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Tuesday, February 18 2014

Mortal Dynamics: “Wolverine #1”

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


Monday, February 17 2014

Quite Literally, Guerrillas in the Mist: “The Mercenary Sea #1”

As first issues go, The Mercenary Sea #1 quickly establishes the cast and setting, packing as much in as possible, therefore giving the reader a wide window into this world.


Wednesday, February 12 2014

The Ikea Effect of Ultraman: “Aquaman #27”

Getting back to it…? Or moving forward? Incoming regular writer Jeff Parker brings an incredible intellectual sophistication to Aquaman.


Tuesday, February 11 2014

Emotional Lightweight: “Witchblade #172”

Giving up an ancient relic should carry some emotional weight. When it doesn't, it the impact isn't very heavy.


Monday, February 10 2014

A Visual Feast, a Melancholy Tale, Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Birthday of the Infanta’

Anyone who thinks fairy tales have happy endings either hasn’t read enough of them, or hasn’t read enough of the original, pre-Disneyfied material.


Friday, February 7 2014

Lovecraft and Culbard’s ‘The Shadow Out of Time’ Is a Brooding, Unsettlingly Epic Tale

This is a story whose audacious premise is grandiose enough to swallow most anything the reader could think to throw it at.


Wednesday, February 5 2014

Aegis of the Apocalypse: “Apocalypse Al #1”

In Apocalypse Al, writer and publisher J. Michael Straczynski offers the lighter side of the apocalypse in a noir-comedy centered treat.


Tuesday, February 4 2014

“Subtle” Victory: “Thor: God of Thunder #18”

In "Days of Wine and Dragons," writer Jason Aaron reclaims the original ground not only of the current series Thor: God of Thunder, but reclaims the original intent of Thor as a popcultural icon as well.


Monday, February 3 2014

Spoiler Alert: “All New X-men #22”

The Original X-men have had their futures spoiled. Now they have to confront it and all its associated emotions directly.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

All Cowboys and No Crooks: “All New Invaders #1”

With the debut issue of All New Invaders, it's clear that the cracks are beginning to show in Marvel's updated NOW vision.


Tuesday, January 28 2014

Dreams of War: “Uncanny X-men #16”

Magneto embarks on an old path, yet in a way that feels new and refreshing.


Monday, January 27 2014

Heroes and Villains: “Hawkeye #16”

The ‘other’ Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, takes centre stage again, as she inserts herself into a peculiar case involving a talented Californian musical recluse.


Wednesday, January 22 2014

A Wasted Opportunity: “Detective #27”

In no way could DC Comics hope to recapture the noir magic of Batman’s first appearance in 1939, but they could acknowledge that moment and pay tribute to the 75 year history of the character while also offering a glimpse at what the future holds.


‘The Castle’ Represents the Strange Subgenre of Kafkaesque Comic Books

Franz Kafka's The Castle, as adapted for the gridded page, is fittingly bleak and frustrating, if fascinating and engrossing.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Corporatizing Heroes: “All New X-Factor #1”

How being a superhero is good for business.


Monday, January 20 2014

The Past Re-examined: “Miracleman #1”

In 1982, Alan Moore held a distorted lens up to a long-disused character. Now, with the reprinting of that Miracleman series, readers old and new can look back on Moore’s own stories.


Wednesday, January 15 2014

The High Art of Art Spiegelman: “Co-Mix”

High art often mines popular culture for a vernacular iconography…


Tuesday, January 14 2014

The Final Boss: “Batman/Superman #7”

Mongul thinks he can exploit gamers to defeat Batman and Superman. But what happens when the gamers start exploiting him?


Monday, January 13 2014

Satirical Muscle: “Batman/Superman #6”

Take a typical clash between two iconic heroes, add in some satire, and this is what you get.


Wednesday, January 8 2014

The Second Coming of Sassy: Rookie Yearbook, Years One and Two

There’s a bit of Diana Vreeland fairy dust in the exoticism of Rookie's location shoots—a Mexican playa, mermaids on a beach, outsider artist Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain in a California desert…


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