The Dark Knight Returns…with Misogyny, Violence, and Emotional Abuse

This may be an unexpected admission for someone who teaches a course on popular culture, but there are certain cultural phenomena that I just don’t get.  I’ve never liked a single Quentin Tarantino film…not even a little.  I never saw what was so revolutionary or brilliant about the 2011 return-to-silent-films homage The Artist.  I can’t get into any reality singing or dating competition.  I’ve tried all of the above but I just don’t like them.  The exact same can be said of my relationship with Frank Miller’s 1986 seminal classic The Dark Knight Returns.  But, before fandom begins the crucifixion, let me try and explain why – and it’s not just because I’m not a DC guy. Continue reading

Deadpool and a Most Meta Trilogy Part III

Here we are!  It’s the end of the line!  Okay, I know Deadpool’s taken us to some emotionally heavy and intellectually intense places this week.  If you’re starting to feel a little fatigued, fear not!  This final graphic novel literally has Deadpool teaming up with a panda version of himself called Pandapool.  I guarantee it is even more adorable and awesome than it sounds.  Today we finish our philosophical tour of Deadpool’s most meta adventure ever as we look at the final volume of Cullen Bunn’s groundbreaking Deadpool Killology – illustrated by Salva Espin – Deadpool Kills Deadpool.  Like usual, this post is spoiler-free with regard to all major plot points. Continue reading