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green_lantern_85This is Your Comic on Drugs

How Drugs Killed Comics In 1954 the comic publishing industry faced a Galactus-sized threat from psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. His study linked comic book reading to juvenile delinquency and other social ills. The report whipped up… [more]

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #1The Audacity of Hope, Geek Culture, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Part 2

A week ago I went to see the new Mission Impossible.  While waiting for it to start, I was a bit amused to see trailers for two upcoming movies—The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the latest… [more]

David Mann dragon image 1 featuredDragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’: Fun Time at the Theatre for Fans, Not the Equal of What Came Before It.

(Note: some spoilers, particularly regarding the ending) It’s that time again: beginning its return in earnest with 2013’s Japanese release of Battle of Gods, Akira Toriyama’s Shōnen manga titan and pop-cultural gamechanger Dragon Ball continues… [more]

hell on earth2015-07-20-21h41m20s476Camerahead and Pistonhead: Hell on Earth

This film is a campy entry in the Hellraiser entry that has a few good components. Sort of. If you squint. But these sort of good moments are mishandled by the generally terrible film. [more]

CaptainAmerica221Weird Worlds: The Minor Mainstream Works of Steve Gerber, Part 3 – Captain America

Of the works that I am considering in this series of articles, Steve Gerber’s run on Captain America is by far the shortest. Weighing in at a scant 3 and three quarter issues, this truncated… [more]

articlethumb“And Thus Exemplify This Process.” – Duality, Duplicity and Dissolution in Providence #2

Providence thus far appears at the very least to be an exercise in dichotomy. The first issue portraying relatively liberated sexual play alongside tragic repression. The second issue appears to do much the same, only… [more]

exmachina2015-07-13-22h11m22s104Ex Machina and the Art of Appropriate Stylization

I want to be perfectly clear about something right from the start: I really liked Ex Machina. I’d go so far as to call it a great film. When it’s end-of-the-year-list time I suspect Ex… [more]

L-R: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris EvansFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: A Retro Review

When their first Fantastic Four flick grossed more than three times its production budget in 2005, the hoped-for sequel quickly left the realm of the hypothetical for home studio Twentieth Century Fox. And with the cast… [more]

Fantastic Four 2005 castFantastic Four (2005): A Retro Review

The moment that principal photography on Roger Corman’s million-dollar production of The Fantastic Four commenced on December 28, 1992, the ultimate goal of license holder Bernd Eichinger was instantly fulfilled. His hold on the Fantastic… [more]

8House02_Review cover8House: Arclight #2: Rich in its Restraint

We should start this review by revising, in retrospect, some of the assumptions and conclusions I made about 8House: Arclight #1. For one thing, as some have pointed out, I’m not entirely sure what the… [more]

twolaneblacktop2015-08-02-20h00m24s935Blood in the Moonlight: Hannibal Season Three Episode Nine

Hannibal is frequently a praise worthy show. It must be said, however, I found myself especially impressed by its latest episode. It’s not a particularly eventful episode, by Hannibal’s standards. There are no murders, no… [more]

L-R: Carl Ciarfalio, Rebecca Staab, Alex Hyde-White, Jay UnderwoodRoger Corman’s Fantastic Four: A Retro Review

While Marvel Comics stablemate Spider-Man took a rather circuitous route to the big screen, that journey almost pales in comparison to what happened to the Fantastic Four on the way to a film franchise they could call their own. [more]

spring2015-07-20-18h53m06s053Spring: Monsters and Romance

My overall reaction to Drafthouse Film’s new release, Spring, is definitely a positive one. I’ll be interested in what the directors, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, will do next. They’ve directed one movie together before,… [more]

The Man From UNCLEThe Audacity of Hope, Geek Culture, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Part 1

When Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hope is the thing with feathers,” she clearly didn’t anticipate geek culture.  For despite popular stereotypes, one of the most dominant characteristics of many in the geek community is a deep… [more]

MOW_HAWKESShatner’s Man O War: A Voice is Missing

We are given Chapter 1, “How it All Began.” Opening the book we are told “in the near future, humanity has colonized the moon and Mars, but corporate greed and over reliance on technology have… [more]

the living dead girlThe Ravishing Repertoire of Jean Rollin

This is a guest post by the fabulous horror critic Goregirl. You can keep up with her writing at 366 Weird Movies, Tumblr, and follow her on Twitter. Jean Rollin directed over fifty films in… [more]

STK660179No Future For You – Crossed +100

*SPOILERS for the six issue Crossed +100 storyline* Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin – Exodus 16 We all know what the post-apocalypse looks… [more]

5 Group PhotoPop Hero Coalition Stands Up Against Bullying

Many, perhaps most, of the people attending Comic-Con have been the victims of bullying at one time in their life or another. iSafe Foundation reports that 52 percent of teens have been bullied on-line. 95-percent… [more]

the-kentsMa and Pa Kent vs Man of Steel

Who is Superman, really? That’s one of the more compelling questions about one of the most interesting figures in world culture. (I don’t think of Superman as being a “comic book” character. Since at least… [more]

yog2015-07-27-13h31m46s734Madness is Waiting: Hannibal Season Three Episode Eight

With episode eight of Hannibal’s third season, The Great Red Dragon, we’ve jumped ahead three years in time to the events of the first Hannibal novel, Red Dragon. It’s a dramatic jump, one that fundamentally… [more]

SouthernBastards10_Review coverSouthern Bastards #10: A Force of Nature

Coach Big is dead. That fact no doubt affects people in lots of different ways in Craw County, and the larger mythic universe of Southern Bastards. But before we get to all of that, the… [more]

Rasputin07_Review coverRasputin #7: Ghosts

“Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living” -Arthur C. Clarke That’s a very interesting maxim to apply to Grigori Rasputin, particularly in… [more]

InvisibleRepublic05_Review coverInvisible Republic #5: One Door Opens… Then Ten Others

At the end of issue #5 of Invisible Republic, we’ve reached the end of the first story arc in style. Opening up its secrets like a very well-written television series, the big twist at the… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #23: Islands in the Sun

Our cups runneth over as Tom and Shawn discuss SDCC trailers and casting news, October Previews, and Marvel’s attempt to revive Franklin Delano Bluth. We also review the first issues of Power Up, Godzilla in… [more]

Ant-Man PosterOutdoor Basketball Goals, Ant-Man, and Twinkies: Ambivalence at the Multiplex

When we first decided to buy a house, I had one requirement.  I wanted a basketball goal.  It’s not that I was a serious basketball player or anything, but having an outdoor goal seemed necessary—like… [more]