BACK ISSUES: Pymworld – Marvel’s Artificially Intelligent Family

BACK ISSUES: Pymworld – Marvel’s Artificially Intelligent Family

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Earlier this week, HBO’s latest culturally omnipresent TV hit “Westworld” wrapped up its inaugural season. For the myriad of fans out there missing its trippy and unsettling exploration of sentience, free will and exploitation of the other, not to worry, comic books have got you covered! This…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Ava’s Demon

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Ava’s Demon

Ava is a lonely girl living on one of Titan’s reeducation planets.  Although she technically has one “friend”:  a ghostly demon who has followed her since birth, causing trouble at every step.  Up until now, Ava has managed to ignore her demon.  But then the scavengers come and destroy the planet, leaving Ava near death.  Just when all seems lost, the demon, Wrathia, reveals she is connected to Ava for life, unless they make a…

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BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today is Thanksgiving for all our readers living in the United States, and so for this week’s edition I’m going to be looking at five different comic book stories that I’m thankful for. These may not be the most historic comics of all time, but they each…

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BACK ISSUES: Sequential Dissent – Protest in Comic Books

BACK ISSUES: Sequential Dissent – Protest in Comic Books

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. In the aftermath of November 8th’s presidential election, which saw Donald Trump emerge victorious, dozens of protests erupted across cities and communities across the United States. Protestors were reacting not just to their preferred candidate losing, but to Trump’s platform, which had been built upon what they saw as…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: The Last Halloween

Webcomic Wednesdays:  The Last Halloween

So it’s Halloween, and your parent has agreed to take you trick-o-treating, but then bails on you for a party.  And since you’re only ten years old, you have to stay home and miss all the fun.  And then your house is attacked by monsters.  If your name is Mona, this is what happened to you. Escaping the monsters, Mona runs into a fellow group of trick-or-treaters, who turn out to be a vampire, a…

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DISCOURSE DISH: On the Maintenance of Hope

DISCOURSE DISH: On the Maintenance of Hope

This week, it may feel silly, or trivial, or what have you, to focus on fiction.  The U.S. has elected Donald Trump as our next president, proving a whole multitude of American stereotypes correct.  Bigots countrywide now know that the new establishment stands with them.  People living in fear, too, because of the color of their skin, the nature of their religion, their relationships to others, and the relative strength or ability of their bodies….

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#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Dick Tracy (1990) is a fun, aesthetic noir romp

#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Dick Tracy (1990) is a fun, aesthetic noir romp

So, due to some personal reasons and election anxiety, it took me two weeks to watch Dick Tracy.  That said, I had a great time with the film, which diverges from the usual superhero fare for comics movies.  The titular Dick Tracy works as a detective, hot on the trail of mobsters all over his town. The star-studded cast includes Warren Beatty as Tracy, Madonna as femme fatale Breathless Mahoney, and others such as Al Pacino,…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Always Human

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Always Human

In Kaku City, everyone has mods.  From memory mods to help with schooling to fashion mods that push the boundaries, anyone who looks normal is simply… plain.  But when Sunati sees a girl without mods at the train station, she is intrigued.  With everyone else always changing their looks, a girl who never changes stands out.  Working up the courage, Sunati approaches the never-changing girl, Austen, and asks her out on a date.  However, even…

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GRUDGE MATCH: A Challenge for Benedict Cumberbatch

GRUDGE MATCH: A Challenge for Benedict Cumberbatch

In this feature, GRUDGE MATCH, I or another writer on the Capeless Team will issue a satirical challenge to duel someone in the comics/adaptations industry.  The challenge is delivered in old-school epistolary format.  Basically, this is “Your Obedient Servant” meets the comics industry. This week, I challenge Benedict Cumberbatch. My Dear Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch: No one in my life has ever bothered to call me ‘slow to anger’ or some such nonsense.  However, this grievance…

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BACK ISSUES: By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Essential Doctor Strange!

BACK ISSUES: By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Essential Doctor Strange!

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today, most people in the US will be able to head into their local multiplex and enter a world of sorcery and psychedelia and super heroics with Marvel Studios’ latest installment in their cinematic universe; “Doctor Strange”. The character has been around since 1963, and was one…

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