Ravynn’s Guide to Getting into Comics Without Really Trying

When I taught a class on superheroes last semester, my students were often in awe of how much I knew about superheroes. I could rattle of minutiae of Superman’s history at a moment’s notice, leaving my students absolutely stunned at the level of detail my knowledge contained. One day during my office hours, one of…

Film Review: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Whenever I talk/write about Marvel comics, I always feel the need to preface my opinion by saying that I’m a DC fan. By that I just mean, I am not as well versed in Marvel’s universe as I am DC’s. That said, whenever I see a Marvel film, as the lights come up at the…

Book Review: African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Volume Twenty-Two

I have a hidden talent: I am rather gifted at randomly finding historical graphic novels about/written by Black people. This is the third of it’s kind that I’ve happened upon in the last few months, and it’s amazing. Turns out, Eureka Productions produces a series of “Graphic Classics” that adapts, you guessed it, classics into…

Book Review: March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

As a lover of literature, art and Blackness, few things make me happier than Black art; specifically, graphic novels about Black history. It brings together all of my favorite things: intentional word, poignant images and the unadulterated truth of the Black experience in America. During one of my habitual adventures in my local Barnes and…

On Illness

I hate hospitals. One of my earliest memories is getting my hand smashed in the side of my great Uncle’s hospital bed. I can distinctly remember the exact shade of red of my grandfather’s blood when he sliced his leg open with a chain saw–dark like oil, with only hints of red around the outside…

Book Review: Lois Lane Double Down by Gwenda Bond

Very rarely do I read a book, put it down and think to myself, “Wow. I’m really satisfied.” but Bond’s Double Down did that for me. Part of the satisfaction that I felt was that this was a portrait of one of the Superman mythos’ finest characters that was done justice. Clark (or should I say, SmallvilleGuy?)…