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While the Cold War might be over, for the creative teams behind Winter Soldier and Suicide Squad, the Cold War itself becomes a powerful metaphor.

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Re: Purpose: Is Summer 2013 a High Noon for the Superhero Movie?

Just as westerns in the 1950s addressed the role US geopolitical concerns during the Cold War, the superhero and pulp-hero movie seems to have slid comfortably into that same popcultural space.

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Great Literature, Circuits Through Time: A Deeper Look at “Saga #12”

Great literature is instantly recognizable, regardless of how its stories are relocated in historical context. Brian K. Vaughan's Saga reminds us that the same is easily true for the medium of comics…

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Comics Creator Matt Kindt’s ‘Fine Art’

Each page that comics creator Matt Kindt produces is marked by an ability to communicate nostalgia that is immediate and striking.

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Now the Hardness of this World: A Critical Response to “Iron Man Three” Continued

In Iron Man Three incoming director Shane Black presents us with a perfectly-crafted vision of Tony Stark that we didn't realize we needed to see, until now…

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In the End, What You Don’t Surrender: A Critical Response to ‘Iron Man Three’

In Iron Man Three incoming director Shane Black presents us with a perfectly-crafted vision of Tony Stark that we didn't realize we needed to see, until now…

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That Metal in Your Bones Soundtrack: The Music of Iron Man

Iconic sound effects like Wolverine's snikt or Spider-Man's thwip have always been crucial in comics storytelling. Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau has shown how the right soundtrack can come to identify a superhero in the same way on the big screen…

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Tomorrow Is a Thief 2: The Countdown to “Iron Man 3” Continues

Jon Favreau's Iron Man wasn't only a reboot in the thinking behind how superhero movies hit the popular imagination, it also reminded us that when we asked, "How do you make money from the internet?" we were really asking something far deeper, something far more meaningful…

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Love and Fulfillment: On the Li’l Depressed Boy, Parks and Recreation and Neal Cassady

If Li'l Depressed Boy creators Struble & Grace achieve anything, it's a magnificent artistic range that can conceptually connect even Parks & Recreation with Beat icon Neal Cassady…

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Tomorrow Is a Thief: The Countdown to “Iron Man 3”

With the soft reboot of Marvel Now!, and incoming director Shane Black, no longer share even the semblance of being connected, thematically at least if not by narrative. So what happens now?

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What the Influence?: On “Batman #19”, Cartoons and Music

While some comic writers and artists find inspiration in the past or the future or other artists or other genres, there are others that choose to jump platforms and find a muse in, say, television. Case in point: Batman #19

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The Big Switch: the National Robotics Week Exclusive with Jonathan Mahood

Cartoonist Jonathan Mahood's Bleeker is a genuine cultural flashpoint, embodying the struggle between print and digital, and dealing with the larger issue of why we are beginning to resemble our machines. No wonder Bleeker is the mascot for National Robotics Week…

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Unassailable 3: The Eternity Edition Exclusive with Grant Morrison

The ultimate Grant Morrison reaches its conclusion, only to discover that ultimates are like ultimatums, there should be no place for them…

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Reading Comics ‘At the Movies’: On Roger Ebert and Comics Criticism

It was only recently that I figured out how much film critic Roger Ebert has influenced my work as a critic and writer. You see, he and I shared one thing in common: we both love the Alex Proyas film Dark City

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Unassailable 2: The Eternity Edition Exclusive with Grant Morrison

The ultimate Grant Morrison interview reaches its turn…

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What would the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who coined the term "suspension of disbelief" say to Batman, Inc. and the Superior Spider-Man? Surely they stretch the term too far, surely Daredevil is more is speed?…

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Unassailable: The Eternity Edition Exclusive with Grant Morrison

One the eve of Grant Morrison wrapping up his legendary runs having written both Superman and Batman, we can't spend our time talking about Justine Bieber, surely?…

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Congo Horrors Reported Graphically for ‘Army of God’

A difficult new work of nonfiction graphic journalism chronicles human rights atrocities in Central Africa.

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Polymorphously Inclined: Comics as Influence, Comics Influenced

'Poaching' and 'copying' goes on in the making, reading, and interpreting of all forms of art and expression. The manner in which comics seem to invite connections to other media is what makes them vital artifacts of pop culture.

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Jay-Z, Hunter S. Thompson, Muhammad Ali!, and Gwen Stefani, and of course John Constantine…

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