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batman joker silhouettes 08Fear And The Batman: An Examination Of The Role That Horror Plays In The World Of The Dark Knight

A band of thieving criminals flee to a cornered alleyway, running from the stalking specter descending upon them. As they run they turn around a sharp corner and stumble into a dead end where they… [more]

GL_OMNI_V3Super Karate Monkey Death Car: Geoff Johns and the DC Universe

It’s true, pobody’s nerfect.  We live with our foibles and imperfections, our biases and misconceptions, and hope that they don’t cause too many problems for ourselves or those around us.  The human failing that most… [more]

Batman Earth One Vol 2“If it Ain’t Broke …”: Revisionist Missteps in Batman: Earth One

Three weeks ago, while discussing the Superman: Earth One series of graphic novels, I mentioned in passing that I “didn’t care” for the Earth One Batman series.  Now as far as Internet critiques go, saying… [more]

character_bio_576_aquamanThe Aquaman Environment Factor

It has been a good few years for Aquaman. Ever since 2009, he has been treated like one of the most intimidating badasses in the DC Universe, reinvigorating his comic book reputation. While being penned… [more]

dc-new-52-shazam-captain-marvelShazam Design

Whenever the phrases “we removed the circus strongman elements of his costume” or “the emotional journey of this troubled teenager” get used in an interview about a character’s redesign, I have to admit I get… [more]

justiceleague4intA “Redundant” Justice League: An Analysis of DC’s New 52 in Light of Umberto Eco’s Theory of Narrative Redundancy

It can be argued that Justice League, the flagship title of DC’s “New 52,” is predominantly a narrative of images.

Aquaman #1 image 5On Aquaman #1, by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis

It seems that Geoff Johns isn’t writing scripts anymore so much as lists. And after the fashion of the unassimilable tourist abroad, who believes that the folks around him will understand what he’s saying if… [more]

Action Comics #1, top of page 9Not Your Daddy’s Superman: How Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #1 Works

Having slammed Justice League #1 so severely in the last week, I feel as if I’d be remiss not to point out how excellent Action Comics #1 is and how it gets right virtually everything… [more]

Captain Picard facepalmHollow Spectacle (or How Super-Hero Comics Warped My Logic Circuit)

There’s nothing wrong with spectacle. Even, I’d argue, for its own sake. Hell, it used to be its own genre of Hollywood movie (e.g. Cleopatra and more recently Gladiator)! But there’s good and bad spectacle,… [more]

Justice League #1, top of page 4How Not to Relaunch a Universe: A Negative Review of Justice League #1

How bad is Justice League #1, written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Jim Lee? It’s virtually a road map for how not to write super-hero comics.

NekronHeroes Crying at Graveyards: Transforming Killing into Kidnapping in Blackest Night

Death can often be tragic, if not inexplicable. The sixteen year old in peak physical shape who dies of a coronary on the field. A mom crossing the street, struck down by falling debris from… [more]

Justice Society of America #10Erasing the Justice Society

In the continuity of DC’s relaunches, Superman will reportedly be the first super-hero. This implies that the Justice Society will have been wiped from continuity, and that seems to be DC’s current plan. This isn’t… [more]

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.

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]

reis_sinestro_corps1Comics, Continuity, and Complexity

Recently, I caught up on Warren Ellis’s Nextwave and Geoff Johns’s recent Green Lantern run through Blackest Night. The two works are polar opposites in terms of approaches to comics; one a continuity-laden, multi-year saga… [more]

All Star Superman #1Why the World Needs a Superman

A professor at my school has started buying comics for his son, and he asked me to suggest some titles. He had purchased a few issues of Morrison’s Batman and a few of Levitz’s new Legion… [more]

Countdown_Teaser_2The Countdown Begins

After the final installment of the hit weekly series 52, DC immediately unveiled their next periodical event: Countdown. The secret is already out, well, at least officially within the pages of the DC Universe. The… [more]

superman-2-poster01The Slow, Donnerward Spiral pt. 2 (or, Stories of a Hollywood Retcon)

Hello again, my minions, and welcome to a new edition of Tact is for the Weak, the column that still believes Rumsfeld was behind 9/11. As many of you know, director Richard Donner (of “The… [more]

strangerWeek 14: Alterations

WHO DIES IN WEEK 15?! This isn’t the theory of the week, rather a small thought or two on who dies next week. “Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid; Breakdowns by… [more]

one year laterWhat a Difference a Year Makes #1

Greetings, and welcome to what I hope to be the first of many articles in this series. As the title implies, I will be discussing the events surrounding DC’s “One Year Later” (OYL). The events… [more]

488_mediumReviews from the Hold Box

Welcome back to Reviews from the Hold Box. Each week, I look at what was in my hold box at my local comics shop. Good or bad, I’ll let you know what I thought of… [more]

JSA Classified #1 alternate cover by Adam Hughes, sans titles and indicia.Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: “PowerTrip”

We’ve previously examined the convoluted history of Power Girl. We now turn to Geoff Johns’s revamping of Power Girl’s origin in the pages of JSA Classified, which in turn led directly into Power Girl’s appearance in Infinite… [more]

250px-1_Year_Later_BulletAbsurdity of the Crossover (or, One Year Later: OY)

Greetings, my brothers and sisters! It’s time for another heaping helping of Tact is for the Weak, the column your girlfriend wishes you could be! A little over twenty years ago, a cosmic event was… [more]

16Whatever Happened to Big Brother? (or, Tactless V. America pt. 1)

Welcome, one and all! It’s time to once again indulge in the great wonders of Tact is for the Weak, the article that won’t take no shit from nobody! There comes a time in a… [more]

green-lantern-rebirthOh, no! I’m Late! (or, Daddy’s Girl’s Worst Day Ever)

Rise and shine, sleepyhead; it’s time for Tact is for the Weak, the article that gives out laxative fudge for Halloween! Last week, I concluded my article with a plea for you, the comics fans,… [more]