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Smoragsbord #6: #Doom

Crossover season is once again upon us, here Shawn and Tom try and grapple with DC’s Convergence event and Marvel’s brewing Secret Wars and come up with mostly headache and confusion. Also: the frankly bizarre declaration about… [more]

Superman Goes to the Symphony: Michael Daugherty’s The Metropolis Symphony

One of the old adages about writing says that you should write the thing that scares you—so here goes.  For this week’s column, I want to take a look at a piece of classical music. … [more]

There’s Always Music in the Air: Pure Experience and the Philosophical Appeal of Twin Peaks

The recent announcement –following some cryptic tweets– that Mark Frost and David Lynch will be resurrecting their cult TV hit Twin Peaks predictably caused a firestorm of speculation and excitement. The vocal enthusiasm about the… [more]

Arrow Season 3 Episode 6 Review

One of the issues that Arrow can sometimes struggle with is in adequately developing its one-off characters. This week that means the man attempting to frame Ted Grant, his vigilante ex-sidekick Isaac, comes off as… [more]

Only God Forgives: A Freudian Nightmare

Come read my 100th article for Sequart. WOOP! [more]

FURY and the Horrors of War Spectacle

There is much dispute over the relationship between war and film. Considering horrific realism versus the need for action spectacle, FURY is ambiguously caught in the middle. Safe to say, however, Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman,… [more]

Colour in The Fountain: Majestic and Artful Sci-Fi

The Fountain, Darren Aronokfsky’s 2006 science fiction masterpiece, is a true piece of cinematic art. It deals with weighty themes of love, death and the meaning of life, and it does so with a carefully… [more]

The Flash Season 1 Episode 5 Review

One of the hardest things for a TV series to do over the long run is to remain consistently inventive and exciting. Particularly in the American network model of television where most series are turning… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 4

Issue #5 “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” Writer: Jamie Delano; Art: John Ridgeway; Colors: Lovern Kindzierski; Letters: Todd Klei; Cover: Dave McKean “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” marks the first issue of the series that… [more]

The Super-Heroics of Frank Miller and Alan Moore, Part 2

Prime-Era Superheroes After a falling out with British Comics publishers, Alan Moore began working with DC Comics writing the horror-book Swamp Thing. Most of Swamp Thing avoided utilization of most superheroes sans some supernatural characters.… [more]

Heavy Metal: A Review of Deathlok #1

Since making his first appearance in the mid-seventies, Deathlok has always been around the periphery of the Marvel Universe. He would pop-up every now and then, guest-starring in one book or another, then going away… [more]

“Too Many Cooks” is a Sublime Postmodern Masterpiece

One part parody, one part biting metafiction, “Too Many Cooks” is a sublime postmodern masterpiece. It’s an 11-minute special that aired on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network at night, if you really don’t know). Adult Swim… [more]

Rising Tensions: Legend of Korra: Book 4 “Enemy at the Gates” Review

Warning: Episode Spoilers Ahead. If you are not caught up on the Legend of Korra, it is highly recommended that you avoid reading this review. Another week, another great episode of the Legend of Korra!… [more]

Frank Miller’s RoboCop: A Retrospective Review

I have to give it a hand to the Avatar people for pushing for Frank Miller’s original RoboCop 2 script to be adapted onto the comics’ page. The story of RoboCop 2 is always fascinating,… [more]

Arrow Season Three, Episode 5 Review

“The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” isn’t necessarily the best hour of Arrow, in fact it’s a pretty decent representation of the ways that the show can rely on too obvious plotting in its villain-of-the-week… [more]

“It Would Have Made a Great Comic”: On Skrull Kill Krew #1-5 (The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 43)

Continued from last week. Yet whatever its strengths, Morrison and Millar’s 2099 proposal went to waste, with a far less sweeping and less nostalgic series of changes being introduced instead. As part of the ongoing… [more]

Interstellar Wows While Asking Big Questions

Probably no director in the world successfully combines intelligence and artistic ambition with commercial success the way Christopher Nolan does. His movies often orbit around exactly the kind of high concepts Hollywood hates because they can’t… [more]

The Original Science-Fiction Hero, Part 2: Buck Rogers and the Art of the Reboot

In last week’s column, I wrote about the original novella from Amazing Stories that first introduced Buck Rogers.  This week I want to look at two recent attempts to reboot the character. Whenever I talk… [more]

Little Nemo – Dream Another Dream

Locust Moon’s upcoming book Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream is not simply a tribute to Winsor McCay, it’s a showcase for some of the most creative comics art being made today and a wonderfully imaginative… [more]

When Marvel Comics Adapted Blade Runner

One of the most interesting movie adaptations published in Marvel Super Special was the adaptation of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner (Marvel Super Special #22, Sept 1982). The comic-book version was written by Archie… [more]

Analysis of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Part One

PREAMBLE Some time ago I decided to watch through and analyze the skeletal filmography of Andrew Dominik, watching through all three of his movies in the order in which he made them. After starting with… [more]

DOOMBOY: A Review

DOOMBOY Written and Illustrated by Tony Sandoval Published by Magnetic Press Rating: 8.5 (of 10) “This story of a boy moved to create awe-inspiring axe tributes to his lost love is a compelling read by… [more]

Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed and Reconstructed, Part Seven

Wow, the cover text sure promises a lot this time around, doesn’t it? “Movies In Which We Live!,” ”Parents Picked By Computer!,” and finally—“A Task Force Of–A Hundred-Thousand Foes!” How, exactly, are you supposed to… [more]

When Blade Runner Mixed with James Bond

In 1977, Marvel Comics launched Marvel Super Special (officially titled Marvel Comics Super Special for its first four issues). Long before graphic novels became routine, Marvel Super Special offered magazine-size graphic novellas, generally containing a… [more]

Sifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 3

Issue #4 “Waiting for the Man” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: John Ridgeway Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Annie Halfacree It’s said that a comic book character is only as memorable as its supporting cast. Villains, family,… [more]