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: Marvel’s Secret Empire

BACK ISSUES: Marvel’s Secret Empire

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, Marvel announced that its summer event for 2017 will be called “Secret Empire”, releasing a logo featuring Steve Rogers’ current Captain America shield and a tagline, lifted from a famous Abraham Lincoln quotation, “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.” This initial teaser was followed by a…

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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: 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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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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BACK ISSUES: Beyond MJ: The Loves of Peter Parker

BACK ISSUES: Beyond MJ: The Loves of Peter Parker

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, the Loves of Peter Parker! Earlier this week, Twitter was abuzz after photos surfaced from the set of new film “Spider-Man: Homecoming” that appeared to show the web-slinger rescuing a red-head, among others. Fans found themselves asking if one of these women could possibly be Mary…

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Point of Entry: Extraordinarily Uncanny X-Men

Point of Entry: Extraordinarily Uncanny X-Men

There’s very few series as convoluted and winding as the X-Men, featuring over two dozen main titles since it’s creation in 1963. This week’s Point of Entry will try to unravel the main storyline through the X-Men universe, focusing on six key jumping on points. The X-Men have been many things over the years, mostly a reflection for the world, pointing out prejudice and racism. Many of their enemies are relegious zealots or groups that would…

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Planet Comicon 2016 is in the Books

Planet Comicon 2016 is in the Books

Planet Comicon 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri has wrapped and we have all started to go back to our daily lives.  Thousands trekked to Kansas City to enjoy the event.  Planet Comicon has been around for many years, so I knew that the place would be packed full of people that share a passion for the community. I had the pleasure of taking one of my best friends from, Faye Kelts, to her first big…

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After Wednesday: Pure Imagination and The Incal

Of the possibilities that the medium of comics holds for creators, presenting stories of great imaginative depth is high up there. Just the thought of it makes me want to put on a crushed velvet suit and dance around with horrible stereotypes… [embedplusvideo height=”380″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1leFO4x” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/RZ-uV72pQKI?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=RZ-uV72pQKI&width=450&height=380&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep6164″ /] Granted sometimes there is a template in place especially with existing or ongoing characters, worlds, or situations. There are times, however, when comics provide fresh…

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