Killer Frost vs Firestorm in the New 52 - DC Comics March 25

Diametrically Opposed: Firestorm / Killer Frost

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Firestorm, the Nuclear Man debuted in the 1970’s just before the DC Implosion, a company-wide downsizing that cancelled the character’s first solo title a mere five issues in. But even in that title’s short lifespan, readers would be introduced to Killer […]

The H-Dial - Dial H #11, DC Comics March 18

Phoning It In

Identity is a common theme in superhero comics. In particular, the notion of the secret identity recurs across nearly all superhero mythologies. Traditional wisdom implies that the masks worn by superheroes not only conceal their true identity, but allow them to adopt the persona of the hero. But a closer examination of identity in comic […]

batman 1 joker March 14

Retro Review: Batman #1 (1940) – “The Joker” / “The Joker Returns”

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. While last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Batman, this year mark’s the 75th anniversary of the debut of the Dark Knight’s self-titled […]

The Suicide Squad from left to right: Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot, and Black Manta - Suicide Squad #30, DC Comics March 11

Task Force X and the Illusion of Redemption

Where do supervillains go once they are defeated? Traditional prisons (as we know them) are not equipped to handle the wide array of metahuman powers and abilities possessed by many superhumans, and even in the case of non-powered villains, many are far too skilled or persuasive to be safely detained by conventional means. Luckily, several […]

Roger Hayden as the Psycho-Pirate - Who's Who in the DC Universe #13, DC Comics March 04

With Great Power

Power often comes at a price. This is a common theme in several genres of literature and is especially prevalent in superhero comics, presumably because it rings true in real life. To quote, somewhat ironically, a non-DC comic: with great power comes great responsibility. There is a cost and consequence associated not only with one’s […]

Strange Adventures 180 February 25

Retro Review: Strange Adventures #180 (1965) – “I Was the Man With Animal Powers”

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. Strange Adventures #180 (1965) – “I Was the Man With Animal Powers” Written by Dave Wood Pencils by Carmine Infantino Inks by George Roussos […]

The Guardians of the Universe - DC Comics February 18

Maltusian Check

There is a prevailing social, political, economic, and evolutionary theory dictating the natural forces of balance known as Malthusianism. Named for Thomas Robert Malthus, the theory outlines a key principle known as the Malthusian check; that is, a circumstance that can be mathematically predetermined by which a system in a state of out of control […]

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