Blessed be us: The Handmaid’s Tale is back!

Last year, Hulu premiered the first season of the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The series, following closely Atwood’s novel, depicts a dystopian near future in which the United States government collapses as the result of environmental problems and a dramatic decline in fertility rates. A radical conservative Christian group assassinates…

The Impact of Representation in Religious Contexts in She-Ra

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is an animated fantasy TV show geared towards children distributed on Netflix. As a remake of the She-Ra show from the 1980’s, it follows Adora, a young Force Captain of the Horde, as she realizes that the Horde is evil and becomes She-Ra, an incredibly powerful warrior whose magic…

Saga: Fighting Nihlism

Saga, the image comic series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples which premiered in 2012, serves as a social commentary on race, war, sex and probably any other socio political topic you can come up with. With its abrasive covers and disenchantment of social norms, it’s obvious that Vaughan wants the…

Annihilation and The Book of Genesis: Attempting to Understand Creation

Annihilation is the first novel of the Southern Reach Trilogy, written by Jeff VanderMeer, which follows a group of four women (known as the biologist, the psychologist, the anthropologist, and the surveyor) who are part of the 12th expedition venturing into an area referred to as Area X.  The novel is narrated through the journals…

20th Century Boys: Maybe Don’t Take a Leap of Faith

(Spoilers Ahead!) Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys is not a straightforward narrative. It is complicated and has many twists and turns, but this is to be expected of a series that strives to act as an exploration of the Aum Shinrikyo attacks. At the basic level, it is clear how 20th Century Boys tells the…

ANNIHILATION: A Modern Ecological Translation of the Cosmic Horrific

“I have seen the dark universe yawning Where the black planets roll without aim, Where they roll in their horror unheeded, Without knowledge, or lustre, or name.” -H.P. Lovecraft, Nemesis Cosmic horror: it is fear of the unknown, made known, in short. Cosmic horror, New Weird, eldritch horror, surreal horror— all of these are terms…

The Scarlet Letter as an Allegory for Adam and Eve

The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and published in 1850, is a novel set in mid-1600s Puritan Massachusetts and tells the story of Hester Prynne, a woman who committed adultery and gave birth to a child. While on the surface The Scarlet Letter is simply a critique of Puritan ideals through the strife of…

A New Mythology in The Sandman Comics by Neil Gaiman

                Mythology has functioned throughout history as a way to explain the unexplainable. The creation and evolution of myths can arc centuries, each retelling forming itself to suit the needs of a modern-day audience. So, what does it mean when a new mythology emerges that centers around seven ancient beings, older than gods, each one…