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AsterixBandes Dessinées in a Material World

My name is Nicolas Labarre. I am French, and while completing my Ph.D., including a dissertation on “Theories of Mass Culture in the United States,” I write comics. Or more precisely, bandes dessinées.

ascFear and Loathing: Dan Clowes’ Art School Confidential

Sequart.com as a site likes to look at comics as they impact other art forms, especially film. While the various superhero movies receive plenty of notice here, I thought I’d review a film that comes… [more]

TSN1_cover_front_FINALThe Super Naturals #1: Premise and Promise

Book: The Super Naturals #1 Writer: Toney Tapia Pencils / Inks: Jamie Biggs Colors: Lawrence Basso You’re the main character, and you don’t have any superpowers, but everyone else does. To the reader, you look… [more]

Hawkman #49 (Apr 2006)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: “Coalition in Crisis”

With Hawkman #46, which ended with Hawkman and Hawkgirl contacted by Adam Strange, the Hawks’ narrative met up with that of The Rann Thanagar War (a mini-series that had already concluded at that point). The following three… [more]

VI Wanna Be In Pictures

Everyone who makes or sells a product wants it to become a part of “pop culture.” Wikipedia defines pop culture this way: Popular culture, or pop culture, the vernacular (people’s) culture that prevails in any… [more]

rogue trooperAre Comics and Videogames Reading from the Same Page?

Bit of a tangent this time but part of my job as Clubs & Technology Editor here at The List is to review video games. And with the recent release of Rogue Trooper (another classic… [more]

coverSuper Girls and Vibrator Oaths

This week’s reviews are of material a bit lighter in tone than I’ve been reading recently. There’s satire in the Harvey Kurtzman tradition with Stan Yan’s THE WANG: WHO’S YOUR DADDY? (www.squidworks.com). Also, I examine… [more]

x-men 3We Need a Hero! (or, The Right? Stuff)

Howdy, pardners! It’s time to grab your partner and romp through another edition of Tact is for the Weak, the article that would NOT marry its sister…even though she’s really, really hot… It’s inherent in… [more]

Natalie Portman in V for VendettaThe Two Faces of V

With a movie having just been made of V for Vendetta, it’s inevitable that comparisons are drawn between the original and the adaptation. What is surprising is that many seem to consider the movie equal… [more]

X-O ManowarThe Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 2)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the series whose goal it is to chronicle some of the stories and characters of Valiant Comics and the things that made them not only cool, but some of… [more]

1 Year Later bulletRetailer Ranting

After not writing a rant-out-loud column for a while, I thought I’d make it up to everyone with a column including a few good ones. Most of the time, comic book retailing is status quo… [more]

backward folding mirrorAutobiographical Surrealism

It’s a bit difficult to give a proper critique of Henry Chamberlain’s ALICE IN NEW YORK. The author informs us from the start that it’s the beginning of a graphic novel. As such, it feels… [more]

fla5438_400x600smInfinite Hangover (or, Jesus Crisis, What a Party!)

All aboard! It’s time for another tear-jerking episode of Tact is for the Weak, the article that puts sugar in the other articles’ gas tanks! Well, two and a half years and seven issues (plus… [more]

HouseOfM6Your Guide to Civil War: Disassembled, House of M, and the Road to Civil War

As we get ready for the start of Civil War, I think it’s time we take a look at some of the events that, while not directly related to the storyline, have brought us to… [more]

EverymanPolitical Utopias and After-Life Taxi Rides

The works of the Brothers Goldman aren’t written like conventional comics, which is both their strength and weakness. While their storytelling methods are somewhat conventional, their ideas are clever. In the world of indy comics,… [more]

200px-Wizard_campbellWhy Wizard? (or, Donde Estan Los Testiculos?)

It’s been a while, but I’m willing to take you back! It’s time for Tact is for the Weak, the article that has NO problem teabagging someone asleep on the tour bus with their mouth… [more]

Bongo-Simpsons-Free-for-AllsmFree Comic Book Day

This May 6th will be Free Comic Book Day. This is a national event that has been taking place in comic book retail stores for the last few years. I believe this is the fifth… [more]

last islandTwo Men are an Island

So far on Sequart, I’ve mostly done broad overviews, and irregularly at that. But I’ve received a number of submissions that demand my attention, and so I’ll have a new review every Saturday for the… [more]

c5_202192_0_NovaAnnihilationHC1AnnihilatioAnnihilation: Nova Trumps Wolverine: Origins

Hmmm…That Looks Interesting The weekly trip to the comic shop can be daunting. There are a multitude of titles every week and wading through all of the books can be a real hassle. This column… [more]

170px-WatchmencharactersYour Guide to Civil War: The Past, the MRA, and the Watchmen

“Stop, vile villain!” shouts the Generic Superhero. “Never, I will kill my victim(s) if you fail to do as I say,” replies the Generic Villain After a tense standoff, our intrepid Generic Superhero comes up… [more]

x-o manowar 1The Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 1)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the longest running column whose goal it is to chronicle some of the stories and characters of Valiant Comics and the things that made them not only cool, but… [more]

manhunter21On Man-Bat #1 and Manhunter #21

Man-Bat #1 of 5 Writer: Bruce Jones Artist: Mike Huddleston Publisher: DC Comics “Man-Bat: The Return”, part 1 of 5 Story: This story is a re-introduction of the Man-Bat to the DCU proper. As I… [more]

sup1The Slow, Donnerward Spiral (or, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Superman Movies)

Welcome, my acolytes, to this week’s recitation of Tact is for the Weak, the column that pays tribute to the heathen gods of yore with the ever-running blood of the innocent!…*ahem*… This summer, DC’s Superman… [more]

ant1hOn Ant: Days Like These

Welcome to “Trade Waiting,” a series where we wait ’till comic book arcs are collected in trade format so that we can study and analyze the story on a whole. We will focus on character… [more]

JSA Classified #1 alternate cover by Adam Hughes, sans titles and indicia.Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: “PowerTrip”

We’ve previously examined the convoluted history of Power Girl. We now turn to Geoff Johns’s revamping of Power Girl’s origin in the pages of JSA Classified, which in turn led directly into Power Girl’s appearance in Infinite… [more]