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manifest_destiny_2_web_72_by_shinolahead-d6m4aiiManifest Destiny: Death is their Ally

There’s a line in Oliver Stone’s criminally underrated film Nixon in which the titular character muses to a painting of Abraham Lincoln, “What is that’s helping us? Is it God? Or Death?” That must express… [more]

coverComic Con Discoveries Part 3: American History Z and Bob the Angry Flower

There’s no denying the power and popularity of zombie stories, even if I, and others including Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, can’t fully understand why. Obviously there’s the horror genre thrills, the sheer grotesque power… [more]

Mad-Max-Fury-Road-Vehicles“This Mutant Dreamtime” – Language in Australian Post-Apocalypse Horror Broken Line

Broken Line, available digitally from Perth-based Australian publisher Gestalt Comics, is set after a typical Cold War-era nuclear war. In the familiar nightmare image of a man-made apocalypse, artist Emily K. Smith renders the mushroom… [more]

1We Dig Giant Robots: Transformers vs. G.I.Joe

Transformers vs. G.I.Joe Writer: Tom Scioli, John Barber Artist: Tom Scioli Publisher: IDW One would not expect Transformers vs. G.I.Joe. Well, one would expect there to be a title called “Transformers vs. G.I.Joe” – seeing… [more]

sexcriminals_07Sex Criminals #7: More Real Life

In a week in which many of us are wondering if there’s any justice left in this world, one bright spot is to remember that Sex Criminals was honoured with an Eisner recently, which means… [more]

Dr__Killinger_by_EastCoastCanuckVenture Bros. is Awesome

You’d think designing a show almost purely to mock and taunt things I love would more or less instantly earn my hatred. Well almost instantly. Well in some cases almost five seasons. But Big Bang… [more]

Star Trek Harlan Ellison's City On The Edge Of Forever 001(2014)(Digital)(TLK-EMPIRE-HD).cbr - Page 1The City on the Edge of Forever: IDW Re-imagines Harlan Ellison’s Original Teleplay

The original draft of City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison is one of the more famous unproduced screenplays in television or indeed film history. The final episode itself was justly recognized as… [more]

Top SecretComic Con Discoveries Part 2: Ghost Cop and the Works of Arthur Ball

Many of the comics I acquired at SDCC were true flukes. Both of the books here were simply handed to me by friendly, approachable creators who were happy to discuss the work and have it… [more]

Image2Basic Instructions Creator Now Writes Novels

Many of you Sequart readers already know Scott Meyer from his popular webcomic Basic Instructions. The comic is thoroughly venerable by internet standards, having written and posted it since 2003. Here is a fairly typical… [more]

aug120121Comic Con Discoveries Part 1: The Goon and The Guns of Shadow Valley

I picked up several comics at the recent San Diego Comic Con, so I’m having a look that them all as I get some good reading time. All of these comics are first-time reads for… [more]

comics-box-brown-andre-the-giant-cover-artworkAndre the Giant: A Modest Graphic Novel about a Giant Man

They call it “the business”. That’s the first thing I learned in the wonderful new comic about the life of one of the 20th century’s famous wrestlers. It’s not “the sport”, because that would open… [more]

borgman00072Borgman: Mysteriously Effective

Everything about Borgman feels muffled. Like glimpsing a striking image through a foggy haze. Or hearing a catchy song muffled by feedback and noise. The movie relies on this atmosphere. One can’t feasibly be divorced… [more]

Guardians of the GalaxyWe are the Candy Bars of Pop Culture: Guardians of the Galaxy Broke Something in Me

I just can’t take it anymore. I know we’re in a new age of Hollywood spectacle, in which intelligence is largely relegated to a few TV shows, and viewers feel there’s no point shelling out… [more]

1c CoolOutsourcing War: Profiteer Heroism in the Jacamons’ Cyclops

Cyclops Vol. 1 Written by Matz (Alexis Nolent) Art by Luc Jacamon Published by Archaia Studios December 2010 – August 2011 I was in the teacher’s lounge chatting with irascible english teachers (you’d be surprised… [more]

3020269-slide-sandman2coverb-mckeanA Sandman Miscellany: Sandman Overture #3 Review

Written by: Neil Gaiman Art by: J.H. Williams, III Cover by: J.H. Williams, III Dave McKean Variant Cover by: J.H. Williams, III Dave McKean Since its genesis in the long distant past of December 2013,… [more]

kaliyugaarticlethumbShe Who is Beyond Time – Kali Yuga #1 Review

The relationship between comic books and magic fascinates me. One day I want to write a book, or a very long series of articles, about the links between them. With several comic professionals claiming they… [more]

giles-flesh-Cover-NEW-Colors-c.jpgUnder The Flesh #1: Violence, Zombies, and Weird Plot Choices

A strange virus comes to Earth and starts turning every human male into brainless impulse-driven zombies in Under The Flesh. The nefarious zombification urges the male populous to satisfy their most primordial, sexual needs. The… [more]

Image4As Human as You Want to Be: A Review of Charles Soule’s Swamp Thing: Seeder

It’s an obvious pun when the subtitle here is “Seeder”, but Charles Soule’s first Swamp Thing book is such a scattershot of ideas and beginnings that it’s like he’s planting the seeds of larger storylines… [more]

10502289_285570028282686_1288632860811235006_nRat Queens #7

Rat Queens continues to deliver on all cylinders: sparkling dialogue, rich characters and just the right amount of horror and action for this genre. In issue #7, more plot elements start to fall into place… [more]

3962993-08Manifest Destiny #8: Sacagawea Keeps Score

Things are getting “curiouser and curiouser” for the Corps of Discovery in Manifest Destiny #8. Aside from the usual thrills this comic provides, giant frogs, giant insects, scary jungle, etc, in this issue you can… [more]

dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-official-trailer-0Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is Phenomenal

Two Apes articles in one week! This time I cover the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and why it’s such a critical juggernaut. [more]

planet of the apes 200100295Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Servicable

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was the only Planet of the Apes movie I’d seen prior to this series of articles. Because I fucked up my schedule, I didn’t manage to rewatch it… [more]

tom-cruise-edge-of-tomorrow-suitSome Thoughts on Edge of Tomorrow

I write the first third of a lot of these articles in my head before I actually write them. Everything after that tends to be a process of discovery. But that initial pre-planning tends to… [more]

one-of-usReview of One of Us by Tawni O’Dell

Dr. Sheridan Doyle, a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist, is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office whenever a twisted killer’s mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he’s still… [more]

Spread01_CoverDystopian Redux: A Review Of Spread #1

Ever since The Walking Dead has exploded in popularity with both the hit comic book and AMC television show, it seems that everyone has a story about a dystopian future to share. The genre has… [more]