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Frontispiece_to_Frankenstein_1831ZomBeing and Nothingness: Part 1

“A Zombie movie that never ends” Like a lot of people, I love reading The Walking Dead and I’m not always sure why. Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Tony Moore’s book is ludicrously successful, not… [more]

C2You Can Keep Snyder’s Wonder Woman; I’ll Just Watch Buffy

A comment I often see among fans of superhero movies is “Why can’t they make one with a female lead!?” or often simply, “Why can’t they make a Wonder Woman movie?” The answer is complicated.… [more]

444333-shi_heaven_and_earth_4_00bBrian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Shi: Heaven and Earth Volume 1 #4

On Christmas Day 2013, my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was… [more]

12975-2665-14550-1-omacOh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Four

“Man, that cover scared the shit out of me when I was a kid!” You have no idea how many times I’ve heard or read various iterations of that same statement made in regards to… [more]

wonder womanIs Having No Wonder Woman Movie Better than Having a Bad One?

A recent clip of Fox Newsbots prattling on about superheroes without any tangible connection to reality has been making the rounds this week, just as has happened many times before. Among the many idiotic things… [more]

killingthemsoftly2014-09-11-21h08m30s147On The Act of Killing

I suspect The Act of Killing is going to be eternally seared into my memory. Anwar Congo’s smiling face isn’t going fade soon. The last article I wrote I included this quote from Russian director… [more]

Wonder Woman_9Overcoming the Status Quo: Wonder Woman, Superheroes, and the American Criminal Justice System (Part 3)

In this three-part series, I explore where superheroes fit into popular conceptions of criminal justice in the United States, and the potential for Wonder Woman to help improve those conceptions. In Part 1, I looked… [more]

from Swamp Thing #152, by Millar, Hester, DeMulder et al.“Her Deepest, Hidden Secrets”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 36

Continued from last week. As so often before, Murder In The Dark saw Millar indulging in two of his greatest fascinations: body horror at the expense of helpless female victims and the tradition and dogma… [more]

Colloquium with CW CookeColloquium #8: Orange is the New Cape — CW Cooke on Solitary

Markisan interviews CW Cooke on Solitary, his upcoming superhero prison drama from Devil’s Due Entertainment. CW talks about the challenges of working on a creator-owned indie series, the politics of prison, what makes the mixture… [more]

Chapter 4 page 32Delivering the 20th Century, Part 2: Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell

Last week’s column looked at the origins of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell.  This week it’s time to dive into some of the highlights from the first half of the book. The Prologue,… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #2: The Ubiquitous Charles Soule

Welcome to the Smorgasbord Podcast, where Tom Shapira (Curing the Postmodern Blues) and Shawn Edri talk about little of everything comics related. In this episode we talk possible new live-action superhero shows, the new novel… [more]

2001-a-space-odysseyWhat Makes a Great Movie?

Ever wondered how I would define a great movie? No. Um… Maybe give this a read anyways? I explain how I would define a great movie, if you couldn’t guess. [more]

catwoman-sexThe Politics of Batman, Part 4: Sex, Sexism, and the Dark Knight

[Note: The following is reprinted from the book War, Politics and Superheroes] One of the main problems Batman has had from the outset of his career as Feudal Lord crime fighter is that he cannot… [more]

Death GripsDeath Grips: Niggas on the Moon

Throughout their three year history, Death Grips thrived on confrontation. Their first record, 2011′s ExMillitary, was a messy, puzzling, and delightfully primal stew of industrial rap, featuring what sounded like a shouting hobo plastered on… [more]

revival-575Revival Interview with Mike Norton and Tim Seeley at Boston Comic Con 2014

Nick Ford: I’m Nick Ford at Boston Comic Con and I’m here with Tim Seeley and Mike Norton of Revival, which is a comic for Image. Tell me a little about yourselves as comic creators and… [more]

9099Manifest Destiny #10: Enhanced Solutions

In the afterward for issue #10 if Manifest Destiny, Chris Dingess writes that the men on the boat are becoming a genuine threat to the monsters they encounter, rather than the other way around. That’s… [more]

image 1Laugh it Up: Two Perspectives on Humor in Guardians of the Galaxy

Part I “The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall… [more]

f3e46584dd18ebe7-CRS_Day_three_SusanMarieDavis0125Failing to Defend Anita Sarkeesian

Can you debate a critic of Anita Sarkeesian? Is discussion even possible on the topic? As a casual fan of Sarkeesian and her well-constructed, well-argued, and entertaining Feminist Frequency videos, I’ve been appalled to read… [more]

2014-The-Roosevelts-An-Intimate-HistoryKen Burns’ The Roosevelts

Ken Burns, over the course of a 35 year career, has made himself into a brand name. Apple even included a feature on their early iPods in which album covers would appear in slow, graceful… [more]

erBrian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Ms. Mystic Deathwatch 2000 Volume 1 #3

This Christmas my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was a time… [more]

Wonder Woman_5Overcoming the Status Quo: Wonder Woman, Superheroes, and the American Criminal Justice System (Part 2)

In this three-part series, I explore where superheroes fit into popular conceptions of criminal justice in the United States, and the potential for Wonder Woman to help improve those conceptions. Last week, I looked at… [more]

killingthemsoftly2014-09-08-16h11m16s226I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Okay: Chan-wook Park Gets Weird

So Chan-wook Park made a sort-of-romantic comedy. It’s twisted and hypnotic and experimental. Plus it has robots and Korean pop-stars. [more]

pic6FLegitimizing a Hero: Green Arrow’s Rocky Journey to Success

In the last two years we have seen a sudden rise of popularity of what, at one time, could have been considered fringe heroes: heroes that had a fan base but for some reason couldn’t… [more]

from Swamp Thing #153, by Millar, Hester et al.“Do You Remember Earth Two or Earth X?”: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 35

Continued from last week. Though Millar’s River Run tales are rarely anything other than predictable, they’re also undeniably focused, purposeful and enthusiastically told. Even when he’s sketching out the inevitably baleful career of a psychopathic… [more]

killingthemsoftly2014-09-08-10h41m21s174The Host: An Amazing Monster Movie

After watching some Korean movies and a monster movie I thought I’d watch a much-love Korean monster movie! It’s awesome because it’s a monster movie about how much the government sucks. [more]