Crimson PeakSome Short Thoughts on Recent Theatrical Releases

As you may or may not have noticed I’ve been falling rather dramatically behind on reviews this past month or so. All I can say to excuse it is that I’ve been busy and I’m… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #31: The Mad Machinations of Mr. Miller

Tom and Shawn talk Hollywood as a new Crow movie is brought up, Captain America: Civil War gets its first trailer, and Iron Fist becomes a Schrodinger-like phenomenon. In actual comics talk, Frank Miller promises more Dark Knight… [more]

supergirl-1280jpg-e43dd4_1280wSupergirl: Not the Feminist Superhero People Want

I admit to never knowing, or caring to know, much about Supergirl. While I can talk pretty confidently about the story arcs and history of Batman or Superman or Wonder Woman or even to a… [more]

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spectre-logo-revealSpectre: Losing to the Times

I didn’t come in with high expectations for this film, which might be an odd thing to say considering that I really enjoyed Skyfall. You know Skyfall is a good film when it turns into… [more]

Issue 46 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 37

Issue #46 “Falling into Hell” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Mark Pennington, Mark McKenna, Kim DeMulder, Stan Woch; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; As with any ongoing comic series,… [more]

invisiblerepublic07_Review coverInvisible Republic #7: You Can’t Leave

“I’ve been involved in several cults, both as a leader and a follower. You have more fun as a follower, but you make more money as a leader.” -Creed Bratton We have to start the… [more]

straitgate001Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Sixteen : Meet Dave

So, who’s this “Dave” guy you heard mentioned in our last segment here, anyway? Yeah, okay, you may have gathered that he’s the central figure in John Smith and Sean Phillips’ Straitgate, but beyond that,… [more]

PROMETHEUS ETERNAL pdf coverPrometheus Eternal: New Reflections on a Classic Myth

Greek mythology is, it almost goes without saying, full of characters who incur the wrath of more powerful gods by violating their arbitrary rules. Most of those violations amount to stepping outside of the proverbial… [more]

1380272-crisis50Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Fifteen : Les Enfants Terrible

Debuting in the pages of the well-regarded (and, at least by some of us, much-missed) British comics anthology series Crisis — specifically in issue number 50, cover-dated September, 1990 — John Smith and Sean Phillips’… [more]

spider-brainiac-600x338Sorting Through Tim Burton’s Promising Wreckage: The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

We have all probably heard, even if just in passing, of the great lost Superman film of the 1990s, but probably only rumours of goofy costumes and questionable casting. The recent independent documentary The Death… [more]

tf-chap-1-image-0017Portraits in Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Fourteen : I Used To Think That The Day Would Never Come —

And you, dear reader, could be forgiven, what with the uber-sporadic nature of these posts in recent months (sue me, I’ve been busy), that the day would never come when yours truly would finally get… [more]

Hellblazer #45 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 36

Issue #45 “The Sting” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Tom Sutton; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; In the comic medium, every character or series has moments that become paramount… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #30.1: Bunns of Steel

With Tom running amok in England, Shawn invites local Boy Wonder Hagai Palevsky to discuss the latest developments in comics, including Cullen Bunn’s brush with fandom drama, the Means-Shannon Mishap, a most unwelcome return at… [more]

635560680919636292-MAD-MAX-FURY-ROAD-MOV-jy-1019-Feminism on the Fury Road: Imperfect Tropes in Mad Max

As part of my continuing effort to catch up with all the summer movies I missed (my home theatre is more comfortable, equal in quality and a whole lot cheaper than going to a theatre,… [more]

stephen-amell-in-arrowThe Flashback Paradox: How Comic Book Television Deals with Remembrance of Things Past

In the eight decades or so of American comic books, finding obscure things in dark corners to dust off and reinvent has become an industry unto itself. Indeed, one of the first known printed uses… [more]

ASanotherday01Another Day, Another Dollar: Harvey Pekar’s Last American Splendor

For the last few years of Harvey Pekar’s life, he was on a creative roll. His American Splendor comic had never really gone away, but in the 1990s and early 2000s, Pekar was focusing more… [more]

8House05_Review cover8House Yorris #2: Transgression

The main theme of Fil Barlow and Helen Maier’s arc “Yorris” for 8House appears to be transgression. Little Yorris rebelled against her culture by presuming to suggest that war isn’t automatically the answer to every… [more]

Issue 44 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 35

Issue #44 “My Way” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Tom Sutton; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; American founding father Benjamin Franklin is famously known for the quote from a… [more]

Goddamned01_Review coverThe Goddamned: The Bible as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Anyone of a certain inclination who has read the Old Testament can’t help but come away thinking of it as pretty “metal”, to coin a phrase. Fights to the death, plagues, burning cities, vendettas, and… [more]

Batman - Two-FaceLooking Glasses: Sexual Dangers and Curious Responses in Carroll’s Alice Books and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Part Two

Yet the Alice books do not celebrate our heroine’s change, as suggested by Alice’s several disturbing mirrorings with older women. Three of the four major women in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass… [more]

SouthernBastards12_Review coverSouthern Bastards #12: The Return of Earl Tubb

“Americans love a winner, and cannot abide a loser.” -Gen. George S. Patton We have to go way back to issue #4 of Southern Bastards to recall the story that’s picked up here in issue… [more]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens posterSequart Announces Its Third Annual Sci-Fi Week

On 14 December, Sequart will begin its third annual Sci-Fi Week, timed to coincide with that week’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Over the course of the week, Sequart will publish content focusing… [more]

descender07_Review titleDescender #7: A New and Bold Chapter

Sometimes, maybe all the time, compelling narrative storytelling is about constantly raising the stakes. For a book that started with the destruction of a major human civilization, Descender has fairly masterfully managed to raise the… [more]

Tomorrowland_posterTomorrowland: I Hope

It took some time, but I finally got around to seeing Brad Bird’s fascinating sci-fi film Tomorrowland, and this morning I am somewhat shocked to discover that, when I have a quick gaze across the… [more]