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MONSTROUS COMICS! – Marvel Zombies

To close out our Monstrous Comics series, we’re heading back to the mid-2000s for an examination of an incredibly popular zombie comic by Robert Kirkman. Marvel Zombies launched in late 2005, kicking off a new take on the Marvel Universe that would launch sequels, spinoffs, a crossover with Army of Darkness, and more. It’s written […]

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SUPERGIRL: Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

Supergirl’s sixth episode (“Midvale”) was not what I expected. I gathered that the show was doing some flashbacks, but it served as the main focus, a frame for the current situation the Danvers sisters find themselves in (both heartbroken and in differing levels of Cope, one of which involves booze and being a mean drunk). […]

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Another Scott Snyder joint! We started off this month of creepy comics with an analysis of American Vampire, the series that launched writer Scott Snyder to horror superstardom. American Vampire has been known since its debut as one of Vertigo’s strongest horror titles in years, harkening back to the days when that famed imprint of […]

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THE FLASH: #Feminism

The Flash’s fifth episode (“Girls Night Out”) gives us SO MUCH awesome. We meet the divine and amazing stellar Katee Sackhoff as Amunet Black (she looks like an ‘80s dominatrix gone rogue: “Is there any part of the way I’m dressed that leads you to believe I want to be called ma’am?”). Ralph Dibny continues […]

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Long Goodbyes and Unseen Wounds on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s fifth episode (“Damage”) was directed by Kevin Smith, whom I adore. I’m a Jersey girl and a nerd, and his work is basically my favorite. This episode brought more girl power than it did anything else. Kara and Alex teamed up for a physical fight on the outset, but the emotional fights are what […]

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Stretching Beyond Expectations on THE FLASH

The Flash’s fourth episode (“Elongated Journey Into Night”) was hilarious, charming, and surprisingly heartfelt. It centers around a former colleague of Barry and Joe, Ralph Dibny, who planted evidence and is currently a PI. Think of him as Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, if Ventura were more neurotic and less bizarre. Hartley Sawyer took this […]

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Badass Girls and a Cult on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s fourth episode (“The Faithful”) really knocked it out of the park. The villain, Thomas Coville, was played by the wonderful Chad Lowe. He was, honestly, brilliant. He walked the knife edge of crazy, misguided devotion (aka a cult). But there was a strange softness to him at times. He was a relatable zealot, which […]

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Black Hole by Charles Burns is a book I’ve been meaning to read for about as long as I’ve been steadily reading comics. Its cover is striking, presenting next to no information to the reader but still creating an anxious mood with the simple image of a high schooler forcing an uncomfortable smile for a […]

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Draining the D.C. Swamp: Wherein Josh Jabcuga revisits the murky waters of Wes Craven’s cult creature feature Swamp Thing.

“This way or no way You know I’ll be free Just like that bluebird Now, ain’t that just like me?” “Lazarus” by David Bowie, from the album Blackstar. *** “Dream the dreams of other men You will be no ones rival A distant time A distant space That’s where we’re living A distant time A […]

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Of Luck and Chess on THE FLASH

The Flash’s third episode (“Luck Be a Lady”) was both amusing and jaw-dropping, a balance of wit and sadness. The return of Harry (hooray!) meant delivering a break up cube (boo—and dear god, that’s worth that Russell Brand breaking up with Katy Perry via text…and yes, I know way too much about random pop culture). […]

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The Unexpected and Expected Judgment on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s third episode (“Far From the Tree”) was jam-packed with a case full of feels. While it was obviously about connections (family, specifically—those born to us and the ones we choose), the episode was an exercise in contrasts, with Maggie’s dad, Oscar (played by the lovely Carlos Bernard) pulling ahead for Asshat of the Year. […]

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MONSTROUS COMICS! American Vampire

Scott Snyder’s Wytches blew up the independent comics scene when the first issue sold over 90,000 copies – a huge achievement for any comic, but completely stunning for creator-owned debut. In part due to Snyder’s proven track record of dynamic and compelling narratives that are novelistic in their approach to characters and theme, readers know […]

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