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Martian Comics #3: Review

[Before I begin to review Martian Comics #3 I wanted to state that the idea behind this review was all mine. Julian, the head of Sequart, and the Sequart team were worried that having their… [more]

Manifest Destiny TPB vol 3 is Essential Reading

The latest, and darkest, collection of Manifest Destiny appears in stores this week, gathering issues #13-18 in a gruesome, intense and compelling TPB. Although it may be obvious to anyone who reads this comic, it… [more]

Naked Lunch: A Literary High

“It’s a literary high…. It’s a Kafka high. You feel like a bug.” Canadian director David Cronenberg’s film Naked Lunch is a hallucinogenic and hazy adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ novel of the same name.… [more]

It’s Long Past Time to Retire the Term “Graphic Novel”

In comics, we’re always struggling with titles and definition. At least, some of us struggle with these things when conversing with people outside the field of comics studies. For everyone I’ve ever met who is… [more]

Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Twenty-Two : Breaking Point

Hard as it may be to believe, Dave, the troubled-to-put-mildly “star” of John Smith and Sean Phillips’ Straitgate, does, in fact, have friends. In fact, if you’ll recall, we met a few of them back… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 46

Issue #56 “This is the Diary of Danny Drake” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: David Lloyd; Letters: Elitta Fell; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; A friend of mine once told me over beer that “the… [more]

Old Red Eyes Is Back: A Few Thoughts on The World’s End as Imagined by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

After their previous ventures into the horror genre with “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) and the crime-fighting-buddy-action-movie with “Hot Fuzz” (2007), Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have applied themselves to science-fiction and its tropes in… [more]

Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Twenty-One : The Human Factor

I think it’s perfectly fair to say that the first two segments of John Smith and Sean Phillips’ Straitagte didn’t exactly present their protagonist, Dave, in anything like a sympathetic (or, for that matter, even… [more]

Welcome Back, X-Files

Get out your plaid, your docs and your Nine Inch Nails albums, because the 1990s have returned on the new X-Files. There have been reboots and relaunches before in TV history, and certainly in film… [more]

Smorgasbord #35: Going 911 on 4.99

Tom and Shawn get all combative in a very angry Smorgasbord, as they discuss the new Suicide Squad trailer, Image series ending too early, Marvel superhero (and price) inflation, and a complete rundown of the… [more]

Southern Bastards #13: Game Time

Ah, American football. It isn’t the world’s most competitive sport (have you seen the World Cup lately?), nor is it necessarily its most violent (I’m looking at you, Australian rules rugby), but there’s something about… [more]

The Days of EC: A Critical Examination of the Pulp Books of the Past and What They Can Teach Us About Our Future

The pages were pulpy and the colors were bright, the ink was fresh and the dialogue had been waxed freshly onto each page and all it cost was a nickel to buy. The panels were… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 45

Issue #55 “Royal Blood Part Four: Dog Eat Dog” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Will Simpson; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Royal Blood ultimately concludes with “Dog Eat Dog.”… [more]

Negative Space #3: The Happiness Bomb

Negative Space does everything a good comic should do. It tells a great story, with clarity, uses the visual elements well (this story wouldn’t be as powerful without the art) and has some of the… [more]

Saying Goodbye to Alan Rickman

With the recent passing of Alan Rickman, it’s appropriate to recognize this versatile, powerful actor and (by all accounts) wonderful human being by celebrating one of his iconic roles. We’re referring, of course, to 1999’s… [more]

The 1990s Batman Commentaries You Need to Hear

It’s probably a fair assumption that many of our readers here at Sequart are fans of a certain caped superhero character named “Batman”. We have several books on the subject and lots of articles, and… [more]

Inside the Frontier: What Non-Comic Readers Can Learn From Reading The Star Trek Comics

What kind of relationship do comic books and films share? This is a broad, subjective, and fairly debatable question to ask most comic readers, but it is still nonetheless a question that continuously courses through… [more]

Andy Warhol: A Comics Creator?

Andy Warhol’s name is forever linked to a thoroughly modern style of artistic expression, emerging at a very significant time in the history of western culture. Mechanical replication, repetition and bold, vivid colours were hallmarks… [more]

“The Fourth Means Is Most Terrible, And Rests On The Eviction Of A Soul…” Transcription and Trauma in Providence #6

“And yet, its realism was so hideous that I sometimes find hope impossible. If the thing did happen, then man must be prepared to accept notions of the cosmos, and of his own place in… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 44

It has come to my attention that I was mistaken last week in assuming that the person who may have been Prince Andrew, Duke of York had no real uncle whose ashes he could have… [more]

Smorgasbord #34: Cherchez la Femme

Tom and Shawn ring in the new year with movie rumors, a surprise appearance from 2000AD‘s back catalog, and the Angouleme Grand Prix’s questionable grasp of the word “history.” We also review Spider-Man / Deadpool… [more]

My Twenty Favourite Films of 2015

Well, 2015 is long over and it’s time for me to put down my top films of the year. I always find this a fun task, although I also always find myself opening this list… [more]

The Goddamned #2: Sin and Redemption

Who are “the goddamned”, referenced in rm Guera and Jason Aaron’s The Goddamned? This ultra-violent re-interpretation of the Old Testament is faithful to the original text in the sense that the goddamned are really all… [more]

Elvis and Nixon Trailer Promises Ironic Fun

The most-requested photo in the US National Archives is not the flag at Iwo Jima, nor is it the last photograph of Abraham Lincoln, nor one of the iconic Kennedy portraits. It’s, in fact, a… [more]

Descender #9: Simple Feelings

Despite the epic sweep of this science fiction adventure, the best moments in this latest issue of Descender come in the form of a simple conversation between the two TIM robots, now being taken through… [more]