One of my musings after watching Captain America: Civil War was who cleans up after all these superhero battles. While Civil War was the first time Marvel Studio’s touched on the collateral loss of life caused by superheroes fighting villains, it still used big spectacles of destruction and mayhem as superheroes beat down each other in an abandoned airport, tossing planes and destroying buildings in the process. Continue reading Working-Class Woes in Spider-Man: Homecoming
It’s hard for me to not think of this film in theological terms as it’s a deep stare into the problem of evil. I think there’s even a tiny bit of a framework for it as the family has religious ties and someone even mentions at one point how the events of the film shook their faith. It’s not overt or in your face about those elements, but they’re brewing throughout the film. Continue reading Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
Virginia wears its influences on its sleeve and resorts to telling it story almost exclusively through images. While these design philosophies might sound admirable, the game is never able to move beyond its influences or use the images to tell a coherent, satisfying story. Continue reading Virginia
What a time for comics. It’s a veritable embarrassment of riches right now. Independent comics continue to rise in popularity and there’s way too much quality stuff coming out to keep up with it all. I got a narrow sampling of what the year had to offer and it proved to be quite fantastic. Continue reading Top 10 Comics of 2016
Note: This is a review of the first volume of Kill or Be Killed.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are one of the best comic duos working today. From their gritty, warm cast of characters in Criminal, to the noir infused cosmic horror of Fatale, they create visually creative, narratively engaging stories that leverage the full power of the medium. Their latest, Kill or Be Killed, has yet to reach its stride. The characters are there, the book just needs to gain some momentum. Continue reading Kill or Be Killed