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COMICS CLASSROOM: The Role of Comics in Politics and Art [Part 2]

COMICS CLASSROOM: The Role of Comics in Politics and Art [Part 2]

In the first part of this series, points were established about how politics and comics intersect. While it is understood that politics and social issues have been part of the Big Two since before some of their most iconic characters, i.e.: Superman and Captain America, were even part of these companies as we know them

Review: WONDER WOMAN/CONAN #1

WONDER WOMAN/CONAN #1 Written by Gail Simone Art by Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, and Wendy Broome Published by DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 20, 2017 Gail Simone is writing Wonder Woman again! And Conan! Together! Just hand over your money, now, because this book is shaping up to be some of

COMICS CLASSROOM: The Role of Comics in Politics and Art [Part 1]

A question I come across rather frequently on the internet while reading reviews and commentaries of recent comics is the following. “What place is there for comics in political discussions?” I’ve always been more than a little baffled by this for a few reasons, chief among which are: the two iconic standard bearers of both

Review: DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 Written by Scott “Sword Sovereign” Snyder Art by Greg “Lead Thrasher” Capullo, Jonathan “Jolt of Lightning” Glapion, FCO “The Fallen” Plascencia, and Steve “The Slayer” Wands Published by DC Comics Release Date: September 13, 2017 WARNING: Mild spoilers are present for discussing this issue. It is too insane to review something

Review: USAGI YOJIMBO #161

USAGI YOJIMBO #161 Written by Stan Sakai Art Stan Sakai Published by Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 6, 2017 “Once a loyal retainer until his lord’s death in battle, Miyamoto Usagi is now an unemployed ronin walking the warrior’s pilgrimage, in search of harmony.” Congratulations, you now know everything you need to know so

Review: JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI: CAPTAIN PHASMA #1

JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI: CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 Written by Kelly Thompson Art by Marco Checchetto, Andres Mossa, and Clayton Cowles Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: September 6, 2017 “Finally. Freak’n finally.” These are the words I uttered when it was announced that Phasma was going to be the center of attention

Review: EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1 Written by Matthew Rosenberg Art by Roland Boschi, Adam Gorham, Daniel Brown, and Clayton Cowles Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: June 28, 2017 If any particular element of the Venom character as endured beyond the host character of Eddie Brock and the alien suit’s ties with Spider-Man, it is probably

Review: THE MIGHTY THOR #20

THE MIGHTY THOR #20 Written by Jason Aaron Art by Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson, Valerio Schiti, Veronica Gandini, Joe Sabino Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: June 21, 2017 Considering the over-the-top (read: spectacular) insanity that was The Mighty Thor #19, Jason Aaron switches gears and presents a much different kind of story. While there

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