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shathley Q
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PopMatters Comics Editor

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


Friday, September 12 2014

The “Going Out of Business” Sale for the 20th Century

This is a story about the distribution model of comics and why I want to see it evolve to the same levels comics storytelling did in the ‘90s. And this story begins with two vignettes…

Thursday, July 24 2014

The Pursuit of ComicCon: Comics, Fans and the Ideology of Choice

OK, I’m going to sound a little G.O.P., but ComicCon is a public good and must be defended. And you’d never guess from what…

Wednesday, July 23 2014

The Victor Belongs to the Spoils: 75 Summers of the Batman

Just a single thought about what Batman has come to mean over the last 75 years.

Friday, July 18 2014

A More Authentic Transmedia: The Ethics of Transmedia Fatigue

Sometimes, as Stuart Moore writes in Wolverine: Under the Boardwalk, you just gotta disappear.

Friday, June 20 2014

A Bit More Collected: Down the Pop Culture Rabbit Hole with “Death Sentence”

To understand Death Sentence you'd need to understand why 1986's Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns were both roaring successes, and a dismal failures.

Before Watchmen [28.Jun.13]


Wednesday, August 6 2014

All History Is Ancient History: “Outcast #2”

Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s most recent title, Outcast, not only offers a meditation on demonic possession, but competes on equal footing with high-end dramas like The Leftovers and Ray Donovan.

Wednesday, July 30 2014

The One You See Coming: “Moon Knight #5”

Moon Knight #5 is a testament to the surrealization (not a word, do not use as one) of violence.

Wednesday, April 30 2014

Fortunes-Faded Future: “Rai #1”

Rai #1 comes with the highest praise. Writer Matt Kindt and artist Clayton Crain have collaborated in equal parts to produce a singular example of the best of popular culture.

Wednesday, April 23 2014

Specters of Marquez: “Iron Fist, the Living Weapon #1”

Writer-artist Kaare Andrews shapes an entirely new mythology for Iron Fist—not so much “like unto a thing of iron,” but “when offered life, he chose death…”

Wednesday, April 2 2014

“Some Things Have to be Burned Out:” “Detective #30”

You call it “Icarus,” Francis, Brian, and already it’s beginning to feel like we’ve entered into the cathedral of something far larger than ourselves, something that can be built by ourselves…

Is It Just Us? [1.Sep.11]
Shadowland #1 [14.Jul.10]
Superman #700 [30.Jun.10]
Batman #700 [28.Jun.10]
Secret Avengers #1 [14.Jun.10]
Black Widow #1-2 [26.May.10]
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 [26.Apr.10]
Ultimate X #1 [7.Apr.10]
The Question #37 [10.Mar.10]
Human Target #1 [22.Feb.10]
Moon Girl [17.Feb.10]
45 [25.Jan.10]
Ghost Rider [24.Jun.09]
Stray Toasters [1.Jun.09]
The Alcoholic [6.Apr.09]
The Winter Men [11.Mar.09]
Local [10.Dec.08]


Monday, September 15 2014

Use Your Allusion: Exclusive Preview of “Unwritten Apocalypse #9”

Three dramas become entwined in the breathtakingly micro-epic folds of “Inklings.” But the one that ultimately makes the difference is the fourth—the drama you bring with you to these pages.

Monday, August 4 2014

The Much Harder Way: Exclusive Preview of “Phantom Stranger #22”

The Phantom Stranger’s never made things easy for himself, but maybe his piercingly sharp moral clarity can help with that.

Monday, July 21 2014

The Road Ahead: Exclusive Preview of “Trinity of Sin: Pandora #13”

Reading Trinity of Sin: Pandora #13 triggers familiar memories of Bill Gates’ The Road Ahead, only some of them warm and comforting.

Tuesday, June 17 2014

The Last Time We Were All Together: Exclusive Preview of Green Lantern: Lights Out

There’s something that needs to be said about where Robert Venditti is taking the Green Lantern universe, something good…

Monday, May 19 2014

Lobo's Second Evolution: Exclusive Preview of "Red Hood and the Outlaws #31"

Red Hood and his fellow Outlaws find themselves in the theater of outlandish cartoon violence and threats, visited on the galaxy by none other than arguably the greatest villain of the ‘90s -- the Main Man himself, Lobo.

