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Learning to Love the LEGION: Secret Origins

Learning to Love the LEGION: Secret Origins

I’d like to start with a confession: Legion of Super-Heroes is the first comic I ever gave up on. It was 2011 and I had only started reading super-hero comics a couple years prior. The first comic I bought in single-issue floppies was Batgirl, and soon I’d expanded out into the rest of the Bat

2019 So Far … Middle Grade and YA Graphic Novels

It’s 2019 and to say that comics is a perfect industry is … well, yeah I can’t say that. There is a shining light for the future of comics, however … the book market. Original graphic novels from a wide array of publishers are bringing diverse stories and voices to the middle grade and YA

Escape from Freedom: MISTER MIRACLE and Western Marxism

In Tom King and Mitch Gerads’s critically acclaimed Mister Miracle, Scott Free toils in search of something seriously lacking in our own lives today: the power to escape. But escape from what? Viewed through the lens of an iPhone screen, the comparison might seem counterintuitive. After all, it seems like today we have nothing but

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

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

Transmycira: MISTER MIRACLE and a Crisis on Infinite Masculinities

Human beings in a mob What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a god? What’s a god to a non-believer? Who don’t believe in anything? We make it out alive All right, all right No church in the wild – No Church in the Wild by Kanye West and Jay Z   A

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

On Fighting the Patriarchy: DC Comics and FEMALE FURIES

I recently joined a comic book club in my city. During our recent meet we discussed Tom King’s Mister Miracle, so it was inevitable that the new Cecil Castellucci and Adriana Melo’s Female Furies series came up in conversation. One of the moderators mentioned reading about how the new series was absolutely terrible; that beauty

MISTER MIRACLE: How One Man Got Off Scott Free (and You Can, Too)

It’s been a really bad few years in America. Crushing years in terms of anxiety and fear. We all know the external force that is burgeoning anxiety. I feel stuck between fear for myself, guilt over those who have more to fear than I, and a relentless desire to want to fix it all. Fight.

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

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