A Kingdom Without Kings: The Anarchist Messiah of Evan Dahm’s The Harrowing of Hell

Evan Dahm’s 2020 comic The Harrowing of Hell opens with a quote by Leo Tolstoy, from his book The Kingdom of God Is Within You: “Christianity in its true sense puts an end to government. So it was understood at its very commencement; it was for this cause that Christ was crucified.” The subject of … Continue reading A Kingdom Without Kings: The Anarchist Messiah of Evan Dahm’s The Harrowing of Hell

Finding Your Place in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. New York: Pocket Books, 1999. Introduction During our lives, there are times we are particularly vulnerable. Graduating high school and college, moving across the country, starting a new job, among many other events in our lives can leave us with questions. I was always taught from a … Continue reading Finding Your Place in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Circus of Dreams: Peering into the Magic Fueling Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus”

© Anchor Books, Random House; 2012 Erin Morgenstern's 2011 novel titled The Night Circus follows two magicians, Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair, who are trained from a young age to be the best in their craft. Both magicians jointly run the Night Circus, a circus that shows up without notice, and runs from dusk until … Continue reading Circus of Dreams: Peering into the Magic Fueling Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus”

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

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 … Continue reading ANNIHILATION: A Modern Ecological Translation of the Cosmic Horrific

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 … Continue reading The Scarlet Letter as an Allegory for Adam and Eve

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 … Continue reading A New Mythology in The Sandman Comics by Neil Gaiman

I Want Everything You Have: Finding power through belief in The Wicked and The Divine

One of the first comics I ever purchased, The Wicked and The Divine is a comic I latched onto from day one and binge-read over the course of two days. With it’s grounded yet spectacular colors and characters you can love and detest and not get enough of. It is easy to latch on to … Continue reading I Want Everything You Have: Finding power through belief in The Wicked and The Divine

Exploring Labyrinths and Voids in House of Leaves

“This is not for you.” Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves opens with this warning. Published March 2000 by Pantheon Books, House of Leaves is considered by many to be one of the most important works of fiction of the early 2000s. One part analysis, one part autobiography, Danielewski manages to blend multiple narratives into … Continue reading Exploring Labyrinths and Voids in House of Leaves