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Future Progressive, Past Regressive: Livewires

Adam Warren’s Livewires is Perfection. This is not a word I use lightly, especially when the thing involved is a one-off project by a person who is often considered a not-very-major-creator[1] ™ but Livewires: Clockwork… [more]

The Continuity Pages Return

The Continuity Pages is a massive project that seeks to organize comics according to continuity, rather than simply by title and number. This especially has advantages in the current era, with its plethora of mini-series,… [more]

Controversy Contrivances

I think it is part of human curiosity to be drawn to controversy.

On DC Comics Presents #50, by Mishkin, Cohn, Swan, and Shaffenberger (1982)

Nothing ever ages worse than a typical product of the moment just before a paradigm shift.

Sequart Podcast #3: World-Building

Host Cody Walker and guest Terry Bartley discuss world-building in corporate super-hero comics continuity.

Wolverine, Loner / Conformist

Always a fan favorite, Wolverine is a character that is in no fear of falling out of the public eye. It seems like every time a team book is pitched or a major event hatched… [more]

Vulnerable, Disabled Children: Mark Waid, Grant Morrison, and Inspirational Super-Heroes

The Joker laughs manically as he holds Batman, supposedly dead. Despite the large amount of blood on the weapon and on Batman, this isn’t even the shocking part.

Why Continuity Matters

Continuity. The word alone strikes terror into the hearts of editors everywhere. When you disregard it, people will want it back. When you keep it, new readers complain it’s too much to ask of them.

All Things Must Pass: How Comic Books Can Never Grow Up

You and me, we are getting old. I know. It does suck.

Erasing the Justice Society

In the continuity of DC’s relaunches, Superman will reportedly be the first super-hero. This implies that the Justice Society will have been wiped from continuity, and that seems to be DC’s current plan. This isn’t… [more]

Chief Concerns

Back in October 2010, Scipio of the Absorbascon wrote an impassioned salute to the character Niles Caulder (a.k.a. “The Chief”) of the 1960s comic Doom Patrol by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani. As a longtime… [more]

Comics, Continuity, and Complexity

Recently, I caught up on Warren Ellis’s Nextwave and Geoff Johns’s recent Green Lantern run through Blackest Night. The two works are polar opposites in terms of approaches to comics; one a continuity-laden, multi-year saga… [more]

Turning Points

These last couple of years we have seen a revolution of sorts in both mainstream companies. Bigger stories, with more continuity, are the order of the day, and long year-spanning stories, which involve every player… [more]

Week 14: Alterations

WHO DIES IN WEEK 15?! This isn’t the theory of the week, rather a small thought or two on who dies next week. “Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid; Breakdowns by… [more]

You Can’t Go Back Again

An unfortunate trend seems to have taken hold at Marvel Comics, which has slowly convinced me to give up reading my favorite super-heroes.

Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: “PowerTrip”

We’ve previously examined the convoluted history of Power Girl. We now turn to Geoff Johns’s revamping of Power Girl’s origin in the pages of JSA Classified, which in turn led directly into Power Girl’s appearance in Infinite… [more]

Absurdity of the Crossover (or, One Year Later: OY)

Greetings, my brothers and sisters! It’s time for another heaping helping of Tact is for the Weak, the column your girlfriend wishes you could be! A little over twenty years ago, a cosmic event was… [more]

Comics Addictionado (or, The Comic Reader’s Manifesto)

Enter, mortals, and despair! This is Tact is for the Weak, the article that’s been eating Mexican food all day and can’t wait to spend the night at your place! Admittedly, comics fans are a… [more]

Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: A Brief History of Power Girl

Power Girl, one of the major players in Infinite Crisis, was one of several characters whose history became convoluted in the wake of Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Watchmen and Intertextuality: How Watchmen Interrogates the Comics Tradition

Today, Watchmen is celebrated as an autonomous work — and it is partly on this basis that its greatness rests.

The Last Comics Blotter

Comics Lit Spotlight in New York Times MagazineIf you are already a member or you don’t mind registering with the online version of New York Times Magazine, there is a great article by Charles McGrath… [more]

Your Weekly Blotter Fix

Dabel Brothers and Devil’s Due Having a Bit of a TiffThe comic book industry is just a reality show waiting to happen. CrossGen can breathe a momentary sigh of relief as Dabel Bros. and Devil’s… [more]

On Continuity: No-Prizes, Retcons, and the Mental Acrobatics of Continuity Repair

In the Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s, comics were mostly episodic tales in which characters barely changed.