LOVE this modern take on DC's Trinity! Also, where can I buy that Wondy jacket?
Big Blue fan or not, you need to read Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen’s "Superman: Secret Identity," a brilliant take on the Man of Steel.
Action Comics #5 Written by Grant Morrison Art by Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang, Brad Anderson, and Patrick Brosseau It’s the “New 52,” and the new Action Comics, and inevitably we revisit fall of Krypton. But how many ways can Krypton be annihilated? In Grant Morrison's take on Supes’ origin, he makes subtle tweaks to how... Continue Reading →
In the world of many superheroes, killing a villain is verboten. Theoretically, doing so would undermine their moral authority and blur the line between angels and demons — even if the target is a cold-blooded murderer with no remorse and a high recidivism rate. Better to break a few of the bad guy’s bones and... Continue Reading →
V. knows way more about Smallville than I do, but I was a fan of this show in its early days. Though poor Tom Welling has yet to don a cape, there have been some notable, full-costume appearances by major DC players. But since it's a TV show and not a big-screen blockbuster, Smallville has... Continue Reading →
Author's Note: If fan sentimentality of any kind repulses you, please avoid the following essay. The relationship between Batman and Superman has fascinated me since I was a kid. Equal parts bickering couple, friends, and teammates, they are quite a combo. Their surface differences are interesting enough — Clark's pastoral and idyllic upbringing (minus that... Continue Reading →
Many, many others have written about the genius of the original All-Star Superman, so the series doesn’t need my late stamp of approval. But while I fully expected to enjoy the story, I didn't anticipate just how much more I would appreciate Superman as a character after finishing them. I recently purchased the trades in a... Continue Reading →
Before I start making fun of Lois Lane’s attempts to understand the plight of my people in the early 1970s, I’ll say this much: A silly as Lois Lane #106 looks now, it was probably quite a powerful comic book when it first published, and I say it’s better to address racism awkwardly than not... Continue Reading →
Ann U.'s illustrations caught my eye the instant I spotted them on DeviantArt, and it led me to even more of her striking art posted on her Live Journal. I cannot resist the work of an artist with a gift for facial expressions and body language, and Ann's drawings radiate personality. The first piece that... Continue Reading →
If a picture says a thousand words, the World's Finest covers of yore are entire novels. Faulkner novels. As in, engrossing and deeply troubling. While this storied title was innocent, action-packed fun for generations of comic book-loving kids, things look very different when viewed from an adult perspective. It's like when you look at H.R.... Continue Reading →
The very handsome Brit Henry Cavill is the new cinema Superman, and for the life of me, I can't tell whether anyone cares. Too soon? It seems like we were just being introduced to Brandon Routh, who did a good job in a flawed movie, Superman Returns. I'm not all that excited about a reboot,... Continue Reading →
Superman #701 Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artists: Eddy Barrows, Rod Reis (colors) and J.P. Mayer (ink) Cover: John Cassaday and David Baron Letters: John J. Hill There’s nothing new about the similarities between Superman and a certain carpenter from Nazareth, but in some stories, the parallels are neon-sign obvious. Shortly after watching Superman Returns —... Continue Reading →
Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Writer: Alan Moore Pencils: Curt Swan Inkers: George Perez and Kurt Schaffenberger DC Comics Though I accept that Alan Moore is an exceptional and groundbreaking writer, I’ve often found his work difficult to love. However, when Moore’s “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” stories were reissued in... Continue Reading →
My LCS owner and I were doing our regular news-of-the-week chat when I started griping about the Earth One projects DC has planned for Superman and Batman. Gripe is probably too strong a word, because I'm a big fan of Gary Frank, who'll be illustrating the Batman arc. However, I said something about being annoyed... Continue Reading →