Comic Riffs
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ sets up Chris Pratt’s team to be just as big as the Avengers
April 24th, 2017, 12:58 PM
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' sets up Chris Pratt's team to be just as big as the Avengers

The jokes and the jams are all there, but a surprising splash of emotion is what makes “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” an even better space ride than the first one. “Vol. 1’s” 2014 release established a group of rebels who barely got along well enough to work as a team, dramatized to the […]
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Here’s what the first reviews are saying
April 24th, 2017, 12:58 PM
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Here's what the first reviews are saying

WITH THE Guardians of the Galaxy literally becoming a Disneyland ride next month, it is entirely apt that the franchise’s sequel is being reviewed in the imagery of a theme park. ” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ plays like a second ride on a roller coaster that was a real kick the first time […]
‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ director James Gunn applauds Marvel’s growing embrace of low-budget storytellers
April 21st, 2017, 12:58 PM
'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' director James Gunn applauds Marvel's growing embrace of low-budget storytellers

WITH THE announcement this week that “Captain Marvel” has found its directing team in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Marvel Studios continues to extend its trust in directors known more for low-budget storytelling than blockbuster effects. James Gunn, who himself was best known for smaller films like “Slither” before signing with Marvel, applauds the trend. […]
As North Korea tensions mount, cartoonists skewer the U.S. response
April 21st, 2017, 12:58 PM
As North Korea tensions mount, cartoonists skewer the U.S. response

THE LOUDER the clatter of saber-rattling, the more frequent become the familiar symbols of war. Recent days have seen a buildup of militaristic images in many of the world’s editorial cartoons, as surface-to-air commentary on global tensions increases. And as the headlines heighten in their urgent tone about such hot spots as North Korea and Syria, […]
Marvel steers toward directors who specialize in more than spectacle
April 20th, 2017, 12:58 PM
Marvel steers toward directors who specialize in more than spectacle

MARVEL STUDIOS deals in so many large moving parts these days, it can seem as if it’s in the business of delivering huge interlocking narratives — like a freighter loaded down with requisite story threads the size of shipping containers. Assume the captain’s chair and you’ll know what you’ll be towing. Yet that is precisely […]
Bill O’Reilly’s big ouster from Fox News, according to these biting cartoons
April 20th, 2017, 12:58 PM
Bill O'Reilly's big ouster from Fox News, according to these biting cartoons

AS SLOW as the buildup was, the final cut seemed to come quick. On Wednesday evening, even the word “O’Reilly” seemed to have been scrubbed from the Fox News show logo so hastily that the on-air “The Factor” graphic look rather ill-considered and crude. Then again, ill-considered and crude might be how some detractors describe […]
‘Captain Marvel’ film finds its directors, the duo behind ‘Half Nelson’
April 19th, 2017, 12:58 PM
'Captain Marvel' film finds its directors, the duo behind 'Half Nelson'

MUCH AS Warner Bros. and DC sought a top female director to guide one of its main superheroines, Marvel has studiously sought one for its Captain Marvel movie. Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman” opens in June, giving WB/DC the first solo superheroine film within their connected comic-book universe. And now Marvel is announcing that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck […]
D.C. artist’s poignant tale of immigration ‘purgatory’ wins National Headliner Award
April 19th, 2017, 12:58 PM
D.C. artist's poignant tale of immigration 'purgatory' wins National Headliner Award

FOR JUANA MEDINA, the journey isn’t over. The Washington-based artist and author must wait another year to apply for U.S. citizenship and then, she still hopes, the chance to vote. But this week, Medina adds to the recognition she’s received for how poignantly she documents that journey. Her comic published on Fusion a year ago […]
‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ will have five post-credits scenes. Yes, five.
April 18th, 2017, 12:58 PM
'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' will have five post-credits scenes. Yes, five.

JAMES GUNN is sending out his social-media missives in recent days as deftly as he deploys Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot. Ahead of next month’s release of his “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” the director said on Twitter that there are five — count ’em, five — “post-credits” scenes bundled with his new movie, abundant even for […]
‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’ turns a classic DC Comics tale into an animated hit
April 18th, 2017, 12:58 PM
'Teen Titans: The Judas Contract' turns a classic DC Comics tale into an animated hit

So much time has been spent analyzing Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s recent attempts to make live-action movies with their iconic library of superheroes that it can be easy to forget the connected, straight-to-DVD, animated universe they have built over the years. It should come as no surprise that this multi-movie animated world is well-put […]