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Seed Catalogues: A Consideration of the Encyclopedic Comic Book

When my son was much younger, we visited his classroom one evening, to meet his teachers and to see the work he had produced over the course of the year.  As he showed me around… [more]

Six Reasons Why the Kingkiller Chronicle is the Next Game of Thrones

Everyone knows about Game of Thrones – seriously, everyone. Fantasy fiction fans can gloat that they’ve known about it since 1996, when George R. R. Martin published the first Thrones novel. The HBO series has… [more]

Manga Make-Up Hits U.S.

It’s sadly rare that we have an occasion to talk about make-up on Sequart. But then, it’s rare that a brand as big as l’Oréal Paris has a line named after comics.

Killing the Planet: The American Superhero Comics of Mark Millar, Part 22

Continued from last week. Those first four issues of Swamp Thing by Morrison and Millar set the template for the rest of the series. The pretence of an everything-you-know-is-wrong reboot was swiftly abandoned, and “Alec… [more]

Women in Super-Hero Movies: We Still Have a Long Way to Go

I was watching Tomb Raider last night, and while I love Angelina Jolie and the movie, there is one scene that makes me absolutely crazy at the beginning: Angelina Jolie’s character, Lara Croft takes a… [more]

Last Week Tonight is Mandatory Viewing

When Last Week Tonight was announced, given John Oliver’s past work as a fill-in host and a correspondent for The Daily Show, it was easy to see Last Week Tonight as a Daily Show clone… only aired… [more]

Sequart Releases When Manga Came to America: Super-Hero Revisionism in Mai, the Psychic Girl

Sequart Organization is proud to announce the release of When Manga Came to America: Super-Hero Revisionism in Mai, the Psychic Girl, by Julian Darius. The first manga widely available in English, Mai, the Psychic Girl — written… [more]

Not Your Father’s Classics Illustrated

“Who’s there?” It’s the opening line of William Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet, and it’s also one of the most important.  Like all great opening lines, “Who’s there?” sets the tone for the entire story. … [more]

Green Lantern: How Not to Write a Comic Book Movie Supervillain

Green Lantern has gotten a bad rap. Critics like to point out that if a DC movie doesn’t have Batman or Superman, it doesn’t work. Some blame Ryan Reynolds as being miscast. Some say Martin… [more]

Julian Darius Surpasses One Million Words on Sequart.org

In a first for our site, founder Julian Darius’s Sequart.org word count has surpassed one million words! Add to that the books he’s written for Sequart, the pieces he’s contributed to our essay anthologies, and any… [more]

James Bond’s Scrambled Eggs Recipe and Ian Fleming’s Quirks

The James Bond films are, in many ways, fairly weird and offensive to notions of good taste, political correctness, and plausible storytelling, but many of us are used to their excesses and enjoy them as… [more]

X-Men: To the Outback & Beyond… Part 8

Writer: Chris Claremont Penciler: Marc Silvestri Inker: Dan Green Colorist: Petra Scotese Letter: Tom Orzechowski Editor: Bob Harras With this issue, Marc Silvestri is back on pencil duty along with Dan Green on inks.  In… [more]

Mark Waid’s Doctor Spektor, Master of the Occult #1

[Mild spoilers ahead.] Mark Waid’s new reboot of the Gold Key classic Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult brings the right level of goofy fun to a title that has languished in the margins of… [more]

Trailer Park Boys Live in Fuckin’ Dublin Review

I should confess a slight conflict (or confluence?) of interest when writing about Trailer Park Boys. Not only did I grow up in Nova Scotia, I hail from the exact community (Dartmouth/Cole Harbour) in which… [more]

The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier: A Review

A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous “Beacon Hill Butcher” was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and… [more]

Buffy: Turbulence

From issues #32-40, the climax of Buffy Season 8 plays out on an epic scale. We have yet to have a visit from Spike and Angel, for example, and they’ll both make appearances as circumstances… [more]

Banned Books Week 2014 Features Comics

This year for Banned Books Week, always an important week for libraries and literature awareness, the focus will be on comics. By encouraging people to choose and read a book that has been challenged, somewhere… [more]

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes: An Amazing Science-Fiction Film

The Planet of the Apes series handily proves its superiority with this awesome movie. [more]

Fighting for Control: Present Masculine and Feminine Emotion in X-Men: Days of Future Past

I very much enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Even with its flaws, who can complain about that ending, or the post-credits scene? Hands down, my favorite element of the film, outside of the ending,… [more]

An Unknown Soldier in an Unknown War: Joshua Dysart’s Unknown Soldier #4

Joshua Dysart explores the “eye-for-an-eye” model often used against violent “terror” groups in Africa and the Middle East in this issue of the Unknown Soldier #4. [more]

Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Suicide Squad Volume 1 #26

Last 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]

Endings & Beginnings: A Review of Nightwing #30

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Bryan Cranston Calls Breaking Bad Finale into Question

In an interview with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN, Bryan Cranston has called the ending of Breaking Bad into question. Needless to say, this has spoilers for those who haven’t finished watching the show. If you’ve… [more]

X-Men: Days of Future Past is Just Okay

Which still makes it better than a lot of the franchise. [more]

Serenity, Leaves on the Wind #5: Love Keeps Them Flying

[This review contains minor spoilage. It’s a bit spoiler-y. (I feel obliged to put it in Whedonesque terms.)] Issue #5 of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind has a distinctly Whedon voice. I mean that in… [more]