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Monday, Mar 25, 2013
In Red Lanterns #18 Peter Milligan pits the classic human drama Frank Herbert presented in Dune against an unthinkable adversary, the classic human dilemma Herbert presented in Children of Dune.

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On his best day, Peter Milligan can go round for round with Bob Dylan. And on his very best day, Milligan might even come out ahead.


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Monday, Mar 11, 2013
This is what it looks like when the wheel's still in spin. It looks like pieces in play, pieces of the superhero team, and pieces of the creative team that scripts them…

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I guess this is what it looks like when the wheel’s still in spin. Like pieces moving. Maybe one of the smoothest kinds of perpetual fictions were those tales of a certain group of mutants from the ‘90s. By the ‘90s, that team had grown so diverse that the form of storytelling was necessarily predicated on the micro-episodic. The story of each issue became the story of how each sub-group wove its way to its individual objective. Not at all unlike the storytelling in the now-mythic Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.


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Friday, Mar 1, 2013
Artist Cully Hamner's visualization of the Shade's life as a retired gentleman in the opening panel of the very first issue of The Shade is the perfect note to begin the traumatic psychic journey that lies ahead for the lead character…

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It’s a quiet tea between friends. The Shade, the erstwhile Richard Swift, and erstwhile Starman Mikaal Thomas take the October air on the Shade’s upper-floor balcony. Below them, the Shade’s garden spreads out, behind them the city towers, threatening to swallow the idyll of gentlemanly sedateness. The measured repose, as well the physical balcony,  put the Shade above his past, but the towering spires of Opal City certainly seems to suggest the lurking doubt that he may not yet be beyond the consequences of his earlier deeds.


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Monday, Feb 18, 2013
We've never seen Legion of Super Hero powerhouse creators Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen collaborate on the title before, and we couldn't have imagined it being this good…
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Instant trauma often forces us into recognizing the prolonged trauma we’ve been heir too, all this time. There’s almost no way to read Phantom Girl’s throwaway line of “You know me…nothing hurts a phantom…”, a throwaway line that comes on the heels of ten panels of gut-wrenching panic and dread, ten panels of fear for the well-being of her compatriots in the wake of their star-cruiser crash, and not feel in some way as if we’ve already been implicated in the deeper dread of that glibness.


This isn’t the gnawing paralysis of survivor’s guilt that Phantom Girl is experiencing. Because simply put, she hasn’t survived. She’s been in trauma her entire life, a trauma uniquely entwined with the very nature of her superpowers—she’s been intangible to the world around her.


If anything, issue #17 opens with a kind of “instant trauma” not just for Phantom Girl, but for readers as well. We’ve never seen the powerhouse storytellers of Keith Giffen and Paul Levitz together on the Legion of Super Heroes. At least, we’ve never seen that before now…


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Monday, Feb 11, 2013
Perhaps only Justin Jordan could pull this one off -- taking readers into a hardcore action book like Team 7 and have them find dialogue-driven drama in the mode of the West Wing.
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You can debate the comparative strengths of Aaron Sorkin’s most recent offering, Newsroom. Has he pushed the model he began with Sport’s Night too far? Has something in that idea of dialogue-driven storytelling gotten broken by being revisited time and again, through Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and now through Newsroom? Is Newsroom itself fraught with too much ideological grandstanding to lure viewers into the inherent dramas of cable news?


You can debate the various merits and the comparative strengths of Sorkin’s miscellany of TV shows. And if you know Sorkin as a producer and as a writer, you know that he takes on a Woody Allen-like aura for his fans—each fan defending their own favorite Sorkin project.


 


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