Jay Mattson

Jay Mattson is a comic book critic and cupcake shop manager living in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and he was a Staff Writer for two years at ObscureSound.com before heading over to PopMatters. Jay's interests include music (The Mars Volta, Beirut, Black Mountain, Death From Above 1979, Ratatat, and Led Zeppelin), quality television ( Community, Parks and Recreation, Louie, Modern Family, The Inbetweeners, etc.), good reads ("House of Leaves", "Cloud Atlas", "Disgrace"), attending live music shows and festivals (Shakori Hills 2008, Coachella 2009, Jisan Valley Rock Festival 2010, Bonnaroo 2012), and learning more about what makes the world turn. He keeps a blog called 'The Endless Reel' at http://theendlessreel.blogspot.com

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Reviews // 35 Articles

Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, Part 3 | 22 Aug 2013 // 10:30 PM

Yeats wrote, in "The Second Coming", "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold." In a way, we see this exact line fleshed out as a comicbook narrative within New Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, Part 2 | 30 Jun 2013 // 9:30 PM

What does it mean to be an Avenger? The journey continues through Young Avengers and Uncanny Avengers.


Better Off Dead: "Suicide Squad #20" | 12 May 2013 // 9:28 PM

In just one issue, Ales Kot has turned Suicide Squad into one of my must-read titles each month.

Portrait of a Killer as a Young Clown: "Hawkeye #10" | 7 May 2013 // 11:30 PM

Shouldn't Hawkeye face up against a villain not only every bit his equal, but also in it for more than just money? He really should…

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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