Matthew Brake

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Matthew Brake is the series editor for the book series Theology and Pop Culture from Lexington Books. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming Religion and Comics series from Claremont Press. He holds degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Philosophy from George Mason University. He also writes for Sequart and the Blackwell Popular Culture and Philosophy blog.

Oped: THREE JOKERS, Batman Inc., and the Problem with the Red Hood

DC Comics has a Jason Todd problem. Jason Todd, the second Robin, was unceremoniously killed by a fan vote in 1988's Batman: A Death in...

Oped: Re-Reading Marvel’s (First) CIVIL WAR in the Age of Trump

Remembering 9/11 If you were alive in 2001, you have your "9/11" story. Mine is pretty unexceptional. I was asleep until 11:00am that day, when...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Looking Back on Jonathan Hickman’s Big X-Event

When Marvel Comics launched Jonathan Hickman's X-run, House of X/Powers of X was strong out of the gate. A lot of titles, particularly X-Men, seemed...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: 4 Ways That X OF SWORDS – DESTRUCTION #1 Is Like AVENGERS: ENDGAME

X of Swords - Destruction #1 brings to a close the long, drawn-out event which altered the status quo of the X-books moving forward, and...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: EXCALIBUR #15 Heralds the Arrival of a New Captain Britain Corps

With Annihilation/Genesis refusing to accept the results of her duel with Apocalypse, Amenthi forces attack Otherworld. There are a few cool moments in this book,...

Comic Book Fandom vs Reality, The TOM KING Edition

Few fans are harder to keep happy than comics fans. I know because I'm one of them. When fans are displeased with a writer,...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: The Quiet Council is Shaken and a Team of Heroes are Reborn in X-MEN #15

As Apocalypse faces off in a final contest with his long lost wife Genesis, Scott and Jean confront the Quiet Council with the news...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: A Call to Mom and Dad Sets the Finale in Motion in CABLE #6

X of Swords has been a little slower as an event than I'd like, but this issue sets things in motion for the final...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Mr. Sinister Makes a…”Sinister” Move in HELLIONS #6

When the Hellions set out into Otherworld, it intended to enter Arakko to stop their ten champions before they could engage in Saturnyne's tournament...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Arakko Runs Up The Score And Storm Beats Death In X-FORCE #14

X of Swords comes to a close this week, and while these articles will avoid any in-depth discussions about how these remaining issues lead...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Wolverine’s Mistakes Catch Up With Him in WOLVERINE #7

This may be the coolest X of Swords issue so far, not just in terms of action and visuals, but even in terms of plot twists. Wolverine...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Things Shatter and Get Joined Together in EXCALIBUR #14

Part 15 of X of Swords marks the beginning of the tournament to determine the fate of Krakoa. While the first half of this series consisted,...