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The Man of Steel (2013)Why Opposing “Dark Realism” is a Straw Man Argument

For years now, I’ve heard people complain about how it’s time that super-heroes weren’t so dark and realistic. I’ve heard this relentlessly about super-hero comics, but I’ve also heard it about super-hero movies. Most recently,… [more]

Comic Book Guy from The SimpsonsWhy Comics Have Failed to Achieve Real Respect

It might superficially seem as if comics have finally achieved respect. They’re covered by the mainstream press. They’re increasingly taught in colleges. Their adaptations account for a huge percentage of Hollywood blockbusters. Hey, even nerd… [more]

Superman Annual #11 (1985)Sex and “The Man who Has Everything”

Long before Alan Moore delved into literary pornography with Lost Girls, he was infusing his work with a broad understanding of human sexuality as natural. And this wasn’t limited to auteur projects like Lost Girls… [more]

Superman- The Wedding Album #1 (Dec 1996)Undoing Super-Hero Marriages: The Failure of the Writerly Imagination

With the news that Superman and Lois Lane will no longer be married after DC’s relaunch, super-hero comics have said loudly and clearly: they hate their characters being married because it makes for less drama.

Or can All-Star Superman point to the future of the genre?Roundtable on Current Super-Hero Comics, the Problem of Nostalgia, and the Genre’s Future

Depending on whom you ask, current super-hero comics are either sub-competent exercises in nostalgia or exciting, dynamic explorations of heroism, adapted for contemporary times.

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]

digital comicOn Digital Comics Distribution

We all know it’s the future. We all know we’re behind the gun. Playing catch up. And scared. But we’ve been here before.