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green_lantern_85This is Your Comic on Drugs

How Drugs Killed Comics In 1954 the comic publishing industry faced a Galactus-sized threat from psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. His study linked comic book reading to juvenile delinquency and other social ills. The report whipped up… [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]

Wonder Woman_1Overcoming the Status Quo: Wonder Woman, Superheroes, and the American Criminal Justice System

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. This week, I look at… [more]

Justice_League_America_61Brian’s Comic Book Grab Bag: Justice League America Volume 1 #61

On Christmas Day 2013, my brother gave me a booster pack of random, non-sequential issues from a variety of popular comic book titles that syndicated in the late eighties to mid nineties. The nineties was… [more]

Hector HammondGreen Lantern: How Not to Write a Comic Book Movie Supervillain

Green Lantern has gotten a bad rap. Critics like to point out that if a DC movie doesn’t have Batman or Superman, it doesn’t work. Some blame Ryan Reynolds as being miscast. Some say Martin… [more]

muslim superhero-1432704149_v2.grid-5x2Controversy Contrivances

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

fullarmorjusticeleagueJustice and the Hero: Encountering Archetypical Motives in Justice

There is a growing confusion of what to make of the archetypal Hero / Villain dichotomy in the postmodern world.

john--stewart-green-lantern-538730_201_300Afrofuturism as an Extension of the Black Arts Movement

The term Afrofuturism was coined in 1995 by cultural critic Mark Dery in his essay “Black to the Future.”

Sinestro_evil_rantThe Power Ring and the Comic Book (Part 4)

In part 1 of this series I wrote: When DC Comics issued their refurbished versions of such characters as the Flash and Green Lantern, the heroes still fought assorted “done-in-one-story” menaces while the narratives remained… [more]

Green_Lantern_Vol_2_18The Power Ring and the Comic Book (Part 3)

Green Lantern #18 reads like something of a reprise of issue #11, with Sinestro once again playing mind-games on the hero and luring him to Qward as well.  

Green_Lantern_Vol_2_9The Power Ring and the Comic Book (Part 2)

Green Lantern #3 makes the Weaponers of Qward the hero’s first repeat villains, as the extra-dimensional villains create an illusion to aid them in stealing Green Lantern’s power battery.

Showcase_Vol_1_23 (2)The Power Ring and the Comic Book (Part 1)

Whenever a critic speaks of any popular work as possessing a “mythology”—a term often applied to serial, fictional narratives—the most common objection is that popular fiction is too “low”—as in, “created for the lowest common… [more]

Thor Movie picWhy Thor Soared and the Lantern Failed

Movie theaters in the summer of 2011, like most summers for the past 30-something years, were dominated by films heavy on crowd-pleasing elements, with particular attention to heavy FX content.

Green Lantern Corps scan 6On Green Lantern Corps #1: Of the People, By the People, For the People, Screw the People

I don’t know how to write about this, and I’m extremely nervous about trying to do so. Truthfully, I can’t deny that I’m tempted not to try.

reaction to jokeLight Can’t be Translated: Alan Moore and the Green Lanterns as Colonizing Force

Is there anything more intensive and fundamental to learning a language than vocabulary? Of course not. To learn how to use language without vocabulary is like learning to play hockey with out a puck, stick,… [more]

Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1Flashpoint: Hal Jordan and the Strange Askew Culture of Comic-Book Excellence

It’s impossible to believe that DC Comics was careless where it came to Flashpoint: Hal Jordan. They must have known exactly what it was that they were doing. The powers at 1700 Broadway, NYC, must… [more]

green_lantern-posterBlame it on Hector: A Green Lantern Movie Review

I’ve wanted to watch a live-action Green Lantern movie ever since I was ten years old, so to say that I was excited for this film is a gross understatement.

reis_sinestro_corps1Comics, 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]

Flash and Green Lantern (Alex Ross art)Flash and Green Lantern Films Get Directors

Flash and Green Lantern movies have been given directors and new directions in the wake of the upcoming Justice League film. While work continues on Justice League, set to spin off a number of DC characters into… [more]

51t3ii+b1qL._SY300_The Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 9

THE SEQUART DETECTIVE: A MATTER OF JUSTICE Analysis #9: Reviewing the first half of Justice #5. My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the… [more]

alex-ross-green-lantern-hal-jordan-imageThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 8

THE SEQUART DETECTIVE: A MATTER OF JUSTICE Analysis #8: Reviewing half of Justice #4. My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the Justice issues… [more]

superman-2-poster01The Slow, Donnerward Spiral pt. 2 (or, Stories of a Hollywood Retcon)

Hello again, my minions, and welcome to a new edition of Tact is for the Weak, the column that still believes Rumsfeld was behind 9/11. As many of you know, director Richard Donner (of “The… [more]

justice6signedrosskruegerThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 2

My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the Justice issues reviewed, it attempts to deduce the plots and mysteries of future issues as well.… [more]

green lantern 12PARTY! (or, A Dignified Retrospective)

Welcome, all you vagrants, to a very special edition of Tact is for the Weak, the article that is still waiting for a motherf**king title graphic! For most people, turning 21 means one of two… [more]

5902_180x270Draft Dodging (or, All You Need is Guy Gardner)

Well well, look who’s come crawling back! That’s okay, I forgive you; welcome to the latest chapter of Tact is for the Weak, the article that can eat 34 hotdogs in five minutes! For months,… [more]