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“Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6”

By | Apr 3, 2019 | Longform, Reviews

Batman’s ongoing crusade against crime took some very strange twists and turns during Grant Morrison’s epic seven year stint on the character. And though Morrison’s run revealed several startling and bizarre moments (from Batman removing his own teeth at Bat-Mite’s suggestion, to the possibility that Thomas Wayne had actually paid a hitman to murder Martha […]

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Should DC Cull its Publishing Line?

By | Feb 19, 2019 | Longform

Bleeding Cool has been reporting lately that DC is looking to bring its number of comics published each month down. In December, they published just 52 single issues (yes, really – 52), their lowest number since 1991. While this is an anomaly caused by not shipping their standard fourth week titles due to Christmas, DC […]

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In Memoriam: Carlos Ezquerra; 1947-2018

By | Dec 27, 2018 | Longform

The thing about Carlos Ezquerra’s designs is that they shouldn’t work. Just look at Judge Dredd, with the dozens of little details that compose his uniform, all the bits and pieces of armor, the ornate eagle on shoulder, the badge and the chain, the little X on the visor…. And even more counterintuitively is that […]

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The Webcomics Vacuum

By | Sep 4, 2018 | Longform

Comic readers, comic lovers, we’ve got to talk about something. For too long there has been a subset of comics that has been largely ignored by the wider comic review and journalism community. Not necessarily for lack of trying, it’s simply an unwieldy, decentralized branch of this medium we all love. There are no publishing […]

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Beyond Wakanda: Marvel’s Other International Heroes

By | May 22, 2018 | Longform

Earlier this month, it was widely reported Marvel and Chinese company NetEase’s webcomics, “Warriors of Three Sovereigns” and “Cyclone,” would star the Marvel Universe’s first Chinese superheroes. While they certainly feature Marvel’s first manhua heroes, that isn’t true from an in-universe perspective: Marvel Comics have introduced plenty of Chinese and other international do-gooders over the […]

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What Can You Build From Batman?

By | May 15, 2018 | Longform

As we say farewell to James Tynion IV and co.’s “Detective Comics,” the last issue of which releases next week, I’m left wondering: “Where does the idea of Batman go from here?” I’m not wondering about Batman himself. Bruce will do what Bruce does. He’ll patrol Gotham, fight crime, and do other Batman things. (Also, I […]

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Marvel TV: Who Survives Infinity War?

By | May 8, 2018 | Longform

Before anything else, let me preface this with a very large SPOILER warning. If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War yet, this will be discussing the final minutes. (Of course, the Internet already spoiled that with memes about three days after the movie came out, so that might be a moot point.) At the end […]

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“What Will You Have After 500 Years?” A Look Back at “Invincible” and How I Got into Comics

By | Apr 10, 2018 | Longform

With the final issue of “Invincible” having come out earlier this year, and the final trade paperback being released a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to look back on the series. “Invincible” is, without hyperbole, the reason that I read comics. Like many things that people find in their early adolescence, “Invincible” shaped my […]

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Fourth World Problems

By | Apr 3, 2018 | Longform

The New Gods are having a moment. Tom King and Mitch Gerads’s “Mister Miracle” 12-issue maxi series is a critical success, and perhaps not inconsequentially, DC Entertainment recently enlisted filmmaker Ava DuVernay to adapt Jack Kirby’s creations for the silver screen. In some ways, Ms. DuVernay is in an unenviable position as The Fourth World, […]

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Looking Back on Superman: The Animated Series

By | Apr 2, 2018 | Longform

Recently I spent the last month re-watching Superman: The Animated Series with my kids. It was a pleasant departure from our typical Disney themed watching habits and a welcomed return to an animated favorite from my youth. For many of us growing older with comics can become an interesting transition. Time becomes precious, and thus […]

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Why I Quit Marvel

By | Mar 21, 2018 | Longform

I’ve seen a lot of frustration aimed at Marvel the last few years and the general consensus seems to be that their comics have been falling in quality. I can be counted as one of their lapsed readers, although I seldom see the cause of my defection shared by others. How I got started with […]

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