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by Oliver Ho

24 May 2010


The Devil, You Know: In MW, Osamu Tezuka touches on themes of sin and redemption that remain relevant thirty years later.

The cast of characters includes a terminally ill survivor of childhood sexual abuse, now a sadist, kidnapper and murderer, and a Catholic priest who is not only the killer’s lover, and true love, but also the person who abused him 15 years ago.

More than 30 years after its initial publication, MW still has the power to unsettle. The themes in this stark manga by Osamu Tezuka cover not just the nature of evil, guilt, and sexual and personal identity, but also post-war Japanese history, terrorism, protest and governmental abuse and mistrust.

by Andy Smith

20 May 2010


Mark Millar’s re-envisioning of the Avengers in the Ultimate Universe provided the Ultimates—a super team with revamped icons like Captain America, Iron Man and our favorite Norse God of Thunder, Thor.

Millar maintained the Norse roots of the character, even having Loki act as a main antagonist of the series. However, this isn’t your father’s Thor—or even your great-great-great grandfather, assuming he was part of some early Germanic tribe. Gone is the accent, the recognition and even the credibility of being a Norse god. What was added was a heavy dose of Jesus Christ. Millar has admitted to crafting Thor’s narrative as a Christ-like tale—a man who is said to be a god but questioned by many. He proves his good will and heroism, but is constantly scorned by those who don’t understand or wish to destroy him.

by Andy Smith

13 May 2010


In 1962, Journey into Mystery #83 wasn’t the debut of a hero that was bombarded by cosmic rays—or even gamma rays. This new hero wasn’t bitten by some radioactive spider or simply born with powers that implicate an evolution of the human species.

This hero was a god. Specifically, he was a Norse god.

by C.E. McAuley

12 May 2010


It’s almost time for a full-on celebration of all things Smallville as it ends its ninth season and has already been greenlighted for its tenth. While the show began as a the Dawson’s Creek of DC Superhero adaptations, it has emerged, in the eyes of this writer, as the most legit adaptation of the Man of Steel since Superman: The Motion Picture.

by Oliver Ho

10 May 2010


Boris Karloff before…

Boris Karloff before…

Stephen King wrote that “probably the best horror series ever put on TV was Thriller, which ran on NBC from September of 1960 until the summer of 1962—really only two seasons plus reruns.”

A horror-anthology show in the style of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, Thriller featured horror movie icon Boris Karloff as the host and occasional star.

Thriller was the first television program to discover the goldmine in those back issues of Weird Tales,” King writes in Danse Macabre.

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