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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]

Real 120th Century Boys Volume Two

Wow. Naoki Urasawa really gets this series going early. It’s hard to talk about the volume over all without sounding repetitive and it’s hard to resist summarizing the plot. Given that the whole reason behind… [more]

Beware-the-Batman-logoBeware the Batman Episode 1 Review

As much as I love Batman, I’ve always found it a bit hard to keep up with his various animated adventures. I mean, I grew up with the Bruce Timm and Paul Dini animated series,… [more]

1On Oldboy

Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy is a phenomenal film. A devastating meditation on vengeance initially disguised as a revenge thriller, Oldboy is disturbing, exhilarating, terrifying, and more. Chan-wook Park deftly juggles the tone of this film, all… [more]

tumblr_inline_mragc65Swp1qz4rgp20th Century Boys Volume One

The last volume of Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys I read was volume 22. The series only lasts two more volumes – 21st Century Boys Volume One and Two. These articles cover my attempted reread… [more]

The Day of the Doctor posterOn “The Day of the Doctor”

Warning: this article contains spoilers for “The Day of the Doctor,” the 50th-Anniversary Doctor Who Special. Blame it on the proliferation of soundbites. Or our declining attention spans. But there’s been a marked increase in… [more]

scan0005On Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends

When I first read Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends, I stopped after the initial six pages and put the book away. For they were so perfect in themselves, so wonderfully concise and clever and moving,… [more]

Darkest Night coverYour Indie Weekly: Darkest Night #1-2

Darkest Night #1 and 2 Written and drawn by Hayden Fryer Published by Siberian Productions Website: www.siberianproductions.com Darkest Night comes to us from Sydney, Australia, and comic creator Hayden Fryer.  Fryer got on my radar… [more]

1The Sandman Overture #1 Review

The Sandman Overture #1 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 Published by DC/VERTIGO Comics Rating: 10 (of 10) The Sandman takes… [more]

Person of InterestThe3rdWall’s Video Reviews: Person of Interest Season 3, Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of The3rdWall’s Video Reviews! This will be a new series of videos created for Sequart. Specifically, they will be a collection of video reviews of various comic- and geek-culture-related TV… [more]

sample-coverYour Indie Weekly: Thunderfrog Charitable Anthology Volume 3

Thunderfrog Charitable Anthology Volume 3 Written and Drawn by: Various Creators Published by: Thunderfrog Studios Website: http://www.thunderfrogstudios.com It’s hard enough trying to make money in comics but to do so as an indie comic creator… [more]

image 1Better off Dead – Ennis and Fabry’s Thor: Vikings

Thor fights Viking Zombies with help of warriors from various eras. That sounds like a great premise for a Rick Remender style Grindhouse action series; and the writer, Garth Ennis, has been doing fine with… [more]

Thor: The Dark World posterI’d Need a Lobotomy to Enjoy Thor: The Dark World

It’s hard to find the words to adequately describe how stupid Thor: The Dark World is. Before I try, a warning: this review contains spoilers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. And in case you’re… [more]

ImageYour Indie Weekly: Owlgirls #1

Owlgirls #1 Written by: Robert Sodaro Art by: Rachele Aragno with Dave Ryan Published by: Red Anvil Comics Website: http://www.redanvilcomics.com 1940s New York. An amazing time to live in a growing city that is full… [more]

Dial_H_Vol_1_11Dial H and the Superman for the Modern Age

How many times have you heard the phrase “a Superman for the modern age?” This oft used, clichéd phrase gets tossed around all the time, especially when it comes to heroes that betray some effect… [more]

Spread 2Sharing the Love From Ground Zero: Spread by Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm

In the comics medium, a spread is usually an image that takes up two or more pages in both volume and sheer scope. That is what most fans and comics scholars would first think when… [more]

tn-c5-012aYour Indie Weekly: Tara Normal #1-2

Tara Normal #1 and #2 Written and Drawn by: Howie Noel Website: TaraNormal.com Tara Normal is about “a female paranormal investigator with supernatural powers fighting for her late mother’s soul.”  The series has its origins… [more]

DEC120574Serialized Escalation

So – how good was THE LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE (this year’s sequel miniseries to 2012′s surprising hit THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE – both by writer Justin Jordan and by the art team… [more]

1Cave-In Review

In a lot of ways Scott McCloud’s three books are my bibles. It’s because of them I love comics as much as I do. It’s because of them I love to make comics as much… [more]

AvengersHickmanA Smarter World: Hickman’s Avengers #1-3

Judging a long form story based on a small glimmer of it month to month doesn’t make much sense.  You can judge a cake from a slice, but this isn’t cake!  Stories trace trajectories.  … [more]

Ghost Town 2 coverFinding Lost Things: Ghost Town #2

Ryan Lindsay is setting out to be the new name in crime comics. You might recognize his name as editor for the Sequart book The Devil is in the Details, which was all about the… [more]

Trillium_CoverATrillium #1 Review

Trillium #1 Written by Jeff Lemire Art by Jeff Lemire Colors by Jeff Lemire and José Villarrubia Published by DC/VERTIGO Comics Rating: 8.5 (of 10) “Trillium #1 is a captivating and skillful slice of sci-fi… [more]

01The Fire of Youth: Rachael Smith’s I am Fire

Rachael Smith is an exemplary cartoonist.  After her first book, The Way We Write, it was easy to see she was talented, but Rachael Smith is becoming a creator to watch. In a world of… [more]

sullivan 1The Horror of Baseball: A Review of Sullivan’s Sluggers

Sullivan’s Sluggers originated as one of the many Kickstarter grassroots projects that have flooded the internet in recent years. While it pigeonholes itself comfortably into predictable tropes familiar to the horror genre, it exhibits more… [more]