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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Faster, higher, stronger: Star Wars: ‘Rogue One’ lands during the Olympics with a big Darth tease

  Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles may be leading heroes at the 2016 Rio Games, but Disney took advantage of a break in its televised action to remind us of another young heroine that it is featuring this year: Jyn Erso, as played by star Felicity Jones. Disney landed its latest “Rogue One: A Star […]

Why ‘Maus’ remains ‘the greatest graphic novel ever written,’ 30 years later

ART SPIEGELMAN didn’t set out to reinvent a swath of his chosen field. He was only trying to tap his family history, even as he sat clear across the country estranged from his New York father, several years after his mother committed suicide. Spiegelman, having survived a nervous breakdown while living in New York, had […]

New ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ series to boldly ramp up inclusion with gay character and female lead

LAST MONTH, upon the release of Justin Lin’s “Star Trek Beyond,” there was a ripple of controversy over the feature-film franchise’s decision to out the character Sulu as gay, with even George Takei — the popular actor and gay activist who originated the role — questioning the choice to alter late creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision. […]

In ‘All-Star Batman,’ the Dark Knight leaves Gotham and goes on the road

As his time writing DC Comics’ flagship “Batman” series was coming to an end, Scott Snyder realized he had many more bat-tales to tell. So when the final issue of his five-year run writing “Batman” finally arrived this spring, Snyder was already hard at work on a new Batman project, collaborating with veteran artist and […]

From A (thletes) to Z (ika): These are the strongest Rio Olympics cartoons so far

WE NEED Michael Phelps to float through his butterfly — so we can forget the Zika skeeters that can sting like a bee. We need Katie Ledecky to sweep through her events with inspiring excellence in the water — to divert our attention from all the unswept garbage and polluted waters. We need the American women’s gymnastics […]

The one aspect of ‘Suicide Squad’ that saved it from becoming a flop

IT WAS ALREADY clear nearly a year ago, from the floor of Baltimore Comic-Con, that this month’s “Suicide Squad” would be a hit. There in Charm City, as cosplayers flocked to the Inner Harbor, a costumed Harley Quinn couldn’t swing her supersize mallet over her head without hitting, well, another Harley Quinn. Some of the […]

New ‘Luke Cage’ trailer shows off Harlem’s newest defender

“I’ve got you.” If you hear those words, then you know you’re under the protection of Harlem’s defender. After teasing fans for a minute and a half at San Diego Comic-Con last month, Marvel and Netflix have released a new trailer for “Luke Cage,” their third superhero series after “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” which stars […]

As ‘Suicide Squad’ opens big, here’s why the year’s top 10 films all spotlight animation or superheroes

SOME VIEWERS bemoan the domination of animated and comic-book films at the multiplex, but the current figures for 2016 bear out why Hollywood isn’t markedly altering its recipe any time soon. Of the top 10 new films at the North American box office this year, all 10 releases are either animated or almost entirely CGI, […]

Remembering Richard Thompson: See the now-revealed comic ideas he contributed to Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’

THEY HAD been little seen. Even when I first interviewed the filmmaker, I hadn’t glimpsed Richard Thompson’s sketched contributions to the Oscar-winning Pixar film “Inside Out.” “I starting working on this thing, ‘Inside Out,’ ” in 2010, Pete Docter told me early last year, ahead of the release of the film centered on a girl’s emotional […]

‘Ghostbusters’! ‘Suicide Squad’! Here’s how Hollywood should next unspool its vortex of special effects…

COME THE SUMMER of 2016, we knew that we would get a “Ghostbusters” remake. What we did not know is that the latest take on that hit 1984 comedy would actually be titled “Suicide Squad.” What’s that? What could DC’s worst-of-the-worst supervillains and Peter Venkman’s cheeky spectral exterminators have in common? Well, at least 15 […]

Let’s talk about why we loved ‘Suicide Squad’

With “Suicide Squad” now in theaters, Michael Cavna and David Betancourt of The Post’s Comic Riffs discuss their thoughts on what looks to be yet another DC Comics movie that is dividing critics and hardcore fans. Slight spoilers ahead. MICHAEL CAVNA: So after many months and random Jared Leto tweets of anticipation, we finally got […]

Margot Robbie on becoming Harley Quinn and ‘the most unpleasant thing I’ve ever done’

Margot Robbie was almost where she needed to be. Prior to beginning filming on “Suicide Squad,” the Australian actress had just about completed her transformation into Harley Quinn. In preparation for the role, she dived into online forums to find out what it was fans loved most about the popular DC Comics character, who’s known as the […]

Forget the critics: 7 reasons ‘Suicide Squad’ is undeniably awesome if you’re a fanboy

“Suicide Squad” is a much-needed win for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Originally thought by some to be the other DC Comics movie of 2016 that would come after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” instead “Suicide Squad” is confirmation that the DC cinematic universe has a place in this current era of superhero movies. That’s […]

ABZÛ review: A nice swim through a virtual world

ABZÛ Developed by: Giant Squid Published by: 505 Games Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One During the past console cycle, a small genre became increasingly visible. Collectively known as exploration games or, somewhat derisively, as...Show More Summary

‘Suicide Squad’ could be huge. Can the comic books capitalize by attracting new fans?

The Suicide Squad is ready for their comic-book close-up. With the blockbuster movie of the same name about to hit theaters, DC Comics will be giving fans a brand new series featuring a team of its most ruthless villains, who are occasionally tasked with saving the world. The new “Suicide Squad” series from DC will hit newsstands real and […]

Harley Quinn could be 2016’s most popular movie character. How did she get started?

A deranged psychiatrist wouldn’t seem like something you’d want to be for Halloween, but once Harley Quinn is unleashed on the world this week, it very well could be the hot costume this fall. One of DC Comics most popular anti-heroes, Harley Quinn is the doctor who thought she could get in the Joker’s mind and understand what […]

In Rep. John Lewis’s new ‘March: Book Three,’ the art rises to the historic occasion

I CAN’T QUITE TELL, as I stare at the armed and deputized white racists way down below, whether artist Nate Powell has been building toward this eye-popping scene himself — steadying his nerve across years — or whether he generously has been building the story up to this staggering visual pinnacle all along, saving it […]

RIP, Richard Thompson: How the artist extends to us the hand of profound wit and humanity

WHEN YOU shake the hand of a right-handed artist, you are not merely gripping fingers. You are, in the parlance of show business, shaking the moneymaker — the very instrument that, by putting idea to canvas, also puts bread to table. So it was that in 2005, I shook hands for the first time with […]

RIP Jack Davis, legendary sports cartoonist and MAD magazine artist

FOR DECADE upon decade, if you wanted to become a devoted sports cartoonist, as I did, you had to reckon with the talent of one man. When making the stations of the crosshatch, you had to understand the visual vocabulary of Jack Davis. Davis, who died Wednesday at age 91, received formal art training, yet he also […]

These are the Richard Thompson masterpieces we’ll most remember him by

EVERY FAN seems to has a separate entry point into the varied, decades-long career of Richard Thompson, the cartoon genius who died Wednesday at age 58. Some readers cite their favorite Alice Otterloop observation or Petey Otterloop flight of imagination from his syndicated strip, “Cul de Sac.” Others describe a highly specific moment of Washington life […]

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