Author Archives: Jay Barrett

Advance Review: THESE SAVAGE SHORES #1

Advance Review: THESE SAVAGE SHORES #1

THESE SAVAGE SHORES #1 Written by Ram V Art by Sumit Kumar, Vittorio Astone, and Aditya Bidikar Published by Vault Comics Release Date: October 10, 2018 These Savage Shores is dark, forebodingly violent, thought provoking, and full of potential. Set during the time of European expansion, These Savage Shores tells the story of Alain Pierrefont,

Review: BATMAN #53

BATMAN #53 Written by Tom King Art by Lee Weeks, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Clayton Cowles Edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittany Holzherr Published by DC Comics Release Date: August 15, 2018 Batman #53 is the cathartic climax to the “Cold Days” story and sees Bruce Wayne resolve to rebuild himself from his lowest point.

Review: BATMAN #52

BATMAN #52 Written by Tom King Art by Lee Weeks, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Clayton Cowles Edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittany Holzherr Published by DC Comics Release Date: August 1, 2018 Has someone you loved ever left you? Someone who didn’t just hold your heart, someone who didn’t just make you happy — someone

Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #4

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #4 Written by Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV Art by Francis Manapul, Hi-Fi, Andworld Design Edited by Andrea Shea, Rebecca Taylor, Marie Javins Published by DC Comics Release Date: May 30, 2018 I don’t think anyone understands the DC Universe better than Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, and James Tynion

Panic Between the Panels: How to Write Your Own Love Story

I spent this past Valentine’s Day convincing my girlfriend to break-up with me. It took some mental and conversational gymnastics with a hearty dose of self-deprecation/ character suicide, but I got her to hit the eject button. Valentine’s Day wasn’t the greatest backdrop, but our work schedules didn’t match, we wanted different things, she lived

Embrace the Reaper: Death and Dying Between the Panels

Super-heroes are meant to die. Stay with me here: all hero stories should end with a coffin. It’s the only logical ending. Every single super-hero put on their cape, cowl, or spandex because they were no longer able to accept their world for what it was. They couldn’t turn away from the malice, injustice, chaos,

Hated, Feared, and Scared: The Narrative Fail of THE X-MEN

Hate has never been more in vogue than it has been in 2017. Without getting political, just take a quick gander at your favorite news outlet and within seconds you’ll see blistering headlines of social, racial, and economic divide. Whether it’s political rallies that turn deadly, unspeakable violence in the name of heinous ideologies —

Mary Jane, Mary Sue, and the Rise of Forever Carlyle

Hey, describe Mary Jane Watson for me. Should be easy enough, she’s been around since 1965. That’s over 50 years of Spider-Man storylines to draw from! Go on, I’ll wait. Got an answer? It’s probably a small-paragraph in length, right? Nice job. Now take that small, fully-functional paragraph and remove the words “Spider-Man,” “red hair,”

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