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wp_ss_20170912_0005 (2)Dark Days, Dark Nights and Taking DC Continuity to the Nth Degree

Thirty two years ago DC attempted to bring order to their continuity through the process of subtraction. Thus was born Crisis On Infinite Earths. Ever since then however DC has constantly attempted to bring back… [more]

2763121-justl_cv4_asdjkhf69s87dafkwlqBelieve the Aquaman: Why the King of Atlantis is the Real Deal

If you consider yourself familiar with comic’s most popular super heroes than you are capable of identifying those that are considered the best: Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and… [more]

aquaman-41cvr2-2--135687DC Continues to Revamp Superhero Looks

Last month, DC revealed new costumes for beloved characters Superman, Batman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman. This is a continuation of DC’s 2011 the New 52 revamping of its characters and… [more]

Bst7rv7CAAAn15W.0_standard_640.0The Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics

Diversity has always been a problem in comics. In the early days, minorities were nigh invisible, and women were usually relegated to romantic interests/damsels in distress. In the modern era, however, DC and Marvel have… [more]

Old school Barry 3Identity Crisis: How Iconism Hurts DC’s Characters

Most of everyone knows, especially through the hit TV show, that Barry Allen is the Flash. And he is. But he isn’t the Flash. For an entire generation, Wally West was the Flash. After 1986’s… [more]

12512207Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Fourteen

After the original OMAC series ended with a literal—if too-goddamn-tidy-for-its-own-good—bang in 1975, all was quiet in “The World That’s Coming!” for a couple of years, but one should never underestimate DC’s ability to milk a… [more]

JUSTL_Cv40_1_25_var (1)DC is Re-Branding (or De-Branding) Its Universe. So What?

Note: This is a “companion editorial”—of sorts—to the “Marvel Is Rebooting Its Universe. So What?” piece I wrote for Sequat on Wednesday, January 21st. Apparently there’s something of a PR war going on between the… [more]

articlethumbAbout Face: Character and Portrayal in Snyder’s Batman

DC’s decision to essentially relaunch and, therefore, reboot its output three years ago met with as much praise as it did criticism. Despite proceeding in the wake of Grant Morrison’s seven year labyrinthine run, one… [more]

Batgirl 035Hipster in Gotham: A Review of Batgirl #35

One of the biggest problems with a character like Batgirl is that she can’t grow up. Since DC Comics already has a Batwoman, it’s not like Batgirl can graduate and mature. Due to the nature… [more]

Image4As Human as You Want to Be: A Review of Charles Soule’s Swamp Thing: Seeder

It’s an obvious pun when the subtitle here is “Seeder”, but Charles Soule’s first Swamp Thing book is such a scattershot of ideas and beginnings that it’s like he’s planting the seeds of larger storylines… [more]

Nightwing #30 cover artEndings & Beginnings: A Review of Nightwing #30

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Harley Quinn 2Harley Quinn #2 Review

They say never judge a book by its cover, and yet comic books in some sense urge us to do so. Comic book covers are in essence what hook many of us into purchasing a… [more]

Flash EndWally West to Make His Return in DC’s New 52

DC Comics is looking to make 2014 a year that counts for their swiftest hero, the Flash. A TV series is on the launch pad at the CW, and a new creative team is lined… [more]

Harley and DogHarley Quinn #1 Review

With last month’s zero issue restoring my – and no doubt many other people’s – faith in the Harley Quinn character, as presented in DC’s new continuity, this month’s issue was eagerly anticipated. And it… [more]

1Scott Snyder: Then and Now

I was slow to the Scott Snyder game, I’ll admit it. Back when the hyper popular writer started Batman I was only vaguely aware of his existence. As his run continued I started to read… [more]

action-comics-12Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #12

Captain Comet has invaded Superman’s mind and created a false history that secretly reveals Clark’s desires (and also what most fans would probably want from the hero). Ma and Pa Kent wave their son goodbye… [more]

AC_Cv11Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #11

The construction motif returns on page one of this issue as Metalek attacks Metropolis and destroys a tenement building in the process. Metalek is an artificial intelligence that looks like construction equipment and was first… [more]

Action_Comics_Vol_2-10_Cover-1Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #10

After taking an issue off to visit Earth 23 and President Superman, Morrison returns the narrative back to Maxim Zarov (also known as Nimrod the Hunter) who was last seen killing a T-Rex at the… [more]

Action 9Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #9

After completing the first arc on Action Comics, Morrison spends one issue in the alternate universe of Earth-23 where Superman is not only black, but also the President of the United States. President Superman had… [more]

Colloquium logoColloquium #1: Blood’s Blood — Brian Azzarello on Wonder Woman

In the debut episode, Markisan interviews Eisner-Award winning writer Brian Azzarello on how he has reinvented Wonder Woman and the Greek Gods for DC Comics’ New 52. (25:44)

Action 8Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #8

The issue begins inside the bottle city of Metropolis as Lex Luthor explains that he has no desire to be rescued by Superman and then tries rationalizing his alliance with the Collector as a plan… [more]

Action 7Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #7

After a two issue break, Superman is back to battle the Collector of Worlds and save Metropolis. Strapping an oxygen tank to his back, Superman is going to leap into space to reach the Collector… [more]

Action 6 variantHumanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #6

The Anti-Superman Army that was teased at the end of the previous issue appears at the beginning of this issue. It appears that the Dealmaker from the first issue (who has popped up a few… [more]

Action-Comics-5Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #5

Smack in the middle of the first story arc, the narrative shifts to the past for a tale about the rocket that brought baby Kal-El to Earth. Morrison promised in the supplemental material to issue… [more]

Action 4Humanity, Heroism, and Action: Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #4

While the first three issues of Grant Morrison’s Action Comics could never match up to the perfection of All-Star Superman, the series had established a slow, methodical unveiling of Superman’s mythology in a way that… [more]