Sunday, June 2 2013
Margaret Thatcher is dead, yet her influence is stronger than ever. What lessons can be drawn from the cultural response to Thatcherism, and can they be applied again?
Tuesday, October 4 2011
DC demonstrated the full power of their operation by delivering sales numbers that haven’t been seen in quite some time. Month one was a complete success. See you in month two.
Tuesday, September 20 2011
In Deathstroke #1 writer Kyle Higgins' use of easily-recognizable action movie tropes is the farthest thing from derivative. Instead, it is a user-friendly shorthand for new readers to the little-known DC character.
Wednesday, September 14 2011
We often think of comic books as the height of escapism, but recent events point to an industry in a death spiral, due in no small part to how badly it mistreats the writers on which it depends.
Monday, September 12 2011
In "Subland Empire", Warren Ellis takes the reins of Secret Avengers and shows the hidden depths and complex mastery required to make popculture artifacts works of lasting art.
Thursday, August 4 2011
J.G. Ballard’s helter-skelter novel of terrorism and bourgeois revolt is really an elegy for the fantasy of the comfortable and secured life.
Thursday, July 28 2011
Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.
Tuesday, November 3 2009
Reminiscent, in all the best ways, of Neil Gaiman and Kurt Vonnegut’s finest works, Matt Wagner’s opening salvo of his new Vertigo series shows the world still has need for the archetypes inherent in Wagner’s Parsifal.
Tuesday, September 8 2009
Set in the past during the events of Brecht’s most well-known musical, it’s interesting to note that the latest League book is really about the modern world and the evolution of terrorism from Jack the Ripper to Osama bin Laden to the Antichrist himself.
Wednesday, June 17 2009
This edition of "Iconographies" looks at the rise in popularity of the comics convention, and the pop-cultural changes conventions have brought to comics.