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Man Of Reel: Dangerous Habits

Evenin’ folks. Long time; no see. It’s hard to believe it’s been about a year and a half since I last wrote for Modern Mythologies, given how much has happened in the world of superhero films since even then. Not only has the genre been solidified as one of the most profitable and omni-present in […]

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Modern Mythologies Annual #2

Two years. One hundred and four weeks. Seven hundred and thirty days. Somewhat surprisingly, that is now how long Modern Mythologies has been around! What started as a quiet little corner of the Internet where I could write about characters and stories I found interesting has turned into a collection of over 100 essays and […]

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Retro Review: Superman Annual #11 (1985) – “For the Man Who Has Everything”

Retro Review takes a look at iconic issues of DC Comics books and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. Superman Annual #11 (1985) – “For the Man Who Has Everything” Written by Alan Moore Pencils & Inks by Dave Gibbons Colours by […]

Superboy-Prime vs. Superman - Infinite Crisis #7, DC Comics August 05

The Destructive Power of Resistance

A key component of any form of culture is the investment of the audience.If no one is buying a ticket to the show, turning on the channel at the right time, etc., then that particular piece of culture serves no purpose. The audience is crucial, but beyond their financial investment, what is necessary is that […]

Martian Manhunter confronts Despero - Justice League #20, DC Comics July 29

Diametrically Opposed: Martian Manhunter / Despero

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Being a founding member of the Justice League has made the Martian Manhunter an important figure in the mythology of the DC Universe, but despite his relative popularity and importance, his personal rogues gallery is not especially deep or well-defined. But […]

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The Danger of Inexperience

Throughout the DC Universe, there are several prominent mythologies that address the notion that superpowers are not the be all and end all of what makes a superhero. The obvious examples are non-powered heroes such as Batman and Green Arrow, who are among the most proficient and effective heroes without possessing a single superpower. Others, […]

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A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Are we in control of our own destiny? This is a common question posed by many genres of literature, but it has a special place in superhero comics. Sometimes, it is as simple a construct as the notion that possessing superhuman abilities thrusts one into fate’s spotlight – a sort of artificial destiny in which […]

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