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Smallville_justice2The Great Smallville Rewatch, Part 2

Tapping the Mythology One of the complaints that comics fans make about Smallville is that it took hours and hours of television simply to retell “the origin of Superman,” which has been done so much… [more]

STK621977Savant-Garde: Shaolin Cowboy

Shaolin Cowboy doesn’t care about me. It doesn’t want my opinion, my critical evaluation or my appreciation. As far as Shaolin Cowboy[1] is concerned, I might as well not exist. That is a very refreshing… [more]

donald gloverReview of Community Season 5, Episode 5

I was really looking forward to this episode of Community. It’s quite possibly the last episode of the show to feature Troy (played by Donald Glover). It’s also a new high-concept episode, something the show… [more]

Arrow DestinyReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 11

“Blind Spot” is the kind of episode that was needed after last week’s subpar outing. It’s not an all-time classic episode, but it’s a good, solid hour of TV that hinges on a strong central… [more]

smallvilleThe Great Smallville Rewatch, Part 1

In early 2013, I decided to finally catch up – via the magic of DVD technology – on a show of which I’d been a huge devotee back in the earliest years of its existence. … [more]

3Atrocity in Memoriam – Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir

In 2008, Waltz With Bashir, a documentary exploration of the First Lebanon War, was released to wide critical acclaim. The film is animated, told from the perspective of Ari Folman, who dictates his experiences via… [more]

Chevy ChaseReview of Community Season 5, Episode 4

Troy and Abed are in mourning. Pierce Hawthorne has died. It’s no secret that the actor that played him, Chevy Chase, didn’t particularly enjoy working on the show. He didn’t find it funny, and he… [more]

Arrow TVReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 10

Arrow’s second season has been marked primarily by the series delivering on the promise of its first season. The show started out unevenly, alternating episodes that showcased the potential of the concept and characters with… [more]

safe 1Beware the Batman Episode 4 Review

The fourth episode of Beware the Batman opens up with a very interesting assertion of superhero ethics. Just as Katana, Bruce Wayne’s chauffeur and bodyguard, is about to plunge her sword right into the face… [more]

Community Mad Men SpoofReview of Community Season 5, Episode 3

The first parody of Community‘s fifth season has landed. “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics”, the season’s third episode, feels a little like a redux of “Basic Lupine Urology”, Community’s pitch perfect Law and Order spoof. Both see… [more]

Sherlock 221BReview of Sherlock Season 3, Episode 3

THESE TWO PARAGRAPHS CONTAIN NO SPOILERS In the original and highly unusual story “His Last Bow”, published in 1917 but set in 1914, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson become embroiled in espionage involving a major… [more]

Houses of the HolyHouses of the Holy #1-5 Review

“Houses of the Holy is a comic that deserves a lot more attention. Its stark, stygian atmosphere, engrossing narrative, and visionary art make it one of the finest horror comics I’ve read. And the Madefire… [more]

Sherlock BenedictReview of Sherlock Season 3, Episode 2

“The Sign of Three”, the middle episode in season three of BBC’s Sherlock, is mainly concerned with Sherlock’s relationships with people other than Watson. That might sound odd, considering the central event of this episode… [more]

3The Marvelous Land of Oz Review

The Marvelous Land of Oz Review Story by: L.Frank Baum Written by: Eric Shanower Art by: Skottie Young Cover by: Skottie Young Rating: 7 (of 10) In the wake of success created by The Wonderful… [more]

SherlockReview of Sherlock Season 3, Episode 1

One of the things I admire the most about BBC’s Sherlock is the way they use story titles. As someone who read these stories as a youth and became very familiar with the names of… [more]

Community TeaserReview of Community Season 5, Episodes 1 and 2

“The gas-leak year.” The phrase pops up a couple of times during the premiere of Community’s fifth season. The previous season – by far the worst of the series – saw show creator Dan Harmon… [more]

Screen shot 2013-12-13 at 2.08.42 PMBeware the Batman Episode 3 Review

So I’m three episodes into this show and I’m just now finding out that Tatsu Yamashiro, who Alfred has put forth as Bruce Wayne’s new bodyguard, is actually the DC Comics character Katana. And to… [more]

burn-the-orphanage-2-cover-image-comicsFight Comics: Burn the Orphanage #2

I should have really liked Burn the Orphanage more than I did.  But I am, as always, getting ahead of myself. The second oversized – and a bit overpriced – issue of Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman’s… [more]

Zombo CoverPhony Beatlemania: Zombies, Nostalgia, and Satire in Al Ewing and Henry Flint’s Zombo: You Smell of Crime and I’m the Deodorant

One of my favorite moments in Al Ewing and Henry Flint’s 2000 AD serial Zombo takes place when the titular character – a half human / half zombie hybrid created by the British government to… [more]

1The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Review

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Story by: L. Frank Baum Written by: Eric Shanower Art by: Skottie Young Cover by: Skottie Young Rating: 8 (of 10) Of all the contemporary and modern American fantasy and… [more]

Harley and DogHarley Quinn #1 Review

With last month’s zero issue restoring my – and no doubt many other people’s – faith in the Harley Quinn character, as presented in DC’s new continuity, this month’s issue was eagerly anticipated. And it… [more]

Screen shot 2013-12-02 at 5.13.17 PMBeware the Batman Episode 2 Review

A few weeks ago, I weighed in on the first episode of Beware the Batman, the Batman franchise’s current animated iteration. The new series features a younger Bruce Wayne entering into his crime-fighting career with… [more]

The-Goon-vol-1The Goon Vol. 1: Nothin’ But Misery Review

The Goon Vol. 1: Nothin’ But Misery Written by: Eric Powell Art by: Eric Powell Cover(s) by: Eric & Robin Powell Variant Cover(s) by: Eric Powell Rating 7 (of 10) If art comics ever tipped… [more]

Sex Criminals 3 CoverSex Criminals #1-3 Review

Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky and published by Image Comics, is one of the most imaginative, intelligent, honest, and warmly funny comic books I’ve read in some time. It starts off with… [more]

GemStormTradeYour Indie Weekly: Gemini Storm TPB

Gemini Storm TPB Written by: David Herbert Art by: Harrison Wood I recently picked up the Gemini Storm TPB and was quickly drawn into the world that writer David Herbert created.  It’s a great indie… [more]