I Got 99 Problems But a Skrull Ain’t One: The Many Faces of Misogyny in Captain Marvel

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Brie Larson as Captain Marvel by Dr. Samantha Langsdale SPOILERS: the following post DOES contain spoilers, so if you prefer not to have various plot points of the film revealed, read no further. For those of us who enjoy superhero films, the last couple of years have been game changing. True, Hollywood has been producing superheroic blockbusters for decades, but… Read more »

Cheryl Blossom: Too “Liberated” for Riverdale

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Fan’s of the CW’s Riverdale know Cheryl Blossom as the unscrupulous rich girl with serious fashion sense who lives by her own moral code. But many viewers might not know that Cheryl has a longer history in the Archieverse than her latest TV incarnation. Cheryl Blossom  #1 (Archie Comics, December 2018) invites us to remedy… Read more »

Crime Spree: Comics and Criminality in the Library

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Cover of CrimComics Number 1: Origins of Criminology I’ve been on a bit of a crime spree lately—in the library.  It all started with my friend Krista Gehring’s new graphic textbook series, CrimComics. Each issue offers insights into specific aspects of criminology and criminal justice, including history, theory, biographical and case studies, and contemporary issues in crime & punishment, all told through the… Read more »

A Closer Look: House of Penance

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House of Penance #1 cover This is a continuation of my previous post on the film Winchester (2018) and its earlier comic book adaptations. I want to take a look at a page from Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertram’s House of Penance (Dark Horse Comics, 2017) and think about how it brings together several elements of the real and speculative histories… Read more »