adam strange kanjar ro banner December 17

Diametrically Opposed: Adam Strange / Kanjar Ro

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Traditionally, major comic book rivalries form through one character’s solo title. This is usually the case because in order to establish a character as a credible rival, there must be ample page space and narrative weight given to them to justify […]

Harley Quinn and the Joker - Batman #13, DC Comics December 10

Crazy in Love

There are a number of iconic romances in the DC Universe – Aquaman and Mera, Batman and Catwoman, the Flash and Iris West – but more iconic than the pairings themselves is the fact that a great many of them are marred by terrible heartbreak. Death, divorce, and deceit are a common thread throughout superhero […]

The Predator - Green Lantern #52, DC Comics December 03

Violet Tendencies

Of the seven colour Corps that represent the Emotional Spectrum, there is only one which is defined by gender. The Star Sapphire Corps, wielding the Violet Light of Love, was founded by the Zamarons – female descendants of the same ancient race as the Guardians of Oa – who selected exclusively female members who possessed the […]

Kyle Rayner finds his girlfriend, Alex DeWitt, murdered - Green Lantern #54, DC Comics November 26

Women in Refrigerators

Those engaged with the comic book industry are no doubt at least passingly familiar with the phrase “women in refrigerators”. The term, first coined in 1999 by comic creator Gail Simone, refers to a list of female comic book characters who had been maimed, de-powered, killed, or otherwise harmed. The list was meant to draw attention to […]

The Crime Syndicate as they appear in the New 52, from left to right: Owlman, Johnny Quick, Deathstorm, Power Ring, Ultraman, and Superwoman - Justice League #23, DC Comics November 19

The Moral Arcs of Histories

One of the fundamental elements of DC Comics’ vast mythology is the idea of the Multiverse. Originally introduced in 1961 as a means of reconciling character discrepancies between the Golden and Silver Ages of Comics, the Multiverse concept has grown to be a structural component of DC’s mythos. In principle, the Multiverse is composed of […]

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Belladonna

There is an interesting linguistic juxtaposition surrounding the word “belladonna”. In Italian, the world very literally means “beautiful woman”. In English, however, it refers to an extremely powerful poison. The comment most commonly made about this disparity of meaning is that it is incredibly telling about the two cultures, but a perhaps underused observation is […]

who is the question November 05

Retro Review: Blue Beetle #1 (1967) – “Who is the Question?”

Retro Review takes a look at influential issues of DC Comic books and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. Blue Beetle #1 (1967) – “Who is the Question?” Written by Steve Ditko Art by Steve Ditko Published: June 1967 (Charlton Comics) Grade: […]

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