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That’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]

1986: The British Invasion, Part 1 — Grant Morrison in 1986: Batman

As shown in previous installments, in the mid-1980s there were notable late works by two of the leading members of the founding generation of comic book professionals, Will Eisner and Jack Kirby. This period is… [more]

What Damian Wayne Says about Adult Comic Fans

A few days ago, one of my friends from work was telling me about a particularly attractive girl that he knew from his other job. I know, this isn’t a terribly interesting way to start… [more]

On the Limits of Adaptation or What Can We Get Out of The Dark Knight Returns Movie?

The year 2012 brought with it something Batman fans, and comics fans in general, have been expecting for years; a large production from distinguished creators starring some well-beloved actors. I am talking, of course, about… [more]

What Makes for a Great Joker Story: In Defense of Batman #17

Recently, I wrote a review on Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #17—the much-anticipated finale for the “Death of the Family” story arc, and I gave it a solid “10.” (I’ll spare the details as… [more]

That Cowardly and Superstitious Batman, That Heartlessly Persecuted Joker: On Batman #17

Well, why doesn’t the Batman simply kill the Joker? You’d think the answer would be obvious. Yet fans the blogosphere over appear quite flummoxed, if not dangerously apoplectic, about the matter. The Joker can’t be… [more]

Batman: The Freudian Super-Hero

“I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman.” That one is quite possibly one of the most iconic lines from any comic book related medium and is quite possibly the best demonstration of… [more]

Gotta Loeb Batman: Batman and Synergy in Hush

Jeph Loeb is the quintessential Batman writer, and one is not bereft of evidence for such a claim. His two most recognized works, Batman: The Long Halloween, and the anticipated sequel, Batman: Dark Victory, embodied… [more]

Yellow Capes and Nondescript Domino Masks: Examining the Recently Enhanced Value of the Sidekick

One of the most known comic book conventions is the insertion of a sidekick into the main character’s plot.

Deconstructing Death and Vigilantism: A Dark Knight Eulogy

Death is not welcomed in DC, but occasionally, and fortunately, an opportunity arises to talk about death and its greater significance in the DC timeline.

No John Blake for Justice League, Please

A few days ago, some friends and I were embroiled in a discussion about the rumors surrounding the new Justice League movie. This is the film that Warner Bros. and DC have been talking about… [more]

Baby Mama Drama: The Feminist Changes in Talia al Ghul

For years, the character of Talia Al Ghul was essentially Batman’s version of a Bond-girl.

Shoot First, Shoot Second, Shoot a Bit More, and then Stab Somebody: The Jason Todd Investigative Methodology

Of all the wards that Bruce Wayne took into his home as the sidekick Robin, the most hated would almost unanimously be Jason Todd.

Bromancing: the Extracurricular Partnership and Relationship of Batman and Superman

The last son of Krypton is alone.

Critiquing the Robins of the New 52

It’s Saturday, Halloween weekend in New York City, and I’ve elected to stay inside all day and write about super-heroes.

Three Surrogate Wise Men: The Father Figures of the Batman

Many of our comic book heroes are orphans.

The New 52: A Year in Review

When I opened Action Comics #1 and saw Superman, I was stunned.

Who’s Your Daddy: Examining the Parental Relationship Between Bruce and Damian Wayne

Very few of our comic book heroes have real biological families.

The Trouble With a Mask

“The trouble with a mask is it never changes.” – Charles Bukowski

Oh, Brother, I Hate Your Guts: The Use of the Brother Versus Brother Motif in Comics

Comic books, like all other forms of literary mediums, use a few different literary devices to stimulate our interest.

Young Romance

If there’s been one thing on my mind lately, it’s love.

Thoughts on the Animated Batman: Gotham Knight

Since I’ve written about Batman Begins, I thought it might be nice to write about its follow-up. No, not The Dark Knight. Chronologically, Batman Begins is followed by Batman: Gotham Knight, a made-for-video collection of six… [more]

Bill Finger, Batman, and the Future of America

New York City, 1938. A young cartoonist named Bob Kane is attending a party where he serendipitously crosses paths with a fellow Dewitt Clinton High School alumni by the name of Bill Finger. Kane had… [more]

Why We Still Need Heroes

I am not sure how I stumbled across it, as I was so appalled by its content that I chose to quickly navigate away from it in disgust

Meet 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