Wednesday Whittling: Exercising Exposition

Welcome to Wednesday Whittling! This week I’m diving into the precarious world of exposition. I’ll be using textual evidence from Batman Annual #8, published in 1982 and brought to us by writer Mike Barr and artist Trevor Von Eeden, to show how volatile it can be. As is custom, there’s an original comic at the end as a thanks for your time. Get into it after the jump! Exposition is fickle. If you’re told something’s purpose is to explain, that sounds helpful. But when it comes to storytelling, it can make or break the experience. When exposition is good, it guides…

Wednesday Whittling: Poison Ivy is Good

Welcome to Wednesday Whittling! This week I’ll discuss how a little Poison Ivy is good for everyone. The character’s six issue miniseries is called Cycle of Life of Death and is brought to us by writer Amy Chu and majority artist Clay Mann. I’ll being using textual evidence from it to show her unique abilities and value as an antagonist. I’ll also dip into the excessive nature of her sexualization. As always, there’s an original comic from my very own dome piece at the end. Get into it all after the jump! Poison Ivy has proven capable of many things over the…

Wednesday Wittling: DC Rebirth

Welcome to Wednesday! Today I’m going to discuss some of the realities of Watchmen that make its inclusion in DC Rebirth totally okay. It’s divided into three sections. And, as a reward for reading, there’s a totally free, totally original comic from my own brain, just for you. (And if you just skip to the end, I’ll never know!)  There are plenty of reviews and rebukes of the issue and reframing of the DC universe. To my knowledge, mine will be different because I’m going to use actual quotes from ABSOLUTE WATCHMEN. I haven’t seen any other published pieces doing…