Carry Me Back to Virginia – Vision (2015)

Marvel traditionally does suburbs much better than D.C. as part of writing "relatable" teenage super-heroes. Marvel's heroes populate real cities (mainly New York, but not as much as the movies will have you believe), and their teenagers populate real suburbs. Peter Parker lives in Queens and commutes (flies) into Manhattan for work at the Daily … Continue reading Carry Me Back to Virginia – Vision (2015)

Wolverine’s Internal Conflict – Wolverine (1982)

Most mainstream American comics are collaborative projects. Writers and artists push and pull each other to create something unique. Frank Miller is one of the figures who breaks this mold in the early 80s, moving between artist, writer-artist, and writer in Daredevil. Miller works great as a writer and writer-artist, but his art overpowers and … Continue reading Wolverine’s Internal Conflict – Wolverine (1982)

Comics Cultural Craziness – Mantlo and Mignola’s Rocket Raccoon

The sensibilities of 1970's Marvel Comics were largely shaped by Steve Gerber. He created a unique tone that mixed comedy, anarchy, and adventure. This was only possibly through comics' ability to collect and comment on different types of people and characters through quick visual and textual signifiers. His Man-Thing cannot speak and must only observe … Continue reading Comics Cultural Craziness – Mantlo and Mignola’s Rocket Raccoon

Batman and Catwoman Run Out of Time in Batman 14

Tom King's Batman has caused controversy with critics and readers alike challenging his attempts at reshaping the Batman mythology. His overly structured narratives with large casts of characters challenge readers. Reading "I Am Suicide", the reader must question every character's background and motives, constantly thinking forward and backwards in time. In contrast, in Batman 14, … Continue reading Batman and Catwoman Run Out of Time in Batman 14