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”
Haloween is the time of ghosts and monsters, a time for people to enjoy the spooky side of life. For Halloween 2018, I’m reviewing Cursed Comics Cavalcade, a collection of stories that celebrate the paranormal. The collection has ten stories that feature iconic superheroes like Batman and lesser known characters like Etrigan. Each story has a different creative team, so I’m reviewing each one in order.
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World War I is remembered as one of the most brutal conflicts in human history. Thousands of people were slaughtered and many soldiers gave their lives to protect their country. One of the bravest soldiers, Alvin York, received the Medal of Honour for his actions. York was a man who believed in peace, though he did what he thought was necessary to serve his men. His story is told in the pages of Medal Of Honour: Alvin York. Written by Chuck Dixon, the comic was created in collaboration with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) to remember York’s valour. Continue reading “Medal Of Honour: Alvin York Review: A Celebration Of Valour”
Daredevil is one of the most down to earth superheroes in the Marvel Universe. His powers and personality make him the kind of person you can root for. Recently, I’ve been delving into the Man Without Fear’s history and I came across the graphic novel Daredevil: Back In Black: Chinatown. Written by Charles Soule, the story revolves around Matt Murdock returning to New York with a new purpose. In the depths of Chinatown, Daredevil learns what it means to take on an apprentice for the first time. Continue reading “Daredevil: Back In Black: Chinatown Review: Putting Your Faith In The Right People”
Compared to big teams like The Avengers and X-Men, X-Factor has always been considered small time. In the past, the group has acted as a mutant detective agency, being led by characters like Multiple Man and Havok. In Peter David’s All-New X-Factor: Change Of Decay, the team has taken on a corporate identity. Polaris leads the roster of Quicksilver, Gambit, Cypher, Warlock and Danger on a mission to rescue a girl from her mutant-hating father. The situation gets a lot more complicated in a graphic novel that’s filled with awesome character interactions. Continue reading “All-New X-Factor: Change Of Decay Review: A Heartfelt Graphic Novel About Owning Your Place”