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Rat Queens Special - Braga 01 (2015) (Digital-Empire).cbr - Page 1A Very Special Rat Queens

The latest issue of Rat Queens isn’t the logical next story in the series (that’s coming later in issue #9), but rather a diversion to explore one particular character, Braga the Orc. Part of the… [more]

TrippingSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 13

Issue #15 “Shepherd’s Warning” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Buckingham Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Elitta Fell Cover: Dave McKean Throughout Hellblazer, Constantine remarks how weirdness is attracted to him, how no matter… [more]

Inherent-Vice-Joaquin-PhoenixInherent Vice: Another American Masterpiece

Paul Thomas Anderson has been a director to watch, one of the true giants of the modern American cinema, for almost 20 years now. After hitting the big time with 1997’s Boogie Nights and 1999’s… [more]

Darrien HuntCops and Cosplayers: Two Minorities in Conflict

In the last year, cops have killed average citizens, black, white, and otherwise. How many? No idea. Sadly, a Facebook bot page is likely the best count available. In the last year, average citizens have… [more]

All-New Cap  Cover #2Capital Thoughts: All-New Captain America #2

Karl Marx, writing on the Anglo-French wars, observed that history repeats itself, first in tragedy then in farce.  His example was Napoleon, a man defeated by the combined armies of the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Hanover,… [more]

400px-Star_Wars_Marvel_2015The Top 10 New & Returning Comics to Read in 2015

2014 was a stunning year for comics. Between the debut and rapid success of many creator-owned series to superhero comics finally growing in big ways, comics are only getting even better. 2015 seems to be… [more]

Michael ChabonThe Amazing Adventures of “Stan” and “Jack”: Michael Chabon’s “Citizen Conn”

A couple of years ago, Michael Chabon gave a reading at our local library.  He was promoting a new novel, Telegraph Avenue, and the auditorium was packed.  Given my academic background, I’ve had to attend… [more]

and-the-oscar-goes-to-could-birdman-be-the-first-superhero-movie-nominated-for-best-picture“I’m Birdman”

Probably the only truly disappointing thing about Alejandro Innaritu’s Birdman is that we don’t actually get to hear Michael Keaton say, in that oft-imitated voice, “I’m Birdman.” Other than that, this is a technical tour-de-force… [more]

1000x1000Opeth’s Still Life: A Review

Despite Opeth’s relative popularity, they always seem to avoid widespread recognition when it comes to the modern progressive rock/metal scene in particular, often playing second fiddle to genre heavyweights such as Tool and Porcupine Tree.… [more]

Sean Connery: the prototypical James Bond007 at 53: Dr. No (1962)

Beginning this week (and leading all the way up to Sam Mendes’s Spectre), I’m starting a run of James Bond retro reviews, looking back at the many cinematic exploits of Ian Fleming’s unflappable super-spy. So let’s start at… [more]

wankerPortraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part One: Introduction

Maybe it was something in the water—or something in the air—or just something floating around in the larger cultural zeitgeist of the time—but whatever the reason behind it all may have been, from the late… [more]

charlie-hebdoJe Suis Charlie

Editor’s Note: Due to some confusion from early reports, the article stated that Hamyd Mourad, brother-in-law to the Kouachi brothers, was the getaway driver for the brothers. He was in no way involved. He turned… [more]

Patreon logoSequart Organization is on Patreon

Sequart Organization has launched a Patreon fundraising campaign. Comics and popular culture get more respect today than ever before. Yet they still lack a culture of smart criticism, and few are taking them seriously as legitimate… [more]

Issue 14 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 12

Issue #14 “Touching the Earth” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Buckingham Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Elitta Fell Cover: Dave McKean Fear is a powerful thing. Scientifically, it is an emotion brought upon… [more]

WhiplashimgWhiplash: Faster, and More Intense

Like Foxcatcher, Whiplash is also a film about power relationships between men, particularly older men and younger men. But there, the comparison ends. Where Foxcatcher is measured, graceful, distanced, studied, Whiplash is a tightly wound… [more]

X-Men Days of Future Past- Young CharlesX-Men Franchise: A Spoiled Opportunity? Part 2

The two films that birthed the popularity of modern superhero films were Spider-Man and X-Men[i]. The two films were massive successes and demonstrated that there was interest in superhero films. The two films also were… [more]

TopShelfLogoIDW Publishing Acquires Top Shelf

Big news in the business side of comics: IDW has acquired Top Shelf Productions. Based in Georgia, this relatively small comics label has been responsible for some of the classiest and most high-quality releases in… [more]

IMG_2959Sharks, Superheroes, and the End of the Showa Era

In which I review two Gamera movies, involving underwater fire breathing, superheroes, Star Destroyers, and more! [more]

The-Raid-2-posterTop 10 Films of 2014

2014 was a very good year for film, featuring an impressive balance of quality blockbusters and indie marvels. I saw a lot of movies this year, but of course I didn’t see every single one.… [more]

deep-dark-fears-comic-illustrations-fran-krause-27__605Illustrator Fran Krause Shows Us Our Fears

We’re all afraid of something, and we can gussy it up however we want with the most intelligent and elaborate horror movies or books out there, but ultimately our fears seem to come down to… [more]

Onlygod2014-11-07-23h14m24s73Where True Detective Meets Community: Character Based Meta Examinations

True Detective was an amazing show. Brilliantly thematically driven, fabulously shot, and incredibly acted. It was filled with top-of-the-line craft across the board. There’s so much to learn from that show, but one of the… [more]

Young Frank MillerFrank Miller’s Daredevil Saga, Part 1: Introduction

Introduction Few writer/artists have been able to leave such an impact on a character that it has forever transformed comics after. Frank Miller was able to breathe life and vitality to characters that had been… [more]

The_Fountain_graphic_novelThe Fountain Comic Book: Many Roads to the Same Summit

The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky’s heartfelt sci fi masterwork, had a difficult road to the screen. This story is fairly well known: by 2002, he had written and designed the film, hired actors and started building… [more]

The-Hobbit-SmaugWhy Does it Hurt So Much: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

“These bats are bred for one thing only. . . WAR.” [more]

Forever, posterSuperheroes in the Autopsy Room or: How a TV Star Tried to Save my Life

As I write this week’s column, it’s New Year’s Day—that one magical holiday when most of us sit around following a week of indulgences and resolve to do all manner of great things.  It’s one… [more]