Down, Down and Still Here

Down, Down and Still Here

What do you influence when you’re the god of nothing in particular? Orphan archetypes with floating meaning seem to be the concern of Blackcross (out tomorrow) — a low-key, moody reboot of the public-domain characters revived from the 1940s in Dynamite’s Project Superpowers franchise (and Alan Moore’s occasional Terra Obscura and Tom Strong comics, and [...]

The Magic Word

The Magic Word

by David Neal Miller Greetings, Culture Lovers. The original name of this piece was “The ‘M’ Word”. But I didn’t want anyone to think the ‘M’ stood for Marvel. Or Mutant. Or even Monster. Today, the ‘M’ word stands for ‘Magic’. And how magic and mythology currently plays out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To [...]

Dream Up

Dream Up

“Nothing is real,” narrates the unnamed protagonist of Nameless, and this not-realness is true; everything is thought-of; we are what and where we have an idea we are, and we only cross distances by shifting our perspective of what we’re in relation to, how close or far from. The diagrams come fast and frequently like [...]

Levity

Levity

  The Comicverse #4 is as small as an Archie digest comic, and has as big a heart. And like the recent transport of that franchise to modern worlds of identity politics, marriage, death and zombies, the new Comicverse issue isn’t afraid to send its affable characters into some danger that tests their confidence and [...]

The Penal Code

The Penal Code

The real dystopia is the one you don’t notice. And an injustice the world thinks it depends on is not worth mentioning. But those on the untold side of history are still living it. Or not — in Kelly Sue DeConnick’s terrifying conceptual-grindhouse epic Bitch Planet the casualty levels are high, and the first casualty [...]

Drop Magic, or, Believe the Hyper

Drop Magic, or, Believe the Hyper

In the beginning was the word, but we’ll need some to get to the end and a lot to fill up the middle too. We often think about what we’d do in a “fight for our life”; Kid Code’s existential action-adventure shows me that we also live for a fight — against mortality, obscurity, isolation, [...]

Thrilling Exploits

Thrilling Exploits

I was raised not to pay attention inside a car. The suburban Vegas Strip-malls of outer Philadelphia provided way too much stimulation, and often, where we were going wasn’t exactly a road. The wide-open asphalt of drive-in movie theatres beckoned, and our secondhand station wagons were an escape-pod extra living room, with all its snack [...]

Wild Wild West End

Wild Wild West End

Many people have always thought that Sherlock Holmes was a real guy; these days, lots don’t know that Harry Houdini ever existed. But Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini brings them both to life. The labyrinth moved through here is really the workings of the intricate, exceptional minds of the main characters, and of the two co-writers, [...]