At its core, Spider-Man: Homecoming grasps two fundamental truths that have largely escaped the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until now. First, that comic books and the masked avengers that inhabit their pages are intensely political—that superheroes not only embody the politics of their time, but that the best comics, the ones that remain relevant decades after […]Read more "Punk Rock and Peter Parker: The Disctinctly Comic Book Politics of Spider-Man: Homecoming"
While I usually write about culture here—stories, narratives, movies, videogames, the like—I thought I’d do something a bit different today. Namely, I thought I’d share with you my favorite strip from xkcd, a decently well-known webcomic (at least among nerds) that specializes in weird, dry humor and science mixed with sarcasm. However, this one’s a bit different. […]Read more "You Might Have Missed: Where Do Birds Go"
(If you haven’t read Part I of this two-part post, it’d probably be a good idea to read that one first. And this time, major spoilers for Jessica Jones, so if you read through my previous spoiler alert, prepare to be majorly spoiled.) (I’m not kidding. I’m spoiling end of the final episode here. Go watch it.) Superhero comics […]Read more "Daredevil and Jessica Jones: Complex, Dynamic Antagonists, and Why They Matter (Part II)"
(Minor spoilers for Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones. If you haven’t, go watch them. They’re worth it.) Daredevil’s Wilson Fisk and Jessica Jones’s Kilgrave: beyond their roles as antagonists in Netflix series based on Marvel comics, they have very little in common. One is a businessman attempting to take over Hell’s Kitchen through, essentially, gentrification (that must have been a fun pitch to […]Read more "Daredevil and Jessica Jones: Complex, Dynamic Antagonists, and Why They Matter (Part I)"