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Picture 10Yet Those Hands Will Never Hold Anything: Emiya Shirou as the Interactive Superhero of Fate/Stay Night (Part 2)

Continued from part one. At some point in the superhero trope, the hero has to start building on the foundation of their training and perfecting their powers. For Shirou, this results in the mangling of… [more]

Action 8Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #8

The issue begins inside the bottle city of Metropolis as Lex Luthor explains that he has no desire to be rescued by Superman and then tries rationalizing his alliance with the Collector as a plan… [more]

Ender's Game posterWhy I’m (Proudly, this Time) Boycotting Orson Scott Card

Having weighed in on the Orson Scott Card controversy earlier this year, when he was hired to write Superman, I feel compelled to weigh in now that he’s issued his non-apology apology. The controversy earlier… [more]

Sandman_Vol_2_39Sandman’s Soft Places: Travelogue Through the Dreaming

Corporeality is overrated in the comic book multiverse. Grant Morrison’s theoretical conceptualizations of the infinite reality have interwoven themselves through the vein of modern storytelling, but Gaiman’s play on this concept is also well documented… [more]

swampthing49“The Summoning”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing #49

Swamp Thing #49 “The Summoning” Cover date: June 1986. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Stan Woch and Alfredo Alcala. Editor: Karen Berger. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza This issue opens with a recap of the… [more]

by Simon Bisley“It’s A Rare Thing to be Ordinary These Days”: Shameless? Part 18

Continued from last week. In fact, it’s more than possible that Morrison actually had a considerable influence upon the format of Zenith: Tales of the Alternative Earths. Four years previously, he’d written his own series of… [more]

San Diego Comic-Con logoSequart’s 2013 San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Sequart is proud to announce its 2013 San Diego Comic-Con panel, Sequart: Advancing Comics as Art.

Miracleman #3, chapter 9, page 3Miracleman, Chapter 9: The Avoidance of Liz Moran

We’ve begun discussing chapter nine of Alan Moore’s Miracleman (parts 1, 2, 3, and 4), illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter.

Picture 0Yet Those Hands Will Never Hold Anything: Emiya Shirou as the Interactive Superhero of Fate/Stay Night (Part 1)

The super-hero genre is something that has not only cross-pollinated into different media, but has–in itself–been subject to a considerable amount of scrutiny. Superheroes have been changed into gritty, horrifyingly realistic beings by the Revisionism… [more]

Walking_Dead_2_featureThe Garden and the Wilderness: Walking Dead #7-12

The second arc of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead follows Rick Grimes and his group of survivors dealing with the ramifications of being forced from the sanctuary of their roadside camp site and back into the… [more]

Dexter #1Not Your Television’s Dexter: On Dexter #1, from Marvel Comics

Dexter #1 Writer: Jeff Lindsay. Art: Dalibor Talajic. Cover: Michael del Mundo. Variant cover #1: Dalibor Talajic. Variant cover #2: Ive Svorcina. Publisher: Marvel Comics. I’m a sucker for serial killers. They’re my guilty pleasure. I… [more]

1Tyrant Issue Two: Blood and Berries

The second issue of Tyrant starts on a more introspective note than the first. Steve Bissette opens the story with a quote from Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Vertigo: Somewhere in here I was born, and there I… [more]

206851986: D.P.7 — Reality Vs. Fantasy

The previous installment recounted how in the landmark year of 1986, Marvel and editor in chief Jim Shooter introduced the New Universe, a new fictional reality, that was intended to be a more realistic setting… [more]

scan1From The Saviour to Judge Dredd and Zenith: Shameless? Part 17

Continued from last week. For a brief moment in early 1990, Millar’s career appeared to be unambiguously prospering. As of May, Trident had, in addition to The Saviour, added Millar’s The Shadowmen to their schedule. Though… [more]

Animal Man Vol. 1 #1The Complete Story of Animal Man

As the Continuity Pages continue to grow, the pages for Animal Man have been completed, comprising a guided tour of all 125 Animal Man-centric issues that DC has ever published, along with every collected edition.… [more]

CAP08COVCaptain America #8 Review

Captain America #8 Written by Rick Remender Art by John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson & Scott Hanna Colors by Dean White Published by Marvel Comics Rating: 9 (of 10) SPOILERS! Captain America should be dead.… [more]

JackKirby_selfpWhere Are All the Jack Kirby-Inspired Films or Television Shows?

Jack Kirby is seen by comic readers as one of the most creative, recognizable and iconic creators of our time, influencing not only the medium of comics but also work that has inspired music, art… [more]

Action 7Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #7

After a two issue break, Superman is back to battle the Collector of Worlds and save Metropolis. Strapping an oxygen tank to his back, Superman is going to leap into space to reach the Collector… [more]

san1The Old World: Comics and Cultural Reclamation in Sandman #38

Worthy expressions of folk myth are few and far between in the mainstream media, but persist as the most iconic means of contemporary storytelling. At the conclusion of A Game Of You, Gaiman introduces a… [more]

Swamp_Thing_Vol_2_48“A Murder of Crows”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing #48

Swamp Thing #48 “A Murder of Crows” Cover date: May 1986. Writer: Alan Moore. Artist: John Totleben. Editor: Karen Berger. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. We are off to an atmospheric start in this… [more]

scan1“Celibacy Being Such a Drag”: Shameless? Part 16

Continued from last week. It often appears that Millar is determined to deny any interpretation of his work that he doesn’t approve of. Yet as we’ve discussed, he repeatedly fails to produce comics whose political content… [more]

The Man of Steel (2013)Why Opposing “Dark Realism” is a Straw Man Argument

For years now, I’ve heard people complain about how it’s time that super-heroes weren’t so dark and realistic. I’ve heard this relentlessly about super-hero comics, but I’ve also heard it about super-hero movies. Most recently,… [more]

movies-man-of-steel-henry-cavillThe Man of Steel Lacks Heart, Brain, Courage

It’s been two days since I saw Man of Steel and I haven’t stopped talking about it. Wait, let me revise that. It’s been two days since I saw Man of Steel and I haven’t… [more]

unchained_coverReview: Superman Unchained #1

Superman Unchained #1 Written by Scott Snyder Art by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair Letters by Sal Cipriano Published by DC Comics Review by Markisan Naso Rating: 6 (of 10) SPOILERS! When I… [more]

Livewires 3Future Progressive, Past Regressive: Livewires

Adam Warren’s Livewires is Perfection. This is not a word I use lightly, especially when the thing involved is a one-off project by a person who is often considered a not-very-major-creator[1] ™ but Livewires: Clockwork… [more]