superheroes

Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition

Marshal Law cover image

When executed with creativity and gusto, satire can transcend its subject matter and move into a realm of unexpected thoughtfulness.  Characters who perhaps were intended to be broad strokes instead take on surprisingly sympathetic aspects.  While the whole affair seems…

Batwoman, Volume 1: Hydrology

Batwoman, Volume 1:  Hydrology

There is a woman known only through whispered stories to superstitious children. She is La Llorona, the weeping woman who, as she drank the afternoon away, never noticed as her children drowned in the turbulent ocean. After giving in to…

JLA: A League of One

In December of 1348, the last dragon of the Western world was finally defeated, driven back into her cavernous lair, and forgotten for almost 700 years–until a group of goblins in modern-day Switzerland stumbles onto her, waking the ferocious beast…

Demo

Demo is a book of twelve one-shot stories with a connected theme: adolescents with superpowers.  But wait! This isn’t a typical ‘kid gets superpowers and then joins a team of like-minded individuals who try to make the world a better place’…

The Authority, vol. 1: Relentless

I had heard a great deal about The Authority, in general comments about the series’ excellence and in specific about its groundbreaking characters (see my post on this distinction). As you may have noticed by now, I love superhero comics…

Watchmen

If you’re like me, reading superhero tales, there is also that nagging, logical question in the back of your mind — just why are these particular men and women driven to put on costumes and become, for all intents and…

Starman, vol. 1: Sins of the Father

Jack Knight is having a bad day. His older brother has been murdered, his father attacked, and he’s expected take up the family tradition — being Opal City’s guardian, Starman. Never mind that he’s never had any interest in being…

Daredevil: A Man Without Fear

Matt Murdock grew up an outcast, bullied constantly, while tending his alcoholic father, a retired prizefighter caught in too deep with the mob. After his father’s murder, Matt was left to his own devices, surviving by instinct. When he hits…