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Image1Overwatch: The Pleasures of Not Giving a Damn about the Story

Overwatch, launched just a month ago, is a new MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) in which teams of six human-controlled players battle six-person teams controlled by humans or the computer, your choice. Each player chooses… [more]

Journey to Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire Page 1Shattered Empire Fills in Some Intriguing Star Wars Gaps

One of the great things about a mythical universe such as the one created by Star Wars is that there’s plenty of room to tell many different stories, so long as they connect neatly with… [more]

hellblazer 79 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 66

Issue #79 “Rake at the Gates of Hell: Part Two” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Picking a mere… [more]

Comics in EducationThe Voice Of The Arts: Why The Philosophy Of The Liberal Arts Are Needed Now More Than Ever Before

The world sucks and people are sad. The news is reporting yet another disaster and more fear are being pumped into the subconscious minds of viewers everywhere. This is but a common experience people have… [more]

batman joker silhouettes 08Fear And The Batman: An Examination Of The Role That Horror Plays In The World Of The Dark Knight

A band of thieving criminals flee to a cornered alleyway, running from the stalking specter descending upon them. As they run they turn around a sharp corner and stumble into a dead end where they… [more]

Star Wars Special - C-3PO 001 Page 1Droids, Slaves and C-3PO’s Red Arm

The role of droids in the Star Wars universe has always been fairly clear, and yet tinged with some troubling implications. They’re servants, essentially, but they’re also companions and, most interestingly of all, they have… [more]

The Avengers posterThe Dawn of Cinematic Universes: What Shared Continuity In Film Is Telling Us About The Future Of Cinema

There is no secret that a new trend has emerged in mainstream films, a trend that is specifically connected to the inclusion of famous characters and epic worlds, all of which have now joined together… [more]

orange-new-black-season-4-trailerOrange is the New Black Season 4: Non-Spoiler Review

Orange is the New Black was always an interesting, innovative show, both in its subject matter and even its mode of distribution (Netflix). But last season, the narrative became unfocused, the hole at the centre… [more]

hellblazer 78 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 65

Issue #78 “Rake at the Gates of Hell: Parts One” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Despite the cyclical… [more]

static1.squarespaceDavid Brent – Life on the Road Now Coming to Netflix in August

“I’ve got one song, it’s about rock and roll, but it’s a metaphor for sex.” -David Brent In April, we were treated to the teaser trailer for David Brent: Life on the Road, with Ricky… [more]

ManifestDestiny20_review coverManifest Destiny #20: Big Feet and Bigger Eyes

“Captain Clark killed a curious animal… [one] never yet known in the United States.” That’s a quote from a member of the actual Corps of Discovery, and in that case it was the antelope, which… [more]

descender12_Review titleDescender #12: Brothers

One of Descender’s strongest themes has always been the notion of robots having souls — sometimes souls more pure and more sensitive than the flesh and blood humans that surround them. Our central robot character,… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #44: Hail to the King

A fairly quiet week of comic news brings with it a long discussion over recent casting announcements (from Captain Marvel to Mandrake, the Magician), as well as a debate over the viability of a certain… [more]

hellblazer 76 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 64

Issue #75b-77 “Act of Union,” “Confessions of an Irish Rebel,” & “And the Crowd Goes Wild” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artists: William Simpson, Steve Dillon, Peter Snejbjerg; Colors: Stuart Chaifetz, Tom Ziuko; Letters: Clem Robins; Editor:… [more]

Rogue-One-Jyn-Ersa-Geared-UpHow Much Trouble is Rogue One Really In?

As some are no doubt aware, there’s something interesting brewing over at Lucasfilm, on the production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film, to be released this Christmas, tells the story of how… [more]

phonogramcover1On Phonogram & “Hating So Correctly”

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Phonogram is very much a celebration of pop music, a comic filled with characters who love it deeply and at times overwhelmingly. A blurb from Art Brut vocalist Eddie Argos… [more]

invisiblerepublic10_Review coverInvisible Republic #10: New Wrinkles

Invisible Republic is only just now in its tenth issue, but it feels as if there have been many more than that. The complexity of the world, and the subtlety with which Gabriel Hardman and… [more]

WW earth one panelThe Complicated Legacies of Wonder Woman and Lois Lane

Throughout the history of DC Comics, two female characters stand above the rest, in terms of appearances and popularity in the broader culture: Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) and Lois Lane. It can be argued that… [more]

GL_OMNI_V3Super Karate Monkey Death Car: Geoff Johns and the DC Universe

It’s true, pobody’s nerfect.  We live with our foibles and imperfections, our biases and misconceptions, and hope that they don’t cause too many problems for ourselves or those around us.  The human failing that most… [more]

hellblazer 75 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 63

Issue #75 “Damnation’s Flame: Hail to the Chief” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Picking up immediately from last… [more]

Paper Girls 006 (2016)  Page 1Paper Girls #6: The Horror of Adulting

Warning: If you haven’t read the first five issues of Paper Girls, this discussion will spoil a few things. On the other hand, if you have read those issues but not the latest, don’t worry.… [more]

goddamned04_Review coverThe Goddamned #4: You Don’t Mess With Noah

The Goddamned is one of two major comics that have recently offered us a reimagined version of the Biblical character Noah. The other book — Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which was also made into a big… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #43: With Treelike Reptile Erections

As the Internet rages at Rebirth and Nick Spencer, Tom and Shawn discuss the passing of Darwyn Cooke, the latest desperation tactics at Marvel and DC, casting news for Thor: Ragnarok, and August Previews. We… [more]

equals-movie-2016-posterEquals Film Review

Science-fiction movies have long had a history of flirting with the concept of a “utopia.” However, the recurring problem of any utopia is that they are often always a “dystopia” in disguise. Is life truly… [more]

hellblazer 74 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 62

Issue #74 “Damnation’s Flame: Trail of Tears” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Assistant Editor: Julie Rottenberg; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Picking up immediately where the previous… [more]