Author Archives: Michael Hale

YOUNG JUSTICE: A Masterclass in Youth and Friendship

YOUNG JUSTICE: A Masterclass in Youth and Friendship

In some ways looking back on the original Young Justice run that started back in the 90s can come off as a bit of a rough ride. One of the first villains the team (which started with Robin, Superboy, and Impulse) faced was a character called Mighty Endowed, a busty catgirl who literally couldn’t stand

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA #2

CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates Art by Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, Joe Caramagna Edited by Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: August 2, 2018 In Captain America #2, Coates demonstrates how the core focus of his narrative remains rooted in dissecting the aftermath of the “Secret Empire”

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates Art by Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, Joe Caramagna Edited by Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: July 4, 2018 Being an American icon is a rough job when what you are, a symbol, gets tarnished. At the heart of Ta-Nehisi Coates’

SAMURAI EXECUTIONER: How History and Fiction Collide

If comics can be said to be a conduit for mythological symbols, both ancient and modern, to help us solve problems, what does this look like in practice when we turn from the familiar to the unexpected? For many American readers, there is a tendency to absorb and appropriate Japanese terms such as “samurai” and

Modern Mythology, Death, and Resurrection in Comics

You might consider this two-part series a kind of ‘companion’ or ‘extension’ piece to a three part column series I did way back in 2014 (!). While those three articles dealt with some specific characters such as Superman, Wolverine and the Phoenix manga, these particular entry will touch more on Captain America directly, thus keeping

Review: WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT

WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT (scripted audio podcast)  Written by Ben Percy Directed by Brendan Baker Starring Richard Armitage, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ato Essandoh and Andrew Keenan-Bolger Sound Design by Chloe Prasinos Published by Marvel Comics Produced by Daniel Fink and Jenny Radelet Released through Stitcher Audio Release Date: Episode 1 released on Mar 12 and Episode

The Comics Classroom: Captain America as Modern American Myth

With the global impact of Avengers: Infinity War still raging on in theaters around the world, I think now is as good a time as any (possibly, the best time, even) to address something about comics. I am very invested in what I can only call at the moment ‘comic mythology,’ a term I am

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA #700

CAPTAIN AMERICA #700 Written by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee Art by Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson, Joe Caramagna, Jack Kirby Edited by Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: April 11, 2018 As Mark Waid’s “King Captain America” story draws to an abrupt, slapdash close, at least it can be said that the

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