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How 'Watchmen' and 'The Boys' Deconstruct American Fascism

Superhero media has a history of critiquing the dark side of power, hero worship, and vigilantism, but none have done so as radically as Watchmen and The Boys.

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The Sky Is Falling: Images of Mass Destruction in 'The Avengers'

If you find yourself in a Hollywood film this summer and you’re not wearing a cape, watch out for falling debris.

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Ellis' Superb Mastery of the Art of Pop

In "Subland Empire", Warren Ellis takes the reins of Secret Avengers and shows the hidden depths and complex mastery required to make popculture artifacts works of lasting art.

Books

We Can Be Heroes: Talking 'Supergods' with Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.

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Five Hot Chicks and the MPAA, Why Can't This Be Europe? Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch'

PopMatters was in Beverly Hills for the Sucker Punch press junket, and sat down with among others, Director Zack Snyder, Producer Deborah Snyder, and stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung.

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'Life in Flight' Flies Too Low

Here was an opportunity to delve deep into a study of the modern American family, and its subsequent breakdown upon entering the 21st century -- an opportunity missed.

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Can Snyder Make Superman Super Again?

For all his ability with scope and eye for the epic, hiring Zack Snyder might not be the 100 percent right decision.

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Another Zack Attack

How did he do it? How did Zack Snyder go from motion picture nobody to helmer of hits like Dawn of the Dead and 300?

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Game(r) Over

Simple math would suggest that 'Scott Pilgrim' only played to those already prepared for it, failing to move beyond the invested in-crowd. They couldn't even reach those who loved Edgar Wright's work before.

Books

'A God Somewhere ' Is a Challenging and Thoughtful Take on the Superman Story

So what would you do if your best friend became virtually indestructible? More to the point, what would your friend do?

Film

All Hail Haley!

Taking advantage of his unusual looks and complex demeanor, directors such as Todd Field and Zack Snyder have recognized that when it comes to able anti-heroes, the brilliant bad guys we clearly love to loathe, Haley is absolutely flawless.

Comics

The History of Comic Conventions

This edition of "Iconographies" looks at the rise in popularity of the comics convention, and the pop-cultural changes conventions have brought to comics.

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Watchmen

For Rorschach, there are clear lines between good and evil, and in this he is the most traditional of the superheroes in Watchmen.

Film

'This Is Not the Culture I Signed Up For': Alan Moore and Hollywood

Who will watch the Watchmen? Not their creator, Alan Moore. And while he seems to be alone in his condemnation with the latest adaptation of his work, Moore's steadfast position deserves some real attention.

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Film

The Hero Takes a Fall: Watchmen (1986)

It's Watchmen week here at Short Ends and Leader. Yesterday we debuted the controversial TV channel from New Frontiersman Magazine. Today, we tackle the book that started it all - Alan Moore's amazing graphic novel masterpiece. Tomorrow we will look into the career of Zack Synder, wrapping up our coverage with a discussion of the casting and the creative challenges faced by the film. Enjoy!

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