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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Why is the Chinese Superman getting a villain who’s a Chinese stereotype? It’s all part of a plan.

When originally offered the chance to write a new, Chinese Superman for DC Comics, writer and MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Gene Yang turned down the opportunity because he felt the series could be a “cultural and political landmine.” After changing his mind and becoming the writer on “New Super-Man,” Yang is now set to re-introduce one […]

The new ‘Iron Fist’ trailer gives a closer look at Marvel’s final Netflix Defender

Nope. Still no sign of a superhero suit… yet. Marvel and Netflix released a new trailer Tuesday for “Iron Fist,” their next streaming superhero series. It will be the final piece in the lead-up to the “Defenders” series set to debut this summer, which will feature the mystical martial artist as well as Marvel/Netflix’s other heroes, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke […]

Yes, ‘The Simpsons’ ‘predicted’ Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl act, but the connection goes deeper

YES, OF COURSE “The Simpsons” put Lady Gaga in an aerial harness and flew her over a concert crowd five years before the performer actually did so at Sunday’s Super Bowl. Given the degree to which the record-breaking Fox show has so savvily blanketed pop culture for three decades, “The Simpsons” can be interpreted as having […]

‘Zootopia’ tops Disney’s big night at the Annie Awards

CAN THE animated Disney blockbuster about a can-do bunny, a conning fox and a so-called political figure playing fear against inclusivity run the big-awards table? “Zootopia” continued its winning ways over the weekend with six trophies, including Best Animated Feature, at the 44th Annie Awards at UCLA. Ramping toward the Feb. 26 Academy Awards, “Zootopia” […]

Super Bowl ads: Who won the battle of the Marvel Comics superheroes?

SO WHO won the battle of the Marvel Comics superheroes on Super Bowl Sunday? Fox delivered its new look at “Logan,” featuring an older Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) looking out for an aging Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Against the tones of “Amazing Grace, there was nothing new to see here. The R-rated film, directed by James […]

The promising new Vanessa Hudgens show ‘Powerless’ is missing this one key ingredient

IT’S EASY to watch the NBC comedy “Powerless,” which premiered Thursday, and be reminded in one respect of Mary Tyler Moore. I genuinely hope that going forward, the writers behind “Powerless” — in order to improve their promising series — will remember her, too. That’s because in the days after Moore died last month, one […]

John Lewis’s ‘March’ becomes nonfiction bestseller in the wake of New York Times list shakeup

REP. JOHN LEWIS’s civil-rights trilogy has hit another milestone. More than three years after its release, “March: Book One” (Top Shelf) becomes the first graphic novel to crack the main New York Times bestseller lists since the paper made the controversial decision last month to end its graphic books lists. The first volume in Lewis’s […]

‘Aquaman’ is shaping up to be the most intriguing film on the DC Comics slate

DC COMICS has its highly anticipated solo film on the way in June’s “Wonder Woman.” But looking beyond that, “Aquaman” is shaping up to be the next big fish that could help DC’s cinematic fortunes. From the outset, Jason Momoa has been hailed as an inspired pick to play the title role, with Patrick Wilson (villainous […]

How Trump’s America is looking from the outside, according to the world’s cartoonists

BRICKS, mortar and the green-copper patina of freedom are the building blocks of the political cartoon these days, as global artists cast their judgment upon America. Everywhere we gaze, visual satirists from afar are gravitating toward two themes as they mock Trump’s America: The first is the concept of erecting barriers, and the second centers […]

From ‘Walking Dead’ to ‘Saga,’ Image Comics remains a comic-book force after 25 years

On its 25th anniversary, the mission of Image Comics remains the same. The comic book publisher, founded in 1992 by Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Todd McFarlane and Jim Valentino, still prides itself on being a place where writers and artists can come to take ownership of their imaginations. Image Comics was […]

Edmonia Lewis: Google Doodle salutes pioneering sculptor to kick off Black History Month

TO KICK OFF its celebration of Black History Month, Google turns today to a 19th-century artist who burned so bright, her twin gifts of blazing talent and steely determination could not be denied, even in the face of her era’s discrimination. Time and again, sculptor Edmonia Lewis — nicknamed “Wildfire” — faced obstacles and setbacks, […]

‘Voltron’ has never been better than it is right now

Note: Spoilers ahead if you have not finished the second season of “Voltron: Legendary Defender” on Netflix. The second season of Netflix’s “Voltron,” based on the classic ’80s cartoon of the same name, has added to the legend of this animated universe in spectacular ways. “Blackout,” the 13th and final episode of “Voltron’s” sophomore season, which […]

Now that Ben Affleck won’t direct himself as Batman, who will?

There’s a reason that actors don’t direct themselves as the title star of a superhero film. And now, Ben Affleck has decided that he shouldn’t pull such double duty. Affleck has just stepped out of the director’s chair for the next solo Batman film, as Variety was first to report. Affleck will still star as […]

Artists are using the power of comics to battle Trump’s travel ban

COMICS JOURNALIST Sarah Glidden feels a sense of mission when she does research from such nations as Syria. Her aim: To find personal stories that humanize a larger political conflict. Now, it is with a similar purposeful focus that Glidden has responded to President Trump’s travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim nations. In the wake of […]

‘Resident Evil 7: biohazard’ review: Mediocre, backwoods horror

Resident Evil 7: biohazard Developed by: Capcom Published by: Capcom Available on: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One “There’s no escape city boy,” says the mad woman crawling spider-like in front of you. Her line reflects “Resident Evil 7’s” dopey kind of backwoods horror. Both you and she know that from her perspective you’re an interloper, […]

Google Doodle honors Fred Korematsu, who fought president’s executive order on Japanese internment

“If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.” — Fred Korematsu TODAY, as Google honors civil rights leader Fred Korematsu through its home-page Doodle, some of the most memorable words about the man and his actions — he once defied a president’s executive order that was rooted in […]

The New York Times just killed its graphic novel bestseller lists — and authors aren’t happy

WE ARE gathered here today to mourn a trusted ol’ friend and weekly visitor: the New York Times’s graphic book bestseller lists. The Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul confirmed that the paper will discontinue a number of its lists, including Hardcover Graphic Novel, Paperback Graphic Novel and Manga, effective Feb. 5. The sense of loss […]

Week 1 of Trump’s White House: How the visual media show no signs of shutting up

ONE WEEK IN, such an unprecedented opening round is not for the faint of art. The rhetorical “carnage.” The inauguration crowd size. The oil pipelines. The comparative crowd size. The claims of massive voter fraud. The crowd size. The State Department exodus, the plan to build and tax the wall, the media man-turned-adviser’s unbraiding of […]

How the darker, sexier Archie characters in ‘Riverdale’ came to be

The road to “Riverdale” begins with “Afterlife with Archie.” The debut of the horror series in 2013 was the starting point for Archie and his pals’ comic book renaissance. The success and popularity of the series, which felt like Archie combined with a zombie apocalypse, proved to the comic book publisher that they could play with darker and sexier tones […]

Can the comic-book assassin Deathstroke take on gun violence in Chicago?

Before he could accept an offer to become the writer for a new Deathstroke series, veteran comic book writer Christopher Priest first had to look within himself and decide whether he could take on being the voice behind one of DC’s most violent characters. “Deathstroke has sort of been this kind of glorification, if not […]

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