DISCOURSE DISH: Greg Rucka, Wonder Woman and the Fine Line

DISCOURSE DISH: Greg Rucka, Wonder Woman and the Fine Line

After last week’s brief discussion of X-Men fandom, I return to DC dishing.  Because man, DC can’t go two weeks without some kind of discursive nonsense cropping up.  This week, I want to talk about Greg Rucka‘s interview-reveal that Wonder Woman likes women as well as men. Matt Santori-Griffith conducted the interview in question, and I recommend people try and read the whole thing.  The interview focuses on trying to create a balance.  In telling it, they…

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DISCOURSE DISH: Marvel’s Mutants, Allegory, and the Anxiety of ‘X’

DISCOURSE DISH: Marvel’s Mutants, Allegory, and the Anxiety of ‘X’

This week, I’m taking a brief break from my usual Discourse Dish subject matter.  I know I’ve made my name with this column primarily in talking about DC Discourse, but this week, we’re hopping the aisle.  This week, with Death of X on the horizon, I want to talk about mutants. Specifically, I want to talk about being an X-Men fan in a climate of constant anxiety. X-Men fans pretty much operate in a constant state of ‘the…

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X-Men: Apocalypse Deleted Scenes – Verdicts and Criticism

X-Men: Apocalypse Deleted Scenes – Verdicts and Criticism

X-Men: Apocalypse came out in Digital HD last Friday.  Along with it came a selection of deleted scenes.  Here, I review and criticize the team’s choices. Mall Scene: “Safety Dance.” The whole montage is set to a cover of “Safety Dance.” I’m actually a little embarrassed, but in a good way. This sequence probably ranks as the scene fans were most disappointed to see cut.  For me, the hype outdid the actual scene, unfortunately. Kurt’s…

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Marvel’s “Champions” – The Change Agents of the Marvel Universe?

Marvel’s “Champions” – The Change Agents of the Marvel Universe?

In Marvel’s recently announced ongoing series Champions, six young heroes are looking to change the world by redeeming the concept of super heroes following a divisive conflict. From writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos, Champions stars Ms. Marvel, Nova, the Miles Morales Spider-Man, the Totally Awesome Hulk, a teenaged Cyclops and Viv Vision as a new team focused on the future. If their motivation for revolution sounds familiar, maybe it’s because this series looks like Marvel’s…

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Love in the Time of Internet Hate: A Salve for Broken Fandom

Love in the Time of Internet Hate: A Salve for Broken Fandom

If the internet is right, these are dark days for fandom. Barely a day goes by without a major controversy being stirred up on social media, whether the furor over a twist in Captain America which has consumed Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr over the last week, or the long-running hatred being spewed towards the forthcoming reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, it appears that geek culture is embroiled in a never-ending cycle of outrage and fury….

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Si Spurrier and Comics Media’s Recency Bias

Si Spurrier and Comics Media’s Recency Bias

Earlier this week, Simon Spurrier, writer of the ongoing series Cry Havoc, released a brief criticism of the comic book press on his website. In his note, he criticised the media for what he perceived to be a disinterest in covering ongoing series’ after its initial launch. As he says, “What’s weird is that our press focuses all its attention on the takeoff – and occasionally on a spectacular crash – but none at all on those planes…

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Memorial Day, 2016 – Remembering Creators Who Served

Memorial Day, 2016 – Remembering Creators Who Served

Today is Memorial Day, the day when we remember and honor those Americans who have fallen while serving their country in the military. Here at Capeless Crusader, we’d like to show our appreciation for those who have served by taking a look at just a few of the comic creators who have served their country. Though none of these men died while serving, they are all no longer with us, and we thought that it…

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Steve Rogers – Captain America #1 – Why You Should #SayYesto(SPOILERS)Cap

Steve Rogers – Captain America #1 – Why You Should #SayYesto(SPOILERS)Cap

WARNING: This article is going to discuss the fallout from revelations in Marvel’s Steve Rogers – Captain America #1, so please read the issue before continuing any further. Seriously.      So, that was a twist, huh? At the end of Steve Rogers – Captain America #1, writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz reveal that Steve Rogers, the Sentinel of Liberty himself, is a HYDRA plant. And not only is Steve working for Hydra…

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Black Widow and The Sidelining of Female Fans

Black Widow and The Sidelining of Female Fans

Where’s my Black Widow movie?! In an interview with Deadline, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed some interesting information regarding the Avengers’ resident Russian super-spy. DEADLINE: You’ve got a bunch of characters in this movie from Falcon and War Machine and Black Widow and Hawkeye, who have so far guest starred in movies with another characters title above the fold. Is there one destined to get a solo movie down the line? FEIGE: We’ve announced the…

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Why Now Is The Perfect Time For The Punisher

Why Now Is The Perfect Time For The Punisher

  “Si vis pacem, para bellum.”  – “If you want peace, prepare for war.”   The Punisher is arguably one of the most intriguing anti-heroes in the history of the comic book medium. His unrelenting pursuit of vengeance by punishing those he deems guilty has made him the manifestation of the deep-seated desire for uncompromising justice inherent in the American cultural consciousness. When he first appeared in 1974, Frank Castle’s Punisher was characterized as a…

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