BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

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. Tomorrow, Marvel’s Iron Fist will be released via the studios’ partnership with streaming service Netflix. In honor of the latest Marvel hero to make his debut, today’s column is going to take a look back at over 4 decades of Iron Fist comic book tales and give you…

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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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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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BACK ISSUES: Sweet Christmas – Luke Cage, Hero for Hire

BACK ISSUES: Sweet Christmas – Luke Cage, Hero for Hire

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, we look at the history of the Hero for Hire, Luke Cage! Tomorrow the latest Marvel TV series debuts on Netflix. Luke Cage joins Netflix’s line of Marvel series, which include “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”, both of which have been hits with audiences as well as…

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BACK ISSUES: Super-Weird Superman

BACK ISSUES: Super-Weird Superman

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where each week I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Sometimes the column’s informative, sometimes I hope it’s weighty, and other times I just want to point out how downright bonkers comic book storytelling has been over the decades. This particular column is going to be the latter. Superman is the gold standard when it comes…

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After Wednesday

After Wednesday

Greetings, crusaders! October is in full swing now and this week was dense with titles, and choosing ones for this column was tough (thank goodness for deadlines!). If you’re new to how all this works let me recap; I am a comic book enthusiast who reads everything he can get his hands on in the medium. Each week, I sort through my box and choose what I think is worth talking about. All opinions are mine,…

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EXCLUSIVE: WisCon 37—Why Gail Simone is the Most Powerful Woman in Comics

EXCLUSIVE: WisCon 37—Why Gail Simone is the Most Powerful Woman in Comics

Last Sunday myself and Capeless’ fearless Senior Editor Michael Stock attended WisCon 37. WisCon is an annual feminist science-fiction convention, where fans and academics from across the country congregate to discuss topics ranging from anti-feminist themes in the Whedonverse to Women in Comics and gaming workshops. Mike and I were asked to present our papers at a panel devoted to Capeless Crusader, moderated by Dr. Keridwen Luis of Harvard University. The videos below include most…

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