About blackout31

I believe in disability theory- the study of disabilities in literary and fictional works. I also believe my old articles were a dumpster fire. Man, let's ignore that person. He sucked.

In Brightest Day: James Gordon, Jr.

Last week, I mentioned that I would be talking about James Gordon, Jr. I find James is rarely discussed by Batman fans, perhaps because he isn’t as flamboyant as some of the other villains in the Batman universe.

2325103-2290380_jamieHe may not have many appearances, but when he does show up, the reader is left with an extremely uncomfortable situation on their hands.

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Gotham City’s Mental Health Situation

I just finished reading Batman: The Black Mirror. If you’re a DC Comics guy, I suggest you pick it up. It delves deeply into the concept of family and the inherent evil that comes from Gotham City. Also, it introduced me to a truly scary man in James Gordon Jr.

Batman_-_The_Black_MirrorSpoilers for Batman: The Black Mirror begin after the jump.

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Magical Mondays: The Mystical in Middle-earth

I consider the magic that takes place in The Lord of the Rings to be very unique. In many of the current crop of fantasy stories, a human finds out that he or she has a special gift that is construed as magic. He or she uses this newly-found gift to solve some problem, and there is your story.

11534_origThe magic in The Lord of the Rings is interesting to me because, even if magic might be used for the occasional good intention, it actually causes more problems than it solves. Furthermore, none of the beings performing magic are human, or even mortal.

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In Brightest Day: Loki

If you’ve read enough of my articles, you know I’m usually a fan of DC Comics over Marvel. However, with DC’s recent record in the amazing game of “Let’s See How Many People We Can Piss Off,” I’ve started paying more attention to Marvel characters not named Tony Stark.

Hiddleston LokiHere is a shocker: Loki’s character is interesting as hell. But not because of his actions in the movies or comics. It’s not because Tom Hiddleston plays him so well (although he does). It’s the actions before we even see Loki the first time that make him so interesting.

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In Brightest Day: Albus Dumbledore

I have already covered Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality and analyzed his famous duel against Grindelwald in depth, but I realized that I never truly talked about what makes Dumbledore tick.

Albus DumbledoreSimply put, I had trouble trying to figure out how to discuss Dumbledore’s emotional situation because it’s so similar to Harry Potter’s situation. Both have lost family to dark wizards. But as I thought about Dumbledore, I realized that both Harry and Albus are still very different.

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Sexualized Saturdays: The Failings of Reddit

Sadly, Santa decided that Christmas was the best time to gift me a horrible chest cold. As such, I have been stuck in my bed most of this Christmas break, surfing the web for things to entertain me.

reddit-alienNow, while I already knew about the popular social aggregation site Reddit, I never spent much time there other than the home page. So, I did some digging through the subreddits, and I was discouraged by the general lack of any conversations over LGBTQ+ issues as it pertains to geekdom.

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A Eulogy for Eleven

This time next week, Matt Smith will no longer be the Doctor. It’s an event that all Whovians have been either dreading or counting down to ever since he announced he wasn’t coming back.

smith capaldiAnd as excited as we are that Peter Capaldi will be jumping on to usher in the Twelfth Doctor’s reign, I think it’s only fair to look at the good and bad things that happened while Eleven reigned supreme.

Spoiler Warning: Up to and including “The Day of the Doctor

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Magical Mondays: That Duel That Never Happened

Ah, Magical Mondays, you and I are going to get really friendly.

Gellert_Grindelwald_and_Albus_DumbledoreFor those who don’t know, I started my geek-writing career at Mugglenet, where I wrote bits on Harry Potter. I stopped right after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out, so there are still countless arguments I have yet to make. I plan on making them here.

For starters, I would like to talk about the duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. This is a topic that rarely is discussed, and I’m not sure why. Harry Potter spoilers after the jump.

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Sexualized Saturdays: The Doctor Who Issue

Obviously, the Doctor Who fandom is still bathing in the afterglow that was Day of the Doctor. It is at this point that I want to bring up something that has been discussed by a couple people, but never by me.

I am of the opinion that, as long as Steven Moffat is the executive producer of Doctor Who, the show will not be able to grow as a series.


Yeah, I’m using this .gif again. Wanna fight about it?

Pope Alexander recently wrote an article on Moffat’s inability to properly kill characters, so I’m going to avoid that. Instead, I’m going to focus on his inability use the full scope of the human condition. Specifically, the lack of LGBTQ+ relationships.

And this lack of LGBTQ+ relationship is not an LGBTQ+ or heterosexual issue. It’s both.

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