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Golden Age Wonder WomanSteel Sinews: Sex and the Super-Hero

There’s a moment in Cable and X-Force #5 where Dennis Hopeless’s script introduces some foreplay between mutants Colossus and Domino. Poor Piotr Rasputin has been experiencing some control issues recently as a result of being… [more]

Santa Claus Conquers the MartiansAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 4: But Alan Moore’s Not Wrong

Continued from Wednesday. When talking about how super-heroes have changed, we always have to beware of nostalgia. The good old days weren’t all that good, and we tend to remember the comics, television, and movies… [more]

Marvel Miracleman #1What Marvel’s Miracleman #1 Preview Pages Indicate

A few days ago, Marvel released a five-page preview of its Miracleman #1, scheduled for 15 January publication. Having opined on what Marvel should do editorially with the series (and as the author of the… [more]

Watchmen manipulationAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 3: Alan Moore Needs a Hug

Continued from yesterday. For a man who’s such an indisputable master of language, Moore seems to be surprisingly unconscious of how his own words reveal aspects of his character. If a fictional character said writers… [more]

Moore Vs. MorrisonAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 2: Moore Vs. Morrison, Round the 898th

Continued from yesterday. In some cases, Moore’s claims not to have read works which he goes on to criticize might be read as a case of feigned ignorance as a form of politeness. The specific… [more]

Alan Moore on The SimpsonsAlan Moore and Super-Heroes, Part 1: Promethea Didn’t Happen Now

Recently, Alan Moore’s made waves by criticizing the super-hero genre. Speaking with The Guardian, Moore said: I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they… [more]

Comics Studies ReaderComics Studies Making More Inroads into Academia

It was heartening to many people in the field of comics studies to see that, this week, the University of Oregon received a grant from a private donor to create a $200,000 endowment for their… [more]

Killing Joke ImageOriginal, More Explicit Artwork for The Killing Joke Surfaces

As originally reported by Bleeding Cool, Billy Hynes, a former employee of London’s Gosh Comics, tweeted a photo on Sunday that appeared to be a page of original art from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s… [more]

Fight Club soapWhy a Fight Club 2 Graphic Novel Could be a Game-Changer

In recent years, several high-profile novelists have turned to comics or allowed their work to be adapted. But Chuck Palahniuk doing so is something special, which just might actually lead to new comics readers — and… [more]

akira_iconicMy Big Brother’s Secret Japanese Cartoons: How Anime Addicted Me to Serial Narratives

I’m ten years old, and you’re already dead. Your head explodes, and leather cringes while boots crush bone and dust swirls around a strange haired man in the desert. Buildings lay like corpses, luxury liners… [more]

Alan MooreA Response to Alan Moore from an Emotional “Normal”

Alan Moore is not known for being shy with his opinions, especially when it comes to the cultural intersection of comics and society. For Moore, given his spiritual and philosophical beliefs, everything is radically connected… [more]

AppleApple’s Comic Double Standard

“…we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone.” — Steve Jobs Apple has taken a firm stance against pornographic content… [more]

Batkid Saves CityReflections on Batkid

It’s easy to be cynical. Especially about super-heroes, in an era when they dominate the box office and opening weekends are debated for years before they happen. And then something like this happens. On Friday… [more]

Alan MooreAlan Moore Turns 60 Today

Today is the 60th birthday of Alan Moore, one of the strongest, most creative and unique comic voices of the past three decades. I’m sure everyone can join in sending best wishes to him in… [more]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. posterThe Marvel Cinematic Universe is About to Become the Marvel TV Universe

One of the things that bugs me about franchises is that people rarely see them objectively, from a remove. The most fondly remembered installments overshadow everything else, even when “everything else” is the larger work.… [more]

Miracleman logoEditing Miracleman: How Marvel Can Do It Right

The long-awaited news has broken, over the weekend, that Marvel plans to finally move forward on its reprinting of Miracleman, beginning with Alan Moore’s issues, moving through Neil Gaiman’s, and culminating by allowing Gaiman and… [more]

4When Justice League Changed the World

Before there were comic books in my life, I was aware of the DC Universe solely through the alluring advances of Warner Bros Animation. Lately, the WB has been stepping up their line with a… [more]

killing joke -- hand pageOn Interpreting The Killing Joke’s Ending (and Authorial Intent)

For his podcast Fatman on Batman, Kevin Smith interviewed Grant Morrison, and Grant talked about how Batman kills the Joker at the end of Batman: The Killing Joke. Grant makes a good argument, citing textual… [more]

the final page of Batman: The Killing JokeJulian Darius on The Killing Joke

In this video, Julian Darius discusses his theory about what happens at the end of Batman: The Killing Joke. For more on Julian’s theory, check out the Bleeding Cool story on it. And of course, you… [more]

The Goon ChinatownConfessions of a Suburban Criminal or: How I Nearly Got Busted and Why I Blame Eric Powell

As I wheeled my Honda minivan into the parking lot of the Kustom Thrills Tattoo Studio, I didn’t realize I had a cop on my tail. I had come for the opening of Eric Powell’s… [more]

Man of Steel-SA Tale of Two Choices—Reflections on Man of Steel

Warning: If you somehow have managed to not see Man of Steel or had its controversial ending spoiled, turn away. In The Man of Steel from 2013, Superman faces a man that appears to be… [more]

your-latest-moody-superhero-the-wolverineThe Wolverine is a Cut Above the Rest

(Sorry about the headline. Low-hanging fruit.) A few months ago I sort of picked apart the trailer for The Wolverine and voiced my disappointment in the direction that they’d seemingly taken the movie in. I… [more]

WatchmenThoughts on Reviewing Comics

Every Wednesday, local comic shops and online retailers provide readers with a bevy of new comic book titles and issues.  Some superhero series take flight while others crash without rhyme or reason.  Some of us… [more]

superman-earthWhy the World Needs Superman

I look back on the things I’ve written occasionally and discover old parts of me that I can treasure and hold on to nostalgically. This is one of those pieces. What follows is the script… [more]

superwinkWhat it Means to Take Superheroes Seriously

It’s been a few weeks now, and I think that maybe, just maybe, comic book fandom is ready to talk about something else besides Man of Steel. Maybe. As expected, the movie turned out to be… [more]