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descender14_Review coverDescender #14: Bandit’s Lonely Vigil

The latest issue of Descender is the third in a series of five issues termed “Singularities” by the comic’s creators, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, but it’s easily the most creative and appealing thus far.… [more]

Lucifer season 1 posterGive the Devil His Due: Review of Lucifer Season 1

Even before Lucifer premiered its pilot episode on 25 January 2016 it was already disliked and panned by fans of the comic, Lucifer and the character’s original presentation in Sandman. The advanced reviews were not… [more]

hi.res cover.A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDS 2Traveling to A Hundred Thousand Worlds: A Conversation with Bob Proehl

CAMPOCHIARO: Let’s start with your origin story, along with the origin of your debut novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds. What is your relationship to the worlds of comics, sci-fi, fandom, and the myriad others that… [more]

SDCC Cap statueI’m Just a Kid from the Lower East Side Brooklyn: Steve Rogers’s Shifting Working Class Background

Today Steve Rogers is branded as “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.” His class and geography marks him as much as his old-fashioned ideals and morals do. He is a man of the people, but… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #48: Fall of the House of Warner

This is the post-SDCC world, and while most of the news have discussed to death, Shawn & Tom still want to talk a bit about the Eisners, some selected trailers, spin-offs for low-selling books, and… [more]

descender13_Review young telsaDescender #13: Telsa

Descender #13 is ostensibly about Captain Telsa, the red-haired, firey Captain from the UGC, sent to retrieve TIM-21 and the codex he carries in his electronic DNA that may hold the key to understanding the… [more]

STRANGER-THINGS-netflix-clarkeMr Clarke from Stranger Things: The Importance of Experts

The pop cultural touchstone of the moment (or, at least, one of them) is the Netflix series Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers and currently drawing the appreciative fascination of the world. With its… [more]

ManifestDestiny21_review coverManifest Destiny #21: Leadership

One of the many challenges that the historical Lewis and Clark expedition had to surmount was simple hunger. They weren’t as badly off as some, and fared far better than some of the more northern… [more]

purge_4_1200_1776_81_sThe Purge: Election Year and a Reflection of Society

The Purge film dynasty has created a huge following of watchers and viewers because of its presentation of a society where all manner of sin, debauchery, and impulse is disregarded for one government-sanctioned night of… [more]

BULLET GAL trade collection cover by Graeme JacksonA Novel Approach to Comic Books

Tokyo-based Australian creator Andrez Bergen has two literary books out this year, on top of a continuing stream of comic titles that he both scripts and often illustrates. What makes the back-to-back novels – Bullet… [more]

N3JlXj6kFinding Dory: A Textbook Family Movie

I occasionally cry when I watch movies. That’s not unusual; lots of people cry during movies. What I find interesting is the fact that I have never cried during a movie with an MPAA rating… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #47: Liberty’s Lingerie

This week, Tom and Shawn discuss Frank Cho’s line in the sand, 9-year-olds who love V for Vendetta, Joe Casey’s auto-plagiarism, Justice League finally getting some Action, and October Previews. We also review The Hunt… [more]

BlackRoad04-review coverBlack Road #4: A Walk in the Snow

It’s too easy for us today to slip into a simplistic stereotype of the “dark ages”,  or the early medieval period. Barbarians roaming across the countryside, committing unspeakable acts of carnage and pillage, and scared… [more]

2015_fantastic_four-wideWhen Reach Exceeds Grasp: Fant4stic

We’ve all heard terrible things about this film.  Last fall, I decided to investigate further and see if it was the train wreck everyone was claiming.  There appears to be plenty of blame to go… [more]

Hellblazer 83 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 70

Issue #83 “The End of Rake at the Gates of Hell” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Endings are… [more]

StarTrekBeyondPlakat1Star Trek Beyond Expectations

A five year mission may sound easy, but the first thing we’re shown in Star Trek Beyond is how long five years can really be when one has to spend it cooped up with 400… [more]

southernbastards14 coverCongratulations to the 2016 Eisner Award Winners

Our series on the Eisner Awards was never meant to be predictive of who would win — quite the contrary, we were only trying to profile some of the nominated titles, because they’re all worth… [more]

hi.res cover.A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDSA Hundred Thousand Worlds: Fandom, Friendship, and Love

There are moments in Bob Proehl’s debut novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds that will affect readers even after finishing the book. These are bighearted yet subtle moments that stick with you, like when one of… [more]

C&D Marvel Age coverHunger and Longing: Growing Up with Cloak and Dagger

While I can’t remember exactly what happens in this comic book, the cover to Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #95 has long been burned into my memory. It’s cover dated October 1984 and I must have… [more]

HooligansNeil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously – An Interview with Patrick Meaney

If you’re reading this, the name ‘Neil Gaiman’ most likely evokes many thought and feelings from you. He may very well be the writer of some of your favorite novels and short stories, the mind… [more]

ultharcats“Dreams, Writings And Our Outlandish Human Imaginings… They’re At The Very Heart Of It.” – Romantic Reflections On The Written Word In Providence #8

“ A blessed haze lies upon all this region, wherein is held a little more of the sunlight than other places hold, and a little more of the summer’s humming music of birds and bees;… [more]

hellblazer 82 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 69

Issue #82 “Rake at the Gates of Hell: Part Five” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Throughout their careers… [more]

James_Kirk's_evil_counterpartStar Trek Re-Watch, Episode 4 – “The Enemy Within”

“The Enemy Within” was the fifth episode filmed for Star Trek: The Original Series, and only the third after it was greenlit, but it’s the first Star Trek episode that truly feels like Star Trek.… [more]

Harcourt_Fenton_Mudd_2266Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 3 – “Mudd’s Women”

“Mudd’s Women” was one of the three original scripts considered by Desilu Productions as a pilot episode for Star Trek, which would have been an interesting choice to say the very least. The first episodes… [more]

Balok_puppetStar Trek Re-Watch, Episode 2: “The Corbomite Maneuver”

“The Corbomite Maneuver” does what a television pilot episode should do. It introduces the main characters and their relationships, gives them a threat that’s significant but not world-ending and provides lots of coverage of the… [more]