Why It Matters That Young Animal Is in The DCU

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on April 26, 2017. During the initial announcement of the Young Animal line last year, DC Comics was very careful to not use words like “Elseworlds” or “multiverse”. The line’s curator Gerard Way actually opened up about how he was excited to bring new voices and a different […]

Why 2016 Was a Great Year for Comics

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on December 28, 2016. We are only a few days away from the start of 2017 and it is time to take stock of the previous year, assess how it went, and make plans for the future. Some topics are more difficult to reflect upon than others, but there’s […]

Why We Need Midnighter in DC Comics

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 28, 2016. When you talk about The Midnighter, it’s easy to buy into the Batman comparison wholeheartedly. His and his husband, Apollo, were introduced in the pages of Stormwatchas one more set in a long line of Batman and Superman facsimiles. It has been almost two […]

“The Omega Men: The End is Here” Marks the Start of a Soon-To-Be Classic Collection

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 24, 2016. This is not a review of The Omega Men. If you’ve been paying attention to comics over the past year and a half, then you already know this series is great. Comics Bulletin manga editor and critic-you-should-definitely-be-paying-attention-to J. A. Micheline has written a […]

Crocked Critics: Suicide Squad #1

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 19, 2016. In “Crocked Critics” two comics critics are joined by their favorite companions: booze and sequential art. With minimal editing and maximal drinking, a pair of typically insightful writers take a serious look at a new comic while putting back drinks. For this particular […]

Singles Going Steady 8/10/2016: Up, Up, and Thud

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 13, 2016. Superwoman #1 (DC Comics) Phil Jiminez (A) Phil Jiminez and Matt Santorelli (C) Stephen Downer (L) Rob Leigh Earlier this week I wrote about how All-Star Batman #1 managed to both embrace the superhero genre without stumbling over too-familiar tropes, managing to […]

The Nightshade Odyssey: Magical Madness is Just Another Day at Belle Reve

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 12, 2016. Black magic. Long lost siblings. Ancient gods. Incest. Possession. Alternate dimensions. These are not the plot points most readers expect to focus on when picking up Suicide Squad, but they are the defining element of “The Nightshade Odyssey” in Suicide Squad #14-16. The […]

DC Reneges on Promise to Publish Volume 2 of Prez

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 11, 2016. Prez writer Mark Russell has confirmed on Twitter that the series will be ending with a 12 page “Election Special” this fall. This is the first new information on the series fate since “Corndog-in-Chief”, a collection of its first six issues, was released […]

All-Star Batman #1 is a Perfect Fix of Superhero Comics

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 10, 2016. Superhero comics might be my favorite drug. They’re an expensive habit I picked up in my teens that led me to try harder, more experimental stuff later, and as time has passed it has been harder to obtain the initial thrill I found […]

The 10 Best Series of the New 52

This article was originally published at June 23, 2016.   This month sees the Rebirth of the DC Univervse, the biggest DC Comics event since the New 52 began with Justice League #1 almost five years ago. It all started with an enormous, earthshaking issue with plenty of big changes, and it’s receiving a very warm […]