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Buffy1bCelebrating the 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Twenty years ago, the landscape of television, drama and popular culture changed with the debut of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon. Looking back at the first shaky season of what was then… [more]

Image taken from North Richland Hills Library Website copyright 2015The Question of Literature and Why Comic Books Deserve to be Classified as Such

How many books do you read a year? This is a question that is frequently asked by voracious readers whenever they feel the need to see if a person is reading as much as they… [more]

ultronWhy Avengers: Age of Ultron is One of the Best Marvel Movies Yet

The first Avengers movie was magical. It’s almost indisputable at this point. The less analytical got a joyous and brilliant popcorn movie that featured big stars and entertaining and loved characters bouncing off one another.… [more]

2939564“I Just Don’t Like Bullies”: Joss Whedon’s Interpretation of Captain America

2012 was inarguably Joss Whedon’s biggest year ever. Not only did he take center stage of a sold-out ravishing audience at the 10th anniversary Firefly reunion panel at San Diego Comic-Con, have his micro-budget adaptation… [more]

Joss-Whedon-and-Chris-Evans-on-the-set-of-The-Avengers-2012-Movie-ImageJoss Whedon: Where He is, Where He was, and Where He May be Going

It is no doubt that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be the biggest blockbuster hit this year and Joss Whedon is the man that brought it to us. But after it’s all said and done,… [more]

Avengers: Age of Ultron posterAvengers: Age of Ultron Has Second Biggest Opening Weekend Ever

Avengers: Age of Ultron, directed by Joss Whedon, took in an estimated $187.7 million domestically through Sunday. Those who wish to spin this negatively will point out that this comes in under the first Avengers… [more]

Avengers-Age-of-UltronAvengers: Age of Ultron is Conflicted

I’m very conflicted about Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not about what sort of movie it is: this is a wall-to-wall headache-inducing, exhausting action-fest where lots of stuff blows up. I’m sure there are lots of… [more]

Doctor_Horrible_BannerDr Horrible and Commentary! The Musical!

The writer’s strike of 2007 was one of the odder labor events of the past few years, and had a distinct effect on a lot of pop culture products. NBC’s The Office had a shortened… [more]

cabin-in-the-woods-2Does Cabin in the Woods Insult Horror Fans?

Almost by chance, 2012 became a pivotal year for Joss Whedon. That summer, his superhero franchise effort, The Avengers, became the highest-grossing movie of the year and of the century, changing the landscape of contemporary… [more]

C2You Can Keep Snyder’s Wonder Woman; I’ll Just Watch Buffy

A comment I often see among fans of superhero movies is “Why can’t they make one with a female lead!?” or often simply, “Why can’t they make a Wonder Woman movie?” The answer is complicated.… [more]

shepherd-bookSerenity is Really Missing its Shepherd and Companion

Looking back over the now-complete series Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, which will mark the beginning of a continuing Serenity comic series, as well as the other short-run “miniseries” of Serenity comics that have emerged… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 031.cbz - Page 2Buffy: Turbulence

From issues #32-40, the climax of Buffy Season 8 plays out on an epic scale. We have yet to have a visit from Spike and Angel, for example, and they’ll both make appearances as circumstances… [more]

e8d38d9cf94d513273febafe4cd29e46Serenity, Leaves on the Wind #5: Love Keeps Them Flying

[This review contains minor spoilage. It’s a bit spoiler-y. (I feel obliged to put it in Whedonesque terms.)] Issue #5 of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind has a distinctly Whedon voice. I mean that in… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 027.cbr - Page 1Buffy: Retreat

After six issues that were essentially standalone stories, some of which were very experimental one-off character or thematic explorations, Jane Espenson’s five-part “Retreat” arc is a vital turning point in Buffy Season 8. In fact,… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 025.cbr - Page 2Buffy: Tentacles and a Thricewise

We are almost back to the main storyline of Buffy Season 8. Just some catching up to do with Faith and Giles, and dealing with Dawn’s boyfriend issues to get through, first. Issue, #24, “Safe”,… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 022.cbr - Page 2Buffy: Out of Control

Things are starting to get out of control for the Slayer army. That’s the essential, long-range, overall story arc point made in issues #22 and 23 of Buffy Season 8. But you could be forgiven… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 020.cbr - Page 2Buffy: Harmonic Divergence

The next five issues of Buffy Season 8 (#20-25), seem to represent a determined and conscientious effort on the part of the Whedon crew to experiment. They revisit some old ideas, and old characters, and… [more]

23611Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4: Where River Gets Scared

The return of The Operative in the previous issue of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind excited fans all over the world, but it sure didn’t excite the Serenity crew. Though we all love Chiwetel Ejofor’s… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 019.cbr - Page 18Buffy: Time of Your Life

This arc of Buffy Season 8 is complex and more than a little confusing for those who don’t pay strict attention. This has to be said up front for those playing the home game because… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 015.cbr - Page 13Buffy: Wolves At The Gate

After two big story arcs starting off Buffy Season 8, it’s really here at the third that the Slayer Army really gets “down to business”. Joss Whedon and his collaborators have set up the situation,… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 009.cbr - Page 2Buffy: No Future For You

The next story arc of Buffy Season 8 once again hits on the main theme of this season and indeed the later seasons of the TV series: what does it mean to be a Slayer?… [more]

Serenity_Leaves_Wind_3_cover_1Moving Pieces into Place with Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3

In the new Serenity comic, issue #3 of Leaves on the Wind, there’s a lot of ground covered in very little time. If there’s one issue where we can feel the story not exactly slipping… [more]

serenity leaves on the wind 2Death Comes Calling for Serenity in Leaves on the Wind #2

Life and death are very much on Mal Reynolds’ mind in Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2. Whereas the previous issue was about how life is continuing for the Serenity crew, with Mal and Inara… [more]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 001.cbr - Page 5The Long Walk Home

“Everyone calls me ma’am these days.” -Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the TV series, was about many things, including being a profoundly human and true coming-of-age story. By the end of season 7, Buffy… [more]

Serenity Leaves on the WindReview: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1

Of all the Serenity comics, and there have been several very good ones up until now, the new Leaves on the Wind follows most directly after the events of the Serenity film. While other books… [more]