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Tuesday, January 28 2014

Dreams of War: “Uncanny X-men #16”

Magneto embarks on an old path, yet in a way that feels new and refreshing.


Monday, January 27 2014

Heroes and Villains: “Hawkeye #16”

The ‘other’ Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, takes centre stage again, as she inserts herself into a peculiar case involving a talented Californian musical recluse.


Wednesday, January 22 2014

A Wasted Opportunity: “Detective #27”

In no way could DC Comics hope to recapture the noir magic of Batman’s first appearance in 1939, but they could acknowledge that moment and pay tribute to the 75 year history of the character while also offering a glimpse at what the future holds.


‘The Castle’ Represents the Strange Subgenre of Kafkaesque Comic Books

Franz Kafka's The Castle, as adapted for the gridded page, is fittingly bleak and frustrating, if fascinating and engrossing.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Corporatizing Heroes: “All New X-Factor #1”

How being a superhero is good for business.


Monday, January 20 2014

The Past Re-examined: “Miracleman #1”

In 1982, Alan Moore held a distorted lens up to a long-disused character. Now, with the reprinting of that Miracleman series, readers old and new can look back on Moore’s own stories.


Wednesday, January 15 2014

The High Art of Art Spiegelman: “Co-Mix”

High art often mines popular culture for a vernacular iconography…


Tuesday, January 14 2014

The Final Boss: “Batman/Superman #7”

Mongul thinks he can exploit gamers to defeat Batman and Superman. But what happens when the gamers start exploiting him?


Monday, January 13 2014

Satirical Muscle: “Batman/Superman #6”

Take a typical clash between two iconic heroes, add in some satire, and this is what you get.


Wednesday, January 8 2014

The Second Coming of Sassy: Rookie Yearbook, Years One and Two

There’s a bit of Diana Vreeland fairy dust in the exoticism of Rookie's location shoots—a Mexican playa, mermaids on a beach, outsider artist Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain in a California desert…


Tuesday, January 7 2014

Uncanny Avengers #14

When one character dies in a compelling way, it's a great story. When many characters die, it's underwhelming.


Monday, January 6 2014

Superman / Wonder Woman #3

How does DC's power couple mature in their relationship in a way that's relatable?


Wednesday, December 11 2013

Anxiety Dreams: “Sandman Overture #1”

I’ve come to understand the dream as one primarily fueled by anxiety. It's a twisted sort of wish-fulfillment…


Tuesday, December 10 2013

Overdue Lessons: “Uncanny X-men #14”

Harsh lessons are part of growing up. But when Emma Frost teaches them, they're MUCH harsher.


Monday, December 9 2013

Blood, Torture and Anguish: “Animal Man #25”

Over 20 years ago Grant Morrison asked why these things still excite us? Jeff Lemire’s current run on "Animal Man" is counting on them still doing so.


Wednesday, December 4 2013

The War Has Only Just Begun: “The Walking Dead #116”

What strange magic has propelled writer-creator Robert Kirkman's zombie apocalypse epic, The Walking Dead for so long? Whatever it is, it's alive and kicking still in issue #116.


Epic Destruction: “Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #1”

How can global destruction have the same effect in a world that has already endured too much of it?


Tuesday, December 3 2013

Cleaning Up The Pieces: “Infinity #6”

Marvel’s latest cosmic donnybrook comes to an end, closing as it has progressed--neatly, thoughtfully, and with a restrained temperament.


Wednesday, November 27 2013

“Acting on Your Best Behavior…”: “Action #25”

Why doesn't Superman simply kill all his enemies and rule the world? In Action #25, incoming regular writer Greg Pak confront's Superman's inherent potential for fascism.


Tuesday, November 26 2013

Lois Lane and the Fifth American Migration: “Lois Lane, a Celebration of 75 Years”

Far from just the journey westwards, there've been three other American migrations. Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years introduces the idea of a fifth.


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