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Iconic Flash & Wonder Woman Writer/Artist William Messner-Loebs is Currently Homeless Iconic Flash & Wonder Woman Writer/Artist William Messner-Loebs is Currently Homeless

According to this news report, William Messner-Loebs is currently living out of his car. Loebs (who was also credited as Bill Loebs and Bill Messner-Loebs) was one of the more iconic creators who worked on both Wonder Woman (right after George Perez) and The Flash (right after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, where…

What Does DC's Black Label Mean? What Does DC's Black Label Mean?

Today, DC Comics unveiled their new “edgy” imprint, “DC Black Label.” It will include darker stories done by a variety of well-known writers and artists including:

I don't know about art, but ... I don't know about art, but ...

HELP! I need to tap into the wider hive mind if it is still there.

Who Does Wonder Woman Belong To? Who Does Wonder Woman Belong To?

When a piece of media, or even just a character, has been around long enough it will resonate with different audiences for different reasons. Sometimes, due to changes of how they’re written or general audience reactions to the main themes of the character, those reasons can be wildly different, or sometimes…

State of the Multiverse Address part 2: The Flash and Supergirl State of the Multiverse Address part 2: The Flash and Supergirl

What are the strong points of Supergirl and Flash? There’s several things they do well, but in particular being the bright, optimistic shows should be one of them. The last season for both shows... was not quite that. This last year gave us some good stuff, some bad stuff, and some frustrating stuff. So let’s take…

Aristotle and the Power of Superheroes Aristotle and the Power of Superheroes

A few years ago, this guy by the name of Aristotle wrote a book called “Poetics”. Oddly enough, it wasn’t about poets, or poetry, or even Edgar Allen Poe. It was, instead, about the nature of storytelling and theatre, and the power they have to make us better people.

Hulu's Batman & Bill is the Documentary Comic Fans Deserve Hulu's Batman & Bill is the Documentary Comic Fans Deserve

On May 6, Hulu will release the documentary Batman & Bill, about about how Bill Finger, perhaps the man most responsible for the Batman mythos, was never credited until very recently and why.

Doing it Right: The Right and Wrong Way to Adapt Comics Doing it Right: The Right and Wrong Way to Adapt Comics

Live action adaptations of superheroes have come a long ways; what special effects are capable of rendering, what stories and mythologies studios are willing to explore, there’s been a lot of improvements over time. But it still feels like adaptations continue to make huge missteps. For every Avengers, there’s a …

Why Supergirl Should Adapt Superman’s Greatest Moment Why Supergirl Should Adapt Superman’s Greatest Moment

If you had to use one moment, one scene, one page even, to sum up Superman, I think it would be hard to find a better one that the scene with Regan on the ledge in All-Star Superman.

Pick Your Poison (Ivy) Pick Your Poison (Ivy)

A while back I posted an article about Harley Quinn, exploring in part how her relationship with the Joker has been portrayed over time and the pros and cons of Quinn’s evolution as a character. What I didn’t talk about at the time was a major player in Quinn’s characterization: Poison Ivy.

Exploring DC Rebirth: Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Nicola Scott Exploring DC Rebirth: Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Nicola Scott

This book is probably tied for my favorite book out of DC Rebirth. In fact, it is one of my favorite books currently on the shelves right now. And not just because Greg Rucka, one of my favorite writers, is writing it; everything about the book, the art, the story, the characters, the pacing, contributes to make the…

Exploring DC Rebirth: Trinity by Francis Manapul Exploring DC Rebirth: Trinity by Francis Manapul

I was going to write a Top Ten list of best DC Rebirth books, but I quickly realized that there was way more than ten books on my list and also I had way too much to write about them. So instead, let’s look at one book that you may not be reading, but which is absolutely amazing: Trinity by Francis Manapul.

It's Complicated: The Problem with the Arrowverse's Romance It's Complicated: The Problem with the Arrowverse's Romance

A part of this might just be me. I’m no fan of “will they, won’t they” style storytelling for a multitude of reasons, some of which are purely aesthetic choices. But sometimes, too strong a devotion to this style of storytelling can start to have a negative impact on the quality of a work. I think the CW DC shows…

Jerk Lantern is the Best Lantern Jerk Lantern is the Best Lantern

I work retail, and the other day a kid came into my store with a Green Lantern figure in his hand. I noticed it and mentioned it, I recognized it was John Stewart, and I had a pleasant conversation with the kid’s mom who thought John Stewart was the best Lantern.

Building a Better Wall Building a Better Wall

So the Suicide Squad movie billed itself as starring Deadshot and Harley Quinn and Joker (misleading as that was) and a whole bunch of villains, the belief seemingly being that the characters people were interested in were all the bad guys of the DC Universe. Maybe I’m weird, but I read the John Ostrander, Kim Yale…

The Fastest Man Alive: The Stories of Robert Kanigher The Fastest Man Alive: The Stories of Robert Kanigher

Robert Kanigher was one of the most prolific comic book writers of the last century. According to an interview with Christopher Irving, he would write a hundred pages a week. And it showed: after writing for the Blue Beetle at Fox Features Syndicate and Steel Sterling and the Web at MLJ/Archie, he moved over to DC…

The Comic Book That Scares the Crap Out of Me The Comic Book That Scares the Crap Out of Me

Creating horror in a comic book is different from creating horror in film or television — there’s a different type of suspense, no way to do jump scares at all, so the horror you get is often surreal and dreamlike, like Harrow County or Wytches or even Afterlife with Archie. At its best, it unnerves you so much as to…

The Comic Book That Defines Superman The Comic Book That Defines Superman

Superman Adventures was a comic set within the universe of Superman: The Animated Series, similar to The Batman Adventures. Starting in 1996, Superman Adventures managed to tell stories for six years and sixty-six issues about Superman and the characters who surrounded him. There is one issue in particular, though,…

The One Comic Book That Wrecks Me The One Comic Book That Wrecks Me

Back in the late ‘80s, DC Comics was have a bit of a renaissance in regard to some of their smaller properties: the “British Invasion” was in full swing, with Alan Moore on Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman on Sandman, Peter Milligan on Shade the Changing Man, and Grant Morrison on Animal Man and Doom Patrol. They wouldn’t…

A Cycle of Violence: Harley Quinn and the Joker A Cycle of Violence: Harley Quinn and the Joker

Harley Quinn is something of a runaway success. For a character who initially appeared as a background, one off minion, she managed to grow to be a major player in the complicated relationships of Batman and the Joker. But when a character represents a completely unhealthy, abusive, dysfunctional relationship, how do…

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