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Category Archives: COMICS

Is the DC Comics Identity Crisis Finally Coming to an End?

  Over the last week or two, a discreet corner of comic book fandom has been abuzz with news of the latest round of refurbishments to the DC Comics Universe. The locus of these changes was a one-shot issue aptly titled DC Universe Rebirth. Penned by DCU life coach Geoff Johns and penciled by a […]

How Daredevil Succeeds Where Batman vs Superman Failed

BvS has the surreal quality of systemic, top-down incompetence; virtually every scene, every plot beat, every line of dialogue–there’s something logically “off” about all of it. But in addition to what amounts to an ocean of individual isolated idiocies, there is a much bigger problem with the movie. The big problem was in its structural plot dynamics; somehow, the filmmakers*  here […]

Jason Aaron Comics and the Dialectic of Character and Culture

“It is folly to believe that you can bring the psychology of an individual successfully to life without putting him very firmly in a social setting.” -Tom Wolfe Tweet

Why The Rock is Wrong for Black Adam

When Dwayne Johnson, d/b/a The Rock, at long last revealed that yes, indeed, inevitably, he will be assuming the role of Black Adam in an upcoming DC comics film, it’s possible that I was the only person on the planet who was surprised. Tweet

Unpacking Grant Morrison’s Map of the DC Comics Multiverse

This year, San Diego Comic-Con was primarily dominated by announcements and sneak-peeks related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC’s upcoming Dawn of Justice. But for this writer, the most exciting reveal was Grant Morrison’s map of the DC Multiverse. Tweet

Your Next Blockbuster: The X-Mendables

Comic book Hollywood is all about event cinema. Synergy. Blockbusters built on the shoulders of other blockbusters.  The Avengers. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Sinister Six. Justice League. Booster Gold: The Boostering. (I may have made that last one up, but we can dream.) These films are created for their built-in audiences and their easily accessible mythologies. All-Star […]

PURPLE SWAG: Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye

In one of the more interesting ironies of the comic book world’s current interface with Hollywood, it’s become clear that Marvel’s lamest live-action Avenger happens to have its best ongoing comic book. Most neutral observers will agree that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) was the one major character largely wasted in Joss Whedon’s fruitful spandex ensemble. This […]

The Graphic Novel True Detective Fans Will Love

  This Sunday is the finale to HBO’s True Detective. For those who watch the show, this possibly means finding out who (what) the Yellow King is, who really killed Dora Lange, and how Pizzolatto and Fukunaga are going to top their now-legendary six minute continuous take. For those who do not watch the show, […]

Rick Spears and James Callahan Deconstruct Creativity in The Auteur

 “There are no works, there are only auteurs.” -Jean Giraudoux In 1954, François Truffaut coined the phrase la politique des auteurs. So-called “auteur theory” is an ideologically individualist approach to film criticism that reformed both academic and popular approaches to cinema. Without undue digression, auteur theory can be understood as simply the idea that films […]

Wondering About Our New Wonder Woman

“In life women are strong. It should be the same on film.” -Gal Gadot Warner Bros. announced this week that Israeli model-turned-actor Gal Gadot is playing Diana Prince (Wonder Woman, that is!) in Zach Snyder’s upcoming Superman/Batman film. This is easily the biggest news we’ve heard regarding the project since the infamous casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce […]