The Sins of Professor X (Part Two)

Hey, did you miss me? Well I missed you! Welcome back to: The Sins of Charles Xavier! (Part Two) Let us jump in right where I left off on the good Professor, with… 4. Danger! So the X-Men’s training room is pretty cool, right? For some reason Xavier saw fit to build a work-out chamber…

The Sins of Professor X (Part One)

Let me roll off some key features of a comic book character and see if you figure out who I’m talking about: Kindly father figure, symbol of peace and tolerance, wheelchair-bound, teacher, bald, eyebrows like the wings of an eagle, enjoys the letter X, disagrees with his more violent buddy, named a school after himself,…

4 Heroes. 4 Movies. 4 Mistakes. 4 Puns.

There have been four attempts to bring Marvel’s first family to life on the big screen. First in 1994, then 2005, 2007, and most recently in 2015. Whatever grand cosmic meaning might be found in four failed Fantastic 4 movies escapes me, but all of them have sucked. I’ve heard people say maybe the Fantastic…

Not My Superman

The twenty-first century is home to a world that is perhaps a little darker and more complicated than the century that came before it, and our heroes should reflect that. Or at least, that is the message that some people like to spew to justify a darker, more violent and morally ambiguous Superman. Some portion…

Playground Politics

 The funny books aren’t funny anymore. By this I mean that, excluding Archie and the odd issue of Squirrel Girl, mainstream comics haven’t been true to their name for years now. Whether you like it or not, gone are the days of the classic ten-cent The Beano and The Dandy your granny used to read…

Not Your Usual Post-Apocalypse: The World of Stand Still Stay Silent

Ninety years later, everything is gone. Everything except Scandinavia, that is. Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland are all that remain of the Known world, and only Iceland is a completely safe area. As far as anybody knows, the rest of the Silent world is populated by the terrifying and dangerous victims of the Rash…

Jessica Jones: It’s Time to Learn Her Name

When Marvel announced that it would be putting out several series on Netflix about street-level heroes, they told us who we’d be getting: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones. And as I tried to force everyone I know to be just as excited as I was, whenever I reached the name Jessica Jones…

When (Super) Strength Isn’t Enough: An Examination of Strong Female Protagonist

What if you were both invincible and had super-strength—yet you still couldn’t save the world? That’s the problem confronting Alison Green, the twenty-year-old protagonist of Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag’s webcomic, aptly titled Strong Female Protagonist. Running since 2012 and updating every Tuesday and Friday, the comic is set on an Earth familiar to…

Your Daily Dose of Comics: an Interview With Dakota McFadzean

If you’ve been to a comic arts festival in Toronto you can bet you’ve seen Dakota McFadzean there, selling his books and sketches. This Canadian cartoonist is well-versed in the strange and the imaginative. He also has a talent for making people relate to comics about things like ghost rabbits and cave-dwelling monsters. His comics…

Without Fear: The Devil in Depression

Superheroes have struggles and conflict. Their stories need this. Without conflict, they wouldn’t have any reason to wear spandex and go jumping off rooftops. But not all conflicts have to be outlandishly dressed villains. The Marvel character Matt Murdock/Daredevil has his share of foes (mostly ninjas). Matt’s crusade against Wilson Fisk, the criminal Kingpin of New…