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 …

The Rundown: Life, Death and The Immortal Iron Fist

In The Rundown, Deadshirt dives into our cardboard long boxes to shine a light on important, unusual or otherwise remarkable comic runs (mainstream or otherwise) from a specific creative team. The Series The Immortal Iron Fist (2006-2009) Issues 1-14 co-written by Ed Brubaker and Matt Read More …

The Christopher Nolan Problem and Tone In Genre Films

I didn’t like the new Godzilla. That’s how this started. I’ve personally never much cared for Godzilla as a pop cultural entity, outside of a fondness for the Diddy/Jimmy Paige music video from the 1998 version, and my recent interest only exists in relation to my Read More …

The Most X-Men The X-Men Movies Have Ever X-Men’d: Days of Future Past

It’s been a decade and a half since Bryan Singer’s X-Men started the comic book movie boom that continues unabated today. The first film focused on clarity, economic storytelling and a streamlined structure to bend the unwieldy mythology of the fifty years old superhero franchise Read More …

Uprising: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Marvel’s Comeback Kid

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. closed up its tumultuous first season this week with a crowd-pleasing, action-packed finale. The series, which began with a string of poorly-received episodes that left the excitable Marvel fandom shaking its head, enjoyed a sizable spike in both viewership and quality Read More …

Deadshirt Is Reading…All-Marvel, Apparently

Deadshirt Is Reading… is a weekly feature in which Deadshirt’s staff, contributing writers and friends-of-the-site offer their thoughts on a diverse array of comics, from name-brand cape titles to creator-owned books to webcomics. Joe Stando is reading… Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #200 Written by Brian Michael Bendis Read More …