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…