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Monday, March 31 2014

Half-Verdict and Half-Mistrial: “Guardians of the Galaxy #13”

The Trial of Jean Grey ends, but neither justice nor injustice is served.


Tuesday, March 25 2014

Having It All and Wanting More: “Captain Marvel #1”

Carol Danvers seems to have it all on Earth. But when that's not enough, she reaches for the stars.


Shigeru Mizuki’s ‘Showa’ Is a Melting Pot of Manga, Photo Realism, Memoir & Narrative History

A Japanese period of heightened tension, military marches, and personal discovery.


Monday, March 24 2014

Once Again, it’s Come to This: “Fantastic Four #1”

Fantastic Four #1 seems too beholden to its history to make much of an impact. Part of this stems from the fact, as first issues do, that all characters need to be introduced.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

Our Lives Aren’t Like Other People’s Lives: ‘Loki: Ragnarok ‘n’ Roll #2’

Loki: Ragnarok ’n' Roll is a profoundly sophisticated work that wrestles with deep existential issues present in popculture as far back as Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and as recent as the assassination of John Lennon.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

Don’t sing me ‘Tokyo Moon’ while I’m drowning: “Batman #29”

One word that describes Batman #29 is cinematic. But that’s the only word you’d get.


Monday, March 17 2014

Reminders and Resurrections: “X-men #11”

Resurrections are common in comics, but they're also easily complicated.


Wednesday, March 12 2014

Sanctioned Anarchy: “Wolverine and the X-men #1”

A new era has begun at the Jean Grey Institute, but it's an era without direction.


Tuesday, March 11 2014

Dynamic Duo Squared: “Batman-Superman #8”

The latest ongoing team-up book for Batman and Superman, helmed by Greg Pak, continues a tradition of grand storytelling, albeit in a much smaller universe.


Monday, March 10 2014

The Postmodern Mr. Knight, Or How to Juxtapose the Craziness of Moon Knight

Call it off-beat. Call it postmodern and ironic. Whatever it is, Marvel has captured a tone that emphasizes the day-to-day nuances of superheroes juxtaposed with the craziness of super heroics…


Thursday, March 6 2014

The Art of Rube Goldberg, or, The Art of Inefficiency

The Rube Goldberg Variations are finally given a museum-quality recollection by none other than the artist's Granddaughter. It's hardly what you'd call "very simple".


Wednesday, March 5 2014

Bittersweet Symphony: “Daredevil #36”

It’s always bittersweet when an acclaimed run comes to an end. But, instead of a farewell, it’s an "I’ll see you later" because a new issue #1 is imminent.


‘Moomin’s Desert Island’ Makes for a Cute, Fun, Dangerous and Weird Odyssey

This classic dark, enchanting, eyebrow raising tale from Finland, wherein talking animals are swiftly slaughtered, can be a bit of a challenge, but it's never boring.


Tuesday, March 4 2014

Out On Her Own: “Wonder Woman #28”

DC’s ‘No.3’ hero continues to be almost an anomaly in her own title compared with the cast of characters that surround her.


Monday, March 3 2014

Cataclysmically Flat: “Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #5”

More meaningless death and more meaningless destruction still rings hollow.


Wednesday, February 26 2014

Objectifying the Mission: “X-Force #1”

Balancing dark themes with humor can sometimes create an even greater unbalance.


Tuesday, February 25 2014

After the Coca Cola Commercial of Super Bowl XLVIII: “Ms Marvel #1”

Look at most superhero comics and you’ll see a white, probably male, face staring back at you. Yet, while the culture has moved forward, most comic characters’ racial and sexual identity remains fixed in the past.


Monday, February 24 2014

Taking a Break for Commercials: “Batman #28”

Just as Zero Year’s second chapter was beginning to pick up momentum and move beyond the essential, there’s a pause for Batman #28 to flash forward to the near future.


The End is Always Near in ‘Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape’

Imagining the world ending is a safe kind of fantasy because, deep down inside, we don’t think it can actually happen.


Tuesday, February 18 2014

Mortal Dynamics: “Wolverine #1”

Wolverine enters a new era without a healing factor or any kind of transition phase.


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