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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 […]

DOPE Digest – Vol. 1: Spider-Man, Lana Del Rey, Wes Anderson…

So many wonderful things happen in pop culture each week, but only the best of the best make it into our weekly DOPE Digest. Syvology-approved goodness from wherever we find it. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer BK: By now you’ve probably seen it, but it is definitely worth repeat viewing. The original Spider-Man movies with Sam Raimi […]

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 […]

Giving The Devil His Due: Why Daredevil Is Marvel’s Most Underrated Character

As you may have heard by now, Netflix and Disney are teaming up to bring four of Marvel’s lesser-known characters to streaming video service in 2015. Such C-list stalwarts as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones will each get their own 13 episode series. Purportedly, the project will culminate in a Defenders mini-series. Tweet

Cape, Cowl, & Character: How Grant Morrison Restored the Concept of Batman

  [The following is spoiler-light. No key surprises are explicitly revealed. That said, the post does discuss broad plot points and themes concerning Morrison’s work on Batman. So if you don’t want to know anything before reading the comics, please bookmark this for later!] This past summer, Grant Morrison wrapped up an incredible seven year […]

What Creative People Should Know About Copyright Termination

Copyright is supposed to protect the economic rights of creative people, right? That’s the idea, at least. But all too often, copyright law ends up protecting the economic rights of corporations that have convinced creators to transfer ownership to their work. And worse still, sometimes that transfer happens for compensation that ultimately proves to be […]

Brian K. Vaughn And How Image Comics Is Saving The Industry

  Last week, Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples brought home a Hugo Award for their fine work on the ongoing sci-fi comic book series Saga. But this is only the latest development in the title’s continuing critical success. Earlier this year, Saga cleaned up at the Eisner Awards, winning key categories like Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, and Best […]

Transgender Identity and Superman’s Pal

  Rumor has it that in the upcoming Man of Steel picture, Superman’s lovable ginger bro won’t be a bro anymore. Although no formal announcement has been made, all signs point to Olsen’s character swapping genders. That’s right: no more Jimmy Olsen. From now on, it’s Jenny Olsen. Tweet