Guardians of the Space Opera—How Marvel Just Kick-Started a Venerable Genre

*insert breathlessly positive review of Guardians here, plus Rocket joke* There, that’s done with. It’s becoming more and more clear that the great mass of reviewers and fans have decided, yup, we like Guardians of the Galaxy. And that’s good. The film unquestionably earns it, Read More …

Otheredbots: Windblade and the Issue of Gender Representation in The Transformers

 Female Autobots?  I thought they were extinct! – Shockwave, “The Search for Alpha Trion” (aired 1985) The problem began very early. Hasbro had enlisted Bob Budiansky, a prolific writer and editor at Marvel Comics, to provide profiles and backstory to a series of toys they Read More …

Transformers: Age of Extinction Is Not Great, but Well-Intentioned

I learned something about Michael Bay while watching his latest opus, Transformers: Age of Extinction. Michael Bay will never be a great filmmaker, but he’s a real mensch. Particularly to fans of the multi-billion dollar property that has been entrusted to him. So why do Read More …

Mind the Gap: You Haven’t Seen Taxi Driver?

We at Deadshirt like to fancy ourselves pretty dedicated to popular culture with a combined knowledge of all things media that borders on the encyclopedic, but no one is perfect. There’s just too much music, too many films, too many comics, and way too many Read More …

More Than Meets the Eye #27 (Dark Cybertron Chapter 10) Review

So those of you who have been following “Dark Cybertron” (if not, check out my review of chapter 8) know that we have had three plotlines running simultaneously: Optimus Prime vs. his corrupt antecedent Nova in the Dead Universe, the crew of the Lost Light Read More …

Each Sold Separately: Getting Up To Speed On IDW’s Transformers Comics Universe

In 2012 IDW did a soft re-launch of its Transformers comic universe by ending the war between the Autobots (the mostly-good guys) and Decepticons (near-universally bad guys) came to an end. Then they picked up from that story with two ongoing comics. More than Meets Read More …

“Dinosaur Squadron Beastranger”: How Six Jurassic Superheroes Took the US by Storm

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise in the United States. On August 28, 1993, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers first aired, capturing the imagination of millions of children, myself included. We had seen nothing like it before: too young to understand Read More …