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Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 5: Shifting Sands

It’s something of an understatement to call Better Call Saul a subtle show, but the label fits. Few American TV shows have had the boldness to fold their dramatic tension into small character moments, revelations… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 53

Issue #64 “Fear and Loathing Part One: For God and Country” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Although overly cynical there is some… [more]

Energy and Environmental Conservation Took the Stage with Leo’s Oscar Win

On a night packed to the brim with the brightest stars in the Hollywood universe, none of them shone brighter than Leonardo DiCaprio. After two decades and four near-misses, the film icon finally reeled in… [more]

I Keep Talking Louder Because You Haven’t Heard: Appreciating The Paper

[NOTE: The following is something I worked on sporadically for a while, as a way to understand more about how I work inside a relationship (any relationship, generally, but with my wife, specifically). Only then… [more]

I Just Want Them to Know That They Didn’t Break Me: Pretty in Pink Thirty Years On

Pretty in Pink turns thirty this year. Written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, the film stars Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, John Cryer, James Spader, Annie Potts, and Harry Dean Stanton. It would… [more]

The Near and Distant Horizon

Timeliness is next to prescience, or something like that.  Here I was preparing this screed when I chanced upon an article by a person who insists that the survival of comic books is dependent upon… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 52

Issue #63 “Forty” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; As discussed in prior installments of this column, Hellblazer was one of the few… [more]

Descender #11: Stuck in the Middle

The moral sides are rather sharply drawn now in issue #11 of Descender. We’ve met humanoid fanatics, bent on the destruction of all robotic life (The Scrappers of Gnish) and now we’ve met the other… [more]

Smorgasbord #38: Moon Witch is Gonna Get Ya

The Iron Fist casting news brings with it a large discussion which dominates the episode as Shawn and Tom discuss the Marvel monochrome universe, the diminished importance of source fidelity, and being uncomfortable by heaving… [more]

Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 4: Half-Measures

If there were any doubts about the nature of Jimmy McGill’s feelings for and commitment to Kim Wexler, the latest episode of Better Call Saul lays them to rest. Jimmy has made mistakes, and will… [more]

“It’s Like Underneath Everything There Is Just Chaos…” – Perspective and Politics in Providence #7

“Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around wildly and call it a nightmare or a Witches’ Sabbath or a portrait of the devil, but only a great painter can make such a thing really scare… [more]

The X-Men Series Re-Watch: X-Men

Does the first X-Men stand the test of time, or is it a film that is better remembered than revisited? [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 51

Issue #62 “End of the Line” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Life is full of many choices and in a way it… [more]

Plutona #4: The Power of Imagination

One of the many things Plutona gets right about children is how seriously they take their imaginations. It isn’t as if they don’t know the difference between what’s “real” and what’s not — they just… [more]

The Boys are Back in Town: Power Man and Iron Fist #1

Nostalgia played a big role in why I picked up the first issue of Marvel’s new Power Man and Iron Fist series. From the pre-release buzz, it appeared that writer David F. Walker, artist Sanford Greene,… [more]

Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 3: The Scorpion and the Frog

Breaking Bad certainly had its share of contemplative scenes, but it still had suspense, action and tension. It’s offspring, Better Call Saul is in an entirely different key, drawing out the slow game, lingering on… [more]

Ryan K. Lindsay on The Devil is in the Details

As part of its ongoing Patreon campaign, Sequart runs a Book/Movie of the Month Club. Patrons get a digital copy of a Sequart book or movie at the beginning of each month, and they’re invited… [more]

Genre Bliss: Surviving The Purge: Anarchy

I recently spent a sick day at home, trying to recuperate from a nasty cold. In the grand tradition of sick days, I decided to spend it on the couch watching movies and catching up… [more]

A Priest, a Panther, and the Dora Milaje Walk into a Bar: Christopher Priest’s Black Panther

With the Black Panther entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon, I figured it was high time I explored the character in print, at least more so that I have previously. I’ve always liked T’Challa but… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 50

Issue #61 “She’s Buying a Stairway to Heaven” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: William Simpson; Inks: Mike Barreiro; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; When distilled down to its raw… [more]

11.22.63: A Primer for and Review of this Fascinating New Mini-Series

Hulu’s new series 11.22.63 is based on one of Stephen King’s most intriguing and absorbing novels, 11/22/63, in which a man travels back in time to stop the Kennedy assassination. That particular plot contrivance is… [more]

Aftermath: A Few Thoughts on The World’s End as Imagined by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

In the previous chapter of these loose musings on Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End” we left the film’s protagonists in a secret alien base hidden below the final pub of the infamous pub-crawl known as… [more]

Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 2: Let’s Be Honest

A frequent discussion point among my colleagues about Better Call Saul is the question of why Kim isn’t in Breaking Bad. She’s such an important character to Jimmy McGill, and indeed has been central so… [more]

Invisible Republic #9: A New Perspective

The latest issue of Invisible Republic begins with a welcome look into Maia’s past. The little incident in the fish farm that’s depicted reinforces two main character points: that Maia is a lot stronger than… [more]

What Marvel and Fox Should Learn from Deadpool

The breakout movie-related story of the past couple of weeks has been the astounding box-office success of Deadpool, the most popular R-rated superhero film ever made. It isn’t, in fact, the first film of that… [more]