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Agents of HYDRAThe Framework in Agents of HYDRA

Where do we even begin? This is yet another article that I hadn’t been planning. Well, I’m sorry: that is just an alternative fact. You see, I had been thinking of writing about this arc… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #63: Khatz in the Khradle

In which Shawn learns that Marvel’s definitions of “ongoing” and “miniseries” are more interchangeable than they should be; a Warren Ellis Plot Generator would inevitably become sentient and attack the United Nations while chain-smoking; Meredith… [more]

spreadWe Are All Children of the Atom: Marvel’s X-Men Gold Controversy, the Qurʾān, and the Problem of Diversity

[Note: This article originally appeared on Mizan Pop on the 10th of April, 2017. Since its publication, Marvel has terminated Syaf’s contract.] The recent launch of the new comic series X-Men Gold has generated international controversy… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #62: Shawn & Tom Kill the Marvel Universe

Go for broke! The news from the Marvel Retailer Summit have forced Shawn & Tom to discuss at length about all myriad problems Marvel actually have, as opposed to the problems they think they have.… [more]

steve-gerberSpotlight on Steve Gerber’s The Son of Satan

Marvel Comics in the 1970s were, to put it mildly, weird. Now, I mean that as a compliment. The dizzying array of subgenres that the publisher expanded into during the decade is impressive. Explosive creativity on… [more]

Subby 4The Brilliance of Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner, Marvel’s Superman

Bill Everett tribute for Marvel’s 75th and Daredevil’s 50th anniversaries (2014) by Stephen Sonneveld, featuring William Blake’s “The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea” (1805-1810) Bill Everett was an expert storyteller, whose… [more]

Spidey Super StoriesDesign Sense: Steve Ditko’s “Jack” is an Ace Compared to Marvel’s

Few images are as iconic in Western culture as the grinning gourds that populate our harvest festivals. Initially, such sturdy fruits made practical lanterns. The artistry of carving faces, and weaving religious and secular folklore… [more]

Weiner - book cover Marvel moviesAcademics Discuss their Book Marvel Comics into Film and the Secret Origins of the MCU

Matthew J. McEniry is an assistant metadata librarian at Texas Tech University and describes digital manuscripts for online discovery. Robert Moses Peaslee is an associate professor and chair of Journalism and Electronic Media at the… [more]

C&D Marvel Age coverHunger and Longing: Growing Up with Cloak and Dagger

While I can’t remember exactly what happens in this comic book, the cover to Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #95 has long been burned into my memory. It’s cover dated October 1984 and I must have… [more]

Last Night book coverLast Night, A Superhero Saved My Life: Reading Comics to Live

While reading Last Night, A Superhero a Saved My Life (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2016), I was struck by how emotionally invested I became in these tales of lives saved and redeemed by comic… [more]

Journey to Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire Page 1Shattered Empire Fills in Some Intriguing Star Wars Gaps

One of the great things about a mythical universe such as the one created by Star Wars is that there’s plenty of room to tell many different stories, so long as they connect neatly with… [more]

Star Wars Special - C-3PO 001 Page 1Droids, Slaves and C-3PO’s Red Arm

The role of droids in the Star Wars universe has always been fairly clear, and yet tinged with some troubling implications. They’re servants, essentially, but they’re also companions and, most interestingly of all, they have… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #43: With Treelike Reptile Erections

As the Internet rages at Rebirth and Nick Spencer, Tom and Shawn discuss the passing of Darwyn Cooke, the latest desperation tactics at Marvel and DC, casting news for Thor: Ragnarok, and August Previews. We… [more]

CA.0413.the.avengers.A Marvel Cinematic Universe Wish List

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including their Netflix series, is expanding rapidly. Since having kids, the wife and I can’t seem to keep up. I’m not sure she’s as impatient to see Captain America: Civil War… [more]

Great Lakes Avengers 2Of Squirrels and Girls

This exposes me to some risk, having to look over my shoulder for Steinbeck’s vengeful spirit, but that’s the life we choose in the thrilling, fast-paced world of sequential art criticism.  Not like music reviewers… [more]

Dinosaur ExtinctionThe Near and Distant Horizon

Timeliness is next to prescience, or something like that.  Here I was preparing this screed when I chanced upon an article by a person who insists that the survival of comic books is dependent upon… [more]

PM IF CoverThe Boys are Back in Town: Power Man and Iron Fist #1

Nostalgia played a big role in why I picked up the first issue of Marvel’s new Power Man and Iron Fist series. From the pre-release buzz, it appeared that writer David F. Walker, artist Sanford Greene,… [more]

Black Panther CoverA Priest, a Panther, and the Dora Milaje Walk into a Bar: Christopher Priest’s Black Panther

With the Black Panther entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon, I figured it was high time I explored the character in print, at least more so that I have previously. I’ve always liked T’Challa but… [more]

1173277Fantastic 4X4 Part 1: Fantastic Four Masterworks Vol. 1

The one upside of the recent Fantastic Four movie slinking into and out of theatres is that Comixology had a flash sale on several starting points in the continuity of Marvel’s First Family. I bought… [more]

Placeholder_couple_superheroWhy I Am Not A Superhero Fan

I’m fairly open about my own tastes and predilections when it comes to comics, or any other medium. I’ll freely admit to anyone who cares to ask that, while I love comics, I’m not that… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #26: Totes Outrageous

Kevin Feige flees from under the thumb of Ike Perlmutter, Mockingbird finally goes to pilot, Secret Wars multiplies, the alluring possibilities of avant-garde author Mark Z, Danielewski taking a crack at writing Deadpool… these are just some… [more]

Unbeatable_Squirrel_Girl_Vol_1_3_Women_of_Marvel_VariantThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Conflict Resolution

Spoilers for The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. (But honestly, you should’ve read it by now anyway.) Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Some chemical-induced villain comes into your campus looking for Spider-Man to fight… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #25: How Dare You, Chip Zdarsky

Stephen Amell takes method acting to new levels, Mark Millar seeks greener pastures for his fertilizer, the Ignatz Awards nominees are announced, a new legal precedent for Kickstarter may have some interesting ripple effects, and… [more]

L-R: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris EvansFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: A Retro Review

When their first Fantastic Four flick grossed more than three times its production budget in 2005, the hoped-for sequel quickly left the realm of the hypothetical for home studio Twentieth Century Fox. And with the cast… [more]

Czarface 2Comic Book Themed Hip Hop Trio Czarface Returns for Second Album

In late 1993, legendary MC Inspectah Deck was getting busy with Wu-Tang Clan on the classic rap album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). That album has held up as one of the greatest and most… [more]