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from Miracleman, Chapter 8, page 1 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 8: Two Ninja Vs. Superman

We’ve begun discussing chapter eight of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter. (We’ve previously introduced Miracleman and discussed chapters one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven, as well as the interlude “The… [more]

batman_13_jokerThe Trouble With a Mask

“The trouble with a mask is it never changes.” – Charles Bukowski

Four-RobinsOh, Brother, I Hate Your Guts: The Use of the Brother Versus Brother Motif in Comics

Comic books, like all other forms of literary mediums, use a few different literary devices to stimulate our interest.

arrow-2Archer Archetype

On October 10, American audiences were introduced to the newest attempt to bring super-heroes to television in the form of the CW’s Arrow.

scan1On Best of Enemies by Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B.

There are all too few moments when it’s as easy to adore Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B’s Best Of Enemies as it is to admire it.

Miracleman #3Miracleman, Chapter 8: “Out of the Dark”

We’ve previously introduced Miracleman and discussed chapters one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven, as well as the interlude “The Yesterday Gambit.” We now continue our examination with chapter eight of this celebrated but long-unavailable series, written by Alan Moore and… [more]

Justice League #5 (Sept 1987)On the First Year of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’ Justice League International (Part 2)

We previously examined the first four issues of Giffen and DeMatteis’ seminal Justice League from 1987-1988. Today, we conclude our examination of that title’s first year, which works as its own unit.

Batman-and-Catwoman-batman-7454606-600-365Young Romance

If there’s been one thing on my mind lately, it’s love.

xmen90sX-Men: Protecting a World that Makes Them Irrelevant

“Protecting a world that hates and fears them.”

Flex MentalloGrant Morrison’s Day-Glo Years: Flex Mentallo, Part 4: “We are All UFOs”

At last, we reach the end of this great four part novel known as Flex Mentallo.

ST28a“The Burial”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Issue #28

Saga of the Swamp Thing #28 “The Burial” Cover date: September 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Artist: Shawn McManus. Letterer: John Costanza. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Cover: Steve Bissette and John Totleben. Editor: Karen Berger.

scan 4An Interview with Rob Williams, on 2000AD‘s Ichabod Azrael and Comics Storytelling in General (Part 2)

Continued from last week. COLIN SMITH: I may well be very wrong here, but it seems from the outside as if you’re determined not just to tell a good story, but to push your own boundaries… [more]

Justice League #1 (May 1987)On the First Year of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’ Justice League International

While Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’s run on Justice League (retitled Justice League International with #7) is fondly remembered, it’s worth looking at how that title’s first year, published from 1987 to 1988, develops and… [more]

Happy-Zone-000Happy! #1 Review — with Exclusive Content

Much has already said about the new series Happy! by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson. It’s a bit removed from Morrison’s recent comic work, coming off as far darker and sinister than his Action Comics… [more]

Batman: Gotham Knight DVDThoughts on the Animated Batman: Gotham Knight

Since I’ve written about Batman Begins, I thought it might be nice to write about its follow-up. No, not The Dark Knight. Chronologically, Batman Begins is followed by Batman: Gotham Knight, a made-for-video collection of six… [more]

Image (27)-1The Older Generation’s Farewell: The Hunger Dogs (Part 2)

From the start of Jack Kirby’s The Hunger Dogs, a new age had arrived.

Sequart Research & Literacy OrganizationSequart at New York Comic Con

While Sequart hasn’t had a table at NYCC for the last couple of years, we’ll have a pretty solid presence at the panels on Thursday.

Portrait by John CoulthartMeet the Magus 10, The Magus in Time: From Hell Part II

Alan Moore is still better known for his super-hero work than for his esoterically themed or experimental genre-breakers, but this may not always be the case.

Scan 1An Interview with Rob Williams, on 2000AD‘s Ichabod Azrael and Comics Storytelling in General

I gave up on 2000AD in the early 1990s. Not only did it seem to have lost much of its sharpness and satirical edge, but it often appeared complacent, sloppy and even, on occasion, smug… [more]

Crisis on Infinite Earths #7On Crisis on Infinite Earths

DC’s first universe-wide crossover was the 12-issue Crisis on Infinite Earths (Apr 1985 – Mar 1986). Written by Marv Wolfman and penciled by George Pérez, the team responsible for DC then-hit New Teen Titans, Crisis was designed to… [more]

Dan FragaDan Fraga on Getting Inked by Todd McFarlane

Dan Fraga has recently worked as the animation director of the The Ricky Gervais Show, but in the ’90s, he was an artist at Extreme Studios, working on titles like Supreme and Bloodstrike.

Spider sheetsI Don’t Want to Grow Up

Does being a fan of superhero comics at 28 years old make me immature and ill-prepared for the world ahead of me?

avataroraclenotoInterview with Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass

DC Women Kicking Ass is a popular blog that addresses gender issues within the comic book industry or, to quote the site itself, it is a place for “Thoughts, pictures, reviews and other stuff about… [more]

39514The Older Generation’s Farewell: The Hunger Dogs (Part 1)

To examine how comics changed in 1986, we should begin by looking at what comics were like in 1985.

27“By Demons Driven!”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Issue #27

Saga of the Swamp Thing #27 “By Demons Driven!” Cover date: August 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Penciller: Steve Bissette. Inker: John Totleben. Letterer: John Costanza. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Cover: Steve Bissette and John Totleben. Editor:… [more]