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Friday, November 8 2013

Joe Sacco’s ‘The Great War’ Is Powerful Evocation of an Awful, Awful Day

In this Bayeux Tapestry-like method of storytelling, images segue from one to the next with imperceptible but inevitable shifts of perspective and events, much like war itself.


Wednesday, November 6 2013

Cohen at Bat: “Beware the Batman #1”

Beware the Batman makes a radically different argument for the Batman as an idea.


Tuesday, November 5 2013

The Atom Bomb and You: “Trinity”

These scientists are figuring out how to make an alchemist’s dream come true, changing one element into another two. Energy released 70,000,000 times bigger than fire. There’s a war with the Nazis to be won.


Monday, November 4 2013

Ambiguously Forging the Future: “Wolverine and the X-men #37”

The final battle for the future takes shape, albeit under overly ambiguous circumstances.


Wednesday, October 30 2013

The Cheating Paradox: “Uncanny X-men #13”

When does a time travel paradox become the equivalent of a video game cheat code?


Tuesday, October 29 2013

The Great Infinity Face-Off, Part Two: “New Avengers #11”

As Infinity reaches its climactic finale, PopMatters presents a good, old-fashioned title fit between cornerstone books Avengers and New Avengers. Today, New Avengers #11.


Monday, October 28 2013

The Great Infinity Face-Off, Part One: “Avengers #21”

As Infinity reaches its climactic finale, PopMatters is proud to present a good, old-fashioned title fit between cornerstone books Avengers and New Avengers. Today, Avengers #21.


Wednesday, October 23 2013

Anarchy Is Not Dead: “A Mask of Anarchy”

The story has a truly human heart, both valves pumping furiously. In its bivalve core, it’s about all of us, our quality of life, our ability to stand up to power and what helps us to get there.


Tuesday, October 22 2013

Exposing Lies: “X-men #6”

When the lies are finally exposed in Battle of the Atom, the mystery gives way to an emotional, albeit lopsided battle.


Monday, October 21 2013

Symmetry and Color: “Lazarus #1-4”

Lazarus takes place in the not-so-distant dystopian future, where there is no government and power lies in the hands of the few with money, land, and the means of production.


Thursday, October 17 2013

Will You Still Love Me When I’m No Longer: “Coffin Hill #1”

Through writer Caitlin Kittredge's superb mastery of genre, one question is clear. Is Coffin Hill a character study in the question of character as destiny?


Tuesday, October 15 2013

Turning Point: “All New X-men #17”

In every epic battle, there is a turning point. And in one powerful moment, the battle lines in Battle of the Atom are set as the future and the past are linked.


Monday, October 14 2013

The Bittersweet Aftertaste: “Chew #37”

One might have expected there to be some big emotional moment between Tony and Toni upon her return, but that never really occurs; instead, the interaction between them is mostly of the everyday type.


Thursday, October 10 2013

One Excellent Collection of Rarely Seen Tales of Super Women!

Divas, Dames & Daredevils is bursting with hardboiled detectives, lawyers, World War II flying aces, goddesses and science fiction warriors -- all in the Golden Age of comics, when Batman was still finding his footing.


Tuesday, October 8 2013

Surgical Storytelling: “The Activity #15”

For the past 14 issues, Edmondson and Gerads have demonstrated a kind of discipline in storytelling and world-building that equals that of the special forces operators cast as the heroes of their book. Issue 15 puts them over the top.


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.


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