Book Review!: “The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture”

Earliest Batman Comics

In the age of the internet (slightly fewer cullings than the Age of Apocalypse), there’s an inversion of an old TV trope. Whereas we’ve all known the old “1,000 channels but nothing good on TV,” we now have 1,000,000 tweeted articles, but nothing to read. As always, this is an overstatement, but the value of intelligent, witty, interesting articles increasingly stands out. Continue reading “Book Review!: “The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture””

DC: Rebirth of an Icon

Dc Comics Rebirth

52 has become the number to look out for in DC Comics. It’s no surprise then that a huge event starting around May or June 2016 comes hot on the heels of mainstay titles 52nd issues. Ever since Jim Lee and Dan Didio posted their Rebirth teaser images, the internet has been going nuts with rumor and speculation. So far DC itself has been very quiet, keeping their cards close to their chest. But, it’s the creators that have been dropping hints and teases. Continue reading “DC: Rebirth of an Icon”

GRAYSON #8 Review

Dick Grayson has a butt

From the onset of Dick Grayson’s foray into spyhood, I had my reservations about the whole “secret agent” thing. With Dick’s induction into Spyral, a new codename, and then finally, the use of guns – it all just seemed a bit, I don’t know, gimmicky. Sure, the guy’s been Robin, Nightwing, and even the freakin’ Batman; but could he really pull off being a clandestine agent? There’s absolutely no way that would work – right?

Wrong. So, so, wrong. Continue reading “GRAYSON #8 Review”

GOTHAM ACADEMY #5 Review!

No Bat Mans Allowed

Darwyn Cooke (New Frontier, Parker) has famously derided both Marvel and DC for their habit of “catering to the perverted needs of forty-five year old men.” He’s not alone in that critique either. All over the comic industry, fans and creators alike have lamented the saturation of mature content and the lack of quality all-ages material. They question whether or not the “adult “comics are turning off younger readers and their parents, and if they are losing a whole generation of readers to the black abyss of “eh, I only really watch the movies.” Continue reading “GOTHAM ACADEMY #5 Review!”