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Transmyscira: The Very Stable Genius of THE WILD STORM

Transmyscira: The Very Stable Genius of THE WILD STORM

There are two reunions in The Wild Storm #22: the full assembly of the latest iteration of The Authority that the series has been building up to over the last two years and Warren Ellis’ reunion with the team he first brought together out of the ashes of Stormwatch nearly twenty years ago. Reunions are

The Comics Classroom: Abstract Horror, NEW MUTANTS, and the Demon Bear

What is it about the term “horror” that so entrances us? By all rights, such a term should revolt us and it certainly should not make us want to peer deeper and deeper into the eyes of what we find abhorrent, yet there is a whole genre of material built around the idea of being

Transmyscira: The X-Ploitation of Trans Death in UNCANNY X-MEN

Here we are again. There’s been another violent trans panic sequence in a major comic. This time it ends in murder and comes gift wrapped in the mutant metaphor. In Uncanny X-Men #17, Rahne Sinclair’s death is portrayed at the hands of a bunch of bros who harass her while sitting alone on a park

KIRBYOLOGY!: The Most Prophetic of Jack Kirby’s Orange Monsters

Jack Kirby’s comics are, often literally, a punch to the face of fascism. Some of those punches, inspired by Kirby’s harrowing experience as an army scout in World War II, flew into the future, catching America’s current top fascist squarely in the jaw. As Elana Levin discussed for The Daily Beast, anti-life evangelist Glorious Godfrey

Cómix Latinx: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies with Marc Singer

Associate Professor of English at Howard University, Marc Singer has blazed new paths in comics studies with his many articles, books, and editorships.  With a nascent scholarly interest in comics growing already as a teen with Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns, and after pursuing a PhD in literary studies at the University of Maryland, Singer

Comic Love: Being a New Fan and Reading Kamala Khan

“Sana [Amanat] and I initially had very modest expectations for this book. Our goal was to get to ten issues. It was going to be a fun side project—a young adult Muslim super hero! At Marvel!—that would have the lifespan of fun side projects. I budgeted a year for it. But by the time the

Health and Inclusivity: Navigating Generational Trauma with Krosoczka’s HEY, KIDDO

Family legacy and generational issues are major influences on who we are. Especially when things go awry, we end up carrying these things through each new lineage, very often without someone to guide the newer crop as they navigate these waters. And unfortunately, we become the ones with the skills to begin dismantling them, while

Transmyscira: Koike’s LONE WOLF AND CUB Rules Everything Around Me

Choose the sword, and you will join me Choose the ball, and you join your mother, in death You don’t understand my words, but you must choose So, come boy, choose life or death – Ogami Itto, Shogun Assassin   After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake

The Comics Classroom: SAILOR MOON and the Heroine’s Journey

A few years ago, while taking a course relating to Critical Theory, I had two encounters with an instructor that profoundly helped to shape my views on Joseph Campbell. At one point during discussion, Campbell’s name came up, to which I asked whether he was or was not still a viable figure within academic discourse.

Transmyscira: FEMALE FURIES and the Binding of Aurelie

This is the bad place. – Eleanor Shellstrop, The Good Place Season 1, Episode 9 Riding high off the renewed interest in the Fourth World generated by Mister Miracle’s success — and armed with the industry’s foremost talent in deconstructing the gendering of our bodies and experiences of them in Cecil Castellucci — the six

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