Category: DC Comics

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The 90s were an interesting time. I was young then, finding my first taste of comics through the television each Saturday morning. Later I would discover the nearly laughable pains that Marvel went through to replicate the Jim Lee era X-Men comics, but little did I know, at the time, that things in the world of Batman were very different from what I knew. As the first season of Batman: The Animated Series came to a close, the role of Batman passed to a young man named Jean-Paul Valley in the second act of DC’s mammoth Knightfall storyline.

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Review: Green Lantern #27

Green Lantern 27

With this issue we’ve taken our first true steps into the next era of the Green Lantern Corps. Though some are still reeling from Relic’s attacks, there’s no time to fixate on past battles or even reconstruction anymore. Once again the Corps finds itself at the brink of war and it doesn’t look like they can avoid it. Continue reading

Review: Aquaman #26

Aquaman 26

As part of a rare breed of comic nerd, I will happily take any opportunity to proclaim my love for Aquaman. Sure, the world thinks he’s the worst member of the Justice League, but Aquaman’s awesome, capable of all the depth and power of the sea itself.

So I was torn when the New 52 launched the first new Aquaman comic in years. On one hand, I was particularly tired of Geoff Johns’ style of storytelling at the time and his villains bored me to death. On the other, here was a writer who not only loved and understood Aquaman but propelled him to the top of the sales charts. For the first time, the word got out that it’s ok to like Aquaman. That’s why I felt so weird dropping the series.

I may go back and read it in trade (the way it was meant to be read), but with a tight comics budget, I just couldn’t justify picking it up every month. Perhaps, I thought, I’ll return to Aquaman someday, some day when the currents change.

Well that day is today.
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Lex Luthor 1

I personally find the Lex Luthor of the past fifteen years to be one of the most fascinating characters in DC’s stable. Despite this, his older incarnations barely show up on my radar, very much taking the case-by-case route. These two versions of Lex, the self-appointed messiah and the mad scientist, have been at war of late and I very nearly didn’t pick this issue up for fear of stretching my wallet just before a Con.

Which Luthor will you find inside? I’m afraid it’s not as clear-cut as one might think, but come in and I’ll tell you why I’m happy I invested in Mr. Luthor. You’re welcome not to, but I can’t be held responsible if something…unfortunate happens. Continue reading

Two Face 1

Despite becoming Batman’s number two villain over the past twenty years, Two-Face is still a character who runs the gamut in terms of writing quality. Perhaps he flips a coin. With Villain’s Month starting, Harvey Dent has his first real spotlight in the New 52 since the hastily forgotten Detective Comics backups from the reboot’s first year. How will the coin judge this issue? Read on to find out.

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Review: Wonder Woman #23

Wonder Woman 23

Brian Azzarello’s tenure on Wonder Woman has been a controversial and complex one, and as the title completes its second year it shows no signs of stopping.

What has he done this time? Is it worth seeing for myself? Will I fall asleep atop a stack of tear-stained Greg Rucka trades tonight? The answers to all that and more within. Continue reading

Li'l Gotham 5

Though I’ve been excited about the concept for a long time and other readers have had the pleasure of reading online, over the past five months I’ve had the distinct pleasure of getting to know the denizens of Dustin Nguyen’s Li’l Gotham. Readers still mourning the loss of the post-crisis DCU have a haven here, not only in name but in tone. Gorgeous art and adorable writing make Li’l Gotham a standout among DC’s offerings, but success comes with its own perils.

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Aquaman Time and Tide 1

One of DC’s four Golden Age heroes to survive to the modern-day, Aquaman is undoubtedly the one that gets the worst rap. The legacy of the Superfriends remains strong and most people still think of him as a joke. But for all the bad press he gets, Aquaman has endured for over seventy years, often well received even during periods that his Justice League comrades would rather forget.

In the mid-nineties, DC was chasing the dark and gritty trend. Superman died, Batman was broken, Wonder Woman replaced, the Green Lantern fell from grace, Wonder Woman flipped burgers, the Titans fell apart, and Wonder Woman received many a wedgie. And though Aquaman was hardly immune to the fashion of the day, quite appropriately, he found a way to swim with the current.

While Batman was bogged down in an endless series of crossovers and Superman wandered through every hairstyle, color scheme, and state of being that the writers could think to give him, Aquaman was given to Peter David, who began the longest run of Aquaman comics to date.

Today we’ll start examining the second underwater mini-series that David penned, and the first to feature Aquaman in a starring role: Time and Tide.

In short, if you thought Geoff Johns was the first one to make Aquaman cool, it’s about time you took a look at the history of Atlantis. Continue reading

Review: Batman Annual #2

Batman Annual 2

Batman Annual #2 takes a moment to stop and consider Gotham City’s most famous institution, Arkham Asylum. Though Scott Snyder is there in spirit and to help with the plotting, the writing falls to one of his students, Marguerite Bennett (should it concern us that the guy with an uncanny knack for writing Batman seems to be collecting younger protégés?).

While many of us (read: I) wish we could be in her shoes, writing an annual is a big responsibility – especially for DC’s biggest name. How does Bennett fare on her first step into madness? Read on to find out.

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WW Poster

Lately I’ve noticed a trend in many of the blogs and writers I follow. In the last few weeks, and especially since SDCC, I’ve heard a number of complaints from some very smart people about the insistence that Wonder Woman is a tricky or difficult character to bring to the screen.

I actually agree with this. I think that Wonder Woman’s profile actually hurts her chances of receiving a movie. After all, the average movie-goer knows surprisingly little about her, and yet she’s so famous that she has to sell tickets (and therefore is unlikely to buck hollywood trends). Likewise, she has the entirety of the feminist movement on her shoulders. Women as a whole are subjected to such high and conflicting standards in our society, and Wonder Woman’s struggle to find her way to the box office mirrors this perfectly.

But, I’m just one person. In fact, I am a male person. What’s more, I’m a male person who, while he generally likes Wonder Woman comics, isn’t a die-hard fan of the character like many of those disagreeing with me are. So, on Saturday, I decided to put my money where my mouth was and see how hard it would be to write a treatment for a Wonder Woman movie.

I still strongly advocate for a Justice League movie starring Diana, but if Wondy were to have her own stand-alone picture, I would do it like this:

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