While reading Jason Aaron’s run of Doctor Strange, the introduction of Mister Misery really caught my attention. Mister Misery debuts in The Last Days of Magic Part 3 as, “made entirely of pain and suffering.” Mister Misery was created with the help of Wong, who channeled Dr. Strange’s pain into a padlocked cellar room. Dr. Strange eventually has … More No Good Deed Goes Unpunished for Dr. Strange
With the release of Black Panther in February, Marvel waded into many topical and familiar points of debate regarding race. The predominantly black cast and the fact that it was written and directed by African Americans was an immediate discussion point in response to the often whitewashed Hollywood blockbuster. The story treads lightly, but not timidly, … More Black Panther Too Political? History Says No
Most of the responses we’ve received in writing this blog come from the Reddit community. A few comments consider, somewhat dismissively, that we’re writing about comic books that aren’t based in reality while we discuss real-world issues. For example, on the post about Daredevil and using his lie-detection in the courtroom, some commenters shared sentiments … More Comic Books in the Humanities: Who Cares and Why?
Volume 4 of Doctor Strange contains dialogue between The Imperator and Dr. Strange that parallels a conversation on faith and science in the United States. … More Faith and Science in Dr. Strange
Bulletproof Love addresses race issues, which is what Marvel wanted to occur throughout the series. To the show’s credit, there are many ways this is done successfully. Bulletproof Love, however, highlights that Luke Cage is a symbol of racial injustice without substance. He wears the politically charged hoodie over bulletproof black skin, but he remains silent on discriminatory policing. … More Bulletproof Love: Symbolism and Racial Injustice in Luke Cage
Jurors often struggle with cognitive dissonance when trying to presume the defendant is innocent while he is also accused of a crime. Ms. Marvel and Daredevil provide an interesting perspective on the presumption of innocence in their roles as superheroes. … More The Right to Presume Villains Guilty
This post explores Norsefire’s panoptic gaze in V for Vendetta by teasing out phenomenological concepts in the Astonishing X-Men. … More V for Vendetta’s Panoptic Gaze