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descender10_Review coverDescender #10: Picking a Side

We’ve spent so much time getting to know the characters and their personal challenges over the past 10 issues of Descender that it’s good to be reminded in the new issue that the freaking galaxy… [more]

maxresdefault-1Victor Frankenstein is a Travesty

By semi-popular demand here is my long delayed review of that bloody terrible Frankenstein prequel that 2015 birthed to a resounding thud and general disinterest. Which is almost a shame, because it’s a fairly special kind of terrible. As I’ll cover. [more]

Martian Comics #3Martian Comics #3: Review

[Before I begin to review Martian Comics #3 I wanted to state that the idea behind this review was all mine. Julian, the head of Sequart, and the Sequart team were worried that having their… [more]

ManifestDestinyV3_Review coverManifest Destiny TPB vol 3 is Essential Reading

The latest, and darkest, collection of Manifest Destiny appears in stores this week, gathering issues #13-18 in a gruesome, intense and compelling TPB. Although it may be obvious to anyone who reads this comic, it… [more]

naked-lunch.17371Naked Lunch: A Literary High

“It’s a literary high…. It’s a Kafka high. You feel like a bug.” Canadian director David Cronenberg’s film Naked Lunch is a hallucinogenic and hazy adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ novel of the same name.… [more]

avatar_x-filesWelcome Back, X-Files

Get out your plaid, your docs and your Nine Inch Nails albums, because the 1990s have returned on the new X-Files. There have been reboots and relaunches before in TV history, and certainly in film… [more]

SouthernBastards13_review coverSouthern Bastards #13: Game Time

Ah, American football. It isn’t the world’s most competitive sport (have you seen the World Cup lately?), nor is it necessarily its most violent (I’m looking at you, Australian rules rugby), but there’s something about… [more]

NegativeSpace03_LetterProof_v1 coverNegative Space #3: The Happiness Bomb

Negative Space does everything a good comic should do. It tells a great story, with clarity, uses the visual elements well (this story wouldn’t be as powerful without the art) and has some of the… [more]

fatman-on-batmanThe 1990s Batman Commentaries You Need to Hear

It’s probably a fair assumption that many of our readers here at Sequart are fans of a certain caped superhero character named “Batman”. We have several books on the subject and lots of articles, and… [more]

Goddamned02_Review coverThe Goddamned #2: Sin and Redemption

Who are “the goddamned”, referenced in rm Guera and Jason Aaron’s The Goddamned? This ultra-violent re-interpretation of the Old Testament is faithful to the original text in the sense that the goddamned are really all… [more]

descender09_Review coverDescender #9: Simple Feelings

Despite the epic sweep of this science fiction adventure, the best moments in this latest issue of Descender come in the form of a simple conversation between the two TIM robots, now being taken through… [more]

descender08_Review coverDescender #8: Andy’s Story

In Descender #8 we finally meet the series’ Han Solo character. There’s even a Chewie equivalent (a giant slug with six eyes but he’s still charming). One could cry foul and say that Jeff Lemire… [more]

invisiblerepublic08_Review coverInvisible Republic #8: The Maia Difference

Both Arthur McBride and his cousin Maia Reveron eventually become revolutionary leaders: this is not really much of a spoiler for the continuing saga of Invisible Republic. But it’s important to note the differences between… [more]

star trek continues kirk spockThe Good, the Trek, and the Ugly: Spotlight on Star Trek Continues

There’s something you ought to know: Star Trek Lives! Not merely in the Rasputin-like, unkillable sense that it just won’t go away, no; rather, in the infinitely more appealing sense that the franchise torch continues… [more]

starwarsspoilerStar Wars: The Force Awakens and Awakens and Awakens…

My friend Kellie on Facebook wanted to post something about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but before doing so, she posted this insane spoiler alert: I wanna discuss A Thing about Star Wars. If you’re… [more]

The Red Wing cover 04The Red Wing

Time travel stories can be some of the most enjoyable, as well as some of the most complex science fiction stories. When done well, they’re intricately plotted and deal with a number of complexities that… [more]

Altered-States-600x337On Altered States and the Art of Making a Science Fiction Cult Classic

The science fiction film Altered States bears all the hallmarks of a cult film. For one thing, it’s about outsider topics, like psychedelic mind states, genetic memory, float tanks, and entheogens. For another there’s a… [more]

The Complete D.R. & Quinch coverThe Complete D.R. & Quinch: Alan Moore’s Sci-Fi Fun Time

Like many readers who discovered the world of comics in bookstores rather than comic shops, the works of Alan Moore made an immediate impression on me. He’s a comic book rock star and, undeniably, one… [more]

creed-largeCreed Plays the Spin-Off Game Right

I wasn’t really anticipating enjoying Creed. I had heard some fairly positive response, but I sort of assumed I’d be able to appreciate it without being especially engrossed or involved in the proceedings. It’s not… [more]

plutona03_Review coverPlutona #3: Want To Be A Superhero?

The Roman Empire had nothing on groups of kids when it comes to conspiracy, collusion, forming alliances and keeping secrets. That’s one of the great truths about young people that Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox… [more]

2015-09-04-1441380921-1272728-Spotlight_film_2015The Basic Competency of Spotlight

Spotlight is a fairly derivative film in a lot of ways. The movie, which deals with The Boston Globe’s investigation into the systemic sexual misconduct of the Catholic Church, owes an arm and a leg… [more]

Crimson PeakSome Short Thoughts on Recent Theatrical Releases

As you may or may not have noticed I’ve been falling rather dramatically behind on reviews this past month or so. All I can say to excuse it is that I’ve been busy and I’m… [more]

supergirl-1280jpg-e43dd4_1280wSupergirl: Not the Feminist Superhero People Want

I admit to never knowing, or caring to know, much about Supergirl. While I can talk pretty confidently about the story arcs and history of Batman or Superman or Wonder Woman or even to a… [more]

spectre-logo-revealSpectre: Losing to the Times

I didn’t come in with high expectations for this film, which might be an odd thing to say considering that I really enjoyed Skyfall. You know Skyfall is a good film when it turns into… [more]

invisiblerepublic07_Review coverInvisible Republic #7: You Can’t Leave

“I’ve been involved in several cults, both as a leader and a follower. You have more fun as a follower, but you make more money as a leader.” -Creed Bratton We have to start the… [more]