Aquaman is Out of Its Depth

“This is gonna be fun!” So declares Arthur Curry, the titular Aquaman played by Jason Momoa, at the end of his movie, after (spoilers? I guess?) he defeats the bad guys, saves the world, and gets the girl. The phrase is a good thesis statement for Aquaman, a movie that wants desperately to be a…

Christ and Pop Culture: How Black Empowers the Persecuted

If you’ve read more than two of my pieces about comic books, then you know that I love the way superhero stories engage with real-world issues of justice, often reimagining systems that we know to be flawed. Few comics do that better than the recent series Black, from Black Mask Studios. Black follows a lot…

Review: Creed II — No Fancy Footwork, All Thudding Haymakers

“If I can change and you can change… everybody can change!” So declared a bleeding and blubbering Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) at the end of 1985’s Rocky IV, minutes after he defeated the superhuman boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) to avenge best friend Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) death at the Soviet’s red-gloved hand, thereby winning…