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Doom 4Doomsday, the 90′s, and Comic Book Innocence

Superman dies in Lois’ arms in the denouement of “Superman” no. 75 (1992) by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding. Source: https://comicbookclog.com/2015/06/05/comic-book-classics-revisited-the-death-of-superman-part-7/ The fall For a brief moment in the autumn of 1992, the Doomsday monster had… [more]

tumblr_inline_o54vrc1zae1s0l5ze_540“Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps, Cross-eyed Mosquitoes and Bowlegged Ants…” Loving That Joker… But Which One?

I love The Joker. However I’m not oblivious to how problematic that kind of admiration can be. Recently I have had cause to reflect on this even more. Particularly in light of two things. The… [more]

batgirlvariantFrom Batgirl to Comicgate?: The Variant Cover Controversy

The Joker would be proud. On 13 March, DC Comics unveiled a set of variant covers for title due to be published in June. To mark the 75th anniversary of Batman’s archenemy, each of the… [more]

Batman-The Killing JokeThe Super-Heroics of Frank Miller and Alan Moore, Part 6

The Tragic Villains of Miller and Moore Moore and Miller’s approach to writing is always comparable and yet vastly different. Miller is hard-boiled crime writer and Moore delves deep into culture and vast concepts with… [more]

Barmejo's clown, a major infuence for Ledger's look 1Theorizing about the Joker in All Seriousness

And it’s not that easy. One thing becomes clear as I go about snooping on the Man Who Laughs – you cannot quite ‘come to know’ the Joker. You can read about him, theorise all… [more]

banned-comicsBanned Books Week 2014 Features Comics

This year for Banned Books Week, always an important week for libraries and literature awareness, the focus will be on comics. By encouraging people to choose and read a book that has been challenged, somewhere… [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]

batman joker silhouettes 08Right, Wrong, and In Between: The Killing Joke

I don’t believe in right and wrong. That may sound strange, from a Batman fan; especially strange in the context of The Killing Joke, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s prestige-format, psychological and physical showdown between… [more]

Fatman on BatmanKevin Smith Discusses Sequart’s And the Universe So Big

On Kevin Smith’s new episode of his Fatman on Batman podcast, he opens by recapping the controversy over the previous episode’s discussion with Grant Morrison on Batman: The Killing Joke‘s ending. Smith also discusses Julian Darius’s… [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]

joke1That’s Not Funny: Alan Moore’s Tragic Joker

The ’80s for comics is something akin to the British Invasion. American Rock-and-Roll saw a exponential boost in popularity when British acts invaded the already well-established scene, bringing with them unique stylistic influences that would… [more]

And the Universe so Big: Understanding Batman: The Killing JokeAnnouncing Sequart’s Singles Program

Sequart Research & Literacy Organization is proud to announce its new singles program with three new releases. Sequart singles are short books — under 100 pages. They’re bite-sized bunches of comics criticism, yet long enough… [more]

The Killing Joke 7Meet the Magus, Part 7: Dualism and the Dark Side in Batman: The Killing Joke

For fans, many of the works that Alan Moore produced for DC carry the shadow of later acrimony between the author and publisher

Dramatic storytelling or violent misogyny? You decide. Panel from Batman: The Killing Joke. Copyright DC Comics.Adding Insult to Injury

As a comic book character, Batgirl only really took flight once she became permanently grounded.  

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?

The_Joker_by_jossielaraThe Good, the Bad, and the Fugly: Comic Books and Duality

We have explored costumed comic book heroes and villains, dancing out the eternal ballet of good versus evil. Their world is black and white. Batman will forever be at odds with the Joker, the pendulum… [more]