This Time It’s Personal

This Time It’s Personal

EGOs from Image Comics Captain America and the Mighty Avengers from Marvel Comics EGOs is about people who save the universe and care mostly about themselves. Somehow, writer Stuart Moore makes us care deeply about them too. Set in the far future, EGOs is a space opera in its long epilogue; we’re in a noisy, [...]

Kids Tomorrow

Kids Tomorrow

They’re Not Like Us #1-3, from Image Comics With X-Men, Lee & Kirby created the counter-family. Somehow, even in the midst of a 1960s counter-culture, this at-first failed book didn’t find its own community until a decade later; people recognized the post-nuclear family of Fantastic Four as being closer to their own weird but loving [...]

Undiscovered Country

Undiscovered Country

Rumble #1-3, from Image Comics The gods aren’t where we’re going, they’re what’s in our way. Grand designs aren’t what the tapestry of Rumble is based on, but the lines cutting into what we pictured our lives to be. This brilliant above-and-below metaphysical thriller details everyday schmucks not called to greatness, but swept up in [...]

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 [...]