Review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’

*This review contains only minor spoilers – merely a short recap of the film’s beginning to establish context. Thor and Asgard offer Marvel it’s biggest cinematic challenge (likely until Guardians of the Galaxy) in terms of story and characters. It’s a mystical world filled aliens, realms, and strange beasts. It’s … Continue reading

The All-Gay Superhero Gang that Beats up Other Queers – ‘Spandex: Fast and Hard’ Reviewed

Without even knowing it, we make assumptions about people every day. This subconscious need to categorize individuals based upon our assumptions is a pretty common process. Martin Eden, the creator of Spandex: Fast and Hard, illustrates this tendency in a light-hearted way with his action league of LGBT folks in … Continue reading

Where are the Gay Superheroes: An Interview with Controversial Comic Creator Martin Eden (Spandex)

Independent comic book writer and illustrator Martin Eden has made a name for himself in recent years as the creator of Spandex, a series that introduced the world to the first notable all-gay superhero team in comicdom. Despite such a distinction, Eden is quick to point out that his series … Continue reading

‘Avengers vs X-Men: Fatality’ – The Death of… (SPOILERS WITHIN)

Marvel has been in the midst of a major storyline in Avengers vs. X-Men for the past few months. In an interview with Brian Michael Bendis, the writer of “AvX Issue #11,” he discussed the death of a MAJOR character in the story, the impact that it will have on … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Joss Whedon’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Series Could Be Awesome

Yesterday it was officially annouced that Marvel/ABC would be producing a Joss Whedon TV pilot based on S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel films acronym is Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division). This is extremely awesome for a few reasons: 1. Whedon is getting back into TV to some degree. With the success of The Avengers and news that Whedon … Continue reading

The Golden Age of Batman: A Comic Scholar’s Top 5 Batman Picks

The following article was generously contributed to CT magazine by comic-book scholar Corey Creekmur. Although I’d call myself a lifelong Batman fan, I can’t claim the investment of either Will Brooker (author of not one, but two books on the Dark Knight!) or Drew Morton (whose dedication includes a tattoo!) in the … Continue reading

Batman and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Coverage Recap

You may be burnt out on Batman and The Dark Knight Rises, but just in case you aren’t, I’m here to provide a recap of all the coverage on the film and Batman from us here at Cultural Transmogrifier. Over the past eight months we eagerly anticipated the film like … Continue reading

“You Wanted Me . . . Here I am.” Five Best Batman Comics of All-Time Part 2

Batman scholar Prof. Will Brooker (author of Batman Unmasked and the sequel Hunting the Dark Knight) discusses his selections for the five best Batman comics of all-time with CT’s Drew Morton. Brooker says, “Any list of ‘best’ Batman is just a temporary capture, as I argued in a chapter many years ago … Continue reading

Calling Christopher Nolan: Six Superheroes Deserving a Dark Knight Makeover

“The Dark Knight will change everything.” This was the consensus among American entertainment pundits after Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking 2008 sequel to Batman Begins destroyed box office records on its way to becoming, at the time, the second highest grossing domestic film in history (trailing only Titanic). The immense popularity of … Continue reading

Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie Coming in 2014

According to the folks at Latino Review, who have a well proven track record of calling comic book movie announcements ahead of time, Guardians of the Galaxy will be the newest non-sequel addition to the Marvel films catalog. With both Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 slated for next year, Marvel’s line-up of movies leading … Continue reading