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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]

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]

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]

Jesus Christ Superman

The irony of Superman in the age of Postmodernism is that our world has no need for saviors. Often I find myself in the middle of arguments where I defend Superman to my peers as… [more]

Absolutely Puerile?: Shameless? Part 13

Continued. But more than anything else, Millar’s depiction of a demon-dominated Catholic Church was a playful, and often deliberately silly, reflection of his personal experiences and tastes. Few comic book writers have ever focused upon… [more]

Theology and Bullshit

To be honest, the end of the world has always scared the shit out of me.

Live Chat with Artist JT Waldman at Tufts University

This is the page for the live chat with JT Waldman, artist of Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, the final graphic novel by autobiographical comics legend Harvey Pekar. The chat was recorded live… [more]

Sequart Sponsors Tufts University Live Chat with Artist JT Waldman

Sequart Research & Literacy Organization is proud to sponsor a free live online chat with JT Waldman, collaborator with Harvey Pekar on the graphic novel Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me.

On Robert Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated, Genesis Chapter 22

What to do when trapped with a front-line, world-class bore?

Reading Holy Terror’s First Act

After its three-page thematic introductory sequence, Holy Terror shifts to the Fixer chasing Cat Burglar across Empire City’s rooftops. It’s a sequence not without its charms, including a few powerful images. It depicts an eccentric, hard-boiled… [more]

A Place for Bold: Understanding Frank Miller

No one seems to get Frank Miller. Despite the flurry of digital ink spilled over him, most critics seem to be left scratching their heads. Indeed, the entire body of Frank Miller criticism can now… [more]

All for One, One for All — The Super-Hero Story

I had originally planned to write this article at a later date, but after reading Cody Walker and Julian Darius’s columns this past week, I couldn’t resist the temptation to jump ahead. I’ve been brewing… [more]

The God of Preacher

The Christians I dissociate myself from are the ones usually found in films like Saved! or in comics like American Virgin:  generally linked with sexism, homophobia, racism, fundamentalism, and conservative political views.