BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Last week saw the premiere of Legion, a new FX TV series based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The series follows David Haller, a mutant currently being treated for schizophrenia as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Haller is one of the few…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Forever Autumn

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Forever Autumn

For anyone who hates that Halloween only comes once a year, Forever Autumn is a perfect fix.  It’s the story of a witch who meets a vampire, and all hell breaks loose. Alice is an apprentice witch and a klutz, avoided by all members of the Bat Coven.  But finally, her master allows her to buy a bat, whose blood is needed to magic Alice’s broom to fly.  But the bat is really Miki, a…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Astral Aves

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Astral Aves

In the Four Kingdoms of the Diurne, none is more feared than the Black Horn, the Land of Eternal Twilight.  Here, the people enjoy a long-standing relationship with the Nocturne, the ghostly realm lying parallel to the Diurne, something the other three Kingdoms find distasteful and vexing.  Relations between the Four Kingdoms are inimical at best, with the balance between the Diurne and the Nocturne always on edge.  So when Astra the Black (Heir to…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Agents of the Realm

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Agents of the Realm

Ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go right and to top it off, you run into a weird bear with horns that seems determined to kill you?  That was Norah’s first day on the job as an Agent of the Realm.  Finding a strange amulet, she becomes endowed with the power of the Void, the leader of the Agents who the gateway hidden within Silvermount, the local mountain that connects the…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Aquapunk

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Aquapunk

Coron is a Nosda Faithful, a living stone built to fight and serve at another’s will.  Along with his friends, Eieron and Aogaur, Coron follows the orders of his Esan masters, merely a drudge with little worth… until a trickster god takes an interest in him.  When Aogaur is possessed by a murderous spirit and kills two officers, Coron breaks the three of them out of jail, taking two unwilling Esan with them.  When all…

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BACK ISSUES: Marvel’s Secret Empire

BACK ISSUES: Marvel’s Secret Empire

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Last week, Marvel announced that its summer event for 2017 will be called “Secret Empire”, releasing a logo featuring Steve Rogers’ current Captain America shield and a tagline, lifted from a famous Abraham Lincoln quotation, “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.” This initial teaser was followed by a…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Headless Bliss

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Headless Bliss

Have you ever wondered what happens to stories?  Perhaps you thought they disappeared.  Well, not quite. One day, Annùn is kicked out of class for doodling, discovers a portal, and goes on an adventure where she meets Sinaj, an abandoned story.  Annùn invites Sinaj to stay with her, which allows Sinaj to explore Annùn’s collection of books.  However Lady Diov, Queen of Demons and mother of Annùn, isn’t too pleased to have her daughter socializing…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Paranatural

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Paranatural

So you’re a kid with a goofy dad and smart-mouth sister, and all three of you have just moved to a boring, tiny town.  And on your first day of school, you run into a group of kids who can see ghosts.  Most kids would leap at the chance for adventure.  But Max would rather ride his scooter.  Sadly, he becomes possessed by a spirit, which gives him powers, but means he can’t leave the…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Call of the Sentinel

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Call of the Sentinel

Reggie prefers living alone, enjoying his solitude in his house under a hill.  Being a gumpawump, he can shapeshift at will, so he is never in need of help.  But one day, a young leolop bursts in on his quiet life.  Emily, a budding cartographer, is exploring the area when she happens upon Reggie’s hill.  Although the gumpawump isn’t too thrilled about company, as the young visitor continually shows up, Reggie begins feeling a change,…

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BACK ISSUES: Have Yourself A Bonkers Comics Christmas

BACK ISSUES: Have Yourself A Bonkers Comics Christmas

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Before I introduce this edition’s topic, I just wanted to let you all know that Back Issues is moving to a twice-monthly format for the foreseeable future. These columns involve a lot of research, and doing it weekly has just become untenable, so I hope you’ll all continue…

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