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Wednesday, April 30 2014

Fortunes-Faded Future: “Rai #1”

Rai #1 comes with the highest praise. Writer Matt Kindt and artist Clayton Crain have collaborated in equal parts to produce a singular example of the best of popular culture.


Tuesday, April 29 2014

Breaking Down A Prelude: “Original Sin #0”

Before the Watcher meets his end, fans are reminded why they care about him.


Monday, April 28 2014

Unheroic Inspiration: “Sinestro #1”

When the concept of hero and anti-hero don't apply, what makes a character like Sinestro so compelling?


Wednesday, April 23 2014

Specters of Marquez: “Iron Fist, the Living Weapon #1”

Writer-artist Kaare Andrews shapes an entirely new mythology for Iron Fist—not so much “like unto a thing of iron,” but “when offered life, he chose death…”


Tuesday, April 22 2014

Paradoxical Obscurity: “All New X-men #25”

A time travel paradox that's overdue yet underwhelming.


Monday, April 21 2014

The Psycho in a Batsuit is My Friend: “Batman #30”

I find myself growing tired of Zero Year, a yearlong story that has come after two other lengthy storyarcs. I’m especially tired after lines like this: “Gentlemen, meet my friend…the ‘$%$^! psycho in a batsuit.’


Tuesday, April 15 2014

Super Anger Management: “Action Comics #30”

Undermining someone's principles is everyone's kryptonite.


Tuesday, April 8 2014

Deconstructing Superman’s Philosophy: “Superman Unchained #6”

Superman confronts his greatest vulnerability and it isn't kryptonite.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

“Some Things Have to be Burned Out:” “Detective #30”

You call it “Icarus,” Francis, Brian, and already it’s beginning to feel like we’ve entered into the cathedral of something far larger than ourselves, something that can be built by ourselves…


Tuesday, April 1 2014

Why Can’t I Quit You and Other Pop Culture References: Buffy Season 10 #1

Cultural identity, sexuality, female empowerment, good versus evil, corruption of power, high school, these are just some of the more academic topics that we critics have used to frame discussions of the Chosen One and her friends.


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…


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