superheroes

Superman: Secret Origin

Over the past decade, many comics-reading pundits have cracked-wise about DC Comics retelling Superman’s origin story every year, like clockwork. Surprisingly, this is only a slight exaggeration and somewhat ironic given that Superman is one of the most widely recognized…

Daredevil, vol. 2

The second volume of Daredevil continues the trend set when Mark Waid first took over the book and made it his own. Sick of the increasing amount of melodrama and tragedy in the life of lawyer/vigilante Matt Murdock, Waid only…

Daredevil, vol. 1

Even before Frank Miller put his personal stamp on Daredevil in the late 1970s and introduced many of the elements that made Daredevil one of the darkest books in mainstream superhero history, Daredevil was a character born of tragedy. His…

Common Grounds

Common Grounds is a lost treasure of the Modern Age of Comics. (That’s not hyperbole. I literally lost my copies of the original six-issue mini-series somewhere along the line and only recently rediscovered the series after chancing upon the trade…

Green Arrow: Year One

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With the possible exception of Tony “Iron Man” Stark, I don’t think any superhero has suffered from mischaracterization in the Modern Age of Comics more frequently than Oliver Queen. The Green Arrow I was a fan of growing up was…

Batman: Earth One

The back cover of Batman: Earth One proclaims “YOU ONLY THINK YOU KNOW HIS STORY.” Surely, this is simple advertising hyperbole?! The origin of Batman is one of the most well-known superhero stories in the world. Indeed, it may be…

The Death of Captain America, vol. 1-3

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The Civil War, where superhero fought superhero over the right to not register their secret identities with the US Government, has ended. In order to stop the fighting and the continued endangerment of civilians, Resistance-leader Steve Rogers (a.k.a. Captain America)…

X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills

Since the death of his wife and infant son, soldier turned preacher William Stryker has been convinced that mutants – those rare human beings naturally born with unusual powers – are the secret servants of Satan. Secretly financing a vigilante army…

Daredevil: Reborn

Blinded as a child by an accident that exposed him to radioactive chemicals, Matt Murdock was empowered by those same chemicals and gifted with enhancements to his other four senses that more than made up for the loss of his…

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…

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…

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…