Author Archives: Michael Hale

The Comics Classroom: On the Tragic Villainy of BLACK ADAM

The Comics Classroom: On the Tragic Villainy of BLACK ADAM

What makes a villain transition in your mind’s eye from being good to being iconic? In some ways, the status of being iconic is simply one of textual longevity, i.e. being a character who has remained as part of a mythos despite their flaws, and thus has become enmeshed into the narrative so much that

MISTER MIRACLE: The Face At The End of This Boom Tube

Trying to talk about Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s work on Mister Miracle feels like being asked to explain the meaning of life. Or, Anti-Life, even. While, sure, there are some examples within the 300 pages of the Mister Miracle trade paperback that supports specific views of what Anti-Life and Life Equations could be, ultimately

Review: NAOMI #1

NAOMI #1 Written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker Art by Jamal Campbell and Josh Reed Edited by Mike Cotton, Andy Khouri, and Jessica Chen Published by DC Comics/Wonder Comics Release Date: January 22, 2019 DC Comics’ Wonder Comics imprint continues to impress with Naomi #1, a comic which doesn’t explicitly break any


CONAN THE BARBARIAN #2 Written by Jason Aaron Art by Mahmud Asrar and Matthew Wilson Edited by Mark Basso Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: January 16, 2019 Jason Aaron’s exploration of Conan, back under the stewardship of Marvel Comics, continues! At first this story might seem like a deviation from the ending of issue

Review: BLACK WIDOW #1

BLACK WIDOW #1 (of 5) Written by Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska Art by Flaviano, Veronica Gandini, Joe Caramagna Edited by Jake Thomas and Mark Basso Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: January 16, 2019 Characters like Natasha Romanoff, when handled with consideration for her capacities to be balanced between assassin and hero, have real


CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 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: December 19, 2018 After six issues, the full force of the narrative Coates has planned for Captain America now, more than ever, comes into focus.

Pushing Through the Pain of HEROES IN CRISIS

Comics like the currently on-going Heroes in Crisis story by Tom King are probably the hardest to critique. I feel like something is wrong with it, yet the subjects around which the story revolves, therapy and trauma, are things about which I know little outside of anecdotal evidence and experience. Or, to re-state the premise