Author Archives: Michael Hale



DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 Written by Geoff Johns Art by Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, and Rob Leigh Edited by Brian Cunningham and Amedeo Turturro Published by DC Comics Release Date: Janurary 24, 2018 As the countdown towards the inevitable conflict between Superman and Dr. Manhattan marches on, Geoff Johns continues to make revelations in the story

The Comics Classroom: Exploring 47 RONIN, Part 2

In the previous entry, Dark Horse’s 2014 adaption of the 47 Ronin story was submitted as a superb example of the famous Japanese story for modern audiences. Stan Sakai’s art was also favorably compared to the woodblock prints of Ogata Gekkō. So, how can Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai’s comic be useful in exploring the history

The Walden Connection in DOOMSDAY CLOCK, Part 3

Promising paradise or threatening hell-fire is, we assumed, generally admitted to be unproductive. It is based upon a fundamental fraud which, when discovered, turns the individual against society and nourishes the very thing it tries to stamp out. What Jesus offered in return of loving one’s enemies was heaven on earth, better known as peace

The Walden Connection in DOOMSDAY CLOCK, Part 2

All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be. – Henry David Thoreau, Walden It is a mistake to suppose that the whole issue is how to free man. The issue is to improve the way in which he is controlled. – B.F. Skinner, Walden Two  


BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II #1 Written by James Tynion IV Art by Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell, and Tom Napolitano Published by DC Comics/IDW Publishing Release Date: December 6, 2017 There are few things as enjoyable as a cross-over comic that not only meets expectations, but exceeds them. IDW’s 2015-2016 Batman and TMNT crossover

Review: BATMAN #36

BATMAN #36 Written by Tom King Art by Clay Mann, Seth Mann, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles Published by DC Comics Release Date: December 6, 2017 Given how often comics focus on the explosive dangers of being a super hero, an occupation fraught with explosions and danger, King’s choice to have such a lighthearted and

The Walden Connection in DOOMSDAY CLOCK, Part 1

Quick! Think of one of the most important books in American literature. While there are many reasonable answers to this question, works such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Gone With the Wind, it might seem reasonable that you’d be confused if you heard somebody answer “B. F. Skinner’s Walden Two!” I was confused when I


DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3 Written by Scott “Sledgehammer” Snyder Art by Greg “Chaos Bringer” Capullo, Jonathan “Grim Reaper” Glapion, FCO “Overkill” Plascencia, and Steve “Word Warlock” Wands Published by DC Comics Release Date: October 11, 2017 ***SPOILER WARNING*** With a pace as intense and weird as the Dark Nights: Metal series has been, it was