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Truth, Justice, and Unprecedented Achievements: 'Action Comics #1000'

A major milestone 80 years in the making acts as a fitting reminder of how true icons endure.

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Meddling Progress in 'Wonder Woman #43'

The redemption of Donna Troy begins, but just barely.

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A New World of Wonder in 'Justice League Gods and Monsters -- Wonder Woman #1'

A new Wonder Woman explores a new world in a bold new way.

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To Embody a Darker Ideal in 'Justice League Gods and Monsters - Superman #1'

Taking a different path to become an icon with Hernan Guerra and not Clark Kent.

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Forging a New Batman in 'Justice League Gods and Monsters: Batman #1'

Making Kirk Langstrom a believable Batman... to an extent, in one of the trinity of prequel books to Justice League: Gods & Monsters.

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'Superman' and 'Superman II': What Is, and What Might Have Been

Superman and Superman II are two of the best films of their kind, but budget and time overruns necessitated a number of changes from the original vision.

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Trolling the Man of Steel: Superman #41

Superman #41 feels less like a blockbuster movie and more like a teaser trailer.

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A Giant-Sized Teaser in 'Justice League of America #1'

A triple-sized story that has limited substance, but a lot of style and even more potential.

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'Justice League #41' Chronicles a Catalyst of War

A war of dark secrets, epic scales, and everything in between.

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Why They Fight: A Brief History of Batman Battling Superman

Over the course of any relationship, especially ones that last three quarters of a century, there's bound to be some friction, some tension and some overall sour times.

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A Stiff Drink of Humility in 'Superman #40'

A drunk Superman is both entertaining and insightful.

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A Confluence of Conflicts in 'Convergence #1'

The arena for a multiversal clash is set, but lacks theatrics.

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Exposing Strengths and Weaknesses in 'Batman/Superman Annual #2'

Superman's strengths are once again explored, but his weaknesses tell the story.

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The High Art of Disownership in 'Death Sentence: London'

Death Sentence: London is quite possibly the most important work of 2015.

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Revealing Strengths and Vulnerabilities

Superman reveals his identity and spends a day without his powers, but he still finds a way to be a heroic ideal.

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The (Lost) Promise of Paradise: "Superman #36"

Superman faces a daunting challenge to his principles and ideals, but he ends up not having to confront it.

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Inspiration of an Ideal: "Superman Unchained #9"

Superman demonstrates his power to inspire in an appropriately effective ending to the series.

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Lofty Legacies: "Superman: Futures End #1"

An issue about carrying on a legacy, but for only some of the right reasons.

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War, Peace, and Hope: "Wonder Woman: Futures End #1"

When a proud warrior becomes hardened by war, and it reveals her true strength.

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Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1

An epic struggle that has all the right ingredients, but not enough of the most important one.

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Evil Defeats Evil: "Forever Evil #7"

Fighting evil with evil by being good, thereby serving evil.

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Doomed Concept: "Superman Doomed #1"

Superman faces one of his most daunting foes in a way that has limited potential.

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Super Anger Management: "Action Comics #30"

Undermining someone's principles is everyone's kryptonite.

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Deconstructing Superman's Philosophy: "Superman Unchained #6"

Superman confronts his greatest vulnerability and it isn't kryptonite.

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The Final Boss: "Batman/Superman #7"

Mongul thinks he can exploit gamers to defeat Batman and Superman. But what happens when the gamers start exploiting him?

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Satirical Muscle: "Batman/Superman #6"

Take a typical clash between two iconic heroes, add in some satire, and this is what you get.

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Superman / Wonder Woman #3

How does DC's power couple mature in their relationship in a way that's relatable?

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Forget the Brooding 'Man of Steel', Here Are Five Ways to Have Fun with a Lighter, Brighter Superman

Man of Steel was more concerned with surly brooding than Superman's more endearing traits. I think we (and Superman) should lighten up.

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The First Book Wholly Devoted to Superman’s Creators Is a Thorough and Thrilling Read

Super Boys reminds us for the ages that the values we still find compelling about Superman were instilled at birth, by two guys from a metropolis known as Cleveland.

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Why Superman Fails As a Video Game Character

A test of Superman is a test of selflessness and our expectations of a being that is completely selfless, despite his omnipotence. And, perhaps, selfless behaviors are just not that much fun to enact. Who wants responsibility to others to exclusively motivate play?

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Superman and the War Against Anachronism

The impulse is to "update" Superman, to make him "relevant". But what could be more deadening than making an enduring cultural icon "relevant" to passing trends?

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The Divine Spark That Became 'Superman''

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster caught lightning in a bottle. One good idea turned their lives around. Then, it turned their lives upside down.

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Meet the New DC, Same as the Old DC: 'DC Comics: The New 52'

Everything, from artistic competence to the price point, has risen since the '90s. All that’s missing are the embossed holofoil covers and polybags.

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And Action…: The Grant Morrison Exclusive, Act 2

In a time when the novelty of DC's company-wide reboot seems to push writers in the direction of a ground-up redesign of their characters, Grant Morrison does the unexpected with the original superhero. PopMatters presents Grant Morrison, and his thoughts on Action.

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It's All About Putting on Appearances for 'Superman #1'

It’s ironic that in Superman #1 a main character who, for decades, has struggled with ways to stay relevant and fresh to younger audiences, is the one who resents it the most.

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Is It Just Us?

Imagine a weird ending to Back to the Future where Doc Brown never shows up and Marty McFly convinces himself it was all just a dream. The sequel is just Marty living an everyday life. Now ask yourself what are your expectations of the DC reboot.

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