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There is No Limit to Savagery

What is the true limit of human potential? This question is both exceedingly vague and nearly impossible to answer. The measure of potential in itself is an abstract concept and so one would first have to define exactly which human potential is to be measured? Certain physical characteristics – height, weight, strength, stamina, etc. – […]

Animal Man and his family: Maxine, Ellen, and Cliff - Animal Man #12, DC Comics October 15

Parental Instinct

Traditionally, superheroes are seen as solitary beings. Many manage to live their double lives, surrounding their civilian alter egos with all that is necessary in order to keep their true¬†identity secret: friends, lovers, co-workers all form a part of the civilian mask, but in reality are little more than trappings. They are artificial relationships, often […]

Robotman confronts his lack of human sensation -  Doom Patrol #19, DC Comics October 08

Born Through Tragedy

A key tenet of mythology is how a character’s destiny is shaped by a single defining moment. In the case of superhero mythology – and more specifically, heroes and villains possessing superpowers – that defining moment is often framed as some kind of accident. Barry Allen was doused in chemicals and struck by lightning. J’onn […]

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Diametrically Opposed: Blue Beetle II / Maxwell Lord

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. It is natural to assume, when speaking of archenemies, that the most potent rivalries are built over multiple encounters. How many times have Superman and Lex Luthor clashed? Or Wonder Woman and the Cheetah? More than can be counted, and as […]

Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, as he appears in the New 52 - Batman #23.3, DC Comics September 24

High Society, Low Life

When it comes to superhero comics, the word power has a certain connotation; that is, one that implies superhuman physical abilities such as strength and speed. But power can take many forms. Political power manifests in the ability to lead others; to convince, persuade and guide. In a more negative context, political power requires one […]

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Retro Review: Flash #123 (1961) – “The Flash of Two Worlds”

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. Flash #123 (1961) – “The Flash of Two Worlds” Written by Gardner Fox Pencils¬†by Carmine Infantino Inks by Joe Giella Colours by Carl […]

The Legion of Substitute Heroes, from left to right: Night Girl, Stone Boy, Polar Boy, Chlorophyll Kid, Fire Lad, and Color Kid - Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #243, DC Comics September 10

The B-Team

As a rule, superhero mythology – and mythology in general – tends to embrace extremes. The world’s greatest detective, the fastest man alive, even the King of the Sea – all of these titles imply the superlative nature of the heroes they describe (Batman, Flash, and Aquaman, respectively). The same applies to the villains – […]

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