Tag Archive for DC Comics

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…

Identity Crisis

Someone is after the superheroes. But it’s not the superheroes who are being killed–it’s their family and friends. When the superheroes band together to find out who’s responsible for these crimes, they discover mysteries in their own past . .…

Justice, vol. 1

Alex Ross’ art is so iconic that it is impossible to miss. Imagine my surprise when I picked up his newest work and found out that he didn’t actually draw it. Braithwaite, selected for his talent, but also for his…

Stuck Rubber Baby

This is a civil rights story and a gay rights story focusing on a gay white teenager who grew up in the South in the 1960s. When Toland Polk gets out of high school, there’s a depression in the South,…

Top 10: The Forty-Niners

Top 10: The Forty-Niners is the prequel to Alan Moore’s previous two Top 10 books. This book is set at the time when Neopolis is just being established, and people are just getting used to the presence of science-heroes, robots,…

A Recipe for Gertrude, vol. 1

Possessed mannequins. Evil gingerbread men. Animate patchwork dolls. All these and more prowl the creepily cute landscape of Nari Kusakawa’s The Recipe for Gertrude. In this modern fantasy, an unlikely romance blossoms between high schooler Susugi Sahara and an unusual…

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 naïve and one-dimensional to coexist in a superhero universe where heroes are…

GALS!, vol. 1

Tired of sweet, innocent manga heroines in sailor suits? GALS! is the manga for you. Meet Kotobuki Ran and her fellow kogals: the fashion-obsessed, cell-phone loving, boy-torturing high schoolers who once ruled the streets of Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya. Ran, rebellious…

Promethea, vol. 1

“If she did not exist, we would have to invent her.” Imagine a strange, futuristic version of our world. Instead of Hello Kitty, the most popular figure for t-shirts and billboards is a weeping gorilla, the mayor of New York…

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’…

Musashi #9, vol. 1 and 2

I’m someone who loves conspiracies, especially when it involves secret organizations with mysterious, perhaps benevolent, perhaps self-serving, motives and one obscure, lethal, and stoic operative at the center of everything. When the world’s usual powerhouses behind governmental interests, the FBI,…

Robin/Batgirl: Fresh Blood

This trade follows directly after the events in War Games. I wasn’t the biggest fan of that series, and I think that Willingham took his characters in some dubious directions. I am, however, appreciating how he is playing out the…

Outsiders, vol. 3: Wanted

Arsenal lured Nightwing into his new merry band of superheroes by saying that it wouldn’t be like the Titans. He promised that they wouldn’t be a family, that it would be just a job. Unfortunately, Nightwing took him literally and…

Ex Machina, vol. 2: Tag

Mitchell Hundred, when he began his mayoral career, weathered a schoolkid blowing up snow plows, a politically correct art scandal, and questioning the loyalty of old friends. Of course, his life is not going to get any easier, but at…

Batman: War Drums

One of the enduring truths of the Batverse is that Batman needs a Robin. Now that Tim is out of the game, who is going to fill the pixie pants? Batman, as ever, insists that he doesn’t need a Robin…

The Books of Magic

What would you do if four creepy guys in trench coats emerged from a dark alley and asked if you believed in magic? You’d probably do what Timothy Hunter, the young hero of The Books of Magic, does: you’d run.…