Vision in Review: I Too Shall Be Saved By Love

(Special note: The Vision, like many characters of Marvel Comics, was created by Stan Lee, alongside ‎Roy Thomas‎, and John Buscema. Stan Lee passed away this afternoon, which I learned literally while typing up this piece, and it is hard to think of a single other creator responsible for a legacy that has inspired andContinue reading “Vision in Review: I Too Shall Be Saved By Love”

The Overture

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Spoiler disclaimer: this post discusses certain events in The Sandman (although it doesn’t divulge the ending). The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s seminal dark fantasy graphic novel series, which ran 76 issues from January 1989 to March 1996, is finally over. It might seem strange…

Jessica Jones: It’s Time to Learn Her Name

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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…

The Flash Season One: “Run, Barry, Run!”

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“Life is locomotion… If you’re not moving, you’re not living.” So begins the famous motto of the comic book hero the Flash, and when adopting the story of Barry Allen for the small screen, it’s clear that this motto was taken to heart.…

Sandman : Handful of Dust

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Image from empireonline.com ? When a young Neil Gaiman first approached Vertigo comics about The Sandman, he was pitching a simple revival of the 70s series of the same name by Joe Simon and Jack “The King” Kirby. But DC editor Karen Berger…

Imagine Magic! In Defense of Fantasy Literature

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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss Illustration by Dorothy Anne Manuel Fantasy has been a part of the literary tradition since literature began. In fact, the case could be made…

A Good Land for Myths

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Throughout Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods, many different characters state that “America is a bad land for gods.”  The novel argues that when many beliefs sail across the ocean to reach our continent, they struggle to survive. While I cannot say whether…

Without Fear: The Devil in Depression

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Art by Dave Mack 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…

The Stuff What Don’t Get Spoke: Hawkeye and Disability Done Well

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Art by David Aja “You can get it all back.” Hawkeye (Vol. 4) written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by David Aja (Vol. 4), is arguably the best comic book that Marvel has put out in recent years. The comic pays equal attention to…

No Capes! An Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels of the Non-Superhero Variety

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If you’ve read my previous articles for The Spectatorial, you may have picked up on the fact that I like comic books. I think the graphic novel is a fantastic vehicle with which to tell or devour stories. But there is one thing…