Time and Space in Chabouté’s The Park Bench

Nothing in life is fixed. At least, few things in it are permanent. Buildings inevitably collapse, people grow older, nothing can last forever. The world always turns, and time renders everything temporary. As Chabouté playfully shows within The Park Bench, “the party is finite”, you have to leave eventually. Comics are susceptible to this linear … Continue reading Time and Space in Chabouté’s The Park Bench

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“Superheroes do not declare bankruptcy”; Reality and Change in Marvel Knight’s 4’s “Wolf at the Door”

Can characters really change? For me, Comic Book continuity occupies a strange liminal space. On the one hand, stories constantly build and expand upon themselves, referencing and interconnecting in various paths, which to many outside observers make them impenetrable. On the other hand, partially due to self-awareness over this issue, Comics are often hesitant to … Continue reading “Superheroes do not declare bankruptcy”; Reality and Change in Marvel Knight’s 4’s “Wolf at the Door”

“Be glad of your many sisters”; the insular and the exceptional in Wonder Woman: The Circle

A couple of months ago, I reached out to Osvaldo Oyola of The Middle Spaces about the possibility of a collaboration. After many edits and drafts, I'm proud to display the introduction of the finished article on Gail Simone and the Dodson's Wonder Woman: The Circle, the full version of which can be found on … Continue reading “Be glad of your many sisters”; the insular and the exceptional in Wonder Woman: The Circle

“There’s nobody like me!”; Intentional ostracism within Deadpool: Want You to Want Me

Deadpool can be quite unlikable. Often he is supposed to be. Both his ‘subversive’ humour and ‘anti-hero’ status depend upon his separation from mainstream and conventional superheroes, his very being is designed as a contrast to them. However, frequently Deadpool’s aggravation of mainstream Marvel characters becomes an affront against the audience too, his intentionally offensive, … Continue reading “There’s nobody like me!”; Intentional ostracism within Deadpool: Want You to Want Me

“It’s not even a spectrum”; Pushing the boundaries in Sex Criminals (NSFW)

Sex Criminals opens with two disclaimers. One is inter-narrative, about events currently occurring in the series, the other is extra-narrative, about the tone of the book to come. The former accompanies our lead characters, Suzie and Jon, having public sex in a bathroom, with Suzie telling the audience “I know how this looks. Don’t judge … Continue reading “It’s not even a spectrum”; Pushing the boundaries in Sex Criminals (NSFW)