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19115 (Avengers 116 Cover)A Long Brush with Marvel Comics

Whatever confluence of events, whatever set of circumstance that attaches a child to a thing, in this case to Marvel Comics, is within the purview of the brain people and magicians.  It interests me that… [more]

wca2 shrunkThey 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]

avengers-for-fbx-largeHow The Avengers Became the Center of the Marvel Universe

From 1961 to 1965, in a white-hot blaze of publisher demand and creativity, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, John Romita Sr. and others hammered out the entire Marvel Universe. In the process, they made… [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]

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]

Saturday-1st-Ms-Marvel-Kamala-Khan-2The Tribes of Fans: How Tribalism is Pulling Comics in the Wrong Direction

We have reached an interesting (and exciting) point in comics history.  For the first time in, well, ever, women are almost neck in neck for comic book readership.  This year there was even market research… [more]

Curt_Connors_TASM1Spider-Man and Science: Exactly Who is Responsible Enough for Great Power?

Spider-Man is kind of unique amongst superheroes in his relationship with science. No, not the science of how he actually swings on those webs without dislocating his shoulders or ripping his arms out of their… [more]

AvengersHickmanA Smarter World: Hickman’s Avengers #1-3

Judging a long form story based on a small glimmer of it month to month doesn’t make much sense.  You can judge a cake from a slice, but this isn’t cake!  Stories trace trajectories.  … [more]

Ex_Nihilo_(Earth-616)_from_Avengers_Vol_5_1_001The Marvelous Sci-Fi Villains of Jonathan Hickman

When the Avengers are known as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” they should face off against something so powerful that it takes the combined might of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and others to be… [more]

xmen90sX-Men: Protecting a World that Makes Them Irrelevant

“Protecting a world that hates and fears them.”

goblin“We’ve Got to Make Superman, Spider-Man, and Everyone Dance”

Music and super-heroes have, for some reason, never been able to get along. Looking at the track listing for the Avengers sorta-kinda movie soundtrack, Avengers Assemble, we can see right away that finding songs to… [more]

chitauriThe Avengers Versus the Space Lizard Conspiracy

May 4th was Avengers day here in the states, and I actually managed to see the film three times in the first 24 hours of its release.

the-dark-knight-rises-baneScreen Villains

It’s often said that a hero is only as good as his villain. I think.

ultimates 1The Ultimates: Super-Human

The Ultimates Volume 1 #1-6 As a fledgling comic book reader, I took notice of the New Avengers only because of the writer attached to it, Brian Michael Bendis. I remember reading the Disassembled arc… [more]

Avengers #502You Can’t Go Back Again

An unfortunate trend seems to have taken hold at Marvel Comics, which has slowly convinced me to give up reading my favorite super-heroes.

hulkThe Use of Genre: Visions of The Incredible Hulk

Within the oeuvre of Jack Kirby, the Incredible Hulk arrives as one among many generic engagements with the monster archetype. The Hulk, a military-funded scientific experiment run amok, casts up specters of other works by… [more]

Avengers 500“Lacking on Every Level”

Avengers #500 Marvel Comics – Brian Michael Bendis (w); David Finch (p); Danny Miki (i)I almost didn’t review this, for a couple of reasons. Here’s the score: No matter what I say, for good or… [more]

imagesComics News Unlimited

Harvey ResultsThe big winners at this year’s Harvey Awards were Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, DC, and Craig Thompson. D&Q won five Harveys including Best Writer (Chester Brown) and Best Colorist (Chris Ware). Fantagraphics brought home… [more]

new x-menSequart.com News

The biggest news to report is, of course, this column. Why’s it here? Well, Sequart.com has become a major comics site. And, really, it needs some news. I fucking hate news. I’m focused — and… [more]

AUG021542_mComics Published on 30 October 2002

St. Swithin’s Day Oni Press – Grant Morrison (w); Paul Grist (a) This is sort of a first for me and the column: my first retro review. I thought it’d be a bigger deal, like… [more]

ff 61Comics Published on 25 September 2002

Before I start, a couple of items of business: I did in fact get a request for me to review Ultimate Adventures #1 and Marville #1, though I don’t think that request was made with… [more]

The most recent issue of The Authority, issue #14.Mark Millar on The Authority

The Authority, already popular, has taken off under the new team of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Though many doubted they could replace their popular predecessors, they have followed a revolutionary act with one that… [more]