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Colloquium #12: Robot Parts — Brian Clevinger on Atomic Robo

Markisan interviews Brian Clevinger on Atomic Robo! Brian talks writing historical adventures, translating Atomic Robo into an RPG game, the origin of Dr. Dinosaur, and why a robot needs pants for every adventure. (1:24:56) You… [more]

Arrow Season 3 Episode 12 Review

After last week’s episode pulled most of the disparate pieces of Arrow’s third season into a more cohesive whole, this week’s installment takes advantage of that newfound clarity to plunge ahead, turning out an action… [more]

“…Of Past Times and Beginnings. Before The Before.”: The Multiversity Guidebook #1 Maps and Legends

One of the things that appeals to me most about comics is the breadth, depth and scope of their world building. Their longevity far outweighing that of say even the most consistently broadcast of television… [more]

The Flash Season 1 Episode 12 Review

“Crazy for You” is a very good episode of The Flash. It’s fleet, lots of fun, and totally in control of all of its component parts. This episode veers from light camp, to somber emotional… [more]

Better Call Saul Opens Strong

“Spinoff!” Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul? Hi, I’ m Troy McClure.” -Troy McClure “Quality TV”, as we call the sorts of shows being produced today for binge consumption, hasn’t really… [more]

“We Will Not and Cannot be Patient”: On John Lewis’s March: Book Two

If I had to pick one moment from the second volume of John Lewis’s March to explain what makes it so special, I know what I would choose.  It happens at almost exactly the halfway… [more]

The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love Review

Prior to writing this review, I had only listened to one song by the Decemberists. It was a low-key, rustic sort of folk ballad, with a music video that featured a bunch of aging hipsters… [more]

Capital Thoughts: All-New Captain America #3

As much as I find Remender’s recent storylines to be thought-provoking, Sam Wilson’s backstory is one long cliché: inner city youth, a community ravaged by drugs, his parents die; Sam then raises his siblings and… [more]

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, This Probably Would’ve Been Better: A Review of Aaron and Cassaday’s Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday has perhaps one of the best openings to a Star Wars comic ever. From that perfect blue font with those familiar opening words to the double-page… [more]

Grant Morrison’s Nameless #1

When a story, in any medium, is told using the “language of dreams,” that’s usually a signal for the author to take his or her hands off the narrative wheel and let the story spin… [more]

Elbow Spikes and Atlantis: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

Gamera gets gritty. And it is good. Surprisingly good. [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 16

Issue #18 “Hate Mail and Love Letters” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Mark Buckingham, Alfredo Alcala Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Elitta Fell Cover: Dave McKean As stated previously, The Fear Machine’s main focus is on dichotomies.… [more]

Harvey Pekar Tells the Michael Malice Story in Ego and Hubris

I’ve never read a comic book quite like Ego and Hubris: The Michael Malice Story. Like so much of Harvey Pekar’s work, it’s deceptively intellectual material presented in an underground comix style (art by Gary… [more]

Will Fame Spoil Stanley Kubrick?: On Seeing the Kubrick Exhibit

Southern: You have won ‘unreserved critical praise for a least three of your pictures. At 33 you have already directed one of the biggest pictures ever made. Will success spoil Stanley Kubrick? Kubrick: Fifth Amendment. [more]

Arrow Season 3 Episode 11 Review

“Midnight City” looks like the episode where all of the third season’s various parts finally snap into place. Arrow’s been plagued this year by a myriad of plots that have never cohered, and while many… [more]

Greetings, Starfighter: A Tribute and a Drinking Game

The Last Starfighter was released in the summer of 1984, which back then meant that in the winter of 1985, it was making the rounds on home video. It seemed like everyone I knew that… [more]

Bobcat Does Bigfoot: Willow Creek

Some preamble on Bobcat Goldthwait. I first heard of Bobcat when I read Filmcrithulk’s review of God Bless America. I quietly filed the director and his films away for later exploration. Then somewhere in there,… [more]

The Flash Season 1 Episode 11 Review

There’s something about “The Sound and the Fury” that just doesn’t work. Perhaps it’s that the villain never really sparks, or maybe it’s that the episode does plenty of teasing in regards to Dr. Wells’… [more]

Gotham Academy Midterm Report Card

Will Brooker: Gotham Academy got off to a good start, immediately making friends and mixing well. As a fresh new face in the DC Universe, it arrived in October with its big sister title, Batgirl… [more]

Amazon Killed the Comic-Book Store

Author’s Note: The following editorial is intended to highlight the ramifications of digital distribution, the overhead in producing printed comics, and what changes this could bring to the industry as brick and mortar publishing companies, including DC and Marvel, increasingly… [more]

Sex Criminals #10: Come Together

As I have probably mentioned before in discussing Sex Criminals, it’s not really about sex. Of, of course there’s a lot of sex in the comic, and that’s a major plot point, and it’s dealt… [more]

J.M. DeMatteis and His Neglected Contribution to the Revival of DC

“Has our world become so twisted, so violent, that this is the kind of hero we produce?” Lois Lane, in a different world, types on her computer a new story and reveals to the world… [more]

Sequart Releases The Future of Comics, the Future of Men: Matt Fraction’s Casanova

Sequart Organization is proud to announce the release of The Future of Comics, the Future of Men: Matt Fraction’s Casanova, authored by Geoff Klock (How to Read Superhero Comics and Why). Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá,… [more]

The Sixty-Seven Million Dollar Man*: (*Adjusted for Medical Inflation)

“It feels like a Six Million Dollar Man night tonight!  Who’s with me?” Those were the words that escaped my lips last Tuesday evening.  I still don’t know where they came from.  It wasn’t anything… [more]

Smorgasbord #11: Rage against The Dying and the Dead

Tom and Shawn are in it for long haul as they discuss a metric ton of news, including but not limited to the supposed end of the Marvel Universe, the resurrection of Milestone Media, Image… [more]