Archive for March, 2013

Review: Teen Titans #18

Teen Titans 18

What would you say if I told you that this issue contained a look at the relationship between Tim and Damian Wayne, a continuation of the War of Light and Dark storyline, crossovers with two other books, a spree killer on the loose, and a last page that’s bound to pique the interest of any Titan fan? Continue reading


Superior Spiderman 6

Things have taken a decidedly dark turn in the story of our less than friendly neighborhood Spiderman. Last issue we saw the superior Spiderman execute a criminal at point-blank range. Despite the real Peter Parker’s earlier successes in controlling Otto, it seems that the influence of Peter’s memories has only made this Spiderman more driven to wipe out crime, by any means necessary. This week, old Parktopus takes on Youtube. Continue reading

RHatO 18

Did someone put something in the water at Scott Lobdell’s house?

After six great issues, Red Hood and the Outlaws started a nosedive, delayed slightly by a decent Starfire story, right about the time I gave up on Teen Titans and Superboy. But somehow, despite a series of truly awful tie-ins to Death of the Family, the most hated author at DC has made a stunning comeback, delivering an excellent issue of Red Hood while righting the ship over on Teen Titans. Seriously, my review about how shocked I was to be enjoying Teen Titans again is and has been the most viewed article on this site since less than a week after it went up (thanks for the awesome turn out, Titan-fans). Dare he go for the hat-trick?

Oh yes, he dares.

Spoilers ahead. Continue reading


Contrary to what you may hear in most instances, today I put down my last issue of the week and thought ‘wow, these were all really good.’ Continue reading

Sorry to reblog so much this week but I felt this was important. Shannon, who runs the Bound and Gagged Book Blog, is an awesome lady and one who frequently inspires me to be a better feminist. Her story is sadly far from the worst geek girls have gone through in recent memory, but all of them deserve our support and our celebration. I encourage you all to read it, to check out her blog, and to keep the awesome rolling. Do something awesome today. Make someone feel less alone. For anyone who feels like they can’t be a nerd, Reviews by Lantern’s Light stands with you.

Bound and Gagged

I am a feminist. I am a geek. Both of these labels have been used to insult me. To invalidate me. To dismiss me. I’m used to that. I can take it. So, some people still think geeks are mouth-breathing shut-ins who will never have sex. So, the guy in my American Woman class in high school thought feminists were “ugly women”. I know these people for the ignorant and out of touch fools that they are. I will fight them, with my words, my actions, and the courage of my convictions.

But the ugly truth is that the greatest impediment to being a feminist or a geek is feminists and geeks.

I have considered myself a feminist pretty much since birth. See, I was raised on Star Trek. As Voyager happened to be on when I was a little girl, my first examples outside of my family of what…

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Review: Batman and Robin #18

Batman and Robin 18

Damian Wayne is dead.

This week we get two contrasting looks at how a father is dealing with the loss of his son. Batman #18 looks at the legacy of Batman from the perspective of an outsider, but Batman and Robin #18 looks at the man from the perspective of his legacy.

I don’t think that the experience of this book can be translated into words and so I’m going to be a little freer with spoilers than I might otherwise be. Read at your own peril, and remember that especially here, the context really is everything.   Continue reading

Bound and Gagged

THE DEFENDANT: Saga, Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan, artwork by Fiona Staples, Image Comics

THE VERDICT: This comic stirred up some controversy when illustrator Dave Dorman took the blogosphere and Twitter to share his outrage at Saga‘s cover, which features an interspecies humanoid couple, one of which is breastfeeding their baby. This strong reaction got Saga tangled up in the greater melee of controversy surrounding breastfeeding and caught artist Fiona Staples completely off guard. A friend of mine thought he had heard of some comic book stores not carrying the title due to the controversial cover, but I have not been able to verify this.

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Review: All-New X-Men #8

All-New X-Men 8

Alright students, welcome back. Today we’re looking at All-New X-Men # 8. I hope you’ve done your reading, but if you haven’t quite finished I think you’ll be ok.

There’s the bell. Continue reading