Author Archives: Michael Hale

The Comics Classroom: Captain America as Modern American Myth

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


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


MOTHERLANDS #1 Written by Simon Spurrier Art by Rachael Stott, Felipe Sobreiro, Simon Bowland Edited by Amedeo Turturro, Andy Khouri Published by Vertigo Comics Release Date: Janurary 24, 2018 Si Spurrier and artist Rachael Stott have probably crafted one of the weirdest first issues to a series that I have come across in recent memory.

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