8 X-Men Whose Mutations Really Were Curses

8 X-Men Whose Mutations Really Were Curses

Who doesn’t want super powers? Even the least imaginative person has fantasized about being able to fly peacefully over rush hour traffic, or teleporting past all of the rush hour traffic, or to have eye-lasers, with which you can destroy rush hour traffic. It’s ALWAYS been about the rush hour traffic. The X-Men are the ultimate example of super-power-wish-fulfillment. Getting super powers is pretty risky, usually requiring that a nuke explode in your face or…

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EDITORIAL: The Cultural Cost of Comics’ Failure

EDITORIAL: The Cultural Cost of Comics’ Failure

  Often times, some of the best inspiration comes from the most unlikely of venues. As I rode the bus home from work today, I found myself engaged in a conversation with my fellow riders on my favorite topic—comics, of course. As usual, I lamented the flagging numbers of children who are picking up comics today. I had recently engaged in a Twitter debate with Comixology’s Ron Perazza on whether comics are competing with video…

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EDITORIAL: Comics Escapism

EDITORIAL: Comics Escapism

Earlier today I was asked on twitter ‘What would you say to those that say comics work best as pure escapism?’; and while a bunch of ideas sprung to mind, you, dear reader, know that my verbosity can not be contained to a mere 100 something characters. I would say for starters, comics are so vast and varried that they can be literally anything that anyone wants them to be. Whether you’re looking for mindless…

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EDITORIAL: Rush Limbaugh and the Bane of Mitt Romney

EDITORIAL: Rush Limbaugh and the Bane of Mitt Romney

On Tuesday, notorious conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves and dropped the hammer on the comic book community. With the release of Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, just around the corner, Limbaugh asked his audience if they thought it was mere coincidence that the film’s villain is named Bane. In the last several weeks, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been forced to answer a great many questions…

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Jay Gabel examines “Marvel NOW!”

Jay Gabel examines “Marvel NOW!”

 I do not like DC Comics.       I’ll admit my bias. At first, my dislike was a simple taste thing: superheroes in DC are revered in their universe like Greek gods, whereas Marvel’s were just people with powers in a more distrustful world. Two different styles, neither necessarily better than the other, just had my preference.       Then The New 52 hit. I’m a pretty huge fan of a deep continuity (it’s why…

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EDITORIAL: “Worst Comic Ever”… I Think Not

EDITORIAL: “Worst Comic Ever”… I Think Not

Friday, in a piece for the Wall Street Journal, Tim Marchman wrote an article examining the recent release of Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origin of American Comics. From this he extracts a scathing critique of the comic book industry, claiming that the market doesn’t show nearly the strength in sales that it should, especially in the wake of the recent success of “The Avengers” film. While he rightly contends that super-hero comics are not reaching the same type of…

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EDITORIAL: Do Super-heroes Erode Trust In Government?

EDITORIAL: Do Super-heroes Erode Trust In Government?

Last week, I did a piece on whether or not vigilantism in comics is a good thing. The original source for the article was a column by Josh Horwitz, in which he discusses that vigilantism, overall, is typically indicative of a failing trust in governmental and societal institutions. This failure of trust results in a belief that problems are best solved by an individual acting alone rather than by a system that has become ineffectual….

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EDITORIAL: Is Vigilantism In Comics a Bad Thing?

EDITORIAL: Is Vigilantism In Comics a Bad Thing?

On Thursday, Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence had a disturbing piece in the Huffington Post. The article, entitled “‘Second Amendment Vigilantes Systematically Dismantling Our Rights,” painted a frightening picture of a growing trend towards vigilantism in the United States. He chronicles the tale of an immigrant couple, moving into their new home, who were held at gunpoint by their would-be neighbors and wound up incarcerated by the local sheriff. In the…

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EDITORIAL: Comics and Conspiracy: The Mining of the Lunatic Fringe

EDITORIAL: Comics and Conspiracy: The Mining of the Lunatic Fringe

Recently, in an interview with New Empress Magazine, controversial comic scribe Mark Millar was asked about the inspirations behind the Ultimates. As those who read our Digital Time Machine piece last week will remember, the Ultimates is without a doubt the most driving influence in comics behind the creation of the new Avengers movie. The book essentially cast actor Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury years before Marvel Studios even existed, much less began to…

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EDITORIAL: The Chaining of Clark Kent

EDITORIAL: The Chaining of Clark Kent

When superstar writer Grant Morrison was announced as the writer of DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch of Action Comics it was made clear that this was not going to be the Superman we were used to seeing. Taking his cue from the early work of Siegel and Schuster, Morrison’s Superman would return to his roots as a social crusader fighting for the little guy, the underrepresented masses who had been disenfranchised by the ever-increasing power of monied interests…

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