Drew Weisberg is a first-year studying psychology and film and media studies. Drew can be reached at mitchell.weisberg@tufts.edu.


Hidden Panels: The Dark Knight Returns Issue 3

“It ends tonight, Joker.” These are grim words that herald the beginning of the last battle between Batman and his greatest nemesis. This week, we’re taking a look at a classic, an issue of the legendary series, “The Dark Knight Returns” — specifically, issue 3, “Hunt The Dark Knight,” written and drawn by Frank Miller with Klaus […]


Hidden Panels: ‘Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction’

OK, I’m going to level with you all: I try not to base my weekly spotlight on what comic book movies are coming out this week. Usually I try and keep my reviews to books I think you should read on their own merits … but some weeks I indulge myself, and this is one […]


Hidden Panels: ‘The Wild Storm’ Volume 1

What kinds of meetings are going on behind closed doors and what sort of people are conducting them? What does it take to make the world we know run as it does? This week’s book “The Wild Storm” Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis seeks to answer that question in spectacular fashion. By Ellis’ own admission he […]


Hidden Panels: Flex Mentallo Issue 1

We’re gonna try something new this week, gang. I’m going to highlight a character that’s piqued my interest as of late, coupled with an issue that I just read rather than a collection or a complete arc. Fair warning though, I’ve picked a wacky one: Flex Mentallo, Muscle Man of Mystery. Do not adjust your […]


Hidden Panels: ‘JLA: Tower of Babel’ (2000)

There are occasions where a comic’s plot is so bizarre, so out there and yet so ingenious that I curse myself for not coming up with it myself. A prime example: “JLA: Tower of Babel.” Collected in JLA Vol. 4 (2014) and written by Mark Waid, “Tower of Babel” sees the world’s ability to process language […]


Hidden Panels: ‘The Doom That Came to Gotham’

The further we creep into the frigid winter of Massachusetts, the more I dread the threat of a blizzard. Each gust … whoops, I was writing in prose again. Sorry to get spooky — I guess this week’s comic, “Batman: The Doom that Came to Gotham” (2000–2001) by Mike Mignola, has me attempting a chilling monologue. I […]


Hidden Panels: ‘Secret Wars’ (2015)

This week I thought I’d do something a little special. Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe just took home its first Oscar gold this past Sunday, I think that we ought to celebrate the Marvel universe as a whole … by watching it get destroyed. Strap in gang: We’re talking about “Secret Wars” by Jonathan Hickman […]


Hidden Panels: Secret Six Vol. 2 — Money for murder

In the world of comics, there is an endless cavalcade of “good people doing good things:” Batman, Spiderman, etc. There’re even a few books about “bad people doing good things,” we’ve got the “Suicide Squad,” “Deadpool,” “The Punisher,” so on and so forth. So here comes the inevitable question: Is there a bad-people-doing-bad things book? The answer […]


Hidden Panels: ‘Transmetropolitan’ Issue 2

Anyone who plans on reading this column long term should probably be warned that they’re going to be hearing a lot about Warren Ellis. A one-in-a-million freak of the comic book industry, Ellis is the kind of creator that takes the medium and turns it on its head. Whether it’s injecting X-files style conspiracy narratives into […]


Hidden Panels: ‘Superior Spider-Man’ issue 5

‘How come (insert superhero here) doesn’t just kill the bad guys? Then the bad guys wouldn’t be able to get out and hurt more people,’ inquire many comic book fans. Ok, enough with the straw man. Comic book heroes who don’t kill people shouldn’t start, and I can think of no better example of why […]


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