Category: Comics

Watchmen: A Tale of Care and Understanding

Watchmen: A Tale of Care and Understanding

I'm VERY late in posting this piece I wrote for Tor.com about the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons story Watchmen. It's impossible to overstate Watchmen's influence on modern comics, but I fear that most took the wrong lessons from the story. Rather than follow its formal experiments or fully embrace its themes, too many creators … Continue reading Watchmen: A Tale of Care and Understanding

The Theology of Superman

The Theology of Superman

For a long time now, I've wanted to do more writing about theological themes in comic books (which are, really, my first love). I finally got to do so in this piece for Living Lutheran. All Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, and Jamie Grant acts very much as a gospel message, telling the … Continue reading The Theology of Superman

Spider-man 2: Power, Responsibility, Identity (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 08)

Spider-man 2: Power, Responsibility, Identity (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 08)

Oh man, I realize I never posted last week's video here. So here's the belated 8th episode of Renewed Mind Movie Talk: Spider-man 2: Power, Responsibility, Identity. In this episode, I talk about my favorite Spider-man movie (sorry, Homecoming), and how the film dramatizes an identity crisis. This identity crisis can help Christians think about … Continue reading Spider-man 2: Power, Responsibility, Identity (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 08)

The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty

The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty

On Friday, Netflix will premier Iron Fist, the fourth in its successful franchise of Marvel Comics adaptations. Early reviews have not been positive, and critics continue to level against the show a concern raised since casting began: the series retains the source material’s use of the “mighty whitey” trope. “Mighty whitey” is a tongue-in-cheek way … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty

Something to Avenge: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hero Problem

Something to Avenge: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hero Problem

Richard Donner’s Superman: The Motion Picture (1977) and Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) may have already proven that moviegoers want to see superheroes on the screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been successful beyond expectation. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, the MCU has been telling a large-scale story without precedent, spanning fourteen big-budget Disney feature … Continue reading Something to Avenge: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hero Problem