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You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Epilogue: Altruism in House of X / Powers of X

“MUTANTS—feared and hated by the world they have sworn to protect. These are the STRANGEST heroes of all!” These words greeted readers of Uncanny X-Men in an introductory caption-box at the top of the first… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 12: Prophecy in Powers of X #6

Chapter 12: Prophecy – Foreknowledge Motivating Change in Powers of X #6 – I Am Not Ashamed Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva with Pepe Larraz Inker: R.B. Silva Color Artist: Marte Gracia with David… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 11: Commandments in House of X #6

Chapter 11: Commandments in House of X #6 – House of X Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia with David Curiel Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia Who decides right… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 10: The Soul in Powers of X #5

Chapter 10: The Soul in Powers of X #5 – For the Children Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: R.B. Silva and Marte Gracia One theory… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 9: Resurrection in House of X #5

Chapter 9: Resurrection in House of X #5 – Society Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia “I will deliver this people from the power… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 8: Evil Beings in Powers of X #4

Chapter 8: Evil Beings in Powers of X #4 – Something Sinister Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: R.B. Silva and Marte Gracia At the end… [more]

Evolution of the Islamic Superheroine: Post-9/11 Representation of Muslim Women in Comics

Introduction The primary purpose of this piece will be to discuss the history regarding the increased representation of Muslima, or female adherents of Islam, within fictional mediums such as superhero comics. Specifically, following the September… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 7: Martyrdom in House of X #4

Chapter 7: Martyrdom in House of X #4 – It Will be Done Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia Deeply tragic and yet strangely… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 6: Doubts and Fears in House of X #3

Chapter 6: Doubts and Fears in House of X #3 – Once More unto the Breach Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia Cyclops asks… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 5: The End Times in Powers of X #3

Chapter 5: The End Times in Powers of X #3 – This Is What You Do Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: R.B. Silva and Marte… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 4: Ascension in Powers of X #2

Chapter 4: Ascension in Powers of X #2 – We Are Together Now, You and I Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva with Adriano Di Benedetto Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art:… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 3: Reincarnation in House of X #2

Chapter 3: Reincarnation in House of X #2 – The Uncanny Life of Moira X Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Pepe Larraz Color Artist: Marte Gracia Cover Art: Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia It would be… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 2: Visions of the Future and the Past in Powers of X #1

Chapter 2: Prophecy – Visions of the Future and the Past in Powers of X #1 – The Last Dream of Professor X Writer: Jonathan Hickman Penciler: R.B. Silva Inker: R.B. Silva with Adriano Di… [more]

You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 1: Paradise in House of X #1: The House that Xavier Built

“You see, I know how you humans love your symbolism, almost as much as you love your religion.” This bold statement of Magneto towards the end of House of X #1 not only serves as… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 4

The Mighty Thor #265: This one is truly an ALL BATTLE ISSUE! We left off with The Destroyer, a suit of indestructible-looking armor, powered by someone’s spirit force, crashing into battle with Thor. We find… [more]

A. David Lewis on Being a Religion and Comics Scholar, and His New Book Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation

A. David Lewis is a scholar of religion, literature, and comics studies. He has published graphic novels and several academic works that explore convergence of religion and comic books. His latest academic project is Muslim… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 3

The Mighty Thor #264: In this issues, Loki sits on the throne because Balder, though left in charge of Asgard, departed to visit Karnilla, Queen of the Norns. The throne was left empty. Now that… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 2

The Mighty Thor #263: The story: all the Asgardians (Thor, Sif, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg), with the Recorder, battle against the Odin-force body, created and controlled by the alien within the spirit mold. All fail,… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 1

The Mighty Thor #262: My favorite Marvel character in August 1978 was The Mighty Thor. What follows is an examination of every issue of his Marvel comic book, from August 1977 to July 1978, issues… [more]

We 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]

They Were Lost in Space-Time and Then They Found God

Written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Al Milgrom, the Lost in Space-Time saga ran from West Coast Avengers #17 to 24. The real meat is between 18-23, with the others serving as a prologue… [more]

When the Transformers Got Religion (in Transformers: The Movie)

There are a lot of reasons why Transformers: The Movie was revolutionary, when it was released in 1986. Its level of animation was spectacular for anything but a Disney film. Akira hadn’t yet been released,… [more]

Making Love the Will Eisner Way: Intercourse Discourse in A Contract with God

In Will Eisner’s Contract with God, sex is is a struggle for power. [more]

“I Only Wanted To Be Loved”: Shameless? Part 35

Continued from two weeks ago. Canon Fodder reads as if two distinct stories had been awkwardly spliced together. In its first half, it’s the tale of how the Canon, Doctor Watson and Mycroft Holmes desperately combine… [more]

“Let Them Serve as Signs”: Graphic Adaptations of Christian Texts

In issue number 301 of The Comics Journal, there are articles critiquing two major spiritual works in the graphic tradition. One of these works is R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis, the other Dave Sim’s Cerebus. While the latter… [more]