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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


Features

Thursday, August 22 2013

Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, Part 3

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


Sunday, June 30 2013

Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, Part 2

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


Wednesday, June 12 2013

Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, Part 1 of 4: Avengers and Avengers Arena

What hath Bendis wrought?! In unravelling the traditional structure of the Avengers nearly a decade ago, writer Brian Michael Bendis lay the groundwork for something truly unimaginable at the time. Something both Joss Whedon with the 2012 blockbuster, and current writer Jonathan Hickman are heirs to.


Thursday, June 6 2013

A Decade by Lantern Light: "Green Lantern" vs. "The Office"

In his last review for the U.S. version of The Office, Erik Adams of The A.V. Club explained that the final episode of one of the biggest TV shows of the past decade “…gets sentimental, but it deserves to get sentimental.” But it was also more than that. As was Geoff Johns decade-long run on Green Lantern…


Wednesday, May 22 2013

Sword of Sorcery, A Retrospective

With an acclaimed career in writing TV shows and videogames, Christy Marx was practicing transmedia long before the term became popularized. Her reimagining of DC's classic Amethyst stories only underpin her mastery…


Reviews

Sunday, May 12 2013

Better Off Dead: "Suicide Squad #20"

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


Wednesday, May 8 2013

Portrait of a Killer as a Young Clown: "Hawkeye #10"

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…


Tuesday, April 30 2013

Tried and True?: "Superman #19"

Between importing iconic Green Lantern villain, Hector Hammond, and struggling through the fallout of the "H'el on Earth" it seems writer Scott Lobdell's unique style might be at odds with the modern comics landscape…


Sunday, April 7 2013

Setting Trumps Story: Swamp Thing #19

After 18 issues of nothing but grand narrative storytelling, incoming regular writer Charles Soule takes Swamp Thing in the very necessary direction of figuring out how he works…


Monday, April 1 2013

I Can't Tell You Who to Idolize: "Time Warp #1"

Damon Lindelof of LOST and Star Trek fame makes a spectacular comics debut in Vertigo's newest anthology, Time Warp


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