Why does “Comic Book” Default to “Superhero Comic?”

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer As I sat down trying to think of what to write for the latest column, and found most of my options centered around superheroes. The usual Marvel and DC fare. And finally, I was forced to confront an unfortunate truth, when the term “comic book” is brought up in today’s…

Maybe We Could Live Without Another Goddamn Batman Film?

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Despite the contentious, often hostile debate over the state of the DC Extended Film Universe, one idea that audiences seem to be general in agreement on is that Ben Affleck’s Batman has been a saving grace thus far. After the vitriolic response to his initial casting, the Bostonian Oscar-winning actor/director…

The LEGO Batman Movie

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer “The LEGO Movie” was a once in a million kind of film, the perfect culmination of two talented directors, an amazing cast, a brand with the perfect amount of nostalgia and narrative possibility and a studio unafraid to let them all make something weird and extraordinary. I might be biased given…

Comic Artist Appreciation Column

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer February 6 marks the anniversary of comic artist Jack Kirby’s death. The Marvel Comics creator left a legacy that will probably remain unchallenged as long as comic books are printed, having helped define the designs of Captain America, Fantastic Four, Hulk, X-Men, Black Panther, and several other Marvel and DC characters….

Riverdale: A Critic of the Pilot

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer If I am being perfectly honest, I am not especially versed in the ‘Archie’ universe. Introduced to the series by my girlfriend in high school, I was quickly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of lore, spin offs, characters, and continuity (which, to be fair, is an issue in super hero…

Batman: Noel (Retro Review)

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Just when I thought I couldn’t think of final column for the Holiday Season, the answer hit me like a ton of bricks: Batman. Believe it or not, Batman has been the star of what might be one of the greatest holiday themed graphic novels of all time. I know…

Has Gwen-Mania Gotten Out of Hand?

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer A recent addition to my pool of comic news has been the onslaught of pressers Marvel Comics provides the Washington Square News. While I could never cover them all—and I feel focusing exclusively on them would turn me from a column to more of a marketer—one caught my eye. “The…

The Untapped Market for Disney Comics

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer What do you don’t feel like talking about superheroes, are low on  topics and saw Disney’s “Moana” early? Figure out a way to talk about Disney! In 1994, The Return of Jafar was created from the first five episodes of the planned Aladdin television series, making Disney’s first straight to video…

Doctor Strange as the Future of Marvel Films

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer The epiphany I had while watching Marvel Studios latest film was that each film’s consistent quality makes discussing them somewhat frustrating. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven once again to be a perpetual motion machine; they’ve never faced a dud or a particular critical failure, and with three films this coming…

So. Now What?

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Well, I guess that’s what happens when too many people vote third party. Hopefully, we learn that lesson this time 16 years from now. Cards on the table, I’d hope to cover a really awesome preview I had gotten for Ms. Marvel #13. The premise of the issue is Kamala…

Carter’s Second Annual Halloween Comic Spooktacular

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Is there any better holiday than Halloween? The candy! Parades! Walking! Socializing! Vibrant color schemes! The films! A month of social media posts and PSA’s warning you to not wear culturally insensitive costumes and watch in delight as countless people inexplicably do it anyway! And now, to add to the…