superheroes

Black Canary: Kicking and Screaming

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Dinah Lance, previously known best for wearing fishnets and screaming with supersonic ferocity, stars in her own series where she…wears fishnets and sings with crowd-pleasing ferocity! Hey, she’s a touring rock star, the wardrobe makes sense now. However, her band…

Divinity, vol. 1

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Abram Adams, the black, adopted, Russian, communist cosmonaut protagonist of Divinity, was one of the most interesting character debuts of 2015. An excellent student and soldier raised during the Cold War, he was chosen for a mission to the edge…

Convergence

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Convergence is a story written in the language of decades’ worth of DC Comics publishing history. The main series, represented in this collected trade, and the tie-in stories collected in related “Convergence” trades, reference characters and story arcs that only…

Spider-Gwen, vol. 0: Most Wanted?

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Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted? answers the Marvel “What If?” question you never even knew you had: What would the Marvel Universe look like if Gwen Stacy had become Spider-Woman and Peter Parker had died? Most Wanted? follows Gwen’s struggle to be Spider-Woman and resolve…

The Flash: Season Zero

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Let’s be clear: what the title refers to as “Season Zero” is really “Unfilmed filler stories taking place during Season One.” Far from a criticism, that synopsis is meant to signal fans of the CW network series that if they…

Black Widow: Forever Red

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Meet Ana Orlova—as a child she was the subject of secret Russian military experiments run by the Red Room (the same group that trained Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow) until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D.…

She-Hulk, vols. 1-2

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Superhero comics have to go a long way to impress me, and it’s not just because this site is called No Flying No Tights. The dramas and conflicts of superheroes are oftentimes so rote and formulaic that they can blend together…

Batgirl: The Batgirl of Burnside

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  The Batgirl of Burnside is a new take on Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl that retains its core character. This change is symbolized by the series’ numbering: this trade is volume one, but it’s comprised of issues 35–40 of the New 52 series. Confused readers may wonder which rules…

Hawkeye, vols. 1-2

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    Archer Clint Barton is better known to the world by his titles than his name: “Hawkeye,” “World’s Greatest Marksman,” and “Avenger”.  Barton is unenhanced, unpowered, and merely human, yet he holds his own in the superhero big leagues,…

Howard the Duck, iss. 1

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  Howard the Duck‘s new tagline: “trapped in a world he’s grown accustomed to” has multiple meanings—the series’ first tagline was “trapped in a world he never made!”. Fans will understand it as an evolution of the character, one that will not mimic Steve…

JSA Omnibus, vol. 1

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  Justice Society of America Omnibus represents several things. For comics fans and historians, it represents the rebirth of the superhero team, both their original forms and the legacies they have passed down. For DC fans, it represents the early…

Iron Man, Vol. 1: Believe

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The grand irony of Tony Stark’s former life was that he was a futurist who lived for the moment. Born into power and privilege, Tony’s only thoughts of tomorrow involved the technological marvels he could create to increase his family fortune and personal glory. Everything changed when a…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Books 4-6

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The continued popularity and cross-media saturation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has involved a bit of unappealing revisionism, but few can quibble with IDW Publishing’s reimagined series. Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo are still a loveable bunch with individual…