* Jog compares and contrasts the new Wolverine movie with the third film in the Death Note franchise, L, Change the World: "The fan-service of L seeks to draw the fan closer to the character, to make them love him more. The fan-service of Wolverine, in contrast, mainly draws attention away from Wolverine himself, instead emphasizing the grandness of his world, reducing characters to more of a series of impulses." (smug note of self-satisfaction: I helped a tiny, tiny bit with this piece)
* The crew at the Hooded Utilitarian are having an interesting roundtable discussion on the Mary Sue phenomenon and how it applies to comic book characters like, say, Snapper Carr. Start here, then go here and then here.
* Matthew J. Brady (see, got it right this time) did not care much for Joseph Larkin's Arcade of Cruelty: "He's got a way to go before he's going to be able to provoke a reaction beyond indifference."
* Brigid Alverson reviews the first volume of Future Diary by Sakae Esuno: "It’s like the Twitter version of Battle Royale."
* The always reliable manga critic David Welsh examines the work of Naoki Urasawa.
* While I'm on a manga kick, I should note that Katherine Dacey has a roundtable talk up regarding the definition of "manga." I'm not one for labels, but there's always at least one interesting perspective in talks like these.
* John Adcock offers one of the first, if not the first, reviews of the Collected Doug Wright, declaring it a "a beautifully produced coffee-table book, a pleasant addition to any comic strip library, as well as a historically important work."
* I completely forgot that Marjane Satrapi had written a children's book. Fortunately, J. Caleb Mozzocco didn't.