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gabrielleportraitThe Delicate Line and Subtle Wit of Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell has taken a career course that is not unfamiliar in the arts-comics world: an early series of minis where she experimented with different styles and learned her chops; a number of memorable appearances… [more]

x-factor 71The Peter David Factor: Part 1

Hi, everyone. I’m going to be doing an issue by issue review of Peter David’s first run on X-Factor. Thanks to Sequart.com for allowing me to do this (and let’s hope they don’t end up… [more]

S701-01Reintroducing: Sovereign Seven

Call me crazy, but I want to write about Sovereign Seven. Why? Well, because for a short time, Chris Claremont wrote for DC Comics. And no one seems to care. Besides Stan Lee, no one… [more]

doodle1Summer Guidelines

Just a few quick hits this week; I have a big project brewing for my next column. But this is a good time for some recommendations: ** If you’re doing some comics-related travelling this summer… [more]

xo cover 3The Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 3)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the articles whose goal is to chronicle some of the stories and characters of Valiant Comics and the things that made them not only cool, but some of the… [more]

52 #5The Good Stuff

Greetings and Salutations! My name is Michael Blanton, and I’ll be bringing you reviews of books I think are solid investments each week. I’m more of a Johnny DC than a Marvel Zombie, but when… [more]

20130612Non-Dominant Hands and Off-Beat Superheroes

I happen to love comics anthologies, in all their beautiful sloppiness. I love panning for gold in them, hoping to get at least one great story even in an anthology that’s otherwise a waste of… [more]

ascFear and Loathing: Dan Clowes’ Art School Confidential

Sequart.com as a site likes to look at comics as they impact other art forms, especially film. While the various superhero movies receive plenty of notice here, I thought I’d review a film that comes… [more]

TSN1_cover_front_FINALThe Super Naturals #1: Premise and Promise

Book: The Super Naturals #1 Writer: Toney Tapia Pencils / Inks: Jamie Biggs Colors: Lawrence Basso You’re the main character, and you don’t have any superpowers, but everyone else does. To the reader, you look… [more]

coverSuper Girls and Vibrator Oaths

This week’s reviews are of material a bit lighter in tone than I’ve been reading recently. There’s satire in the Harvey Kurtzman tradition with Stan Yan’s THE WANG: WHO’S YOUR DADDY? (www.squidworks.com). Also, I examine… [more]

X-O ManowarThe Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 2)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the series whose goal it is to chronicle some of the stories and characters of Valiant Comics and the things that made them not only cool, but some of… [more]

backward folding mirrorAutobiographical Surrealism

It’s a bit difficult to give a proper critique of Henry Chamberlain’s ALICE IN NEW YORK. The author informs us from the start that it’s the beginning of a graphic novel. As such, it feels… [more]

HouseOfM6Your Guide to Civil War: Disassembled, House of M, and the Road to Civil War

As we get ready for the start of Civil War, I think it’s time we take a look at some of the events that, while not directly related to the storyline, have brought us to… [more]

EverymanPolitical Utopias and After-Life Taxi Rides

The works of the Brothers Goldman aren’t written like conventional comics, which is both their strength and weakness. While their storytelling methods are somewhat conventional, their ideas are clever. In the world of indy comics,… [more]

last islandTwo Men are an Island

So far on Sequart, I’ve mostly done broad overviews, and irregularly at that. But I’ve received a number of submissions that demand my attention, and so I’ll have a new review every Saturday for the… [more]

c5_202192_0_NovaAnnihilationHC1AnnihilatioAnnihilation: Nova Trumps Wolverine: Origins

Hmmm…That Looks Interesting The weekly trip to the comic shop can be daunting. There are a multitude of titles every week and wading through all of the books can be a real hassle. This column… [more]

170px-WatchmencharactersYour Guide to Civil War: The Past, the MRA, and the Watchmen

“Stop, vile villain!” shouts the Generic Superhero. “Never, I will kill my victim(s) if you fail to do as I say,” replies the Generic Villain After a tense standoff, our intrepid Generic Superhero comes up… [more]

x-o manowar 1The Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 1)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the longest running column whose goal it is to chronicle some of the stories and characters of Valiant Comics and the things that made them not only cool, but… [more]

manhunter21On Man-Bat #1 and Manhunter #21

Man-Bat #1 of 5 Writer: Bruce Jones Artist: Mike Huddleston Publisher: DC Comics “Man-Bat: The Return”, part 1 of 5 Story: This story is a re-introduction of the Man-Bat to the DCU proper. As I… [more]

ant1hOn Ant: Days Like These

Welcome to “Trade Waiting,” a series where we wait ’till comic book arcs are collected in trade format so that we can study and analyze the story on a whole. We will focus on character… [more]

Infinite Crisis Aftermath The Battle for Blüdhaven #1A Look at Battle for Blüdhaven

Hmmm…That Looks Interesting The weekly trip to the comic shop can be daunting. There are a multitude of titles every week and wading through all of the books can be a real hassle. Sure there… [more]

Judge Dredd Apocalypse WarThe Best of 2000AD

In my very first article I mentioned the importance of 2000AD and its impact on the UK comic scene (and in fact the comics world as a whole), so this month I thought I’d pull… [more]

civil warYour Guide to Civil War: Introduction

Welcome to an article dedicated to Marvel Comics summer event Civil War. My name is Richard Renteria; I will be your guide throughout the event. Prior to the big event, we will focus some time… [more]

solar 3The Valiant Tangent — Solar: Man of the Atom #1-4 (Second Death, Part 2 of 2)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the series of articles whose goal it is to chronicle some of the stories and characters of Valiant Comics and the things that made them not only cool, but… [more]

v forV for Vendetta… as One Londoner Sees It

I’m sure there will be a lot of talk on this site and across the web as Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta is brought to the big screen. But, I thought I’d give my perspective… [more]