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Friday, October 4 2013

Breaking Bad Timing: An Eclipse of Venditti’s Shining Moment?

Will Robert Venditti's singular achievement with the opening chapter of "Lights Out" be eclipsed by what appears to be sublimely prescient timing?


Thursday, October 3 2013

“Archer & Armstrong’s” Commitment to Fun

I don’t know how to start this column in a way that isn’t self-defeatingly dull. How do you dissect how fun something is, and why it’s fun, without spoiling the fun of that thing, even just a little bit? But that's the thing about Archer & Armstrong, it circles back around you.


Friday, September 27 2013

Everything Turns into the Land of Oz: Amanda Connor on “Silk Spectre”

Talking with Amanda Conner, co-writer and artist on Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre it's easy to become drawn into thinking about the recent evolutions of artists like Miley Cyrus.


Thursday, September 26 2013

“Dream Thief” Is Better Than Other Things

The premise of Dream Thief is sneakily simple: the spirits of recently murdered people take over John Lincoln’s mind and body while he sleeps, using him to get revenge on whoever killed them.


Friday, September 20 2013

The Kids Are OK at Best

Growing up means realizing how little you know. Even if you should have been a superhero…


Thursday, September 19 2013

The Changing Face of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

On September 24th, 2013, the great creator of Buffy, Angel and Firefly, Joss Whedon, will unveil his newest show on the ABC Network: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..


Friday, September 13 2013

Batwoman: Unhappily Ever After

The spat between Batwoman’s creative and editorial teams has dominated comics news recently. And while the sexual orientation certainly makes the story sensational, this turn of events is solely about publisher DC’s editorial decisions.


Thursday, September 12 2013

Not-So-Secret Identities

In a world of TMZ and Wikileaks, do secret identities even matter anymore?


Friday, August 30 2013

Prelude to the End of the Summer

This summer has highlighted the new shape of the comics industry and maybe the best way to engage these changes is through the poetry of Adrienne Rich.


Thursday, August 29 2013

Around the “Dial H”

The cancellation of Dial H came as a bummer but not a shock. Its sales were never off-the-charts, and its story, characters, setting, and tone aren’t quite like those of any other title coming out of DC right now.


Friday, August 23 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


Thursday, August 22 2013

An Appropriately Epic Thor

Thor was a superhero’s superhero, battling evil on a scale inaccessible to most if not all of his colleagues in the Marvel Universe.


Friday, August 16 2013

‘Cept for the Pope, Maybe, in Rome: Exclusive Preview of the “MAD #523”

Think of it as the natural counterpoint to the entire debate around "personal liberty vs. public good…"


Thursday, August 15 2013

Grand Theft Hushmoney

It's when I imagine myself standing in line to tomorrow's premiere of Jobs, that the idea begins to formulate in my mind. Like Steve Jobs himself, Robert Siciliano's keen appreciation and leveraging of pop culture is perhaps what makes him one of the keenest minds in cybersecurity.


Friday, August 9 2013

Star Trek, the Answers: An Interview with Writer Mike Johnson

With two big screen releases to establish the franchise-wide reboot under the belt, Star Trek: The Ongoing Series becomes a focal point for fan interest. We talk to series regular writer, Mike Johnson.


Thursday, August 8 2013

Small-Town Horror and Heroines: “Rachel Rising” and “Revival”

A young woman is murdered and nobody knows by whom, including the woman herself who, miraculously, has returned to life. To complicate things further, she’s not the only person in her small town to recently beat death likes this.


Friday, August 2 2013

Why the Avengers Matter Now

How did the old school, more sombre, more tired Avengers of the '80s and '90s become the hip Avengers of the new millennium? Posing the question, and attempting an answer delineates some crucial insights into the perpetuating longevity of pop culture.


Thursday, August 1 2013

There Is No “I” in “Storm Dogs”

What makes Braithwaite the right choice as artist for this series isn’t just his ability to bring the same level of detail and care to everything, from tiny space slugs to massive spaceships. It’s the way he makes common elements from so many different genres seem like they belong in the same world.


Thursday, July 25 2013

Spectacularly Simple: “The Black Beetle”

The Black Beetle is a Francavilla original, a superhero character living in a pulp noir world. Because it is his own creation, and undoubtedly also because it’s a genre he’s passionate about, Francavilla’s art has never looked better than it does in this book.


Friday, July 19 2013

Mark Waid’s Narrative Multitasking in “Daredevil”

With Daredevil #27 writer Mark Waid has achieved a milestone in comics storytelling, a drawing together of seemingly unrelated plot-points and narrative arcs that have been in play since the very first issue.


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