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On the Edge of Hell’s Kitchen in a Cramped Hallway: New York Comic Con 2014

What was it like? We return to the scene of the crime, in this case NYCC 2014, where Michael D. Stewart writes, "I have a confession. I like New York Comic Con. But I don’t love it."

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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.’

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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A Frank Understanding of Sexual Awakening: "Sex Criminals #1"

The Judd Apatow movies of a few years ago suggest a trend to a far dirtier type of romantic comedy. But is Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals the first sign of the wheel coming full circle?

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Batwoman: Unhappily Ever After

The spat between Batwoman’s creative and editorial teams has dominated comics news recently. And while the sexual orientation certainly makes the story sensational, this turn of events is solely about publisher DC’s editorial decisions.

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In Support of a Vast Scope: "American Vampire: Anthology"

Snyder and Albuquerque bookend the Anthology with an explosive and intimate character study of first American vampire Skinner Sweet. He’s the legend of Johnny Cash with fangs.

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The Perfect Pattern: "Batman #23"

As Zero Year continues in Batman #23 we begin to see how various threads connect…

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A Self-Imposed Cage: "Batman Annual #2"

If we are to believe the subtext of Batman Annual #2, then most of the cages we find ourselves in are self-imposed.

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Try and Tear Me Down: "The Bounce #3"

The first two issues of Joe Casey and David Messina’s The Bounce had me believing it was a fairly well done but unremarkable deconstruction of superheroes. I was wrong…

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A Frustrating Means to End: "Superior Spider-Man #13"

“…Doc [Ock] decided to adopt the mantle of Spider-Man and be a hero... in his own way.” – Dan Slott, writer of Superior Spider-Man, via Twitter, July 18, 2013.

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The Slap Heard Throughout Gotham: "Batman #22"

Bruce Wayne’s life pre-Batman continues to be explored in Batman #22, the latest chapter in the origin story Zero Year.

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In the Face of Death: Confusing the Limits of Power in "Superior Spider-Man #12"

With Dan Slott's conceptual shift in Superior Spider-Man, where the reader is forced to take on Jameson's erstwhile role of decrying "Spider-Man, menace!", it's J. Jonah Jameson that shines out as the emotional center of the current Spider-Slayer arc.

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On the Fringe with the Superior: "Superior Spider-Man #11"

After reading the last few months of Superior Spider-Man, and especially after last week's issue #11, one question must be asked: Has Dan Slott ever watched Fringe?

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Love and Fulfillment: On the Li’l Depressed Boy, Parks and Recreation and Neal Cassady

If Li'l Depressed Boy creators Struble & Grace achieve anything, it's a magnificent artistic range that can conceptually connect even Parks & Recreation with Beat icon Neal Cassady…

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What the Influence?: On "Batman #19", Cartoons and Music

While some comic writers and artists find inspiration in the past or the future or other artists or other genres, there are others that choose to jump platforms and find a muse in, say, television. Case in point: Batman #19

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Reading Comics ‘At the Movies’: On Roger Ebert and Comics Criticism

It was only recently that I figured out how much film critic Roger Ebert has influenced my work as a critic and writer. You see, he and I shared one thing in common: we both love the Alex Proyas film Dark City

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Things I Said I’d Do This Year: The Narrative Consequences of Batman, Spider-Man and Daredevil

What would the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who coined the term "suspension of disbelief" say to Batman, Inc. and the Superior Spider-Man? Surely they stretch the term too far, surely Daredevil is more is speed?…

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