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The End Does Not Justify the Means

In the earliest days of Action Comics and Detective Comics, it was no rare occurrence for the titles’ heroes – Superman and Batman, respectively – to not only defeat their nemesis, but to put them down permanently. In both characters’ first appearances, they killed at least one adversary, intentionally or otherwise, with no regret or remorse. As […]

The Elongated Man takes on Booster Gold - Booster Gold #15, DC Comics January 14

Use It or Lose It

If Superman is so incredibly strong, how is it that he’s in such muscular shape? It sounds like a silly question, but it comes from a place of extremely genuine curiosity. Scientifically speaking, building muscle requires us to put some strain on our bodies by lifting (curling, pressing, pulling, etc.) weights at the limit of […]

Zod confronts Jor-El from within the Phantom Zone - Action Comics #5, DC Comics January 07

Diametrically Opposed: Jor-El / General Zod

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Despite being the most recognizable superhero in the world, Superman long list of enemies does not necessarily have the notoriety of those belonging to the Batman. One of the few that is widely known – thanks in no small part to […]

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Retro Review: The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special #1 (1991)

Retro Review takes a look at influential issues of DC Comics and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special #1 (1991) Written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant Pencils and Inks by Simon Bisley Colours by Lovern Kindzierski […]

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Retro Review: Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special #1 (2010) – “Orange You Glad It’s Christmas?!”

Retro Review takes a look at influential issues of DC Comics and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special #1 (2011) – “Orange You Glad It’s Christmas?!” Written by Geoff Johns Pencils by Brett Booth Inks by Oclair […]

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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 […]

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