Michael D. Stewart
Would be beatnik and comics critic Michael D. Stewart has been a freelance writer, pr consultant, loan officer and private detective. He currently spends his days as a marketing executive and his nights prowling the mean keys of his laptop.
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.’
21 Apr 2014
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.
01 Apr 2014
One word that describes Batman #29 is cinematic. But that’s the only word you’d get.
18 Mar 2014
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…
10 Mar 2014
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.
22 Jan 2014
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?
02 Oct 2013
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.
13 Sep 2013
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.
06 Sep 2013
“…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.
22 Jul 2013
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.
09 Jul 2013
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?
10 Jun 2013
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…
24 Apr 2013
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…
17 Apr 2013
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…
09 Apr 2013
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?…
03 Apr 2013
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