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A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 9 – Monstress

Monstress wastes no time in creating a lush, vivid fantasy world and giving us some great characters to populate it. This Image Comics release by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda builds all manner of artifice… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 59

Issue #71 “Finest Hour” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Last we left John Constantine he was in a… [more]

They Were Lost in Space-Time and Then They Found God

Written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Al Milgrom, the Lost in Space-Time saga ran from West Coast Avengers #17 to 24. The real meat is between 18-23, with the others serving as a prologue… [more]

Academics on Batman v. Superman

Released on March 25, 2016, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was a movie decades in the making.  As the first live action film featuring both Batman and Superman it was a movie featuring two… [more]

A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 8 – I Love This Part

Comics is a diverse and flexible medium, and one of the greatest examples of that is how it can tell both big stories and small stories. Many people are aware of the degree to which… [more]

A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 7 – The Fade Out

The Fade Out is a comic about Hollywood, specifically that magical post-war late-1940s Hollywood that is so often romanticized. It’s one of America’s true mythic places, full of hard-drinking writers, bombshell girls (and the occasional… [more]

A Look at East of West (Volumes 1-5)

East of West is an ongoing series that hasn’t exactly been getting the attention it rightfully deserves. So, if you haven’t been reading this series, then you need to run to the nearest bookstore and… [more]

A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 6 – Two Great Web Comics

As they recognize achievement in all of the widely diverse world of comics, it makes sense that the Eisner Awards have a category for Digital/Webcomics. Two of the nominees this year are Lighten Up, by… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 58

Issue #70 “Heartland” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Stuart Chaifetz; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; After nearly 6 years of being published as a monthly… [more]

A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 5 – The Spire

The Spire is a comic that’s overflowing with creative ideas, determined to build its own rich fantasy world and completely heedless of any limits or restrictions in terms of genre. Some comics blend genres, but… [more]

The Music of Defiance: Thoughts on Early American Punk Rock

“To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.” — Patti Smith “To me, punk is about being… [more]

A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 4 – The Faceless Ghost, and Other Macabre Tales from Japan

If there’s anything at all to old cliche that to understand someone, you must know what they fear and what they desire, then reading ghost stories from a different culture must qualify as some sort… [more]

A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 3 – Lady Killer

The title of Lady Killer, by Joelle Jones and available from Dark Horse Comics, sort of says it all. This is a comic about Josie Schuller, a killer who stabs, punches, kicks and spins without… [more]

Batman V Superman and the Lack of Emotion

SPOILERS AHEAD… I wasn’t moved. There I was, watching my three all-time favorite superheroes together on the big screen for the first time and I wasn’t moved. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were there, in… [more]

Superweapons vs. Supervoices: What the Beliefs and Opinions of Super-Villains Are Telling Us About the Present Day

To hell with negotiations, most want to see a good blow’em-up story: the Death Star, Starkiller Base, the Red Matter from the famed Star Trek reboot, and GORT from legendary The Day the Earth Stood… [more]

A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 2 – Paper Girls

Another contender for the 2016 Eisner Award for Best New Series is Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, from Image Comics. By now we’ve come to expect great things from the creator… [more]

A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 1 – Harrow County

The nominees for the 2016 Eisner Awards were recently announced, and as always, the list of nominees provides a serviceable list of some of the best comics currently in circulation, regardless of which ones actually… [more]

Better Call Saul Season Two Finale: Blind Spots

It would be so easy, as season two of Better Call Saul comes to an end, to be angry with Chuck McGill. But that would be like getting angry at a snake when it bites… [more]

Better Call Saul vs Breaking Bad: Companion Pieces in a Compelling Universe

A piece by Slate magazine’s Julia Turner is making the rounds today that argues passionately why Better Call Saul is the superior show, when compared with its parent, Breaking Bad. It’s a great piece, and… [more]

Smorgasbord #41: The Cat who Vomits Blood and Other Grisly Tales

The post Emerald City Comicon is a very strange place indeed, with DC announcing a new mature comics imprint, IDW assimilating other companies as if it were the Borg, HeroesCon facing backlash over the Virginia… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 57

Issues #68-69 “Down All the Days” and “Rough Trade” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Depression is defined as… [more]

Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson: A Timely and Snappy Portrait of a Legendary Life

Longtime fans of Ken Burns know that the legendary documentary filmmaker can produce works of great beauty and power, but sometimes falls prey to sentimentality and repetitive, unsubtle narratives. Luckily, his new film Jackie Robinson… [more]

Black Road #1: The Viking Comic You’ve Been Waiting For

Vikings have a special place in the European imagination, to put it mildly. A crazy blend of the wild west with the notion of the Fantasy Hero archetype set to a Heavy Metal soundtrack, the… [more]

Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 9: Consequences

“Consequences” is the big theme of this, the penultimate episode of Better Call Saul’s second season. We don’t often mention the creators’ names (and frankly I also ignore media from the creators of this show,… [more]

The Fix Is Wonderful, Outrageous Fun

When I was in Grade 12, our laid back physics and astronomy teacher once asked our class, “What do you want to do when you leave here?” One bravely honest soul replied, “I don’t want… [more]