Fictional Places Mapped: The Homes Of Heroes

A hero is often shaped by their surroundings, whether it’s Batman fighting crime in Gotham City, or Superman flying over Metropolis. Many fictional places are iconic, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been based on real life locations. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know where these places could exist in the real world? Vibrant Doors have come up with The Homes of Heroes map that charts the real life locations of places like Gotham City. Here are some of the places that the map covers.

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Comic Cover Corner: Batman: The Red Death #1

Comic Cover Corner features comic covers that stand out for the story they tell, or because they are gorgeous pieces of art. A big DC event on the horizon is Dark Nights: Metal, which involves seven evil versions of Batman from the multiverse coming to terrorise the main DC universe.

Each Batman is a twisted version of a Justice League member and DC have unveiled the cover for Batman: The Red Death #1. Drawn by Jason Fabok and coloured by Dean White, the cover is one of the best to come out in recent memory. Here’s what makes it worth appreciating.

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Batman #28 Review: The War Between Joker And Riddler Heats Up

Batman #28, written by Tom King and drawn by Mikel Janin and June Chung, sees the continuation of the epic War of Jokes & Riddles arc. The story takes place early on in Batman’s career and it features a brutal gang war between The Riddler and Joker. Here are my thoughts on what turns out to be another powerful issue.

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A History Of The Robins And Their Importance To Batman

In the history of comics, Batman is one of the most enduring characters. Grim, dedicated and incorruptible, The Dark Knight wages a tireless war on crime. But even someone as formidable as Batman can’t do everything alone, and that’s where Robin comes in. Robin balances Batman out, providing a light to his darkness. Yet Robin is bigger than a single person. It’s an identity, a symbol of hope for younger heroes.

Over the years, Bruce has taken in several children and raised them to fight crime. In mainstream continuity, there have been five Robins, each different to the one who came before them. They all represent something to Batman, and here I examine who they are and what makes them important.

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Beneath The Pages: Jeffrey Veregge

For this Beneath The Pages segment, I’m putting the spotlight on Native American graphic designer, Jeffrey Veregge. Veregge has created art for Marvel, Valiant and IDW, injecting his unique flair into comic covers. A member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Veregge is also of Suquamish and Duwamish tribal descent. His art style can be linked to his heritage, and here’s what makes it so appealing. Continue reading “Beneath The Pages: Jeffrey Veregge”

Batman And Robin: Requiem For Damian Review

Father,

I’m sure you’ll be angry with me for disobeying you again but I don’t care, I will not let you fight Leviathan alone. You need me and I will always be at your side. Because it will be hard for me to say these words face to face, I want you to know that Mother may have given me life, but you taught me how to live.

Love and respect,

Your son

Damian

There comes a time in when we lose someone close to us, whether it’s a relative or friend. Grief is a natural coping mechanism and we all grieve in different ways. Grief is the focus of Batman And Robin: Requiem For Damian, as The Dark Knight struggles to cope with the loss of his son. Written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Patrick Gleason, Requiem For Damian presents a raw, emotional father who will do anything to bring his child back.

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Why Mr Freeze Is Batman’s Most Relatable Villain

Batman’s rogue gallery is made up of some of the most recognisable characters in comics. What sets them apart from other villains is that many of them aren’t one-dimensional and have specific goals. Of all of Batman’s enemies, the one I find the most relatable is Mr Freeze. He’s not someone I would consider a ‘villain’ in the traditional sense of the word and here is a look at his history and motivations.

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