Thursday, October 14 2004
When you look deeper, subtle aspects of the artwork come to life, making you wonder how you didn't see it at first glance.
Audiences are more and more content to laugh at mindless buffoonery without any real punchline, and lazy writers and directors are more than happy to give it to them.
Whether mockery, parody, homage, or something else entirely, Marvel is reinventing their own number one competitor, and doing it in brilliant fashion.
Tomine questions traditional sexual values, asking us the readers to engage this question and to answer individually.
Wednesday, September 1 2004
While forcefully shattering the architecture of the superhero comic, each author has, in their most famous pieces, lovingly preserved the foundation from which to build upon.
He tells simple stories in a way that is perfectly suited to the medium of sequential, illustrated narrative, known more commonly as 'the comic book'.
If you are tired of too much reality in your life and enjoy unique characterization, classic tales and rich artwork, this is one for you to pick up.
There are no heroes, no imagination, just characters and franchises; wonders are reduced to theme parks; everything is flattened in order to be sold.
As long as you go into it knowing that the end drops like an axe, it's a lot of fun.
Thursday, July 22 2004
Fly has a gift, and that gift is the ability to draw the most mundane, splayed-out meth addict in such a way as to make them look like an alien fairy superhero.
The contrast of the occasional darkness of the story was compelling and there was always humor right around the corner.
Imagine, if you will, the literary genre of high fantasy existing in the middle of a rather crowded meadow -- one with deep trench now running through the middle of it. The trench would naturally mark the place where J.R.R. Tolkien struck gold with his Lord of the Rings trilogy in the 1950s.
Wednesday, June 23 2004
Exit 13 is a promising group of talented, creative, and imaginative writers and artists, who, with a little more experience, should grow into prominent voices within the industry.
It's a digital comic book with a strong female protagonist.
Quantum still has its rough edges, but it's a book with heart, which is better than I can say for most books with 50 times it's distribution.
Friday, May 28 2004
It possesses a bleak view of supposed heroes: politicians, businessmen, even superheroes are manifestations of The Other's violence and blind hatred.
The Escapist project is a sprawling, ambitious form of comic-book meta-fiction that bounces back-and-forth between rediscovered potboilers from the '40s to '80s and scholarly essays offering context and academic takes on these works.
Wednesday, May 12 2004
Female role models are often a complicated, conflicted bunch.
It moves like Akira and has all the trappings of a big Hollywood action flick.
The world as you know it is not real. It is an illusion, a cage without bars: the perfect slave believes he is free.