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batman joker silhouettes 08Fear And The Batman: An Examination Of The Role That Horror Plays In The World Of The Dark Knight

A band of thieving criminals flee to a cornered alleyway, running from the stalking specter descending upon them. As they run they turn around a sharp corner and stumble into a dead end where they… [more]

9202448.tRevisit The Dark Knight Rises With Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman

Kevin Smith is naturally a positive and forgiving personality, which makes his podcasts fun, but often prevents him from really getting into a serious critique of a film, especially when it’s a film close to… [more]

Donald TrumpPolitics, Comics, and Trump: How the Current Political Landscape is Mimicking Comic Heroes and Villains

It’s difficult not to make any comparisons between what is happening in the current political landscape and what is, and always has happened, in the pages of comics. Yes, I understand that I am a… [more]

Robin and Batman, from Superman Annual #11 (1985)Sidekicks Aside: Is The Concept of a Hero Partner Dying or Returning Slowly to Life?

What is the purpose of a sidekick? The word itself arouses about as much sympathy as one would receive when he or she is referred to as a “second wheel” or “second class citizen” by… [more]

fatman-on-batmanThe 1990s Batman Commentaries You Need to Hear

It’s probably a fair assumption that many of our readers here at Sequart are fans of a certain caped superhero character named “Batman”. We have several books on the subject and lots of articles, and… [more]

Bat-ManSuperheroes: The American Mythology Part I

Beginning in 1938, two simple creators will develop an entire genre of entertainment that will change the world. The humble beginnings of superheroes as pure heroes to guide America through the Great Depression. [more]

Batman - Two-FaceLooking Glasses: Sexual Dangers and Curious Responses in Carroll’s Alice Books and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Part Two

Yet the Alice books do not celebrate our heroine’s change, as suggested by Alice’s several disturbing mirrorings with older women. Three of the four major women in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass… [more]

Batman - JokerLooking Glasses: Sexual Dangers and Curious Responses in Carroll’s Alice Books and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Part One

The seminal Batman graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, by writer Grant Morrison and artist Dave McKean, recontextualizes the themes and the motifs of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass… [more]

Copyright DC Comics 2015And His Name Is Scott: Why Scott Snyder’s Work Exemplifies Magnificent Superhero Storytelling

There are numerous writers whose talents have lead to tremendous careers in the comic industry. With the greats ranging for Moore to Morrison, Miller to Pope, and Rucka to Brubaker, the list goes on of… [more]

Joker Clown PrinceRobert Moses Peaslee and Robert Weiner on The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime

Robert Weiner has either authored or co-edited close to a dozen academic text examining comic books and popular culture.  He is also the Popular Culture and Performing Arts Librarian for Texas Tech University Libraries.  With… [more]

title cardWorst. Episode. Ever.: “I’ve Got Batman in my Basement”

The success of Batman: The Animated Series can not be understated. Debuting on September 5th, 1992 until September 15th 1995,  the series has long been known for its dark atmosphere, in line with the Tim… [more]

Batman Earth One Vol 2“If it Ain’t Broke …”: Revisionist Missteps in Batman: Earth One

Three weeks ago, while discussing the Superman: Earth One series of graphic novels, I mentioned in passing that I “didn’t care” for the Earth One Batman series.  Now as far as Internet critiques go, saying… [more]

aquaman-41cvr2-2--135687DC Continues to Revamp Superhero Looks

Last month, DC revealed new costumes for beloved characters Superman, Batman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman. This is a continuation of DC’s 2011 the New 52 revamping of its characters and… [more]

Improving the Foundations: BATMAN BEGINS from Comics to ScreenJulian Darius on Improving the Foundations

As part of its ongoing Patreon campaign, Sequart runs a Book / Movie of the Month Club. Patrons get a digital copy of a Sequart book or movie at the beginning of each month, and they’re invited… [more]

12512207Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Fourteen

After the original OMAC series ended with a literal—if too-goddamn-tidy-for-its-own-good—bang in 1975, all was quiet in “The World That’s Coming!” for a couple of years, but one should never underestimate DC’s ability to milk a… [more]

300The Frank Miller & Alan Moore Adaptations

As we near the climax of comparing Miller and Moore it’s worth talking about the adaptations. Is there any good adaptation of Alan Moore’s work? Is there a bad adaptation of Miller’s work? [more]

Death of the JokerBatman #1—The Ultimate Batman Comic

Batman’s co-creator Bill Finger crafted in 32 pages every single tone and approach to his character that would follow in 75 years. Batman #1 is the single greatest Batman comic ever produced. [more]

articlethumbAbout Face: Character and Portrayal in Snyder’s Batman

DC’s decision to essentially relaunch and, therefore, reboot its output three years ago met with as much praise as it did criticism. Despite proceeding in the wake of Grant Morrison’s seven year labyrinthine run, one… [more]

and-the-oscar-goes-to-could-birdman-be-the-first-superhero-movie-nominated-for-best-picture“I’m Birdman”

Probably the only truly disappointing thing about Alejandro Innaritu’s Birdman is that we don’t actually get to hear Michael Keaton say, in that oft-imitated voice, “I’m Birdman.” Other than that, this is a technical tour-de-force… [more]

Batman Rides into GothamThe Super-Heroics of Frank Miller and Alan Moore, Part 2

Prime-Era Superheroes After a falling out with British Comics publishers, Alan Moore began working with DC Comics writing the horror-book Swamp Thing. Most of Swamp Thing avoided utilization of most superheroes sans some supernatural characters.… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbor​d #5: The Monster at the End of This Podcast

This podcast was recorded a bit earlier than usual, so we’ve missed the endless movie announcements from Marvel. Still, we’ve found enough stuff to discuss to fill-up a good 90 minutes of comics talk including… [more]

batman-returns-pic-1The Politics of Batman, Part 5: Batman Returns, Enron, and the Buying of American Democracy

I first saw the film Batman Returns when it was released in 1992. I was young and didn’t understand it. I found the Penguin disgusting. I had a sense that the movie was condemning American… [more]

Wonder Woman_9Overcoming the Status Quo: Wonder Woman, Superheroes, and the American Criminal Justice System (Part 3)

In this three-part series, I explore where superheroes fit into popular conceptions of criminal justice in the United States, and the potential for Wonder Woman to help improve those conceptions. In Part 1, I looked… [more]

catwoman-sexThe Politics of Batman, Part 4: Sex, Sexism, and the Dark Knight

[Note: The following is reprinted from the book War, Politics and Superheroes] One of the main problems Batman has had from the outset of his career as Feudal Lord crime fighter is that he cannot… [more]

Timm2FaceThe Politics of Batman, Part 3: Understanding Batman’s Enemies

[Note: The following is reprinted from the book War, Politics and Superheroes] Aside from the fact that they are all, effectively, his “subjects,” Batman’s villains are connected to him in an even more visceral, symbolic way.… [more]