Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

As I write this, Marvel is a little under a week away from releasing Secret Empire #1, their big summer event series for 2017. The storyline for this event revolves around what may be the most controversial story Marvel has published in years; the revelation from last year that Steve Rogers, Captain America, is in actuality an agent of HYDRA, and he always has been. Secret Empire follows Rogers after he steps out of the…

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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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Comics and Nationalism: Super-Heroes Go To War

Comics and Nationalism: Super-Heroes Go To War

This article is the second in a series I will be publishing over the next several weeks on Comic Books and Nationalism. Each week I will be exploring a different era in American comic books, from the Golden, Silver, and Bronze Ages into modern day.  . There are few things which test the power and durability of pop culture than its performance during times of open military conflict. With the outbreak of war in Europe…

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