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Monte Williams has a Bachelors Degree in Communications. Would you like fries with that?


Columns

Tuesday, March 8 2011

Quantum and Woody's Mildly Postmodern Gags

Are Quantum and Woody a dynamic duo, or just another wearying odd couple with a duo dynamic?


Tuesday, February 8 2011

Raimi’s Last Hunt: A Brief Reappraisal of the 'Spider-Man' Trilogy

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy is like his Evil Dead trilogy: the first entry is self-conscious, the second is more of a remake than a sequel, and the third is so different from the first two that it almost qualifies as a different genre.


Tuesday, January 18 2011

Mighty Morphin’ Masterpiece: One Man’s Inexplicable Love for 'Power Rangers: The Movie'

The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV series was after my time, and a passing glance at any given episode was enough to convince me that it was, well, 'stunted'. So why have I seen Power Rangers: the Movie five times?


Monday, November 29 2010

The Devil Wears Spandex

It seems that Todd McFarlane designed Spawn’s cape to billow wildly just so that it would obscure Spawn’s feet, so that he wouldn’t have to draw them.


Thursday, November 4 2010

Take Your Daughter to Work Day: A Father Reflects on Years of Force-feeding Pop Culture to His Child

How will my daughter feel when her friends greet her in 2030 with an enthusiastic shout-out to Hannah Montana or SpongeBob SquarePants and she can only remember Bebop, Rocksteady, the Gentleman Ghost and Gyro Gearloose?


Whitewash [30.Mar.08]
Godless [6.Nov.07]
Toys 'n the Addict [11.Mar.07]

Reviews

Wednesday, May 27 2009

Illustrated Collector's Guide to Alice Cooper by Dale Sherman

Neither the book’s essential ugliness nor its sloppy text slowed me down; Pearson’s knowledge of Alice Cooper’s career is encyclopedic, the revelations and anecdotes compelling.


Tuesday, May 26 2009

Wolverine and the X-Men: Heroes Return Trilogy

This is not (quite) your typically loud, stupid Saturday morning cartoon, and in fact it seems to steadily improve as it goes along.


Wednesday, January 2 2008

DORK #11

Dork #11 offers such an exhaustive assortment of alternately inspired and absurd jokes that it's tempting to simply list the best hundred or so in order to persuade you to buy it for yourself.


Tuesday, June 26 2007

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1-4

Buffy The Vampire Slayer hasn't felt this confident, charismatic or hungry, indeed this essential, in many years.


Monday, June 4 2007

Famous Fighters #1

Famous Fighters is a wickedly absurd and delightfully entertaining romp which more than proved worthy of my initial affection. But, I have no idea why Smith and Pappalardo bothered to print it.


Roadkill Zoo [23.Apr.07]
Myriad #1-4 [3.Apr.07]
Mouse Guard #1-6 [15.Feb.07]
Ruffians #1-4 [14.Dec.06]
Shuteye #1-2 [18.Oct.06]
Tag #1 [12.Oct.06]

Blogs

Friday, December 4 2009

Bionic Six: Scientifically Impossible


Tuesday, November 17 2009

Muppet Babies: Short Shrift for Scooter

You can almost sense how self-conscious Scooter felt when it came time to engage in the traditional opening-theme self-promotion; Scooter's entire personality boils down to consumerism: "I've got my computer."


Tuesday, May 19 2009

Narrative Integrity and Brock Samson

One of the greatest examples of character evolution in a television series is Brock Samson, from Jackson Publick’s The Venture Bros.


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