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Monday, October 7 2013

Wolverine and the X-men #36

The conflict in Battle of the Atom is shrouded in lies. It's just not clear how deep those lies run.

Thursday, October 3 2013

Inside the Mind and Pencil of Comic Book Legend Dan Spiegle

Classic comics ranged from the cartoonishly simple to the intricately complex. The true surprise is that the best of both worlds was drawn by one man.

Wednesday, October 2 2013

A Frank Understanding of Sexual Awakening: “Sex Criminals #1”

The Judd Apatow movies of a few years ago suggest a trend to a far dirtier type of romantic comedy. But is Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals the first sign of the wheel coming full circle?

‘Our Superheroes, Ourselves’ Is a Study in Paradoxes

Psychologists take on questions about what makes superhero media so compelling, and how comic books change us -- for better and for worse.

Tuesday, October 1 2013

Tough Choices and Tougher Emotions: “Uncanny X-men #12”

Emotions run high when the future is at stake. But sometimes emotions just aren't enough.

Monday, September 30 2013

The Lighter Side of… Space Opera: “Saga #14”

What kind of a smart aleck calls their book Saga? Populates their book with characters with horns, butterfly wings, spider legs, one eye, and TV sets for heads?

Wednesday, September 25 2013

Entranced Media: “The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice”

Call it the "gospel of Tommy according to transmedia", because that's what the Original Graphic Novel Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice really is.

Tuesday, September 24 2013

Helicopter, Mom: “Green Arrow #23.1”

Lemire and Sorrentino produce a singular, anguish-ridden tale demonstrating how Count Vertigo is not only a worthy adversary to Green Arrow, but his philosophical antithesis.

Monday, September 23 2013

Dramatic Reminders: “X-men #5”

There was once a time when Cyclops and Jean Grey were awkward teenagers. Now they have to deal with that awkwardness while on the run.

Tuesday, September 17 2013

Growth and Change: “Mighty Avengers #1”

Despite the much hyped notion of Mighty Avengers' predominantly African-American cast, the issue of race barely comes up at all in the first issue.

Monday, September 16 2013

Everything to Lose: “All New X-men #16”

When two teenagers have everything to lose, how much are they willing to risk?

Tuesday, September 10 2013

After the Trifecta, It’s Time to Fold: “Lost Vegas #4”

McCann and Lee's remarkably promising Lost Vegas comes to a close with its fourth issue. Does the gamble pay off, or are we left with few winnings?

Monday, September 9 2013

Fix the Future: “X-men: Battle of the Atom #1”

In an event commemorating a momentous milestone, Brian Michael Bendis captures the history and essence of the X-men.

Friday, September 6 2013

In Support of a Vast Scope: “American Vampire: Anthology”

Snyder and Albuquerque bookend the Anthology with an explosive and intimate character study of first American vampire Skinner Sweet. He’s the legend of Johnny Cash with fangs.

Thursday, September 5 2013

No Future: “Uncanny Avengers #11”

Writer Rick Remender was on board for the last gasps of the previous volume of Secret Avengers, and he hasn’t really switched gears from that.

Wednesday, September 4 2013

Evil Triumphs: “Justice League #23”

Good is supposed to triumph over evil. Heroes are supposed to beat the villains. But in the final chapter of Trinity War, everything that is supposed to happen in the modern superhero mythos is turned upside down.

Thursday, August 29 2013

Corruptive Influence: “Justice League Dark #23”

The concept of pure, tangible evil and corruption is fueling DC's "Trinity War" and it plays right into the most villainous of hands in Justice League Dark #23.

Wednesday, August 28 2013

Here’s a Thrilling Look at Comics from a New Perspective, and It’s Better Than Most Superhero Films

What happens when our sense of security is diminished and the lines between good and evil are no longer identifiable? What happens when heroes take on characteristics of villains, and perceived villains garner our sympathy?

Tuesday, August 27 2013

Monday, August 26 2013

The Last Apocalypse Run: “Thor: God of Thunder #11”

In this final part of the "Godbomb" storyline, that bang goes off, and the gods are sent splattering across the opening pages. Of course, it is up to Thor to put a stop to it, or more precisely it is mostly up to our present-day Thor, rather than the young, headstrong Thor from the past or the old, grizzled Thor from the far future.

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