Friday, May 28 2004
It possesses a bleak view of supposed heroes: politicians, businessmen, even superheroes are manifestations of The Other's violence and blind hatred.
The Escapist project is a sprawling, ambitious form of comic-book meta-fiction that bounces back-and-forth between rediscovered potboilers from the '40s to '80s and scholarly essays offering context and academic takes on these works.
Wednesday, May 12 2004
Female role models are often a complicated, conflicted bunch.
It moves like Akira and has all the trappings of a big Hollywood action flick.
The world as you know it is not real. It is an illusion, a cage without bars: the perfect slave believes he is free.
The nature of Freedom, with a capital-F, and how people judge their freedom, is a central concern of Stephen Grant's series.
Miracleman, the very mention of the name should send tingles up your spine, unless you've been stranded in Siberia for the past decade or two.
Wednesday, April 28 2004
It was only recently that I realized that in every fight between Magneto and the X-Men, they've been having the same damn conversation for the last 30 years!
Christopher Chance, the Human Target, is pure Hollywood.
Wednesday, April 7 2004
Ripple is one of the newer gems in Fantagraphics' increasingly mouth-watering catalogue.
James Hudnall has written some of my favorite comics of all time, yet he still remains an unrecognized talent.
Rex Mundi is a blend of Dan Brown's bestselling novel the DaVinci Code, the film-flop The Order, and a little bit of present-day American politics all rolled into one.
When our order crumbles, we rely on external constructs, masks, to protect us not only from the encroaching world around us but also from our own minds.
Palmiotti and Gray have set out to explore the issue of power and disenfranchisement within the alienated and excluded communities of American society, and their metaphor, the Monolith, is a truly apt, and truly frightening, proposition.
Independent comics are a brutal, cutthroat, nasty business.
It's not the most highbrow thing on the shelf, but Rogues! is a fun ride.
Wednesday, March 17 2004
This is Bosch Fawstin's attempt at emulating Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
This 96-page, full color book is like an after-school cartoon you can pick up and read.
Wednesday, March 3 2004
Henrietta is a pop star who has a powerful mutant power of empathy and channels it into her career.
Red traces society's need to kill history. The present is not based upon truth, but built on a collective myth, romanticized by years of revisionism.