Author Archive for James

Superman: Birthright

Many think of Superman– the myth, the icon, the one that defined superhero comics– not as a man, but more of a symbol. Others see him as too na├»ve and one-dimensional to coexist in a superhero universe where heroes are…

Young Avengers, vol. 1: Sidekicks

A book that’s called Young Avengers, vol. 1: Sidekicks sounds like a book that is shamelessly trying to ride the coattails of the famous super team that faced menaces that no single hero could fight. These Young Avengers even had…

Flash, vol. 4: Blitz

Just a few years ago, superheroes existed in a world that was very distant from ours. The problems they faced on a daily basis (alien menaces or villains with futuristic technology) were not really seen in the adult world. Newspapers…

Invincible: Ultimate Collection, vol. 1

Volume 1 of Invincible: Ultimate Collection collects 13 issues of the Eisner Award-nominated series and offers a look at another superhero who learns there’s more to saving the day and staying alive than punching stuff. Robert Kirkman’s Invincible follows the…

The Flash, vol. 2: Rogues

Even though the heroes are traditionally the center of many superhero comics, sometimes it’s the villains that end up stealing the show. Many writers enjoy demonstrating that villains, no matter how seemingly wicked or unfeeling, are more than just fodder…

Daredevil Legends, vol. 1: Yellow

The superhero’s origin defines that hero. It determines what kind of hero they will become and the future life-or-death decisions they will make. The comic book team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale has practically made a living…