@AlexiSargeant

Alexi Sargeant is a playwright and director who studied at Yale University. He is assistant editor at First Things magazine. His writing has been published in First Things, Commonweal, The American Conservative, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.


The Unheralded Virtues of ‘Fantastic Beasts’

With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, director David Yates and Harry Potter scribe J. K. Rowling welcome us back into the Wizarding World—and this time, they let a Muggle like us play a main character. Fantastic Beasts stars waifish magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) but the show is stolen by magic-less interloper Jacob … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

The Twisted Genius of Jack Chick

The comic book world lost a mad master of the form last Sunday. Tributes to him on comic book sites have been mixed in tone. One reads, “Of all the many masterful artists that we’ve covered on ComicsAlliance, it seems safe to say that Jack T. Chick is the only one to regularly be described … Continued

Culture

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ and the Power of Compassion

Kubo and the Two Strings, the latest concoction from Laika Studios, will blow you away with its gorgeous stop-motion animation. But it will also inspire you with its compassionate story. The movie weaves a rollicking adventure yarn, but it also subverts the expected ending of a hero slaying a monster. Instead, true victory in the … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

‘Pete’s Dragon’ and the Power of Faith

It’s an impressive feat. Director David Lowery filmed a live-action remake of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon cartoon, and the finished product stands on its own as a sweet and sincere tale of childhood, imagination, and faith. There’s a kindness and warmth that suffuses the whole movie—much as the tremulous touch of the lost child Pete magically … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

New ‘X-Men’ Movie Isn’t About Apocalypse. It’s About Faith.

It’s called X-Men: Apocalypse, but the re-awoken wannabe mutant god Apocalypse, played by a nearly unrecognizable Oscar Isaac, is the least interesting part of this new installment in the movie franchise. The movie’s creators should have gone with X-Men: Apotheosis, because the film represents the full flowering of comic book storytelling in movie form, and … Continued

Entertainment, Movies


What Happens When Our Superheroes Lack Honor and Humanity?

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is a superhero movie for people who don’t believe in heroism. Moreover, it is a movie that tries to build a cinematic superhero universe, but one inhabited by no superheroes. The characters in this film named “Batman” and “Superman” are cynical deconstructions of the comic book heroes whose names … Continued

Comics, Entertainment, Movies

Why Does Daredevil Have So Many Personal Problems?

It’s a busy time for the Man Without Fear. Netflix is gearing up to release another season of Daredevil, this time focusing on a conflict between the titular hero and darker, more lethal vigilante The Punisher (Daredevil’s sometimes-enemy-sometimes-love-interest Elektra is also joining the fray). The show’s first season, while often brutal, cared about the moral … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Hellboy, An Unlikely Hero

In my previous superhero articles (and here’s a brief refresher) I have delved into characters from DC and Marvel comics who each have many decades of publishing history under their utility belts. This time, I’ll be looking at one of the most successful characters to debut during my own lifetime — although only just, as … Continued

Comics

The Fantastic Four: One Happy Family

Now that we’ve made it to the Marvel Universe by way of Spider-Man (after my original posts on two DC comics superheroes and one supervillain), it’s only natural to examine Marvel Comics’ First Family, the superteam that led the charge into the Silver Age, the first collaboration of comic greats Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, … Continued

Comics