Black Lantern Doctor Light (Arthur Light) vs. Doctor Light (Kimyo Hoshi) - Justice League of America #40, DC Comics March 31

Illuminance

So much of superhero mythology depends on the symbolism of the heroes and villains. Their code names, costumes, gadgets, and powers combine with their motivations and actions to create a very particular mythological purpose that transcends the individual – Batman represents order and justice regardless of whether it is Bruce Wayne or Dick Grayson under […]

Glorious Godfrey and his Justifiers - Robin Rises: Omega #1, DC Comics March 23

Language Corrupts Thought

Words have power. They have meaning. Words are used to express or describe one’s thoughts and feelings, to persuade or to justify one’s actions, and to codify our experiences as human beings.¬†They have the ability to define the concrete and conjure the conceptual, and therefore the precise and accurate selection of words is one of […]

Superman vs Lex Luthor - Superman Unchained #1 (Variant), DC Comics March 16

Diametrically Opposed: Superman / Lex Luthor

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Superman is without question the most iconic superhero in all of comic books. He was one of the first superheroes ever published, and his incredible power and unyielding goodness have made him a constant presence in popular culture in the more […]

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Modern Mythologies Special #2 – Rebirth

How long was I out? It has been a very long time since I last published an article of any kind. What started as a break of a week or two, originally intended to help me get past some writer’s block, ended up becoming a very extended sabbatical from the site. But that’s over now, […]

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 […]

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