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st35a“The Nukeface Papers”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing Issues #35 and #36

Swamp Thing #35 “The Nukeface Papers Part One” Cover date: April 1985. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. Editor: Karen Berger. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza.

scan1On the Romantically Disengaged Doctor Strange (Part 6)

As with friendship, so with romance. Love, or at least lovelornness, tended to ground Marvel’s superheroes in a version of mundane reality that reflected the world-view of young boys just learning to recognise both longing… [more]

OscarOscar Math: The Avengers + The Dark Knight Rises = One Nomination

I managed to catch most of the live stream of the Academy Award nominations the other day, and I wasn’t surprised by the list of nominees in each category.

page from DC One Million #4On DC One Million, by Grant Morrison and Val Semeiks (Part 3)

In which we continue our discussion of DC One Million, begun here and continued here. Above Earth, Green Lantern has joined the heroes fighting a losing battle against Solaris. Solaris isn’t prepared for Green Lantern’s ring, and… [more]

AAcovArcher and Armstrong Review

While all of Valiant’s comics are wonderful and imaginative stories, within their central premise there is a small piece that seems like it came from somewhere else.

SUPSM2013001_02Critiquing the Superior Spider-Man Design

While we’re on the subject of Spider-Man character designs and concepts, let’s talk about this Superior Spider-Man thing for a second. This is the Marvel NOW! refresh of the Spider-Man line, which switched from Amazing… [more]

Comic Book Classroom_0Changing Attitudes to Comics in the Classroom

There is no shortage of curriculum experts who have weighed in on the growing impact of comics in the K-12 classroom.

Youngblood 1Sharpening the Image: Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood, the Man and the Comic that Started It All (Part 4)

Part Four: Final Thoughts

scan3On the Entirely Uncomplaining, Yet Distinctly Overworked Doctor Strange (Part 5)

It seems hard not to believe that Strange was deliberately making himself and his mission known to the world in a somewhat indirect and yet undeniably insistent way.

DC One Million #3On DC One Million, by Grant Morrison and Val Semeiks (Part 2)

In which we continue our discussion of DC One Million, begun here. As issue #2 opens, the present-day narrative has caught up with the Montevideo explosion. The Justice Legion A, infected with the virus, joins… [more]

dragongraphicnovel1[1]The Girl Who Was Let Down: Examining Volume I of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel Adaptation

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has become a very recognized international brand. It started when a Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson wrote a few manuscripts that he intended to get published. It’s said that he… [more]

Ultimate Ock and GoblinA New Look for Doc Ock and Gobby

For the most part, I’m not a very big fan of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series.

Flash_Thompson_US_01Why Flash Thompson was the Top Character of 2012

If you had told me last year that Flash Thompson would be on my list of favorite comic characters by the end of 2012 I would have told you,

st34c“Rite of Spring”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing Issue #34

Swamp Thing #34 “Rite of Spring” Cover date: March 1985. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. Editor: Karen Berger. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza.

scan3On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange (Part 4)

Even smiling at the literal-mindedness of the West was no little matter in the Marvel books of the period.

page from DC One Million #1On DC One Million, by Grant Morrison and Val Semeiks

DC One Million was published in September 1998 (the month cover-dated Nov 1998) as a weekly four-issue mini-series – or almost weekly, since the JLA tie-in issue effectively served as an issue of the mini-series.… [more]

superman_480x480Sitting Down with Superman: Q&A with the Man of Tomorrow

The world wasn’t ready for Superman. For what could be expected when comics were only budding and bursting from the confines of syndicated sequential art, with their pithy quips and political yarns? Fantastic worlds had… [more]

muslim superhero-1432704149_v2.grid-5x2Controversy Contrivances

I think it is part of human curiosity to be drawn to controversy.

CarnageChange or Die: A Farewell to The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man got me in to comics.

Saddam's Head Blown UpSharpening the Image: Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood, the Man and the Comic that Started It All (Part 3)

Part Three: When Pictures Aren’t Worth a Thousand Words

scan1On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange (Part 3)

The Sorcerer’s Code committed Strange to the defense of the Earth, and it obliged him to place the welfare of humanity above that of any alien race.

Secret Wars #1 (May 1984)Secret Wars, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the Development of the Universe-Wide Crossover

While Crisis on Infinite Earths was DC’s first universe-wide crossover, there’s some dispute over whether it was the first in comics. The answer largely depends on one’s definitions. Whatever one thinks about this, one shouldn’t… [more]

mayan calendarGrant Morrison on the 2012 Apocalypse

Well we’re still here. But for quite a while, Grant Morrison was, let’s say, fairly curious to see what was going to happen on December 21st, 2012.

Jack FrostTheology and Bullshit

To be honest, the end of the world has always scared the shit out of me.

Violent CasesPeeking from Behind the Sofa: The 25th Anniversary of Violent Cases

Violent Cases is the greatest comic ever written about an osteopath.