Facing up to nightmares is one of the hardest things that anyone can do. They force us to confront our deepest fears and see the worst parts of ourselves. Over the years, Batman has had to battle with many nightmares. But none have been more terrifying than the Batman Who Laughs, a twisted version of Bruce Wayne who became the new Joker.
In Scott Snyder’s The Batman Who Laughs, the character returns in a huge way to terrify Gotham. The graphic novel features Batman having to find the darkest parts of himself to fight against his doppelganger. But how far is he willing to go and is it true that a Batman who laughs is a Batman who always wins? Continue reading “The Batman Who Laughs Review: Nightmarish. Visceral. Unputdownable.”
With there being so many classic Batman arcs, it can be tricky to tell original stories about the Dark Knight that don’t retread old ground. Sean Murphy had to overcome that challenge when he set out to write Batman: White Knight, and he succeeded in creating something that felt completely fresh.
Set in an alternative timeline, White Knight brings a new dimension to the relationship between The Joker and Batman. What would happen if the Clown Prince of Crime was cured of his madness and set out to atone for everything he’d done? The idea of a repentant Joker is an interesting take and is explored within a graphic novel that contains themes of police brutality, political infighting and corruption. Continue reading “Batman: White Knight Review: A Compelling New Take On The Joker”
Retelling a superhero’s origin story can be a good way of introducing the character to a new audience. The best reinterpretations make us see characters in a new light, and in The Life of Captain Marvel, written by Margaret Stohl, Carol Danvers’ story is reimagined in a major way. Stohl takes Captain Marvel back to her New England roots, revealing insight into her complicated family life. The graphic novel is certain to please long-time fans of the character and act as a gateway for new readers. Continue reading “The Life Of Captain Marvel Review: A Reinterpretation For The Ages”
Addiction takes many forms. Some people chase the rush of drugs, while others numb themselves with alcohol. Traditionally, addiction is seen as an internal battle, but what happens when the source of someone’s fixation becomes a burden that they need to take on for the greater good? That is the case with Dane Whitman. In Frank Tieri’s Black Knight: The Fall of Dane Whitman, the titular character needs to confront his addiction in the shape of a mystical sword called The Ebony Blade. Continue reading “Black Knight: The Fall of Dane Whitman Review: A Hero’s Guide To Coping With Addiction”
What is the nature of reality? Is it what we touch, taste, smell and hear? Or is it simply the brain creating images for us in an endless cycle? These are the kind of questions that are asked in Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle series, a graphic novel I’ve been waiting to read for a long time. Expanding on the universe of New Gods and Old Gods that legendary writer Jack Kirby created, Mister Miracle takes the reader of a mind-warping journey through the eyes of one of DC’s most obscure superheroes and reinvents him for a modern audience. Read on to find out why I think Mister Miracle is one of the most important comics of the decade. Continue reading “Mister Miracle Review: A Mind-Bending Tour De Force Of Epic Proportions”
What does it mean to be a superhero? Some might say it’s about personal sacrifice and protecting the innocent. Others might think it’s about the fight between good and evil. There’s also the idea that being a superhero is addictive, that it’s about the thrill of having powers. When used responsibility, superpowers are a benefit to the world. Yet there’s always the danger of being consumed by power and becoming addicted to the feeling. When that happens, the line between good and evil gets blurred and you’re left with a character like The Sentry.
The Sentry: Man Of Two Worlds, written by Jeff Lemire, explore the idea of what it means to have superpowers. Themes of addiction, mental health and duality are all featured in this explosive graphic novel. Continue reading “The Sentry: Man Of Two Worlds Review: A Vivid Take On Mental Health And Addiction”
Christmas is a time for bringing people together and the X-Men are one of the biggest families in the Marvel Universe. Each member looks out for the other, an attitude that perfectly sums up the festive season. The Merry X-Men Holiday Special features an advent calendar themed collection of stories about the mutant community. A story is told for every day of December, with writers like Cullen Bunn, Chris Claremont and Ed Brisson getting to flex their creative muscles. Find out how Gambit and Rogue spend their first Christmas together as a married couple and why Jubilee is determined to find the perfect gift for her son. Continue reading “The Merry X-Men Holiday Special Review: A Wonderful Collection Of Christmas Flash Fiction”