Carl Svahn is an Arts Editor at The Tufts Daily. He is a Junior who is studying Political Science, Film and Media Studies, and History. Carl can be reached at [email protected]


The ‘Human Target’ #1 hits a beautiful, noir-tipped bullseye

You’ve probably never heard of Christopher Chance, the Human Target. Don’t worry though, it just means he’s good at his job. As a private detective who poses as his vulnerable clients to find their enemies, Chance is felt through the DC universe more in his actions than his persona. He’s a quiet, unrecognized, soulful man […]


Dental school research influences new PPE standard

Peter Arsenault, professor and division head of operational dentistry at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine, helped influence a new national standard for healthcare workers that seeks to fix a decades-old flaw in personal protection equipment, or PPE, along with a team of experts. Passed in July, this national regulation creates new protections against the […]


Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell use comic books to continue John Lewis’ fight

Martin Luther King Jr. was a comic book editor. Way back in 1957, Dr. King helped Alfred Hassler and Benton Resnik create a 16-page comic titled “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story” (1957). This small, independent comic was hugely influential in the Civil Rights Movement, even reaching eventual Congressman and civil rights legend John […]


‘I Am Batman’ #1 only partially fulfills its promise

A Black Batman was inevitable. The idea of a man so wronged by a city and a system resonates with the Black experience in America. There are of course grounded Black superheroes at the Big Two (also see the Milestone heroes), but none of them have the inherent appeal or cultural power that Batman does. […]


‘Nightwing #78’ is a high-flying and hopeful starting point

Dick Grayson is my favorite member of DC’s Bat Family. A young, genuine and caring man with abilities and resources others don’t have and the presence of mind to use them well. Unfortunately, Nightwing has been tossed aside recently in comics and other mediums for the edgier Batman characters (or just turned into them a la "Titans" (2018–)). Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo are here to fix that, and "Nightwing #78" (2021) oozes with the obvious care and love this team has for Mr. Grayson and company.


‘The Last of Us Part II’ breaks records but not without controversy

With 261 of these honors to its name, as well as being the third highest-grossing PlayStation game ever in the United States, someone unfamiliar with the gaming community might assume "The Last of Us Part II" is universally beloved. Nothing could be further from the truth.


‘The Other History of the DC Universe’ #1 shines a new light on heroics

The DC superheroes known to most of us, like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, are not the only heroes of our world. There are far too many who, like in our own reality, were denied a place at the table due to their race, sexuality or gender. Their experiences were forgotten, misplaced or tokenized. The Other History of the DC Universe by John Ridley finally tells their stories, and the first issue of this miniseries is a triumphant debut.


‘Sea of Sorrows’ #1 is beautiful, but as interesting as a puddle

Regardless of this issue’s story problems, it is undoubtedly beautiful. Illustrator Alex Cormack does an excellent job at establishing the horror and disgust of the story being told, all while still managing to make the story look amazing.


Rorschach #1 lays dark, intriguing pattern

Despite Alan Moore’s outspoken hatred for any continuation of his comic, the staunch devotion the book’s fans have for it and the equally vicious scorn they have for any kind of follow-up, "Watchmen" sequels are now a fad and have generally flopped hard. Tom King’s Rorschach #1 comic (so far) has not.


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