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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.


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.


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