Wednesday, November 21 2012
In the '90s, Valiant set the bar for comics very high by blending together modern art and characterization with storytelling modes of classic horror comics from the '70s. But did they set the bar impossibly high? Even for their own relaunch 20 years after?
Thursday, November 15 2012
The soul-crushing, heartrending exuberance of a voyage through "everyone's happy place"…
Thursday, November 8 2012
I don't know Neil Dregrasse Tyson, we've never met, but to me, he's just about as mythic as Superman himself…
Thursday, November 1 2012
It's four in the morning on Halloween night, and it's a time to begin rebuilding as much the comics industry as the devastation left in the wake of Sandy.
Thursday, October 25 2012
It will be Halloween soon enough, and surprisingly, perhaps a key to Halloween can be found in Tony Parker's critically acclaimed comics adaptation of Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the novel that formed the basis for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.
Thursday, October 18 2012
With the end The Mighty Thor, perhaps now's the perfect time to reconsider Kenneth Branagh's critical box office success as a metaphor for the challenges facing the upcoming Thor: God of Thunder.
Sunday, October 14 2012
Think Tank, the story of a scientist working on covert weapons development, couldn't have come at a better time.
Wednesday, October 10 2012
What happens when Vegas is everywhere? MAD's recent blog post about nude Royals provides a vital clue to the nature of the post-Empire moment…
Wednesday, October 3 2012
Over a late NY lunch-hour, and in the space of just one minute, both Christy Marx and Justin Jordan articulate grand-vision views of the New 52, of Zero Month, and the ongoing relevance of popculture.
Wednesday, September 26 2012
Catwoman does not exist. By the end of The Dark Knight Rises we see, what could be, the end of Batman. And in a future without Batman, Selina becomes the rebound girl for a man who just dumped his alter ego…
Wednesday, September 19 2012
Says Snyder, “I think writing comics, you have to have that North Star for each thing you are working on”…
Sunday, September 16 2012
If low temperatures don't bring death in today's horror comics, they're almost always the ideal setting for it.
Wednesday, September 12 2012
What's your perfect poker table? Mine would never include either John Reed or Thomas Jefferson, pretty much because, between the two of them, they'd hustle the socks off me…
Wednesday, September 5 2012
Just as music should never be harmless, pop culture should never diminish those who read it. If DC's proven anything over this last year, it's that the grander experiment of pop culture can succeed even for a genre as marginalized as superheroes.
Wednesday, August 29 2012
Ten years gone, and John Reed (playwright of All the World's a Grave and political cartoonist-writer behind Shitty Mickey) meditates on the post 9/11 condition and his 2002 novel Snowball's Chance…
Wednesday, August 15 2012
With his most recent novel, The Survivor, comics- and screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz underlines his already incredible mastery of transmedia and charts a new course for the American psyche after the last horrific decade…
Tuesday, August 14 2012
Kevin Colden's Fishtown tells the story of a real-life Philadelphia murder and a jarring scarcity of contrition.
Wednesday, August 8 2012
"I guess somebody, somewhere must be tolling a bell," Meat Loaf reminds us. Lieberman and Lorimer's Harvest is all about sometimes needing to toll those bells ourselves.
Wednesday, August 1 2012
There's a strange promissory to Greg Pak's relaunch of X-treme X-Men, perhaps it has something to do with Jason Aaron having rarefied the essence of Wolverine's immortality over the course of some 60 issues…
Thursday, July 26 2012
The story of Aurora, the real story of Aurora isn't the story of psychotic action. Jim Holmes will not inscribe himself into this. I will simply not allow it, and neither will you...