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Five Non-Fiction Graphic Novels You Should Read

Since the early days of the medium, graphic novels have proven to be well-suited to non-fiction storytelling. But among the glut of superheroes and...

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,...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Fakeouts and Anti-Climaxes in MARAUDERS #15

X of Swords is turning into a bit of an anti-climactic affair. While I enjoy fake-outs and character moments, this event is a talkfest that...

Western Webtoons: How Indie Publishers Embrace Digital Comics

In this day and age, comics are entering a new era of distribution and presentation. After some inspiration from South Korea's webtoon industry, some...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Storm Dances With Death in MARAUDERS #14

Per this issue's gorgeous cover by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson, Storm and Death take center stage in this issue. The conversation between the two...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Unreliable Narrators, Religion, and Prophecy in X-MEN #14

X of Swords has relied on several twists and unreliable narrators in its telling. First, Summoner misled Apocalypse and the X-Men about his intentions and the...

Comics Studies: It’s All in the Bias

Today, this is what I think about Comics. I open with this disclaimer because it highlights one of the major difficulties with Comics Studies: a...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: X OF SWORDS – STASIS #1 Shows That the Islands Have Their Own Plans

X OF SWORDS - STASIS #1 serves as the calm before the storm, as Krakoa's champions make their way to the Starlight Citadel, and...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: X-MEN #13 Explains One Mutant’s Core Motivation

X of Swords is halfway over. We've seen the Krakoan sword-wielders go to great lengths to attain their swords, with some literally going through hell...

Setting The Stage in THE BALLAD OF HALO JONES

In The Ballad of Halo Jones, Alan Moore’s tightly planned script allows the artist to create a detailed plan of the 'stage' which runs from chapter to chapter.

I Don’t Dare Turn the Page – How Horror Works Within the Comics Medium

There is perhaps no genre of storytelling more satisfying than one that scares the hell out of us. Since the art of storytelling was...

Oped: Doomsday Clock, Death Metal, and Narrative Consistency in Comics: Must There Be “Continuity”?

Recently, I’ve been reading Bob Batchelor’s Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel, a biography about the comic book industry’s most iconic frontman. One of...

Comics Studies: An Emerging Academic Field

Comics Studies is a new and exciting field of Academia but what exactly is it and how do we even begin to approach the subject?

Finding The Fight For SHANG-CHI #1

In Shang-Chi #1 the artists bring a sense of power and dynamism to the fights equal to any live action movie.