Adventure Comics 452-1 October 14

Retro Review: Adventure Comics #452 (1977) – “Dark Destiny, Deadly Dreams”

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. Adventure Comics #452 – “Dark Destiny, Deadly Dreams” Written by David Michelinie Pencils & Inks by Jim Aparo Colours by Jerry Serpe Letters […]

Mister Miracle faces off against Granny Goodness - Mister Miracle #2, DC Comics October 07

Diametrically Opposed: Mister Miracle / Granny Goodness

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Of all of Jack Kirby’s contributions to the world of comic books, the one that is perhaps the most expansive while simultaneously being the least understood is that of the Fourth World – the extra-dimensional realm in which reside the New […]

Detective Chimp speaks with a dog - Day of Vengeance #3, DC Comics September 30

The Power of Babel

When the Detective Chimp made his first appearance in the pages of Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4, the character was, unsurprisingly, not to be taken particularly seriously. The year was 1952, placing the character’s debut a full four years before Barry Allen’s first appearance and the official start of the Silver Age of […]

Hugo Strange discovers how it feels to be Batman - DC Comics September 23

Secret Admirer

Obsession is a common theme in superhero comics. Whether good or evil, many characters can be considered to be governed by a particular obsession. Justice, revenge, perfection, conquest, and many others are all extremely common examples. In the case of two generations of Reverse-Flash – Professor Zoom and Zoom – obsession is the symbolic mantle […]

Jay Garrick as the Flash - Justice Society of America #50, DC Comics September 16

Diametrically Opposed: Golden Age Flash / The Thinker

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Seventy-five years ago, the Flash made his comic book debut, long before Barry Allen ever became the Scarlet Speedster. Also known as the Man of Speed, Jay Garrick was the Golden Age Flash – the precursor to a long lineage of […]

Katana speaks with the Soultaker - DC Comics September 09

A Heavy Burden

Many superheroes can trace their origin to a defining tragedy. This is not necessarily the moment the gained their powers or began fighting crime, but rather the critical moment that set them on their life’s path. The obvious example, of course, is the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, which began the years of training […]

Aquaman and Mera - DC Comics September 02

Love Will Save the Day

In any mythology, the love interest is as common an archetype as the hero or the villain. They often are a catalyst for action and a source of motivation for characters good or evil, and their presence and affection (or the lack thereof) is fuel for the main narrative.┬áBut within the context of comic book […]


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