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arrow-2Review of Arrow Season 2, Episode 19

“The Man Under the Hood” starts out strong, showcasing Team Arrow demolishing a research division of Queen Consolidated with copious amounts of C4 to prevent Isabelle and Slade from utilizing the research to further their… [more]

east_of_westEast of West #1-5: A Genre Mashup that Doesn’t Quite Work

The great thing about Westerns, as I often explain to those who don’t understand the genre, is that you can really “go there”. It’s a genre that contains within it the whole spectrum of that… [more]

Superior featuredMark Millar’s Superior: A Loving Tribute to the Super-Hero

“After all the deconstruction, Superior was planned as a RECONSTRUCTION of the superhero. A warm-hearted tribute to why we need them.” –Mark Millar, April 15, 2014 As longtime readers of Sequart may notice, I don’t… [more]

Slade Wilson Arrow DeathstrokeReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 18

In just about any story, the hero has to be laid low before the climax. Doing so serves multiple purposes, it showcases that the hero is fallible and must struggle greatly to succeed while also… [more]

1The Sandman Overture #2 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 Rating: 9 (of 10) After two delays and much anticipation, the… [more]

ManifestDestiny-FEATUREManifest Destiny #6: Lewis and Clark’s Dreams

The most important part of this issue of Manifest Destiny, by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Own Gieni, is the passage where we get to see Lewis and Clark’s dreams. In historical terms, Meriwether Lewis… [more]

Noah (2014) (Digital) (phillywilly-Empire).cbr - Page 1Aronofsky’s Noah: The Shaggy Dad

“NOAH!” “What?!” -Bill Cosby Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is a pretty intense comic book. That shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone familiar with his other work, particularly his films. But it bears repeating that, unlike the… [more]

cap america 2On Your Left: A Review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

ALERT: THERE BE SPOILERS HERE!! Let me be upfront: The Avengers is a fantastic movie. It is. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out.  But, it really missed an emotional core that left… [more]

maxresdefaultJodorowsky’s Dune: Where Trying Matters

Francis Coppola once said (while making Apocalypse Now) that to reach for greatness and not get there is the greatest artistic sin. A film that aims for the top and doesn’t get there is “shit!”… [more]

Arrow WarehouseReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 17

I didn’t take any notes while watching “Birds of Prey”.  Not to say I’m a prolific transcriber of material when I’m watching TV, but generally when I’m watching something I intend to write about later… [more]

Community -- 5X10_main_photoReview of Community Season 5, Episode 10

Season Two’s Advanced Dungeons and Dragons was one of the best Community episodes ever. It was a perfect melding of form and theme. The episode’s gimmick was telling the entire story through a Dungeons and… [more]

Manifest Destiny cover featuredManifest Destiny #1-5, or “Lewis and Clark vs the Vegetable Zombies”

The slug-line description of Manifest Destiny, a comic by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts, is “Lewis and Clark go west to fight monsters”. That would be interesting enough right there, but thing that gives this… [more]

Serenity_Leaves_Wind_3_cover_1Moving Pieces into Place with Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3

In the new Serenity comic, issue # 3 of Leaves on the Wind, there’s a lot of ground covered in very little time. If there’s one issue where we can feel the story not exactly… [more]

Sex Criminals #5Sex Criminals #4-5 Review

What’s going on with our heroes, the sex criminals, for issues #4 and 5? Well, a bit of sex, a bit of criminality, and somewhere in there a bit of reality intrudes. This continues to… [more]

arrow picReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 16

There comes a time in just about any season of television where a show has to slow down for a bit and push its pieces around the board. Slowly edging forward conflicts and building to… [more]

community vcr-maintenance-and-educational-publishingReview of Community Season 5, Episode 9

VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing might be my favourite episode yet of Community’s fifth season. It’s not necessarily the best one – the b-plot was a bit weak – but it made me laugh in… [more]

Xerxes becoming a god300 Things I Hate about 300: Rise of an Empire

[NOTE: the following essay contains spoilers.  As to whether a film that’s already rotten can be “spoiled” … well, that’s a debate for another time.] You know it’s a bad sign when you only have… [more]

Jimmy's End 1Review of Alan Moore’s Jimmy’s End

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this one. How do you review anything by Alan Moore, much less a short film he’s written? The guy’s a genius. I’m not simply saying that… [more]

serenity leaves on the wind 2Death Comes Calling for Serenity in Leaves on the Wind #2

Life and death are very much on Mal Reynolds’ mind in Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2. Whereas the previous issue was about how life is continuing for the Serenity crew, with Mal and Inara… [more]

mgmt2MIND MGMT Volume 2: The Futurist Review

Writer/Artist: Matt Kindt Published by Dark Horse In my review of Matt Kindt’s MIND MGMT Vol. 1, I wrote that I preordered the second volume instantly upon finishing volume 1. I was that engrossed in… [more]

Community 57b316aa380b45ecc5b5b4cfcbe5842fReview of Community Season 5, Episode 8

Community’s fans have always extolled the virtues of the show’s concept episodes. School-wide paintball games, science projects, Chang, and more have all served as excuses for pitch-perfect genre parodies that remained firmly grounded in character-based… [more]

community bondage-and-beta-male-sexualityReview of Community Season 5, Episode 7

Community‘s seventh episode of the season, Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality, wisely continues to strip back the high-concept tom-foolery and focus on character development. This season’s changes were obviously deserving of a serious story beat… [more]

arrow arrowhead closeupReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 13

If there’s one well of actors Arrow seems intent on drawing on for its guest stars, it seems to be folks who spent some amount of time on Starz’s Spartacus. It’s a smart choice, as… [more]

Serenity Leaves on the WindReview: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1

Of all the Serenity comics, and there have been several very good ones up until now, the new Leaves on the Wind follows most directly after the events of the Serenity film. While other books… [more]

Toxic 1Beware the Batman Episode 6 Review

While previous episodes of Beware the Batman delighted in giving us revamped or updated versions of Batman’s lesser-known villains, episode 6 instead gives us a new look at one of his lesser-known allies. In Toxic,… [more]