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“What Will You Have After 500 Years?” A Look Back at “Invincible” and How I Got into Comics

By | Apr 10, 2018 | Longform

With the final issue of “Invincible” having come out earlier this year, and the final trade paperback being released a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to look back on the series. “Invincible” is, without hyperbole, the reason that I read comics. Like many things that people find in their early adolescence, “Invincible” shaped my […]

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Fourth World Problems

By | Apr 3, 2018 | Longform

The New Gods are having a moment. Tom King and Mitch Gerads’s “Mister Miracle” 12-issue maxi series is a critical success, and perhaps not inconsequentially, DC Entertainment recently enlisted filmmaker Ava DuVernay to adapt Jack Kirby’s creations for the silver screen. In some ways, Ms. DuVernay is in an unenviable position as The Fourth World, […]

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Looking Back on Superman: The Animated Series

By | Apr 2, 2018 | Longform

Recently I spent the last month re-watching Superman: The Animated Series with my kids. It was a pleasant departure from our typical Disney themed watching habits and a welcomed return to an animated favorite from my youth. For many of us growing older with comics can become an interesting transition. Time becomes precious, and thus […]

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Why I Quit Marvel

By | Mar 21, 2018 | Longform

I’ve seen a lot of frustration aimed at Marvel the last few years and the general consensus seems to be that their comics have been falling in quality. I can be counted as one of their lapsed readers, although I seldom see the cause of my defection shared by others. How I got started with […]

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Five Thoughts on New York Comic-Con 2017

By | Oct 11, 2017 | Longform

“Just a reminder, I’m off next week for religious reasons.  Nerd Christmas.” – Me, to my assistant the week before NY Comic-Con.  It may sound like I was being flippant with my assistant about my time off for New York Comic-Con (NYCC) but the more I think about it, the more it is a little […]

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“Phonogram” And Fandom: Our Band Could Be Your Life

By | Oct 3, 2017 | Longform

Q: What do you think [“Phonogram”] says about the nature of fandom and/or criticism? KIERON GILLEN: Everything. The premise for Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s series “Phonogram” is simple: music is magic . . . literally. These magic-users, known as phonomancers, are able to use their connection to the music they love. They read radio […]

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Harley Quinn at 25: Staying Power and Legacy

By | Sep 26, 2017 | Longform

25 years ago this month, Harley Quinn debuted on Batman: The Animated Series and since that debut, she has become one of the most popular characters in comic books. She’s crossed over into the “mainstream” garnering fans of all kinds, accomplishing something we rarely see from female characters, especially those who don’t fit into the hero box. […]

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The Dark Knight Returns,The Matrix, and the Reflexive Sequel

By | Sep 19, 2017 | Longform

Frank Miller and Lana and Lilly Wachowski are creatives who couldn’t be more different. Their seminal works, “The Dark Knight Returns” and Matrix franchise, however, have much in common. Both stories were highly influential, inspiring many imitators — from “Spider-man: Reign” to Equilibrium —  that never seemed to capture the same creative, critical, or cultural […]

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Death Note: How An Adaptation Goes Wrong

By | Aug 30, 2017 | Longform

I believe in the power and process of adaptation. It can be a clarifying process that reveals the unique qualities of two mediums. How can a different medium represent similar themes? In that process, a remix can also occur where old stories meet with new ideas. Netflix’s adaptation/nominal remake of the Japanese manga, anime, and […]

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Let’s Do the Time Warp With Marvel

By | Aug 15, 2017 | Longform

As any fan of “Doctor Who” will tell you, time travel can be confusing. With that in mind, no comic company has tangled up a big ball of timey-wimey stuff like Marvel, which will very commonly have characters from three different timelines on a single team, while having them fight a team of villains composed […]

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Top 10 “Gotham Academy” Moments

By | Aug 11, 2017 | Longform

This Wednesday saw the end to “Gotham Academy” with the release of “Second Semester” #12. For three years, the work of Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl and so many others brought to life something that honestly not many expected to last. The comic direct market is a fickle thing, with the Big 2 in […]

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How To Protect A World That Hates And Fears You

By | Jul 31, 2017 | Longform

Reading comics while being transgender is, as you might imagine, a discordant experience. For a medium that purportedly celebrates stories outside of the norm, featuring weird and wonderful casts of mutants and superheroes and the like, you’re more than likely to find a cast of white, able bodied, cisgender and, usually, male characters staring back […]

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Could Mr. Oz Be [Redacted]?

By | Jul 3, 2017 | Longform

We have all been conditioned to expect that the reveal at the end of “DC Universe Rebirth” #1 was going to herald an onslaught of “Watchmen” characters popping up in our DC floppies each week. Thus far, that simply hasn’t happened. Even ‘The Button,’ which was supposed to address the great mystery, really had very, […]

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