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BlackRoad04-review coverBlack Road #4: A Walk in the Snow

It’s too easy for us today to slip into a simplistic stereotype of the “dark ages”,  or the early medieval period. Barbarians roaming across the countryside, committing unspeakable acts of carnage and pillage, and scared… [more]

2015_fantastic_four-wideWhen Reach Exceeds Grasp – Fant4stic

We’ve all heard terrible things about this film.  Last fall, I decided to investigate further and see if it was the train wreck everyone was claiming.  There appears to be plenty of blame to go… [more]

StarTrekBeyondPlakat1Star Trek Beyond Expectations

A five year mission may sound easy, but the first thing we’re shown in Star Trek Beyond is how long five years can really be when one has to spend it cooped up with 400… [more]

NSPACE_WM coverNegative Space Gets a TPB Release This Week

Negative Space, by Ryan K Lindsay and illustrated by Owen Gieni, is one of the more astute and creative explorations of depression ever committed to the page, and this week it’s available from Dark Horse… [more]

Last Night book coverLast Night, A Superhero Saved My Life: Reading Comics to Live

While reading Last Night, A Superhero a Saved My Life (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2016), I was struck by how emotionally invested I became in these tales of lives saved and redeemed by comic… [more]

plutona05_Review coverPlutona #5: Kid Logic

The finale of Plutona’s five issue run is understandably dark, but then again, that’s basically the only place this remarkable series could go. The most interesting parts of this book have always been the relationships… [more]

Journey to Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire Page 1Shattered Empire Fills in Some Intriguing Star Wars Gaps

One of the great things about a mythical universe such as the one created by Star Wars is that there’s plenty of room to tell many different stories, so long as they connect neatly with… [more]

orange-new-black-season-4-trailerOrange is the New Black Season 4: Non-Spoiler Review

Orange is the New Black was always an interesting, innovative show, both in its subject matter and even its mode of distribution (Netflix). But last season, the narrative became unfocused, the hole at the centre… [more]

ManifestDestiny20_review coverManifest Destiny #20: Big Feet and Bigger Eyes

“Captain Clark killed a curious animal… [one] never yet known in the United States.” That’s a quote from a member of the actual Corps of Discovery, and in that case it was the antelope, which… [more]

descender12_Review titleDescender #12: Brothers

One of Descender’s strongest themes has always been the notion of robots having souls — sometimes souls more pure and more sensitive than the flesh and blood humans that surround them. Our central robot character,… [more]

invisiblerepublic10_Review coverInvisible Republic #10: New Wrinkles

Invisible Republic is only just now in its tenth issue, but it feels as if there have been many more than that. The complexity of the world, and the subtlety with which Gabriel Hardman and… [more]

Paper Girls 006 (2016)  Page 1Paper Girls #6: The Horror of Adulting

Warning: If you haven’t read the first five issues of Paper Girls, this discussion will spoil a few things. On the other hand, if you have read those issues but not the latest, don’t worry.… [more]

goddamned04_Review coverThe Goddamned #4: You Don’t Mess With Noah

The Goddamned is one of two major comics that have recently offered us a reimagined version of the Biblical character Noah. The other book — Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which was also made into a big… [more]

equals-movie-2016-posterEquals Film Review

Science-fiction movies have long had a history of flirting with the concept of a “utopia.” However, the recurring problem of any utopia is that they are often always a “dystopia” in disguise. Is life truly… [more]

ManifestDestiny19_review 1 coverManifest Destiny #19: Teamwork

When undertaking a task as dangerous as the exploration of unknown lands, teamwork is an absolute necessity. Other writers (such as Stephen Ambrose) have noted that it was this capacity for group unity, strong leadership… [more]

BlackRoad02-review coverBlack Road #2: A Little Kindness

It should come as no surprise that Black Road has the narrative structure of the “journey”. (The word “road” is right there in the title, after all.) While we were introduced to the characters and… [more]

southernbastards14 coverSouthern Bastards #14: “Homecoming” Ends

As we reach the end of the “Homecoming” story arc in Southern Bastards, it becomes fairly clear what this particular storyline has always been about. Not football, or even race, necessarily, but the rather the… [more]

811627_055Batman V Superman and the Lack of Emotion

SPOILERS AHEAD… I wasn’t moved. There I was, watching my three all-time favorite superheroes together on the big screen for the first time and I wasn’t moved. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were there, in… [more]

1000509261001_2041300110001_Jackie-Robinson-Changing-Major-League-BaseballKen Burns’ Jackie Robinson: A Timely and Snappy Portrait of a Legendary Life

Longtime fans of Ken Burns know that the legendary documentary filmmaker can produce works of great beauty and power, but sometimes falls prey to sentimentality and repetitive, unsubtle narratives. Luckily, his new film Jackie Robinson… [more]

BlackRoad01-review coverBlack Road #1: The Viking Comic You’ve Been Waiting For

Vikings have a special place in the European imagination, to put it mildly. A crazy blend of the wild west with the notion of the Fantasy Hero archetype set to a Heavy Metal soundtrack, the… [more]

thefix01_Review coverThe Fix Is Wonderful, Outrageous Fun

When I was in Grade 12, our laid back physics and astronomy teacher once asked our class, “What do you want to do when you leave here?” One bravely honest soul replied, “I don’t want… [more]

goddamned03_Review coverThe Goddamned #3: The Mark of Cain

Jason Aaron’s The Goddamned is best described as a cross between the Bible and Mad Max, with all the brutality and wit that implies. But somehow it goes so far into the depths of inhumanity… [more]

LogoFat Man on Batman Live in Detroit

We live in a day and age where the media we enjoy is constantly being translated from one medium to the next. While some may lament that this is done merely to increase exposure to… [more]

marvel-daredevil-season-2-easter-eggs-references_0A Look at Daredevil, Season Two

SPOILERS AHEAD! With memories of Ben Affleck’s run as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen nearly forgotten, season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil quietly snuck in a week before the chaos that is Batman Versus Superman: Dawn… [more]

Negative Space #4 coverNegative Space #4: The Power of Depression

Negative Space, by Ryan K. Lindsay, with artwork by Owen Gieni, started out with a suicide attempt. It then followed our hero, Guy, through some therapy, some revelations about the nature of the world, and… [more]