Luke Dorian Blackwood

Luke Dorian Blackwood

Luke Dorian Blackwood lives and writes in and around Ithaca, NY. In his youth, he was obsessed with silent cinema, Leo Tolstoy, and Wagner’s Ring Cycle. These days he by far prefers superhero comics and movies with ‘splosions, leading some to speculate that he’s a psychological Benjamin Button. Which is fine. He’s much happier now.
  • Doctor Strange #3 Review

    Your house is not actually haunted. That seemingly prophetic dream was probably less prophetic than you remember. That lady you paid $65 per half-hour to tell you your future was probably a lot more vague than you thought. It’s confirmation bias, it’s mis-remembered or misrepresented anecdotal stories, it’s wishful...
  • Doctor Strange #2 Review

    For those of us not yet over just how over Halloween is, the opening page of Doctor Strange #2 does a good job easing some of the trauma, taking us back many moons ago — six of ’em! I counted! — to when the mysterious and fearful were a welcome part...
  • Universal Horror: Queer Identities in the Classic Monsters

    This October marked the 80th Halloween season that Bride of Frankenstein has been a part of our collective spooky consciousness, and the 79th for companion picture Dracula’s Daughter. While it’s staggering to think how close these classic films are getting to their centennial, I don’t think it’s time yet...
  • ‘The House That Screamed’ (1969) Review

    Filmmaking and posterity have a love-hate relationship. Creators have to contend with an almost year-to-year shift in audience expectations, thanks to progress in technology, fashion, artistic sensibilities, and politics, which can leave last year’s offerings horribly out-of-date, to say nothing of last decade’s. But this isn’t always to a film’s...
  • Sex Criminals #13 Review

    I was thinking the other day about the term “vanity project” and whether or not all works of art count as that on some level. My conclusion was that they all do, though I suppose some art tends to be more obvious than others. Case in point? Sex Criminals. Matt...
  • Doctor Strange #1 Review

    For anyone unfamiliar with the mystical master of the Marvel universe, Doctor Strange #1 is a very character development-heavy issue that gets you caught up on who the character is — at least who he is under the banner of “All-New, All-Different.” I can’t tell you from a whole...
  • Sex Criminals #12 Review

    In the time since I last picked up an issue of Sex Criminals, my feelings toward the series seemed to change. With distance — and, perhaps, with lack of retention — I approached Sex Criminals #12 with some apprehension. I had swallowed the first eleven issues in one huge...
  • Martian Manhunter #3 Review

    Of all the strange new places that the post-Convergence DCU has taken us, Martian Manhunter from writer Rob Williams and penciller Eddy Barrows may just be the strangest. It’s certainly the most unfamiliar. The creators are clearly very eager to either do something new with the character or just...
  • Battleworld #4 Review

    I’m trying not to let myself hate on Battleworld #4, even though the same thoughts I had about the series’ overall value during the first issues still hold true for this one. It’s hard right now to cull the important titles from the pointless tie-ins in the vast landscape...