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star-trek-posterA Defence of Star Trek The Motion Picture

I don’t like to rank art, instinctively. This isn’t a sport, and it’s not about ringing all the bells and checking off all the boxes. So, when people ask me to rank the Star Trek… [more]

Babylon5_GaribaldiRace, Racism, and Italian-American Crimefighters, Part 1: Columbo, the Untouchables, and Joe Pistone

This article appeared originally in the anthology Pimps, Wimps, Studs, Thugs, and Gentlemen (2009), edited by Elwood Watson. I’m reprinting it here because I believe it has things to say about Italian-Americans, law enforcement, and… [more]

from 2003's Ultimates #12, by Millar, Hitch et al.Unashamed: In Which Concluding Remarks are Made and a Book is Announced, Shameless? The Superhero Tales of Mark Millar

I hate to break a promise, even if it’s made to no-one but myself. Yet things have changed since I typed “to be continued” at the foot of the last section of Shameless? to be… [more]

Colloquium #11Colloquium #11: Kill Things for a Living — Kurtis J. Wiebe on Rat Queens

Markisan interviews Kurtis J. Wiebe on Rat Queens. Kurtis talks about how the series breaks down social barriers, whether or not there will be lineup changes, goblin punk bands, and where the Rat Queens would… [more]

angel_aSensual Female Guardian Angels: Luc Besson’s Early Films, Part 1

In traditional Roman Catholic doctrine, God is represented as a masculine Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) that leaves little room for a feminized vision of either the Creator God or… [more]

worldsgreatestdadA Brilliant Black Comedy: World’s Greatest Dad

An amazingly disturbing, pitch-black comedy starring Robin Williams. If you like your comedy cringe-inducing and horrifyingly bleak this amazing movie is for you. [more]

Judenhass, Cover by Dave SimWriting the Collective Page: Dave Sim, Judenhass, and Tolerating Injustice

When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made… [more]

articlethumb“A Perfectly Finished Work of Art Right Where I Am Sitting Now.”: Cosmic Trigger -The Play

A fair few of you may not have heard of Robert Anton Wilson. This is tragic. A fair few of you may have heard of people influenced by Robert Anton Wilson. This is not so… [more]

IMAGE 6Outside Comic-cons

I have not been going to Comic-Cons for a long time, but I am passionate about comic books. When I first decided to go to my city’s Comiccon (Montréal), I did not really know what… [more]

FLASH VS. ARROWThe Flash Season 1 Episode 8 Review

One of the exciting things about bringing two superheroes together is seeing how they interact with one another. Most of the big, marquee heroes have their own distinct outlook on the world; Superman is optimistic,… [more]

35599bd80c4a4451c4c0f83d2b982f97Arrow Season 3 Episode 8 Review

One of the things that the creative teams of Arrow and The Flash truly excel at is understanding the inherent appeal of superhero stories. The writers on the shows just get why so many people… [more]

Saturday-1st-Ms-Marvel-Kamala-Khan-2The Tribes of Fans: How Tribalism is Pulling Comics in the Wrong Direction

We have reached an interesting (and exciting) point in comics history.  For the first time in, well, ever, women are almost neck in neck for comic book readership.  This year there was even market research… [more]

Augustus upset about Julia's whorishnessI, Claudius: Waiting in the Wings Review

After an extended length episode that introduced us to the Imperial Family, we are treated to Claudius appearing the main storyline as a character. But this time he is portrayed by Ashley Knight, who does… [more]

Happy BirthdaySifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 7

Issue #8 “Intensive Care” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: John Ridgeway Inks: Alfredo Alcala Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: John Costanza Cover: Dave McKean Although the series is still very early on, the characterization of Constantine has… [more]

Miracleman- UtopiaThe Super-Heroics of Frank Miller and Alan Moore, Part 5

Optimism Ultimately, there are two types of stories: tragedies and comedies. There are no inherent requirements for tragedies or comedies. In the days of Shakespeare tragedies ended with death and comedies ended with weddings. But… [more]

ambersonspic3The Magnificent Ambersons: The Film That Made Orson Welles Cry

“In those days they had time for everything. Time for sleigh rides…” And so begins, in a haze of warm nostalgia and gentle humour, Orson Welles’ most maddening and controversial film, The Magnificent Ambersons. Viewed… [more]

48402c514f4e4737c7738cf56d2dbbb6The Flash Season 1 Episode 7 Review

“Power Outage” is an ambitious episode of television; it’s filled with ideas, themes, and plots. All of which is nice to see, both in that it demonstrates the heights that the creative team is reaching… [more]

Grimm Cover ArtReview: The Mythology of Grimm: The Fairy Tale and Folklore Roots of the Popular TV Show by Nathan Robert Brown

This work is a must read for any fan of the NBC series Grimm, which recently began fourth season with all the timeliness of a series that started shortly before the bicentennary of the brothers’… [more]

coverJorge Borges in Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol #22, A Companion Reader

One final look at the intertextual themes in the first four issues of Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol (#19 to #22). [more]

articlethumb“The Characters Remain Unaware of My Scrutiny, but Their Thoughts are Transparent”: The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1

Whether he explicitly stated it or not Pax Americana is to be Grant Morrison’s Watchmen Redux. Of course it is so much more than this as well. During the initial drafting of this article Pax… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #7: Rats, Ducks, and Angry Birds

In this episode, Shawn and Tom cover a rather large bunch of news including Roc Upchurch’s removal from Rat Queens, the new Howard the Duck title (and whether or not Steve Gerber is spinning in his grave),… [more]

The Multiversity Pax AmericanaGrant Morrison, Watchmen, and the Art of the Polemic

In order to criticize a movie, you have to make another movie. —Jean-Luc Godard A few years ago I stopped reading monthly comic books.  It wasn’t an ideological decision—just a reader’s.  Most of the comics… [more]

twisted-dark-volume-1Twisted Dark #1: A Long Days Journey Into Personal Hells

Twisted Dark is a haunting collection of 12 stories, all with a spin on darker subjects.  No super powers.  No aliens.  No trans-dimensional beings.  Neil Gibson and the artists (each story has a different artist)… [more]

Outre3_xenophobia-1-copy-520x314Review: OUTRÉ #3 – Xenophobia

Recently, I finished a new indie anthology called Outre. This anthology is unique in structure as it doesn’t focus on genre, but on theme. The issue I read was #3 and its theme was xenophobia.… [more]

Ben-Kingsley-as-the-Mandarin-in-Iron-Man-3Our Feature Presentation: How Superhero Films Have Changed Trailers

What’s the perfect kind of pleasure? Oscar Wilde quipped that a cigarette is most exquisite due to its leaving one unsatisfied afterwards. The having of it immediately leads to wanting another. Now Hollywood has taken… [more]