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Thursday, October 31 2013

“Hawkeye” Comes Together

In Hawkeye #8-13 six smaller stories come together to form the larger one, with each chapter written from the point of a view of a different character. Then the real magic begins.


Friday, October 25 2013

Sugar Crash Futures: What I’ll Read, Waiting for the Halloween Hangover

I almost never sleep on the night before Halloween ('cept really for that Devil's Night back in 2002, and y'know, when I was a kid). And that has absolutely nothing to do with comics.


Thursday, October 24 2013

None of the Magic Has to Fade: Characters and Creators

The magic of comics is the magic of perpetual fiction--the idea that the well-worn and familiar can easily pop up in new and unexpected scenarios like the Silver Surfer appearing in analog on the cover of Joe Satriani's Surfing with the Alien.


Friday, October 18 2013

“Break It Down For Me”: Comics Beyond the Crimeboard

The crimeboard become the signature of high quality comics storytelling nearly a decade ago, but it would take another decade before metaphor would become medium. With Justice League of America #8, we seem to be on the cusp of another evolutionary leap in storytelling.


Thursday, October 17 2013

Lying Cat, Sophie, and Me

If you’re not reading Saga, you’re robbing yourself of Lying Cat.


Friday, October 11 2013

Apocalypse Season: Exclusive Art, and John Ficarra on “MAD #524”

"We're comedy first responders," John Ficarra says, "…but it's going by too fast." And that's really all that needs to be said, comedy as a rescue from a grand danger we cannot yet conceive.


Thursday, October 10 2013

The “Catalyst Comix” Superhero Style Guide

Granted, none of the individual sections of an issue of Catalyst Comix are full-length, but Joe Casey and his artistic partners make them dense and brisk, so even with a smaller page count, they do a great deal of storytelling.


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…"


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