Picture this, the year is 1935 and the city of Cleveland, Ohio has just begun to recover from the blow dealt to its economy by the Great Depression. Citizens rejoice, incredibly happy to have finally pushed past the period of uncertainty and fear that nearly cost many of them their lives, and for others did just that.
This period of joy would not last long however, as between the years of 1935 and 1938, a fear would strike the heart of Cleveland, a fear like no other. A fear that resulted in mass hysteria and paranoia, a fear that would leave a stain on the city of Cleveland for the rest of time. The fear of the Torso Killer. Continue reading “Guest Post: Torso: A Forgotten Noir Masterpiece”
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”
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 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”
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”
Batman has defined himself by his war on crime, with his code stopping him from going too far. But what if he crossed the line? What if there was no coming back from the other side? Dark Knights: Rising presents a look at seven versions of Bruce Wayne who gave into their fears and became the darkest versions of themselves. As part of the Dark Nights: Metal event, this graphic novel tells the stories of the evil Batmen that came from the Dark Multiverse. Each of them have their reasons for going down the wrong path, providing a fascinating look into the mind of Bruce Wayne.
Continue reading “Dark Knights: Rising Review: A Disturbing Collection Of Cautionary Batman Tales”
In my opinion, Batman has the most engaging cast of villains in modern comics. Every member of his rogues gallery represents a different facet of his character, pushing the Dark Knight to be a better superhero. If Batman didn’t exist, would characters like Joker or Riddler have ever been created? All-Star Batman: Ends Of The Earth, written by Scott Snyder, puts the spotlight on some of the Caped Crusader’s greatest adversaries, as he races across the globe to stop a cataclysmic threat. Continue reading “All-Star Batman: Ends Of The Earth Review: A Look Into The Lives Of Bruce Wayne’s Greatest Enemies”
Birds are some of nature’s most beautiful animals. They’ve fascinated people for centuries, with one of the most prolific bird watchers being John James Audubon. Considered to be a passionate ornithologist, Audubon was responsible for creating a definitive nature text called Birds of America. Fabien Grolleau and Jeremie Royer decided to capture Audubon’s life in graphic novel form with Audubon: On The Wings Of The World. The duo present a romanticised tale of Audubon that deals with freedom, family and the absolute dedication to an ideal. Continue reading “Audubon: On The Wings Of The World Review: An Insightful Look Into The Life Of Birds”