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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. Jack
    July 10, 2014 @ 6:37 am

    "Hickman's Avengers run will be looked at as something of a let-down, and as a wasted opportunity in terms of feeding out of or into the movies."

    I'm not particularly sure Hickman's ever been interested in feeding into or out of the movies, to be honest. This is a run that began with basically nodding towards the movies by having the line up people knew from the movies getting clobbered by the villain and Cap then building an army of Avengers that requires the reader to be conversant with the last 30 or so years of Marvel continuity at times to know who is who. Someone writing a book with an eye on the movie audience isn't going to introduce Captain Universe or Shang Chi to the Avengers, if you ask me. Hickman stopped worrying about whether or not the movie goers were going to be able to follow along at day one.

    Grant Morrison noted in his pitch for the book that became New X-Men that he couldn't figure out why comics weren't trying for the audience that had just made millions with the first X-Men movie, and he crafted the book to attempt to be familiar to the audience that saw these movies…and of course failed to garner any of it. Because comics and movies have different narrative concerns, no matter how hard Marvel spent 2006 to 2012 or so making their comics look like storyboards for movies, and anyone who would -happen- to go into a comic store to find a comic (since finding comics anywhere else other than as trades in the local Barnes & Noble is a crapshoot at best) would be alienated by what they read in roughly three pages, if that.

    So while Marvel may have given Hickman a directive to attract the movie audience, I don't think he cared much about that for very long (or he thought that the hook of the familiar characters would be enough to hang his hat on, which I very much doubt given the nature of the story he told.) There's a lot to judge Hickman's work on-and I tend to forgive him for his bumps and hiccups because he's a writer who writes for longer term periods than a lot these days, who seem to not think more than six issues ahead-but judging it on how well he's playing to the movie audience, which is something no writer has really done well for long term periods, seems a little unfair.


  2. jsd
    July 10, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    Love these reviews. I picked up Wicked & Divine and Trees based on your recommendation and loved them both. Keep up the good work!


  3. Daibhid C
    July 10, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    "reconceptualize Norse cosmology to include Todd McFarlene's Spawn only without actually including Spawn"

    Interesting. Is this the Angela thing, or a different Spawn thing?


  4. Elizabeth Sandifer
    July 10, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

    Yeah, the conceit is that Angela is Thor and Loki's sister, and hails from the previously unknown Tenth Realm.


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