Ideology and Allegory (Batman: The War of Jokes and Riddles)

A single man trapped in a war he doesn't understand. That's the story of Omega Men, Sheriff of Babylon and Mister Miracle. That's also one of the stories of Tom King's life, and many other Americans involved in the Middle East. This story has finally permeated King's Batman in the latest arc, "The War of … Continue reading Ideology and Allegory (Batman: The War of Jokes and Riddles)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jack Kirby (Kirby 100)

I'm taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you something Timely. Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jacob Kurtzberg, known to the world as Jack Kirby. This isn't a technical analysis or a history lesson or a list of favorites, but a bit of everything. If you enjoy this … Continue reading How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jack Kirby (Kirby 100)

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)