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Tuesday, November 15 2011

Missing Persons: A Second Chance at Superman

At it's heart, DC's New 52 is all about re-introducing characters that in many senses have gone missing over the course of their publication history. In this edition of The Iconographies, Superman, and how he is being reclaimed both now and "five years ago".


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Monday, December 12 2011

Red Lantern Mosaic: Milligan's Mastery of a Complex Emotional Palette

It's a book based on a single premise, and a single emotion... rage. But writer Peter Milligan surpasses all expectation in crafting Red Lanterns as a story of deep emotional complexity.


Sunday, November 27 2011

The Evolution of the Thinking Man in 'Captain Atom'

Ancient philosopher-king, detached god-complex egoist or superhero here to the save the day? J.T. Krul offers a profound new vision of classic DC science-hero, Captain Atom.


Sunday, November 13 2011

The Tragic Hero in "Penguin: Pain and Prejudice"

In the beautiful, lovingly-realized world of Penguin: Pain and Prejudice writer Gregg Hurwitz and artist Szymon Kudranski unfold a Batman that is little more than a bully and a Penguin who heroically rises above the perpetual torment of his childhood.


Tuesday, October 25 2011

Un-Calendar Girls: Swierczynski, Saiz and the Real Women of "Birds of Prey"

Strong characterization and needing to escape a criminal history are just two of the elements that distinguish Duane Swierczynski's Birds of Prey as a superb (and incidentally) feminist drama.


Sunday, October 16 2011

OMAC #2 illustrates what can be achieved when the bar is lowered

Near the beginning of OMAC #2, a minor character named Sarge Steel spars against three training robots that he’s probably fought countless times before. He defeats them easily, but he isn’t proud. Instead, he poses a question, which seems an appropriate sentiment for this review. “C’mon, this the best we can do?”


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