we would laugh about how far… [more]

Frank Miller Controversy

Having written a recent column dealing with Frank Miller’s “Holy Terror” graphic novel, and subsequently one regarding the Occupy protests, I feel that it would be pertinent for me to follow them up with a… [more]

The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 3 (Cont.)

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue, some of that prologue’s implications, chapter one, chapter two, and the beginning of chapter three. This time, we’ll conclude our look at chapter three, in which the… [more]

The Greatest Movie in the World – Punisher (1989)

Movie audiences today take super-hero films for granted. This year alone saw the release of five super-hero films, but in 1989, they were far more rare. Yet, here is the little film that could.

Who 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 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]

Habibi: What Works and What Doesn’t

Since alternative comics creator Craig Thompson released critically acclaimed Blankets in 2003, little work has been seen from the artist until the recent Pantheon publication of Habibi this past September.

V 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.

The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 3

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue, some of that prologue’s implications, and chapters one and two. This time, we’ll continue to chapter three of this fascinating story.

Why Chris Claremont’s X-Men?: A Look at Comics in Focus

Over the past two years, I’ve produced two feature length documentaries about iconic comic book writers, Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts. I’ve also thought a lot about what other stories… [more]