Author: J. A. Micheline

Ex Machina: A (White) Feminist Parable for Our Time

Note: This article contains spoilers for the film Ex Machina. This weekend has been all about Mad Max: Fury Road, and rightfully so, because it’s kind of amazing–not just as an action film, but specifically as a feminist narrative. I saw it the other day and it sent me reeling because I had just seen yet another very feminist film earlier that week–Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Oh, have you not seen Ex Machina? I know. Everyone’s caught up in Mad Max. It’s okay. I’ll wait. Are we good now? Great. There’s a lot to unpack from the film and the...

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Jason Momoa: Wet Naked Poster Child For The Narrative Revolution

On Friday, Zack Snyder dropped new photographs of Jason Momoa as Aquaman and, as I’m sure you all have realized, it is everything we deserve. There was a lot of talk on Twitter about how the new Aquaman was sexy—to his detriment to some but to his improvement for others—and, for some people, to whom the image didn’t particularly represent anything new, given he’s been similarly armored before. But guys, I will keep screaming from the top of the hills until people understand that this casting and redesign might very well be one of the most inspired comics choices...

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Beauty in the Breakdown: The Wicked + The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine is a pretty cool comic, guys. You know this, I know this—hell, I’m pretty sure Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen, and Matt Wilson know this. Lots of people have lots of different readings of it and Gillen has been kind enough to provide Writer’s Notes about his work. Still, I thought I’d share with you what I’ve found to be a pretty interesting lens through which to read the text. And, guess what? The lens even has a specific name! But I’m not going to tell you what it is just yet. We’ll save that...

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Firm Feelings on the Batfamily: Jason Todd is the Key to Everything

Over the last few years, I’ve been thinking a lot about A Death in the Family, Jason Todd, and their role in Batcanon. It’s generally agreed that Jason was a so-so Robin and that he’s much improved as Red Hood. However, I’m going to take that general agreement a step further and state that not only is Jason Todd the most interesting member of the Batfamily, his death also represents the emotional peak of Batman canon. We’re going to approach that in reverse, though, so bear with me. To understand why this death is the most important event, we...

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Firm Feelings on the BatFamily: Damian Wayne Should Not Exist

I’ll start with this: I’m coming into this article knowing that there’s no point in me writing it. I know that. I was talking to WWAC’s Claire on Twitter about exactly this sort of thing—about the point of writing out opinions when there’s nothing to be done about them, about whether they’re productive, but supposedly people’s personal hangups are interesting, so I’m sharing mine: Damian Wayne should not exist. I don’t mean this in a continuity sort of way. I’m not suggesting that there’s some big plot hole in the Batcanon that no one but me has noticed. What...

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