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January 13 2017

5 Gateway Marvel Comics for Crime Fiction Fans

Crime fiction is usually set in a gritty, grounded world where protagonists are often forced to engage in morally murky decisions. Superhero stories often go in a different direction, featuring...
December 30 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Scud: The Disposable Assassin

The Series: Scud: the Disposable Assassin by Rob Schrab (co-creator of The Sarah Silverman Program), featuring additional writing from Dan Harmon (Community, Rick and Morty) The Hero: The...
December 16 2016

Q&A with John Arcudi, Author of Dead Inside

This December 21st, Dark Horse Comics will publish Dead Inside, a new creator-owned series from critically acclaimed writer John Arcudi and Veil artist Toni Fejzula. Dead Inside is a twisted and...
December 6 2016

Interview: Duane Swierczynski talks The Black Hood and comiXology

The Black Hood comes to comiXology Unlimited this month! Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers, including Revolver and the Edgar-nominated Canary. He has also written...
December 2 2016

5 Current Crime Comics You Should Be Reading

Superhero comic books are just as popular as the blockbuster films they inspire. So when you enter a comic store, you’re guaranteed to be bombarded with a whole host of titles featuring the...
November 30 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Saga

The Series: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. The Heroes: Alana and Marko—once enemy combatants in an intergalactic war, now married and on the run from both of their governments—and...
November 18 2016

Stray Bullets: Why You Should Be Reading One of the Best Crime Comics Around

Crime comics are among the most popular genres in mainstream comic books (perhaps only second to superheros). For generations, comic readers have eaten up hardboiled goodness like Sin City and...
October 28 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

The Series: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North (of Dinosaur Comics fame!) and Erica Henderson. The Heroes: The titular heroine, aka Doreen Green, and several friends with similarly...
October 28 2016

Four Color Criminal Nightmares: Comics to Get Crime Fans in the Halloween Spirit

October is upon us, which is the season where we celebrate ghosts, goblins, and all things scary. October is a great time to be a horror fan, but it’s also a pretty good time to be a crime...
September 30 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Pretty Deadly

The Series: Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos. The Heroes: A rag-tag group of sinners and mystical beings. The Ideal Format: Live-action blended with CGI wizardry,...
September 19 2016

Head Back to School with the Adolescent Assassins of Deadly Class

I haven’t attended school for some time now, but every year, without fail, I start to feel a bit of gnawing anxiety when it becomes clear that summer is over and fall is about to begin. I...
August 26 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Mouse Guard

The Series: Mouse Guard by David Petersen. The Heroes: Warrior mice who patrol to keep their fellow rodents safe from predators. The Ideal Format: An animated series—hand-drawn,...
July 22 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Rat Queens

The Series: Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, and Stjepan Sejic. The Heroes: A team of hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, fun-loving, totally asskicking female mercenaries. The Ideal...
June 24 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—The Sandman

The Series: The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. The Hero: Dream (also known as Morpheus, among other aliases) of the Endless. The Ideal Format: A live action series with significant amounts of...
May 27 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Lackadaisy Cats

The Series: Lackadaisy Cats by Tracy J. Butler. The Heroes: Anthropomorphized cats in a Prohibition setting.  The Ideal Format: An animated series—think Boardwalk Empire meets...
May 23 2016

Under the Radar: Movies You May Have Missed—The Losers

Who doesn't like a good comic book movie? (Notice I said good—I would never try to inflict The Green Lantern on you. I love y'all too much for that sort of betrayal, Ryan Reynolds's...
May 13 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Spectre

One of the factors that distinguishes a costumed vigilante from another is their attitude towards crime. Does a caped powerhouse see villains as foe to be bested, in a kind of high-powered sports...
May 12 2016

Why So Serious? A Little Less Grimdark and a Little More Fun, Please

“Are you a Marvel or a DC?” It's become one of those questions—just as everyone has to pick Bats or Supes or side with Cap over Iron Man. And, for the most part, I've...
May 6 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Madame Xanadu

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure-dome decree … The cover is electrifying. Sinuous, sensuous, enticing, entrancing…seemingly created by the same magic the story’s...
April 29 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Swamp Thing

The history of comics is a catalog of creations that began as throwaway entertainment and ended up succeeding far, far beyond what their originators could have ever predicted. The pair of Cleveland...
April 29 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Runaways

The Series: Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona (and others, including Joss Whedon). The Heroes: The teenaged sons and daughters of a secret society of super-villains known as...
April 15 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Black Orchid

What are you left with when you take away a superhero's origin story? A costume, some powers, and...that's about it.  Origins are huge part of the standard comic book character...
April 13 2016

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review: Episodes 11-13

Hello, and welcome back to the final installment of this edition of Binge-Worthy, where I'll look at the final three episodes of Daredevil Season 2 from my perspective as a longtime comic fan....
April 8 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Phantom Stranger

Ask me my favorite superhero—that's easy. The one character whose comics I want to be buried with; the guy I would dress as at Comicon, were I to be so lame; the hero whose powers I would...
April 6 2016

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review: Episodes 8-10

Hello, and welcome back to the penultimate installment of this latest edition of Binge-Worthy. If you've been following my reviews, you know that the episodes I'm going to talk about here...
April 5 2016

Powers 1.10: “F@#K the Big Chiller” Episode Review

So, where are we left at the end of Powers? Where has the journey led, and what have we discovered from this hard-to-categorize show? What, exactly, did we watch? A little evaluation of the...
April 4 2016

Powers 1.09: “Level 13” Episode Review

Episode 9's official title is “Level 13,” but for a show that favors music-related titles, a fitting one here would be “Who's Zooming Who?” Christian Walker (Sharlto...
March 31 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Deadman

A recent query from Criminal Element asked which overlooked superheroes would be deserving of their own movie or TV show. One logical answer to that is DC's Deadman, except for one thing: Deadman...
March 29 2016

Powers 1.08: “Aha Shake Heartbreak” Episode Review

We were wrong about Johnny. So, remember that drug Sway that Johnny Royalle (Noah Taylor) was making from DNA he stole from Wolfe (Eddie Izzard)? The drug that he was peddling to “Powers...
March 29 2016

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review: Episodes 5-7

Hello again! Welcome back to my look at Season 2 of Marvel's Daredevil series, which just keeps getting better and better as it unfolds more twists and turns. Last time, I took a look at the...