Jeremiah Massengale is an assistant professor of communication arts at the University of the Cumberlands where he also advises the award-winning college newspaper.
Wednesday, October 17 2012
With the end The Mighty Thor, perhaps now's the perfect time to reconsider Kenneth Branagh's critical box office success as a metaphor for the challenges facing the upcoming Thor: God of Thunder.
Tuesday, August 30 2011
Perhaps more than a long, critical gaze at DC's history, Secret Origins makes the incredibly savvy move of rendering the company's 70-plus years as both heartwarming and resilient.
Tuesday, August 9 2011
At first glance, Captain America seems dated. But viewers are quickly reminded that WWII was as much an ideological conflict as a military one. On the battle of ideas, icons matter.
Wednesday, December 17 2014
One day, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will land a role in a film that’s fitting of his charisma, physique, and on-screen likability, but Hercules is not that film.
Monday, December 15 2014
After watching I Am Santa Claus, you'll never think of Santa the same way, whether you like it or not.
Thursday, October 23 2014
The only problem with the sincerely enjoyable Joss Whedon: The Biography is that we learn a heck of a lot more about his creative endeavors than we do about the geek god himself.
Thursday, October 2 2014
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth offers an amusing, fresh look at some pop culture classics that you only thought you had overanalyzed before.
Thursday, September 25 2014
A Brony Tale isn’t as fun as it should be, but it does manage to say a lot of interesting things about stereotypes and fandom.
Friday, April 13 2012
In 1994, the Punisher and his fixer Micro stormed into Riverdale, believing that such a squeaky-clean town must be hiding its own special breed of hell…
Friday, January 13 2012
2011 saw the reboot of the classic show, ThunderCats, on Cartoon Network. But an earlier ThunderCats reboot, in comics, holds lessons for uncovering good from bad reimaginings.
Thursday, January 5 2012
It's only fair to balk at the idea of some changes Criminal Minds producer Ed Bernero has planned for his FOX-optioned pilot of The Punisher. Frank Castle is black-and-white, right? What if the real issue is more complex, and goes to the heart of comics fandom? What if the real issue is, can The Punisher be for everyone?
Monday, August 29 2011
Darkwing Duck is just a kid's book, right? It can't really be commenting on the political landscape can it? I mean, not really in any kind of meaningful way?