The Cost of Saving Lives

The Cost of Saving Lives

“Let her go.” Batman’s gravelly voice is soft and hard in the rapt silence of the penthouse. The mass of onlookers garbed in their evening finery stare with a mixture of muted terror and disbelief. Crime happened on the streets or on TV to other people. Not here, right in front of them. The Joker’s [...]

The Virtues of Villainy

The Virtues of Villainy

Villains. We know them as well as we know the heroes who grapple with them. Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker. The Hobgoblin vs. Spider-Man. Clayface vs. Batman. We fear them. We loathe them. But we don’t really hate villains. After all, there are plenty of examples of so-called “bad guys” who crossed over to the [...]

Political Agendas: Capes, Tights, Conservatives and Liberals

Political Agendas: Capes, Tights, Conservatives and Liberals

A couple of weeks ago, Bleeding Cool published an article by Darin Wagner entitled “How Liberalism May Be Hurting Comic Book Sales“. In it, he argued that comics today do not represent conservative viewpoints well, if at all, and that incorporating political content was putting off readers. Should we keep politics out of comics? I’d argue that superheroes and villains are icons [...]

Why Aren't American Comics More Popular in Europe?

Why Aren’t American Comics More Popular in Europe?

I attended London Comic Con this weekend and a good time was had by all. However, I was struck by something – most people attending were fans of anime rather than western comics such as those produced by DC, Marvel or Vertigo. Most of the cosplayers were dressed as anime characters, most of the stalls [...]

DC Elseworlds: 5 Amazing Alternate Universes

DC Elseworlds: 5 Amazing Alternate Universes

If you read DC comics, it’s likely you have enjoyed the epic historical continuity and big cross-title events such as Infinite Crisis. The universe of DC is extensively researched and documented by comic fans, and events in one series might have lasting consequences on the stories of another series. But what if writers and creators [...]

DC Comics: The Times They Are A-Changin'

DC Comics: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Last week, Joshua wrote about his disappointment in DC comic’s recent “new 52′ reboot, in which many characters have been given new backstories and histories, and many years of continuity have been changed or erased. As a fellow avid DC fan, I was not thrilled at the prospect of seeing major changes to characters and [...]

Ultimate Superman Casting: Who Was the Best in Each Role?

Ultimate Superman Casting: Who Was the Best in Each Role?

Over the years there has been so many incarnations of Superman and his supporting cast of characters, wildly different takes and others than can only hope to mimic what went before. So who was the best Clark Kent, the most memorable Lois Lane? Superman Not to be mistaken for his human alter ego, for they [...]

Suit Up: A History of Superman's Costume in Film and TV

Suit Up: A History of Superman’s Costume in Film and TV

Today we got our first glimpse at Henry Cavill as Superman, full costume in action, and it is bound to split opinions. So let’s look back at the red and blue suit through the ages. There are a few missing and I understand that but I want to stick with the important ones. George Reeves [...]

Smallville Season 11 Episode Guide

Smallville Season 11 Episode Guide

Ok, I know Smallville has ended but I find myself thinking it will be a very odd September without a new series of adventures from Clark and Co. so I have a hypothetical 11th season for you. Imagine the season 10 finale was somewhat different: at the closing, Clark and Oliver fly to Apokolips to [...]

Smallville Finale Review

Smallville Finale Review

So. Ten years. Two hundred and seventeen episodes. On Friday the 13th of May 2011, Smallville came to a timely end. As a fan since the very beginning, this truly epic finale was always going to be bittersweet. But it also came as something of a relief, ten years is a hell of a long [...]

Smallville – Somebody Save Me

Smallville – Somebody Save Me

On the 16th of October 2001, a new television show premiered. It wasn’t the kind of show that set the world on fire or that would go down in history as a classic of the genre, nor did it garner tens of millions of viewers. However, it did gain an incredibly loyal following, a mass [...]

Superman – The Last Son Of Krypton

Superman – The Last Son Of Krypton

Today I have a very special treat for you! In response to Man of Steel, author Daniel Burden has written a script for the Superman film he’d like to see. It’s called Superman – The Last Son of Krypton and it sounds way better than anything we could hope to see onscreen. Read on and [...]