AB-, ENTJ, PhD: shathley Q is deeply moved by the emotional connection we build with our perpetual fictions, and hopes to answer for that somehow, somehow. He holds a Doctorate in Literary and Cultural Theory. His writings have appeared in Joss Whedon: the Complete Companion and Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men, as well as regularly on PopMatters. Like a kid in a china shop, he microblogs as @uuizardry on Twitter. Or hit him up directly on email@example.com.
Friday, December 6 2013
Falling in love is hard on the knees, Aerosmith reminded us some two decades back. Between President Obama's "backpedaling" on the Syrian red-line and Miley's twerking, 2013 has been a little like that.
Friday, November 15 2013
It's been said that the power in the X-Men is that of social commentary, that the X-Men stand in for any oppressed minority. But could the X-Men really have made it to 50 years on the strength of nothing more than a thinly-veiled analogy?
Friday, November 1 2013
Inside MAD proves that sometimes novelty and innovation parades as marketable nostalgia.
Friday, October 25 2013
I almost never sleep on the night before Halloween ('cept really for that Devil's Night back in 2002, and y'know, when I was a kid). And that has absolutely nothing to do with comics.
Friday, October 18 2013
The crimeboard become the signature of high quality comics storytelling nearly a decade ago, but it would take another decade before metaphor would become medium. With Justice League of America #8, we seem to be on the cusp of another evolutionary leap in storytelling.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
Far from just the journey westwards, there've been three other American migrations. Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years introduces the idea of a fifth.
Monday, November 25 2013
At 75 years, both Superman and the print collection that celebrates his anniversary, suggest the idea of perpetual fictions as public good.
Wednesday, November 20 2013
It's Green Arrow vs. Batman in the pages of Green Arrow #24, but not quite. Because it's the past, and Ollie it's quite Green Arrow yet, and it's not quite "versus."
Wednesday, November 13 2013
I love Inaki Miranda's cars. They're equal parts safety line and guide wire; laced with the kind of realism you can retreat into when the supernatural gets too much, but also a means for you to help suspend your disbelief.
Wednesday, November 6 2013
Beware the Batman makes a radically different argument for the Batman as an idea.
Monday, December 2 2013
At the opening of Superman: H'el on Earth, writer Scott Lobdell offers a stirring reminder of Superman very human need to make a home for himself.
Monday, November 11 2013
The world seems so much smaller now, this last year gone, after losing Joe Kubert. Please enjoy our exclusive preview of Joe Kubert's last solo collection.
Monday, November 4 2013
In 1985, Hex was a brave step in a bold new direction for publisher DC's legendary Old West, outlaw lawman. It was also a cry for help. With All-Star Western, that project finally comes full circle.
Monday, October 21 2013
During his tenure as series regular writer, Adam Glass evolved the high concept of the Suicide Squad beyond its black ops roots to become a powerful meditation on the American story.
Monday, September 30 2013
It's really only the power of Grant Morrison's writing that can force you into the counterintuitively simultaneous directions of Will Eisner and H.I.M.