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Static Shock #1 (2011)The Diversity of DC’s Relaunch, by the Numbers

Since DC has publicly stated that its line-wide relaunch is partially to increase the diversity of its line, it’s worth asking how the relaunched titles stack up in this regard, including some hard quantitative analysis… [more]

Swamp Thing #1 (2011)A Closer Look at DC’s Line-Wide Relaunch: Non-Super-Hero Offerings

Beyond its super-hero offerings, DC’s relaunch includes its “dark” magic titles, which incorporates some Vertigo characters into the DCU, and also a few non-super-hero, non-supernatural titles. How do these stack up, as part of an… [more]

Aquaman #1 (2011)A Closer Look at DC’s Line-Wide Relaunch: The Rest of the Super-Heroes

In addition to its more obvious “big guns,” DC’s relaunch includes a bunch of other super-hero offerings, including a promising new Aquaman series, new WildStorm-based titles such as Stormwatch, and many more. We’ll examine each here.

Action Comics #1 (2011)A Closer Look at DC’s Line-Wide Relaunch: The Big Guns

Unless you’re hiding under a rock, you’ve heard that DC is relaunching its entire super-hero line, including venerable mainstays like Action Comics and Detective Comics, in the wake of the company’s Flashpoint crossover.

Batgirl #1 (2011)“Fixing” Barbara Gordon’s Legs: The Politics of Retconning a Disability

What does it mean when you take the most successful disabled character in comics and reverse her disability?

DetectiveWhy I Hate Bat-Man, Part 1

The Bat-Man was not a bad-ass. He was an idiot.

Captain Cold FlashpointOn Flashpoint #1: Sex, Gender, and the Superhero Crossover

We’ll talk of the value of Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s Flashpoint #1 solely in the context of a superhero comic at another time, but it’s worth saying in passing that it’s in many ways a… [more]

First appearanceThe Mighty Thor, the “Frail and Feeble” Donald Blake

What are we to make of the hero and his alter ego in “The Mighty Thor and the Stone Men from Saturn,” from August 1962?

The Authority 003The Challenge of the Super-Friends: Why Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch’s The Authority is One of the Sweetest Comics of the Modern Era

For a comic book characterised by its “intense graphic violence” (according to Wikipedia) and designed to be marked by an “attention to nasty little details, its appalling bad attitude, and the utter carnage the cast are capable… [more]

Fredric WerthamSeduction of the Insolent (or, Retraction of the Innocent)

Know thy enemy. It is a long-standing idiom and one that is well-practiced by mainstream comics, most specifically the super-hero genre.

Art Spiegelman's RawOn the Anthology Format

Tim Callahan’s recent “When Worlds Collide” column has me thinking about anthologies.

comic-book-cover-x-men-peel-and-stick-comic-book-cover-900x1286Racial Utopia in X-Men

When he created the X-Men, Charles Xavier’s primary mission, in the short term, was to create a safe haven for mutants. In the long term, his goal was to create a perceived perfect world where… [more]

Roscow MoscowAlan Moore’s Roscoe Moscow

The edition of Sounds magazine dated 31 March 1979 saw the publication of Alan Moore’s first instalment of Roscoe Moscow in “Who Killed Rock n’ Roll?” Unlike Maxwell the Magic Cat, which is largely composed of self-contained joke strips, Roscoe… [more]

Maxwell the Magic CatAlan Moore’s Maxwell the Magic Cat

Maxwell the Magic Cat was both written and drawn by Moore, and this strip, along with those he drew and co-wrote with Steve Moore for Sounds magazine, would support Alan and his family financially, allowing… [more]

WizardWorld Chicago 2007WizardWorld Chicago ’07: How They Made a World

Father’s Day is a sacred date when fathers can suspend their tool belts on racks and kick up their feet. It is a celebration, and a thank you, for all the things our fathers do… [more]

Batman #667Batman #667: Bringing 1950s Characters into the Present

Eight months ago, in a Wizard Universe article / interview, we read the following words:

Green_Arrow_13The Fate of an Archer!

“Oh, he’s fast, the archer is! Fast hands, fast feet…yes, and a bit angry, too! His is an independent soul—he’s pioneer material, like Wild Bill and Wyatt, he’s not about to be pushed—by anyone!” —Green… [more]

mckean-cages-tpOn Dave McKean’s Cages

If he was only ever known for his famous run of 75 cover collages for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Dave McKean would still be an important name in comics. These groundbreaking works introduced McKean’s inventive, mixed-media… [more]

coward-03-1Criminal Motivation

Crime, as simply defined by Wikipedia: 1. An action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally… [more]

ParadiseLostSatanThe Greatest Villain of All Time

He is portrayed in one form or another in all mythological writing, classic literature, movies, television, and even comic books. He appears in Marvel Comics as Mephisto. He plagues the DC Universe as Lucifer Morningstar.… [more]

from Superman Returns Prequel #3, page 15Superman Returns Prequel #3: Lex Luthor

How did Lex meet that girl Kitty anyway? Or that widow Gertrude? And what exactly was he up to for five years?

Superman Returns Prequel #2 page 9Superman Returns Prequel #2: Ma Kent

Previously, I introduced the Superman Returns prequel comics and examined the first issue in some detail, paying particular attention to how it changed things from Donner’s 1978 original. This time, we’ll continue on to the second… [more]

from Superman Returns Prequel #1, page 12The Superman Returns Prequel Comics

In a major coup for the publisher, DC Comics announced in early 2006 that it would, in June 2006, be publishing a four-issue mini-series prequel to the then-upcoming Superman Returns.

GenshikenIntroducing Genshiken

Otaku[1] is the Japanese equivalent of “fanboy.” My run-ins with the subject of fanboys in American comics have been limited to short pieces in Evan Dorkin’s Dork, Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier’s perennially funny mini–series Fanboy,… [more]

Firestorm #20 (Feb 2006)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: Firestorm in Space

Besides being featured on a few pages in Infinite Crisis, Donna’s group starred in five issues once they took off into space on New Cronus.