Watching the Skies Blacken with SkyWatcher1 (Graphic Novelties) [5.Feb.14]
Instant Trauma: "Legion of Super Heroes #17" (Graphic Novelties) [18.Feb.13]
The Lead-In: Exclusive Preview of "Team 7 #5" (Graphic Novelties) [11.Feb.13]
Finding Nemo: Exclusive Preview of "Aquaman #12" (Graphic Novelties) [24.Aug.12]
Generational Lag?: Talking With Rob Salkowitz #1 (Graphic Novelties) [11.May.12]
Red in the Face (Graphic Novelties) [17.Oct.11]
Will You Be Radical's PopMatters VIP? (Graphic Novelties) [18.Jul.11]
Down San Diego Way (Graphic Novelties) [18.Jul.11]
Missed Directions: What's Your Story (Graphic Novelties) [5.Jan.11]
Zero History by William Gibson (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.10]
Tomorrow: On the Day Before 'Tales of Woe' (Graphic Novelties) [16.Aug.10]
Missed Directions: Ghost Boxes (Graphic Novelties) [16.Feb.10]
Undoing the Horror: Astonishing X-Men "Torn" (Graphic Novelties) [5.Feb.10]
Looking Up: The Man Who Laughs (Graphic Novelties) [29.Jan.10]
Missed Directions: The Boulevard (Graphic Novelties) [26.Jan.10]
My Perfect Panel: Learning To Not Quit Smoking (Graphic Novelties) [22.Jan.10]
This Was Then: Hero Illustrated No. 3 (Graphic Novelties) [13.Jan.10]
These Ghosts Haunt Me Still... (Graphic Novelties) [30.Oct.09]
The Flash #91: Unfrozen (Graphic Novelties) [10.Aug.09]
The Legacy of Mike Weiringo (Graphic Novelties) [9.Aug.09]
Ultimate Secret: The Human Drama Begins (Graphic Novelties) [24.Jul.09]
MAD Magazine: Flesh Garden: The Empty Rocketship (Graphic Novelties) [22.Jul.09]
The Ultimates: Grand Theft America: Looking Up (Graphic Novelties) [21.Jul.09]
Orbiter: Learning to Look Up Again (Graphic Novelties) [20.Jul.09]
Criminal: Lawless: The Christmas Getaway (Graphic Novelties) [15.Jul.09]
Doom Patrol: 'Imaginary Friends': Unconcern (Graphic Novelties) [24.Jun.09]
JLA #33: 'Altered Egos': The Reply (Graphic Novelties) [22.Jun.09]
Collapse: 1989's Legion of Super-Heroes (Graphic Novelties) [21.Jun.09]
Starman: Grand Guignol: More History Still (Graphic Novelties) [17.Jun.09]
Reinventing Comics: Bill of Sale, Bill of Rights (Graphic Novelties) [16.Jun.09]
Green Lantern #146: "Hand of God, Day One": Ulp! (Graphic Novelties) [15.Jun.09]
El Diablo: No Gun Mojo (Graphic Novelties) [11.Jun.09]
The Flash: Blitz: "You Need to Let that Go" (Graphic Novelties) [10.Jun.09]
House of Secrets #7: A Perfect Narrative Line (Graphic Novelties) [9.Jun.09]
Uncanny X-Men Annual, 2001: What I Remember (Graphic Novelties) [8.Jun.09]
The Death of Captain America (Graphic Novelties) [7.Jun.09]
Peanuts, 11/30/57: Down the Line (Graphic Novelties) [5.Jun.09]
Sandman #72: No Going Back (Graphic Novelties) [4.Jun.09]
Domu: Alienation, Illustrated (Graphic Novelties) [3.Jun.09]
Last Day in Vietnam: A Multi-Dimensional Drama (Graphic Novelties) [2.Jun.09]
Daredevil #95 - Hanging in the Air (Graphic Novelties) [1.Jun.09]
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